Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica
 
St. Thomas Aquinas’s great Summa Theologica is one of the most important and widely recognized works of theological wisdom ever written, a master work for the ages that continues to influence Western understanding of religion and philosophy. Despite its import and promise to unlock the pathway to wisdom and ultimate human happiness, university students generally know little about St. Thomas’s Summa. This reading group will focus on unpacking St. Thomas's ideas on human nature, happiness, habits, law, and Grace. Various faculty and special experts will attend to assist our discussion of the text. Lunch will be provided by the Institute. Attendance at each session is not required; prior experience not expected. Interested students should contact Dr. Anna Stelow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and we'll add you to the reading group list.     
 
Friday, Feb. 16 (12:00-1:45pm), UVA Garden Room
Treatise on Habits, Ia-IIae, qq. 49-70 (On Habits and Virtue)
 
Friday, March 2: Treatise on Habits, Ia-IIae, qq. 71-89 (on vice and sin)

Friday, April 27: Treatise on Law, Ia-IIae, qq. 90-108 (on law)

Friday, May 4: Treatise on Law, Ia-IIae, qq. 109-114 (on Grace)

October 6 (Friday, 12-2pm, Alderman Library/Scholars Lab, Rm 423): On Happiness and Our Will--Summa Th., II-I qq.1-12. 

October 27 (Friday, 12-2pm, Garden Room): On Choice, Consent, and Consequences--Summa Th., II-I, qq. 13-26.

November 17 (Friday, 12-2pm, Garden Room): On Love, Pleasure, Pain, and Sorrow--Summa Th., II-I, qq.27-41.

December 1 & December 8 (Friday, 12-2pm, Garden Room): On Fear, Anger, and Habits--Summa Th., II-I, qq.42-54.
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