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God is Not a Supercomputer: Chance, Providence, and Freedom | Fr. Thomas Davenport, O.P.

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This lecture was delivered on June 20, 2021 as part of the third annual Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science Symposium: Chance and Indeterminacy in the Natural World. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. Thomas Davenport O.P. is Assistant Professor of Physics at Providence College. He earned his Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University. His areas of expertise are theoretical particle physics (particle colliders), philosophy of science/philosophy of nature, and the relationship between faith and science.

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    On the Union of the Knower with the Known | Prof. Robert Koons

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    This talk was given on June 26th, 2021 at the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop: Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas. The handout can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yv5by7f5 For information on upcoming Thomistic Institute events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Robert C. (“Rob”) Koons is a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught for 33 years. M. A. Oxford, Ph.D. UCLA. He is the author or co-author of four books, including: Realism Regained (Oxford University Press, 2000), and The Atlas of Reality: A Comprehensive Guide to Metaphysics, with Timothy H. Pickavance (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017). He is the co-editor (with George Bealer) of The Waning of Materialism (Oxford University Press, 2010), and co-editor (with Nicholas Teh and William Simpson) of Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science (Routledge, 2018). He has been working recently on an Aristotelian interpretation of quantum theory, on defending and articulating Thomism in contemporary terms, and on arguments for classical theism.
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    The Divine Ideas and the Truth in Things | Dr. Gregory Doolan

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    This talk was given on June 25, 2021 as part of the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop, "Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas." The handout for this lecture is available here: https://tinyurl.com/whh79a7x For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the Speaker: Gregory T. Doolan received his B.A. in political theory from Georgetown University in 1993 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 2003. He taught philosophy at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. from 2004–05 and joined the faculty of the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America in 2005. Dr. Doolan’s research interest is in the area of Aquinas’s metaphysics; in recent years, his focus has been on Aquinas’s account of the Aristotelian categories of being. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Doolan currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.
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    Truth As Transcendental: Ontological Foundations | Dr. Edward Feser

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    This talk was given on June 25, 2021 as part of the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop, "Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas." The handout for the talk can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/phksp393 For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the Speaker: Edward Feser is Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an M.A. in religion from the Claremont Graduate School, and a B.A. in philosophy and religious studies from the California State University at Fullerton. Called by National Review “one of the best contemporary writers on philosophy,” Feser is the author of On Nozick, Philosophy of Mind, Locke, The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism, Aquinas, Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction, Neo-Scholastic Essays, Five Proofs of the Existence of God, and Aristotle's Revenge, the co-author of By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment, and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Hayek and Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics. He is also the author of many academic articles. His primary academic research interests are in metaphysics, natural theology, the philosophy of mind, and moral and political philosophy. Feser also writes on politics and culture, from a conservative point of view; and on religion, from a traditional Roman Catholic perspective. In this connection, his work has appeared in such publications as The American, The American Conservative, The American Mind, Catholic Herald, Catholic World Report, City Journal, The Claremont Review of Books, Crisis, First Things, Liberty, National Review, New Oxford Review, Public Discourse, Reason, TCS Daily, and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and six children.
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    Thomistic Science and the Knowledge Of Principles | Prof. Michael Gorman

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    This talk was delivered on June 24, 2021. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Michael Gorman is a graduate of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto (B.A., Christianity and Culture, 1987), The Catholic University of America (Ph.L., Philosophy, 1989), the State University of New York at Buffalo (Ph.D., Philosophy, 1993), and Boston College (Ph.D., Theology, 1997). After serving as assistant professor of Catholic Studies at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from 1997 to 1999, he joined the faculty of the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, where he has taught ever since. A fellow of The Catholic University's Institute for Human Ecology, he has also been an Alexander von Humboldt fellow (Leipzig 2004), a Fulbright fellow (Cologne 2008), and a scholar in the Templeton Foundation's Working Group "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life" (2015-2017). He works primarily on metaphysics, especially the metaphysics of essence, substance, and normativity, and on applications of metaphysics in areas such as theory of mind, Christology, action theory, and ethics. He is the author of Aquinas on the Metaphysics of the Hypostatic Union (Cambridge, 2017) and over thirty scholarly articles. He is particularly interested in how analytic philosophy and medieval philosophy can be brought together in a way that is historically accurate and philosophically fruitful.
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    How Do We Know Essences? Sense Knowledge and Abstraction | Fr. James Brent, O.P.

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    This talk was given on June 26th, 2021 at the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop: Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas. For information on upcoming Thomistic Institute events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. James Dominic Brent, O.P. was born and raised in Michigan. He pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies in Philosophy, and completed his doctorate in Philosophy at Saint Louis University on the epistemic status of Christian beliefs according to Saint Thomas Aquinas. He has articles in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Natural Theology, in the Oxford Handbook of Thomas Aquinas on “God’s Knowledge and Will”, and on “Thomas Aquinas” in the Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology. He earned his STL from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. He taught in the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America from 2010-2014, and spent the year of 2014-2015 doing full-time itinerant preaching on college campuses across the United States. Since then, he has been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Dominican House of Studies.
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    What Is Intellect? | Sr. Anna Wray, O.P

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    This talk was given on June 25th, 2021 at the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop, on Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: A native of Greenwich, Connecticut, Sister Anna Wray received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 2002 and subsequently entered the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. After completing her initial religious formation at her community’s motherhouse in Nashville, Sister Anna taught for five years at the high school level in Knoxville and Chattanooga. She also spent a year in Australia, preparing for World Youth Day. She then returned to Catholic University, and in 2019 completed a doctorate in philosophy. Her dissertation was on “Aristotle’s Noetic Thinking in De anima III.6.” Sister previously taught as a First Year Experience fellow at the university and as an adjunct professor at Aquinas College.
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    Modes of Knowledge: Apprehension, Judgment, Reasoning | Fr. James Brent, O.P.

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    This talk was given on June 24th, 2021 at the 10th Annual Aquinas Philosophy Workshop, on Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom in Aquinas. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the Speaker: Fr. James Dominic Brent, O.P. was born and raised in Michigan. He pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies in Philosophy, and completed his doctorate in Philosophy at Saint Louis University on the epistemic status of Christian beliefs according to Saint Thomas Aquinas. He has articles in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Natural Theology, in the Oxford Handbook of Thomas Aquinas on “God’s Knowledge and Will”, and an article forthcoming on “Thomas Aquinas” in the Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology. He earned his STL from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, and was ordained a priest in the same year. He taught in the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America from 2010- 2014, and spent the year of 2014-2015 doing full time itinerant preaching on college campuses across the United States.
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    Preaching as Praising the Trinity | Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P.

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    This lecture was delivered on June 25, 2021 as part of "The Trinity & Priestly Life: Praying, Preaching, & Ministering in Light of the Mystery of God," a Thomistic Institute intellectual retreat for priests. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P., grew up as the youngest of ten children on a farm in Kansas, and studied history, philosophy, and classics at Benedictine College. He then went to St Andrews, Scotland for a Master of Letters in medieval history. He entered the Order of Preachers as a son of the Province of St. Joseph, and was ordained a priest in 2002. After finishing his S.T.L. and serving as an associate pastor for a brief time, he was sent to Kenya as a missionary for two years. He taught at the Tangaza College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and other institutions in Nairobi. He returned to the U.S. and completed a Ph.D. in theology at the University of Notre Dame, with the primary area of history of Christianity, specializing in patristic theology with additional studies in medieval theology, and the secondary area of systematic theology. His research appears in such journals as Vigiliae Christianae, Augustinianum, International Journal of Systematic Theology, New Blackfriars, Nova et Vetera, Pro Ecclesia, The Thomist, Communio, and Angelicum and in books published by Catholic University of America Press and Ignatius Press. He is the author of Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus (Oxford Early Christian Studies), Oxford University Press, 2013, and the editor of Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy, Hillenbrand Books, 2015.
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    The Priest as a Giver of the Spirit | Fr. Philip Neri Reese, O.P.

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    This lecture was delivered on June 24, 2021 as part of "The Trinity & Priestly Life: Praying, Preaching, & Ministering in Light of the Mystery of God," a Thomistic Institute intellectual retreat for priests. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. Philip-Neri Reese, OP, is a Dominican friar of St. Joseph Province (Eastern USA) and a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His areas of specialization are Thomism and the Thomistic tradition, metaphysics and its history, and metametaphysics. He is also interested in questions of philosophical methodology and periodization in the history of philosophy.
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    The Trinity and Priestly Ministries: St. Augustine’s and Ours | Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P.

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    This lecture was delivered on June 24, 2021 as part of "The Trinity & Priestly Life: Praying, Preaching, & Ministering in Light of the Mystery of God," a Thomistic Institute intellectual retreat for priests. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P., grew up as the youngest of ten children on a farm in Kansas, and studied history, philosophy, and classics at Benedictine College. He then went to St Andrews, Scotland for a Master of Letters in medieval history. He entered the Order of Preachers as a son of the Province of St. Joseph, and was ordained a priest in 2002. After finishing his S.T.L. and serving as an associate pastor for a brief time, he was sent to Kenya as a missionary for two years. He taught at the Tangaza College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and other institutions in Nairobi. He returned to the U.S. and completed a Ph.D. in theology at the University of Notre Dame, with the primary area of history of Christianity, specializing in patristic theology with additional studies in medieval theology, and the secondary area of systematic theology. His research appears in such journals as Vigiliae Christianae, Augustinianum, International Journal of Systematic Theology, New Blackfriars, Nova et Vetera, Pro Ecclesia, The Thomist, Communio, and Angelicum and in books published by Catholic University of America Press and Ignatius Press. He is the author of Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus (Oxford Early Christian Studies), Oxford University Press, 2013, and the editor of Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy, Hillenbrand Books, 2015.

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