This talk was given at Hillsdale College on October 15, 2021 as part of the Thomistic Institute conference "Christ the Savior: Perspectives from the Early Church Fathers." For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Jordan Joseph Wales is an Associate Professor of Theology at Hillsdale College, where he teaches historical theology. His scholarly work focuses on early Christianity as well as contemporary questions relating to theology and Artificial Intelligence. He received his M.T.S. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame after studying under a British Marshall Scholarship in the UK, where he received a Diploma in Theology from Oxford and a M.Sc. in Cognitive Science and Natural Language from the University of Edinburgh. He graduated with highest honors from Swarthmore College with a B.S. in Engineering and a minor in Physiological Psychology; and he received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
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How Is My iPhone Changing Me? Neuroscience and Thomistic Psychology | Prof. Joshua Hochschild
1:10:34This lecture was given at West Virginia University on November 5, 2021. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Joshua Hochschild is the Monsignor Robert R. Kline Professor of Philosophy at Mount St. Mary’s University, where he also served six years as the inaugural Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. His primary research is in medieval logic, metaphysics, and ethics, with broad interest in liberal education and the continuing relevance of the Catholic intellectual tradition. He is the author of The Semantics of Analogy: Rereading Cajetan’s De Nominum Analogia (2010), translator of Claude Panaccio’s Mental Language: From Plato to William of Ockham (2017), and co-author of A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction (2017). His writing has appeared in First Things, Commonweal, Modern Age and the Wall Street Journal. For 2020-21 he’s been elected to serve as President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.
Two New Arguments Against Atheism | Prof. Tomás Bogardus
1:10:22This talk was given onNovember 10, 2021 at the University of California Santa Barbara. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the Speaker: Tomás Bogardus was born in Long Beach, California, and earned his BS in biology at UC San Diego, his MA in philosophy at Biola University, and his PhD in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He works mainly in metaphysics and epistemology, and is most interested in the mind-body problem and the rationality of religious belief. He lives with his wife and daughter in a small California hippie/hipster town, and his hobbies include woodworking, bodyboarding, surfing, and no gi jiu jitsu.
Artificial Intelligence and the Human Soul | Prof. James Madden
1:07:38This lecture was delivered on October 30, 2021 at Yale University as part of "Scientism and Human Nature: A Conference." For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Prof. James Madden is Professor of Philosophy at Benedictine College. In addition to usual general education courses in philosophy (Logic, Principles of Nature, Ethics, and Philosophical Psychology), Dr. Madden typically teaches courses in modern philosophy, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. Dr. Madden's long term research interests are modern philosophy, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of mind. Jim Madden is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor, who won the IBJJF No-Gi World Championship (Masters 4, blue belt, open weight class) in December 2019. He has also written a book about physical fitness and strength/conditioning, Ageless Athlete.
Neuroscience and the Soul: The Mysteries of Neuroscience | Dr. Paul LaPenna
1:00:25This lecture was delivered on October 30, 2021 at Yale University as part of "Scientism and Human Nature: A Conference." For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Dr. LaPenna is a neurologist in Greenville, SC. He treats a wide variety of neurological conditions including epilepsy, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, and dementia. He is also a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, VA.
Reductionism and Free Will | Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P.
1:01:54This lecture was delivered on October 30, 2021 at Yale University as part of "Scientism and Human Nature: A Conference." For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Fr. Anselm Ramelow O.P. holds the Department Chair of Philosophy at the Dominican School of Theology and Philosophy. He earned his PhD in philosophy at the University of Munich in Germany. His research interests include Thomas Aquinas, free will, philosophical aesthetics, philosophy of language, faith and reason, including philosophy of miracles, the concept of personhood, the history of philosophy (Modern and contemporary, and some Medieval), and family rights.
Philosophy and Biology: Accounts of the Soul | Prof. Marie George
50:58This talk was given at a conference on Scientism and Human Nature by the Yale Undergraduate Chapter of the Thomistic Institute on October 30, 2021. For more information about upcoming TI events, check out: thomisticinstitute.org/events-1/ Speaker Bio: Marie George has been a member of the Philosophy Department of St. John's University since 1988. Professor George is an Aristotelian-Thomist whose interests lie primarily in the areas of philosophy of nature and philosophy of science. She has received several awards from the John Templeton foundation for her work in science and religion, and in 2007 she received a grant from the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) for an interdisciplinary project entitled: “The Evolution of Sympathy and Morality.” Professor George has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles and two books: Christianity and Extraterrestrials? A Catholic Perspective(2005) and Stewardship of Creation (2009). She is currently working on Aquinas’s “Fifth Way,” and also on a variety of questions concerning living things (self-motion, consciousness, evolution, etc.). Professor George is a member of ten philosophical societies, including the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, and the Society for Aristotelian Studies.
How Aristotle Can Benefit Science Today | Fr. Ambrose Little, O.P.
1:02:31This lecture was delivered on November 5, 2021 at Georgetown University. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Ambrose Mary Little O.P. was ordained to the priesthood in 2013 and is a member of the Dominican Order in the Province of St. Joseph. His primary work is in Aristotle and his natural philosophy.
"We Don't Do Truth" | Prof. John Rist
1:34:33This talk was delivered on November 9, 2021 at the University of Edinburgh. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: John M. Rist was educated in classics at Trinity College, Cambridge. He taught Greek at University College in the University of Toronto from 1959 to 1969 and from 1969 to 1980 was a professor of classics at the University of Toronto. He taught from 1980 to 1983 as Regius Professor of Classics at the University of Aberdeen, and returned to the University of Toronto, where he was professor of classics and philosophy from 1983 to 1996, with a cross-appointment to St. Michael's College from 1983 to 1990. In 1997, Rist became professor emeritus of the University of Toronto in 1997. He has been part-time visiting professor at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome since 1998. In 1976 Rist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 1991 he was elected a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. In 1995 he was the Lady Davis Visiting Professor in Philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Professor Rist has written more than 100 scholarly works, including the following books: Man, Soul and Body: Essays in Ancient Thought from Plato to Dionysius (1996), Augustine: Ancient Thought Baptized (1994), The Mind of Aristotle (1989), Platonism and Its Christian Heritage (1985), Human Value: A Study of Ancient Philosophical Ethics (1982), On the Independence of Matthew and Mark (1978), The Stoics (1978), Epicurus: An Introduction (1972), Stoic Philosophy (1969), Plotinus: The Road to Reality (1967), and Eros and Psyche: Studies in Plato, Plotinus and Origen (1964). He is the author of more than 80 articles on ancient Greek philosophy, Hellenistic philosophy, Plotinus and Neoplatonism, Patristics, and medieval philosophy.
Faith and Reason in the Life of John Henry Newman | Prof. Nathaniel Peters
1:02:28This talk was delivered on October 16, 2021 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Dr. Nathaniel Peters, Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is the Executive Director of the Morningside Institute and a lecturer at Columbia University. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College in linguistics, with a focus on French and Latin, his M.T.S. from the University of Notre Dame, and his Ph.D. in the history of Christian thought and Christian ethics from Boston College. At Boston College, he taught courses in the department of theology and lectured in the Perspectives Program, BC’s great books program. He is currently working on an English translation of letters of William of Saint-Thierry and has published articles and reviews in Religious Studies Review, America, Commonweal, First Things, and Plough Quarterly. A native of Edgartown, MA, he lives in Harlem with his wife and son.
The Motives of the Incarnation: Why Did God Become Man? | Prof. Paul Gondreau
1:06:56Merry Christmas and happy new year from the Thomistic Institute! This week, we are reposting some of our favorite talks related to Christmas and the Incarnation of our Lord. This talk was given at the University of Oklahoma on September 11, 2018. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Dr. Paul Gondreau received his S.T.D. from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland in 2000. He teaches and publishes in the areas of moral theology, with an emphasis on marriage, Christology, and sacraments, with a specialization in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. He is also an associate editor of the journal Nova et Vetera. Dr. Gondreau’s dissertation, written under Fr. Jean-Pierre Torrell, OP, was published as The Passions of Christ’s Soul in the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas (Aschendorff, 2002; reprinted University of Scranton Press, 2009). He is currently working on a monograph on a Thomistic account of the meaning and purpose of human sexuality.