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Who Am I to Judge? Politics and the Problem of Moral Relativism | Prof. Michael Gorman

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This talk was given at the University of Dallas on October 6th, 2021. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at 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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    Does Evolution Undermine Christianity? | Prof. Matthew Ramage


    This talk was given on October 28, 2021 at the University of Tulsa. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at About the speaker: Dr. Matthew Ramage is Adjunct Professor of Sacred Scripture at Holy Apostles College and Seminary and Professor of Theology at Benedictine College in Kansas. He is author, contributing author, or co-translator of a variety of articles and books, including the monographs Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and Thomas Aquinas (CUA, 2013), Jesus, Interpreted: Benedict XVI, Bart Ehrman, and the Historical Truth of the Gospels (CUA Press, 2017), The Experiment of Faith: Pope Benedict XVI on Living the Theological Virtues in a Secular Age (CUA Press, 2020), and Christ’s Church and World Religions (Sophia Institute Press, 2020). His next book, From the Dust of the Earth: Benedict XVI, the Bible, and the Theory of Evolution, is forthcoming from Catholic University of America Press in early 2022. For more on his work and his CV, visit Dr. Ramage’s website In addition to his books, Dr. Ramage’s work has appeared in a number of scholarly journals including Nova et Vetera, Letter and Spirit, Scientia et Fides, Scripta Theologica, Cithara, and Homiletic and Pastoral Review as well as popular online venues such as Strange Notions, The Gregorian Institute, Crisis, and the Word on Fire Institute’s Evangelization and Culture. You can find interviews with Dr. Ramage at news outlets including the National Catholic Register and First Things, EWTN radio’s Catholic Answers Live, and EWTN’s television program Catholicism on Campus. When he is not teaching or writing, Dr. Ramage enjoys hiking with his wife and five children, tending his orchard, and traveling abroad to learn, lecture, and lead educational trips.
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    The Intellectual Life of The Blessed Virgin Mary | Dr. Zena Hitz


    This lecture was given at University of California, Berkeley on November 16, 2021. For more events and info visit Zena Hitz is a Tutor at St. John's College where she teaches across the liberal arts. She is interested in defending intellectual activity for its own sake, as against its use for economic or political goals. Her forthcoming book, Intellectual Life, is rooted in essays that have appeared in First Things, Modern Age, and The Washington Post. Her scholarly work has focused on the political thought of Plato and Aristotle, especially the question of how law cultivates or fails to cultivate human excellence. She received an MPhil in Classics from Cambridge and studied Social Thought and Philosophy at the University of Chicago before finishing her PhD in Philosophy at Princeton.
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    Can God Force Me to be Good? A Thomistic Answer | Prof. Thomas Osborne


    This talk was given on October 19, 2021 at the University of Arizona. Click here for Prof. Osborne's handout: For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at About the speaker: Thomas M. Osborne, Jr. (Ph.D., Duke 2001), is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, and a member of the Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas (Houston). He has written many articles on medieval and late-scholastic philosophy and other topics, and is the author of Love of Self and Love of God in Thirteenth-Century Ethics (2005), Human Action in Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and WIlliam of Ockham (2014), and Aquinas's Ethics (2020).
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    What Makes a Person Good? The Cardinal Virtues and Living Well | Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P.


    This talk was given on October 27, 2021 at the University of Auburn. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at About the speaker: A native of Louisiana, Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., entered the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in 2005. After several years of pastoral work in New York City, Fr. Guilbeau began doctoral studies in moral theology at the University of Fribourg, where he completed a dissertation on St. Thomas Aquinas’s doctrine of the common good. In addition to his teaching, Fr. Guilbeau serves as senior editor of (English edition). He is also the current prior of the Dominican House of Studies.
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    How Is My iPhone Changing Me? Neuroscience and Thomistic Psychology | Prof. Joshua Hochschild


    This lecture was given at West Virginia University on November 5, 2021. For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at 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.
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    Two New Arguments Against Atheism | Prof. Tomás Bogardus


    This talk was given onNovember 10, 2021 at the University of California Santa Barbara. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at 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.
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    Artificial Intelligence and the Human Soul | Prof. James Madden


    This 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 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.
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    Neuroscience and the Soul: The Mysteries of Neuroscience | Dr. Paul LaPenna


    This 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 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.
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    Reductionism and Free Will | Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P.


    This 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 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.
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    Philosophy and Biology: Accounts of the Soul | Prof. Marie George


    This 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: 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.

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