Two new Research Fellows have recently been appointed.
FR THOMAS JOSEPH WHITE OP
Fr Thomas Joseph's title was “Divine Simplicity and the Holy Trinity”. He expounded the simplicity of God as defended by St. Thomas in Prima Pars, Question 3, showing that the complexities or compositions found in creatures are not found in God. It follows, he argued, that God as God is not in history; nor does He react to the world; nor is He a “kind of thing”. Hence we cannot envisage God as, for example, “an acorporeal mind with infinite power”. As the Author of being, who alone does not need to receive being, God is “He Who Is” of Exodus 3, and is neither a member of the sum of all beings, nor the being within them. In line with the apophaticism of Exodus, and the Patristic theologies of East and West, Fr. Thomas Joseph critiqued forms of Trinitarian theology that are anthropomorphic, albeit in a high way. He also rejected attempts to prove the doctrine of the Holy Trinity on the basis of creation or on the basis of the essential attributes of goodness and of interpersonal communion. Rather, we should appreciate God’s graciousness in revealing a Mystery that transcends all natural knowledge, yet does not contradict or confound human reason. Authentic Christian Trinitarianism is in no tension with the Old Testament revelation, nor does it do away with the sound philosophy that can attain to God’s simplicity. The lecture was, as usual, well attended, and was followed by a lively question and discussion session, a reception, and Vespers of St. Thomas.
The Aquinas Seminars take place on Thursdays of Weeks 2-7 of Hilary Term, from 4.30pm until 6.00pm in the Aula at Blackfriars.
29th January Rupert Mayer, OP, (International Theological Institute, Austria)
The Question of Being: A Confrontation of Aquinas and Heidegger
5th February James Brent, OP (Catholic University of America)
Aquinas, God, and Order
12th February Bernhard Blankenhorn, OP (Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome)
Aquinas and the Gift of Wisdom
19th February Tianyue Wu (Peking University)
Are First Movements Venial Sins? Augustinian Doctrine and Aquinas's Reinterpretation
26th February Pasquale Porro (Sorbonne)
Aquinas and Determinism
5th March Lee Yearley (Stanford University)
Virtues and Vices: Thomas Aquinas in Conversation with Classical Chinese Philosophy
The Aquinas Seminars were made possible by the generosity of the Earhart Foundation of the USA.
Thomas and Thomisms
The annual Aquinas Colloquium will be held at Blackfriars, Oxford, on Saturday 7th March, 2015, from 9.45am to 5.30pm.
Presentations will be given representing different recent “schools” of Thomism, followed by a discussion of whether Aquinas’s thought can be well captured by any one school or by a limited list of “theses”. The “schools” to be formally represented are “Existential Thomism”, “Strict Observance Thomism”, “Transcendental Thomism” and “River Forest Thomism”, but it is hoped that participants in the Colloquium will include scholars familiar with further approaches.
Prof. John O’Callaghan, University of Notre Dame
Prof. Reinhard Hütter, Duke Divinity School
Prof. Jeremy Wilkins, Regis College, Toronto
Fr. Peter Hunter OP, Blackfriars, Oxford
For more information about the Aquinas Institute, please contact fr. Richard Conrad OP firstname.lastname@example.org
Lecture delivered by Paul Symington entitled "Powerful Logic: Aquinas’s Unified Theory of Prime Matter as Principle of Individuation and Pure Potency"
Date: 5 May 2015
Venue: Fraenkel Room, Corpus Christi College
Seminar speaker: Dr. Barbara R. Walters, Professor of Sociology, City University of New York,
co-author of The Feast of Corpus Christi, author of The Politics of Aesthetic Judgment.
Date: Thursday 28th May, 2015
Time: 4.30 p.m.
Venue: Lecture room at Blackfriars, St. Giles’
Close reading of the Corpus Christi Office:
Date: Thursday 28th May, 2015
Time: 8.00 p.m.
Venue: Aquinas Seminar Room, 17 Beaumont Street
An afternoon colloquium took place on Saturday 20th June, 2015, 1.00 - 5.30 p.m.
Mr Jonathan Price: The ‘classical’ tragic vision; Aristotle’s comic vision of the ‘political animal’; the Stoic-Augustinian ‘fall back’.
Dr Richard Conrad, OP, Director of the Aquinas Institute: Aquinas’ vision of trustworthy political goodness, healed, enlarged and affirmed by Caritas.
Followed by a seminar: Is the political community a place where good people typically flourish, or where they are persecuted?
Date: 27 June 2015
Time: 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Venue: Blackfriars, St Giles
A summer school aimed at university students and young adults. Dominican friars and sisters guide participants in studying Aquinas on ‘God and Creation’, ‘Journeying to God’, and ‘Christ our way’, in parallel sessions to cater for those who are new, and those who have been before.
Attached pictures were taken at the previous summers chools. For more details, please see download.
In collaboration with the Oxford Council of Christians and Jews
An evening lecture at Blackfriars, St Giles’
Tuesday 8th September, 2015, 7.30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr Richard Conrad OP, Director of the Aquinas Institute