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Healing Friendship: Human and Divine

Saturday 20th May 2017

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues (see http://jubileecentre.ac.uk/ ) co-hosted this one-day conference together with the Aquinas Institute, held at Blackfriars Hall. The Institute is very grateful for the Jubilee Centre’s support in this venture. The conference was attended by over forty delegates, and was hugely successful in stimulating a range of thought-provoking questions from a diverse audience.

The Introduction to the Conference, and the Papers delivered, can be found at this link

The day’s papers were as follows:

Introduction to the Theme
               Rev. Dr Richard Conrad, OP, Director of the Institute

Friendship’s Contribution to Psychological Well-Being in Aristotle   
               Professor Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic University of America

Divine Friendship in Times of Depression: Insights from Neuroscience          
               Dr Connie Svob, Columbia University, New York City

Nature and Grace in the Sacramental Encounter  
               Dr Richard Conrad, OP, Director of the Aquinas Institute

Joint Attention and Virtue Infusion, in Nature and Grace
               Rev. Dr Andrew Pinsent, Research Director, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion

Imagining With and Hoping In
               Dr Liz Gulliford, The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues

Plenary Discussion
               Chaired by Rev. Dr Peter Hunter, OP, The Aquinas Institute


Abstracts of the papers can be found by following the links below:

Introduction Dr Richard Conrad, OP
Fr Richard welcomed the delegates [read more…]

“Friendship’s Contribution to Psychological Well-Being in Aristotle” Professor Michael Pakaluk
Prof Pakaluk proposed Books I-II and VII-X of the Nicomachean Ethics as the practical part [read more…]

“Divine Friendship in Times of Depression: Insights from Neuroscience” Dr Connie Svob
Dr Svob proposed some theological perspectives on scientific findings relating to depression [read more…]

“Nature and Grace in the Sacramental Encounter” Dr Richard Conrad, OP
Fr Richard set the context by indicating briefly St Thomas’ importance in the development of sacramental theology [read more…]

“Joint Attention and Virtue Infusion, in Nature and Grace” Dr Andrew Pinsent
Fr Pinsent offered “the second-person perspective”, the phenomenon of joint attention, as a means of bringing together modern psychology/neuroscience and traditional virtue ethics [read more…]

“Imagining With and Hoping In Dr Liz Gulliford
Dr Gulliford distinguished hope from optimism, as regards their ground, the nature of their confidence, the way they picture the future, the role of the imagination, and the extent to which they are qualities of individuals [read more…]


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