Hilary Term Events

21st January 2019

The following exciting events are happening in Hilary Term 2019, to which all are welcome. See the Events Calendar for more details. All events take place at Blackfriars.


Prof William Desmond  will deliver our annual Aquinas Lecture on Weds 23 January at 5.00 pm. His title is ‘Communities of the Metaxu: Interdependence beyond Dependence and Independence’.


Our annual Seminar Series is largely on the theme of ‘The Good of Human Interdependence’, as part of our investigation of ‘The Dependent Rational Animal’s Embodied and Embedded Transcendence’. The seminars are held at 4.30 pm on some Wednesdays and some Thursdays of Term.

Thurs 17 January: Prof Edward Feser on ‘Cooperation with Sins against Prudence and Chastity’

Weds 30 January: Prof Jennifer Frey on ‘Temperance and the Common Good’

Thurs 7 February: Prof Patricio Dominguez Valdes on ‘The Theory of Passions as Constituent of a Theory of Providence’

Thurs 14 February: Prof John Finley on ‘Matter as a Principle of Both Individuation and Communion’

Weds 20 February: Rev Dr Nicholas Austin, SJ, on ‘Divine and Human Gift: Magnanimity in Thomas Aquinas and Ignatius of Loyola’

Weds 27 February: Prof Peter Hampson on ‘Appreciating the Fine and Discerning the Good: Toward a Theology of Affordance’

Weds 6 March: Rev Prof Joost Baneke on ‘“I have called you friends”: Aelred of Rievaulx’s Medieval Psychological Theology of Charity, Friendship, and Interdependence’


The Annual Aquinas Colloquium will be held on Saturday 2 March from 9.30 am – 5.00 pm. Its theme is ‘Aquinas on the Development of Law’. A buffet lunch will be provided.

Confirmed speakers: Prof Jay Budziszewski (University of Texas, Prof Ryan Meade (Loyola University, Chicago), Dr Jonathan Price (University of Oxford) and Rev Dr Richard Conrad, OP (Aquinas Institute)


Prof Edward Feser will lecture on ‘Classical Theism & the Nature of God’ on 16 January at 7.30 pm. This lecture is sponsored by the Thomistic Institute, Washington DC.

Prof William Carroll will lecture on ‘The Condemnations of 1277 and the Origins of Modern Science’ on 28 February at 5.00 pm. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion.

Dr Rik Van Nieuwenhove will lecture on ‘Why Did God Die? Salvation According to St. Thomas Aquinas’ on 5 March at 7.30 pm. This lecture is sponsored by the Thomistic Institute, Washington DC.

Prof Andrew Willard Jones will lecture on ‘Against Liberalism: The Spiritual & Temporal Swords in the Thought of St Thomas Aquinas’ on 8 March at 5.00 pm.