Professor of Philosophy; Senior Fellow, Berkeley Institute
Ethics with Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas ranks among the most important thinkers in the history of Western civilization. His synthesis of Greek philosophy and medieval theology has influenced philosophers, artists, politicians, and churches for over half a millenium. This discussion group will introduce students to the basics of Aquinas’ thinking about ethics. It will focus on his understanding of human happiness and the moral virtues. Its goal is to help first-time readers to approach Aquinas’ writings with confidence, and to see the moral life as Aquinas did–as part of the journey of rational creatures to their final end and true happiness.
Dates: Tuesdays on September 8, September 29, October 20, and November 10
Readings and Discussion Schedule:
9/8: Summa Theologia, I-II, Q. 1-6 (pp. 1-11).
**This seminar is free and open to all full-time university students and faculty.