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    • Philosophy

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    Aquinas on Omnipresence

    Aquinas on Omnipresence

    The fifth lecture in the 2017-18 Philosophy Speaker Series was presented by Dr. Jeffrey Brower, Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. Brower writes, "According to the traditional doctrine of divine omnipresence, God is present everywhere. But how is that possible? For God to be present everywhere, he must be located in space. But aren't material objects the only type of being that can be located in space? In this paper, I explore Aquinas's answers to these questions, as well as what they tell us about the nature of space and spatial location."

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Six or Seven Life Lessons That I Have Drawn from Kierkegaard

    Six or Seven Life Lessons That I Have Drawn from Kierkegaard

    This third lecture in the 2017-18 Philosophy Speaker Series was presented by Dr. Gordon Marino, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College.
    Dr. Marino writes: "The Stoic Seneca said, 'He who studies with a philosopher...should daily return home a sounder man, or on the way to becoming sounder.' I have spent much of the last three decades reading and in dialogue with Soren Kierkegaard's texts. I would like to think that this study has at least set me on a path to becoming a sounder human being. In this lecture, I will try to pass along some of the wisdom I have garnered from my long and ongoing walk with Kierkegaard."

    • 1 hr 23 min
    "Eternal Fulfillment? Some Thoughts on the Afterlife."

    "Eternal Fulfillment? Some Thoughts on the Afterlife."

    The second lecture in the 2017-2018 Philosophy Speaker Series was presented on Wednesday, October 4 by Dr. Kevin Hector, entitled “Eternal Fulfillment? Some Thoughts on the Afterlife.”

    Dr. Hector’s paper lays out two recent arguments raised against the desirability of eternal life, and then addresses these arguments by talking about two possible features of eternal life, namely, communion with God and what Hector calls “abundant life.”

    Dr. Kevin W. Hector is Associate Professor of Theology and of the Philosophy of Religions at the University of Chicago, and is the author of two books: Theology without Metaphysics and The Theological Project of Modernism. He worships at Wellspring Alliance Church, in Wheaton, with his wife, Krista, and two children, Simeon and Anastasia.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    The Strange Uses of Political Religion

    The Strange Uses of Political Religion

    Dr. Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, McGill University

    March 13, 2017
    Dr. Taylor has been awarded the 2007 Templeton Prize, the 2008 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy, and the 2016 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy. Dr. Taylor has published widely in the areas of moral philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of action, philosophy of personal identity, philosophy of language, philosophy of the human sciences, philosophy of mind, epistemology, philosophy of history, and, most recently, his work has focused on the themes of religion and secularization. He is the author of numerous books, including The Explanation of Behaviour (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1964); Hegel (Cambridge University Press, 1975); Sources of the Self: The Making of Modern Identity (Harvard University Press, 1989); The Ethics of Authenticity (Harvard University Press, 1991); A Secular Age (The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2007); Secularism and Freedom of Conscience, co-authored with Jocelyn Maclure (Harvard University Press, 2011); and The Language Animal (The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2016).

    • 50 min
    The Return of Natural Law

    The Return of Natural Law

    March 2, 2017 • Dr. J Budziszewski, Professor of Philosophy (Ph.D., Saint Louis University) at University of Texas at Austin.

    For centuries, the natural law tradition held that the most basic principles of how to live are not only knowable, but actually known: Even the thief, the adulterer, and the God-mocker know the wrong of theft, the good of fidelity, and the duty of honoring God. Many modern thinkers spurned this tradition, holding that so-called natural law is neither truly natural nor truly law. The story might have ended there, yet as a Roman poet wrote, "You can drive nature out with a pitchfork, but it always returns": Today the theory of the moral truths that we can’t not know is experiencing a renaissance.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Pride - Both Good and Bad

    Pride - Both Good and Bad

    February 16, 2017 • Dr. Kevin Timpe, W. H. Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy (Ph.D., Saint Louis University) at Calvin College.

    Dr. Timpe will focus on the role pride has played in Christian theology and philosophical theology. It will delineate several different types of pride, some positive, some negative, and some downright vicious. It will then explore the role the vice of pride has played in the lives of several influential figures, as well as ways pride bears on some central issues in Christian theology.

    • 1 hr 14 min

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