Thomas Aquinas Philosophy Workshop

February 8, 2012

The Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C., and the Catholic and Dominican Institute of Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY, present a workshop on the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas:

Aquinas and the Mind/Body Problem

June 21 – 24, 2012 Mt. St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY

How might Aquinas’ philosophy of the human person speak to dilemmas in contemporary philosophy of mind? What is Aquinas’ hylomorphic conception of the human being as body and soul? How does his study of the diverse faculties of the human person (intellect, free will, emotions, physiological living processes) provide an illuminating account of human life? This conference will explore Aquinas’s understanding of the person, asking the question of the perennial relevance of his contribution. The first day of the conference is devoted especially to graduate students, either in philosophy, or adjacent disciplines. The second and third days of the event will combine presentations by philosophers with times of discussion and debate. Featured speakers for the workshop include: Most Rev. Charles Morerod, O.P. Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva & Fribourg, Switzerland Prof. Candace Vogler University of Chicago Prof. Thomas Hibbs Baylor University Prof. John O’Callaghan Notre Dame University Prof. Alfred Freddoso Notre Dame University Prof. Michael Gorman The Catholic University of America Rev. James Brent, O.P. The Catholic University of America


Space for this workshop is limited. Register online at or fill out the form attached to the workshop brochure:  2012 Aquinas Workshop Brochure.  Please send registration fees by check or money order made payable to Mount Saint Mary College no later than June 1, 2012. For more information call 845-569-3467.  A copy of the workshop flyer may also be downloaded here:  2012 Aquinas Workshop Brochure.


The Thomistic Institute

The Thomistic Institute of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, promotes research into the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and the subsequent Thomistic tradition. The research of the Institute is both historic and systematic, deeply rooted in the classical Catholic tradition while engaging contemporary discourse and thought. The Institute also recognizes the importance of the philosophical heritage of the Common Doctor of the Church as a wellspring that can enrich the study of theology. An educational project of the Order of Preachers, the Thomistic Institute is situated within the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.  The Institute is currently directed by Rev. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., D.Phil, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology.

The Catholic & Dominican Institute of Mount Saint Mary College

The Catholic & Dominican Institute of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, promotes the College’s Dominican heritage; advances the Dominican charism of study and service; provides a forum for discussion of contemporary ethical issues; and enhances Catholic and Jewish dialogue. Guided by the college’s vision and mission statement, the Institute welcomes persons of varied faiths and acknowledges different religious traditions as essential to the college’s intellectual and spiritual life. The Institute is directed by Charles Zola, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy.

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