Thomistic Studies Students Present in the U.S, Abroad
The spring semester has been a busy one for the students of the Center for Thomistic Studies. In March alone, students at the Center attended seven conferences and symposia and delivered six papers, and philosophy conference presentations will continue through the summer.
Doctoral student Carol Gardosik attended the Symposium on Women in Philosophy at Rice University on March 9.
Doctoral candidate Daniel De Haan presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia on March 11-12. His paper, “Avicenna’s Healing and the Metaphysics of Being and Truth,” was the recipient of the Aristotle Prize for essays presented by graduate students and recent Ph.D. graduates.
Geoffrey Meadows, doctoral student, attended the 2012 Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers at Hendrix College in Arizona on March 22-24. He delivered a paper titled, “The Problem of Evil or Is God a Consequentialist?”
At the same time, doctoral candidate Nathan Poage attended the New Mexico/West Texas Philosophical Society meeting in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He delivered a paper on “The Subject and Principles of Metaphysics in Avicenna and Aquinas” and commented on Prof. Dave Mesing’s paper “Toppling Progress: Hegel’s Logic of Form and History.”
At the end of March, three of the Center’s graduate students attended the Second Annual Houston Baptist University Philosophy Conference on Divine and Human Action. Doctoral student Daniel C. Wagner delivered a paper titled “Intention and Reasoning Ex Suppositione Finis.” Student Sr. Anne Frances Le, O.P., who is all but dissertation, gave a paper on "Author of Being, Author of Sin?: A Thomistic Analysis of God's Causality and Sin," and Daniel De Haan spoke on “The Moment of Free-Choice: Addiction and Akrasia.”
Daniel Wagner attended the Gonzaga University Graduate Philosophy Conference on April 13, and delivered a paper, “On the End and Scope of the Phenomenological Method (epoche).”
The graduate activities will continue in May. Carol Gardosik will present a paper on “Thinking through Aristotle in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, and Huntsville, Texas” at the Stephen L. Weber Graduate Conference in Ethics, to be held at San Diego State University on May 5 and 6.
Daniel De Haan will attend the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 10-13 and give a paper on “Ens Per Se Non Est Definitio Substantiae: Avicenna, Aquinas, and the Aristotelian Doctrine of Being.”
De Haan, along with recent B.A./M.A. student Eric Mabry, will attend the Aquinas Studium, De Malo at Regis College on the campus of the University of Toronto in Canada, May 28 to June 1.
DeHaan will continue his philosophical explorations into the summer. He will attend the 2nd Annual Philosophy Workshop, “Thomas Aquinas & the Mind/Body,” at the Thomistic Institute, Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C., on June 21-24, hosted by Mount Saint Mary’s College, with his fellow graduate student, Brian Kemple.
DeHaan will also attend a Summer Seminar at the Munich School of Philosophy, Institute for Philosophy of Religion in Munich, Germany from July 26 to Aug. 9. At the seminar, titled “Minds: Human and Divine – Explorations at the Interface Between Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Religion,” he will deliver a paper on “Mental Causation, Acting Persons, and Self-Determination in a Thomistic Hylomorphic Anthropology.”
Then he will travel to Uppsala, Sweden from Aug. 15-18 to attend a conference: Subjectivity, Selfhood and Agency in the Arabic and Latin Traditions, at Uppsala University. There, DeHaan will deliver a paper on “‘Hic homo intelligit’: Deborah Black, Bernard Lonergan, and Aquinas’s Critique of Averroes.”