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Talking Thomism provides a mix of philosophical lectures, stimulating discussions, and interviews from the Center for Thomistic Studies.

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Colloquium Series Podcasts
The Colloquium Series Podcasts derive from the colloquiums given throughout the academic year at the Center for Thomistic Studies. Each episode of the podcast features a member of the Center or a visiting scholar presenting a philosophical paper on an area of their research.

"The Identification of Substance and Action in God as Subsisting Goodness" by Dr. John Nieto

This episode features Dr. John Nieto. Dr. Nieto earned his PhD in philosophy from Notre Dame University and teaches at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA.

In his paper, "Aristotle's Identification of Substance and Action in God as Subsisting Goodness," Dr. Nieto gives a detailed examination of Aristotle's statements about God in Metaphysics Lambda.

This talk was given at the Center for Thomistic Studies on January 18, 2019.

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"Hunger and Thirst: Suffering for Christ in Sts. Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Kolkatta." by Sr. Albert Marie Surmanski

In this episode, the Center brings you Sr. Albert Marie Surmanski, OP PhD (University of St. Thomas) presenting a paper titled "Hunger and Thirst: Suffering for Christ in Sts. Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Kolkatta." The published version of this paper can be found in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Vol. 20, No. 4 (Fall 2017), pp. 18-38 (www.stthomas.edu/media/catholicst…0.4Surmanski.pdf)

Sr. Albert Marie is a Visiting Assistant Professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas. She earned her PhD in theology from Ave Maria University in 2014.

This talk was given at the Center for Thomistic Studies on November 5, 2018.

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"Can Thomas' Account of Individuation Survive Scotus' Objections? A CONCRETE Respone," by Dr. Gaston LeNotre

We are happy to welcome back Dr. Gaston LeNotre for his second appearance on Talking Thomism! Dr. LeNotre is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Dominican University College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He earned his PhD in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.

In his paper "Can Thomas' Account of Individuation Survive Scotus' Objections? A CONCRETE Respone," Dr. LeNotre follows up on the work he presented in his appearance on Talking Thomism. Here, he argues that Aquinas held indeterminate dimension is the principle of individuation and considers some objections to this position taken from the Subtle Doctor himself, Duns Scotus.

This talk was given at the Center for Thomistic Studies on February 22, 2019.

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“The Multiplicity of Divine Attributes in Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas” by Dr. Brian Carl

In this episode, we will hear Dr. Brian Carl present his paper "The Multiplicity of Divine Attributes in Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas." Dr. Carl is a member of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies, where he is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. This talk was given at the Center for Thomistic Studies on March 4, 2018.

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“The Good, The Bad, and The Sinful: Fine Lines and Grey Areas in the Extended Writings of Anselm of Canterbury” by Dr. Thomas Ball

In this episode, Dr. Thomas Ball provides a robust account of Anselm's ethic theory through a consideration of Anselm's lesser known works. Dr. Ball is an independent scholar and a co-founder and co-owner of Sacristy Press (Durham, UK). Dr. Ball earned his PhD in the history of political thought at Durham University. 

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"Looking for the Common Good in our Republic Contra MacIntyre" by Dr. Christopher Wolfe

In this episode, we will hear Dr. Christopher Wolfe present his paper, "Looking for the Common Good in Our Republic: Considering Some Objections from Alasdair MacIntyre". Dr. Wolfe is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of St. Thomas. This talk was given at the Center for Thomistic Studies on November 2nd, 2018.

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"Jean-Yves Lacoste: From Being-in-the-World to Living-Before-God" by Dr. Steven Delay

In this episode, the Center brings you Dr. Steven Delay (Wake Forest University) presenting a paper titled "Jean-Yves Lacoste: From Being-in-the-World to Living-Before-God." This paper is adapted from Dr. Delay's recent book "Phenomenology in France: A Philosophical and Theological Introduction" (Routledge, 2018). Dr. Delay earned his MA in philosophy from Rice University and his DPhil in philosophy from Oxford University. He is currently a Thomas Jack Lynch Teacher-Scholar Post Doctoral Fellow at Wake Forest University, NC. This talk was given at the Center for Thomistic Studies on September 28, 2018.

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"Thomas Aquinas on the Different Problems of Individuation," by Dr. Gaston LeNotre

Dr. Gaston LeNotre is an independent scholar who earned his PhD in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. In his paper "Thomas Aquinas on the Different Problems of Individuation," Dr. LeNotre addresses issues concerning the principle of individuation in St. Thomas. He provides a thorough overview of St. Thomas' writings on how material individuals are individuated and provides a critique of Joseph Owens' interpretation of Aquinas that esse is the ultimate principle of individuation in Aquinas.

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Is the Enlightenment Working? Considerations from Alexis de Tocqueville" by Brian Jones

In light of recent defenses (e.g. Steven Pinker's "Enlightenment Now!", Jonah Goldberg's "Suicide of the West") and critiques (Patrick Deneen's "Why Liberalism Failed") of enlightenment liberalism, Mr. Jones argues the ultimate fruit of enlightenment liberalism has been the atomization society, leading to a sense of isolation and meaninglessness.

Mr. Jones has been published in New Blackfriars, Crisis, Catholic World Report, HPR, and Catholic Social Science Review.

This talk was given at the Center for Thomistic Studies on May 4, 2018.

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"Interpretation and Traditions: An Intersection For Peirce, Heidegger, and Aquinas" by Dr. Brian Kemple

In this episode, Dr. Brian Kemple addresses how the insights of Peirce, Heidigger, and Thomas can be used to understand how we interpret the truth. The talk draws on material from Dr. Kemple's recent book "Ens Primum Cognitum in Thomas Aquinas and the Tradition, The Philosophy of Being as First Known" (Brill, 2017) and his current research. Dr. Kemple is a graduate of the Center for Thomistic Studies. He currently teaches ethics at the Wentworth Institute of Technology and is a fellow at the Center for the Study of Digital Life.

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"How to Be an Analytic Existential Thomist" by Dr. Turner Nevitt

Dr. Turner Nevitt is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego. In his talk "How to Be an Analytic Existential Thomist," Dr. Nevitt defends the Thomistic doctrine that existence is a real property against traditional critiques by analytic philosophers. Nevitt argues that, besides Aquinas' own arguments, there are solid analytic grounds for adopting the Thomistic conception of existence.

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"Sophisticated Alienation" by Dr. Steven Jensen

Dr. Steven Jensen is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, Houston and the chair of the Center for Thomistic Studies. In his paper, titled "Sophisticated Alienation," Dr. Jensen provides a critique of consequentialism in relation to recent attempts by consequentialist philosophers to overcome the problem of alienation (the objection that consequentialist focus on maximizing the agent-neutral good destroys one's personal connections to anyone you may try to help.)

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Introduction to the Center for Thomistic Studies

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