Master Class on "Heidegger & Aquinas on the Question Concerning Technology"

Nov 16, 2019
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Jeffrey BishopSaint Louis University

Stephen MeredithUniversity of Chicago


Open to current students and faculty. Copies of the readings will be provided for those who register.


9:30am Coffee & Pastries
10:00am Session I
11:25am Break
11:35am Session II
1:00pm End, lunch



  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, I, Q.47, Art.1-2 (on creation); III, Q.60, Art.2-4 (on sacraments)
  • Martin Heidegger, The Question Concerning Technology



  • Francisco Benzoni. "Thomas Aquinas and Environmental Ethics: A Reconsideration of Providence and Salvation." The Journal of Religion, Vol. 85, No. 3 (July 2005), pp. 446-476.
  • Bernard Stiegler, Technics and Time, 1 (Stanford University Press, 1998) pp. 1-27.

Jeffrey P. Bishop is the Tenet Endowed Chair in Health Care Ethics, professor of philosophy and professor of theology at Saint Louis University. He holds an MD from the University of Texas and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Dallas. Bishop's scholarly work is focused on the historical, political, and philosophical conditions that underpin contemporary medical and scientific practices and theories.  He has written on diverse topics from transhumanism and enhancement technologies to clinical ethics consultation and medical humanities. Dr. Bishop is the author of The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying and is currently working on a second book with colleagues M. Therese Lysaught and Andrew Michel tentatively titled, 'Chasing After Virtue: Neuroscience, Economics, and the Biopolitics of Morality'.

Stephen Meredith is Professor in the Departments of Pathology, Neurology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago, where he also teaches courses on literature, philosophy, and theology. He works on the biophysics of protein structure, concentrating on amyloid proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases. He also teaches courses in the College on James Joyce’s Ulysses, St. Thomas Aquinas, Augustine’s City of God, and other authors, particularly Dostoevsky and Thomas Mann. His main theological interest is in the problem of evil, and in this connection, he is currently writing a book on the philosophical and literary perspectives on disease. His current interests also center on the impact of biotechnology and the genetic revolution on the definition of human nature.