WEBINAR: Thomas Aquinas on Ways to Know God

Apr 23, 2020
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Brian CarlUniversity of St. Thomas (Texas)

Join us for the third installment of our Spring Webinar Series. Professor Brian Carl, who teaches philosophy at the University of St Thomas in Houston, will present on the thought of Saint Thomas of Aquinas, O.P. (d. 1274) on the ways to know God. Thomas was a friar of the Order of Preachers whose capacious mind bequeathed many treasures for the Christian tradition, including scriptural commentaries, philosophical treatises and commentary, his Summa theologiae, and devotional and liturgical texts. Thomas' approach to the knowledge of God is complex, acknowledging dialectical, rational, as well as revelatory, gracious, and mystical modes.

This lecture is part of our Spring Webinar Series on "Reason and Wisdom in Medieval Christian Thought"

What can reason discover about God? Are there other possible ways to know God? Medieval Christians undertook great rational enterprises—including the sharp logic of Abelard and the grand system of Thomas Aquinas—as well as practiced experiential and contemplative modes of knowing, as did Bernard of Clairvaux. This course will examine how different preeminent medieval Christian thinkers saw the relationship between reason and wisdom, how to arrive at them, and so how to seek the face of God.

This series is cosponsored by the Calvert House Catholic Center, the Collegium Institute, the Harvard Catholic Center, the Nova Forum, the Saint Benedict Institute, and the St. Paul’s University Catholic Center.


Upcoming Seminars

Thursday, April 30, 7PM
Hildegard of Bingen (Title TBD) | Barbara Newman (Northwestern University)

Thursday, May 7, 7PM
Abelard and Bernard of Clairvaux (Title TBD) | Willemien Otten (University of Chicago)

Thursday, May 14, 7PM
Julian of Norwich (Title TBD) | Katie Bugyis (University of Notre Dame)

Thursday, May 21, 7PM
Bonaventure (Title TBD) | Kevin Hughes (Villanova University)

Thursday, May 28, 7PM
Meister Eckhart
| Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago)

Thursday, June 4, 7PM
Nicholas of Cusa
| David Albertson (University of Southern California)

Brian Carl is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Center for Thomistic Studies, at the University of St. Thomas (Texas). He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy from Saint Louis University, and his doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 2015. Professor Carl's research is primarily in medieval philosophy, specializing in the work of Thomas Aquinas. Before starting at the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Carl was Assistant Professor in the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception.