Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Monastery,Seminary Event

Irish philosopher Dr. William Desmond to give Thomas Lecture

Thursday, April 6
Time: 7 p.m. Central Time
Location: St. Bede Theater

Dr. William Desmond, who holds the David R. Cook Chair in Philosophy at Villanova University, will present the annual Thomas Lecture on Philosophy and Theology at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, IN.

The lecture will be held on Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. Central time in St. Bede Theater. This year's lecture is titled "The Idiocy of Being and Aquinas' Third Way." 

For Desmond, the "idiocy of being" refers to the sense of wonder and astonishment that the fact of existence can provoke in us: "the sheer 'that it is' of given finite being [which] can stun us into astonishment and rouse thought," as he describes it in his book, God and the Between.

Desmond is an Irish philosopher who has written on ontology, metaphysics, ethics and religion. He is the former president of the Hegel Society of America and the Metaphysical Society of America.

He is professor of philosophy at the Higher Institute of Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and also at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He is a past president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. 

He is the author of more than 20 books. In his trilogy, Being and The BetweenEthics and The Between, and God and The Between, Desmond works out a new and complete metaphysical/ontological philosophical system based on what he calls the potencies of being and the senses of being.

Desmond earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the National University of Ireland and then earned his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University.

The Thomas Lecture is made possible by an endowment established in honor of the late George and Mary Thomas and the late Fr. Kieran Conley, OSB. The lecture provides an opportunity for students and faculty at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology to explore issues in philosophy and theology.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the St. Bede, Guest House and student parking lots. Saint Meinrad operates on Central time. For more information, call Mary Jeanne Schumacher at (812) 357-6501 during business hours.