The Thomistic Seminar: Philosophical Anthropology

August 5-11, 2018
Princeton, New Jersey

Neo-Aristotelian analytic philosophical work in ethics and in the philosophy of mind treats developing a proper understanding of human nature as crucial to understanding the character and place of rationality in our lives, what it is for human beings to be in right relations with themselves and with one another, and those qualities of character crucial to human happiness.  In this seminar, we will consider new work in analytic neo-Aristotelian philosophy alongside Aquinass understanding of the human being. For Aquinas, the human being is the intellectual animalthe highest sort of animal and the lowest of intellectual creatures.  Human beings have distinctive strengths and challenges on this view, and turning to Aquinas sheds a new light on contemporary philosophical work.

Candace Vogler, University of Chicago

Michael J. Gorman, Catholic University of America

Therese Cory, University of Notre Dame

Winifred “Anselm” Muller, University of Chicago


This seminar is open to graduate students.

Application Information 

The following documents are required of applicants: cover letter explaining your interest in the seminar, resume or curriculum vitae, copies of your unofficial transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. All application materials must be submitted online on or before February 18, 2018; applications received by email will not be considered. 

Location and Admissions Information 
Admitted students will be notified of their status in mid-March. A non-refundable $250 registration fee is required of all admitted students to offset the costs of tuition, room, and board to attend this program.  

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