The Aquinas Lecture is given annually at Marquette University under the auspices of the Philosophy Department. It was initiated in 1933 by the Rev. George H. Mahowald, S.J., head of the department of Philosophy at that time, for the purpose of bringing to Milwaukee and to the university outstanding leaders in Thomistic thought in both its historical and its theoretical aspects. Customarily, the lecture is delivered in late February or early March.
Jacques Maritain, Werner Jaeger, Paul Weiss and Etienne Gilson, as well as other distinguished thinkers, have given Aquinas Lectures.
The Aquinas Lecture for 2011 was given by:
Prof. John McDowell
University of Pittsburgh
Sunday February 27, 2011
Raynor Library Beaumier Conference Center
Perception as a Capacity for Knowledge
Click here for this year's Aquinas Lecture Poster
The Aquinas Lecture for 2012 will be given by:
Prof. Howard McGary
Willaim Alston (Syracuse) A Sensible Realism (2001)
Arthur Hyman (Yeshiva University) Eschatological Themes in Medieval Jewish Philosophy (2002)
Jorge Gracia (SUNY-Buffalo) Old Wine in New Skins: The Role of Tradition in Communication, Knowledge, and Group Identity (2003)
Jacques Taminiaux (Boston College) The Metamorphoses of Phenomenological Reduction (2004)
Nicholas Rescher (University of Pittsburgh) Common Sense (2005)
Howard Kainz (Marquette University) Five Metaphysical Paradoxes (2006)
Lawrence Dewan, O.P. (Dominican University College) St. Thomas and Form as Something Divine in Things (2007)
Myles Burnyeat (Robinson College, Cambridge) Aristotle's Divine Intellect (2008)
Daniel Garber (Princeton) What Happens After Pascal's Wager: Living Faith and Rational Belief (2009)
Margaret Urban Walker (Arizona State) What is Reparative Justice? (2010)
For a complete list of Aquinas Lectures, or to order Aquinas lectures, visit the
Marquette University Press Web Site.
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