31st Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies
Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York City: March 26-27, 2011


Conference Program

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Saturday, March 26

7:15am       Mass
Blessed Rupert Mayer, SJ Chapel on the 2nd floor of the Lowenstein Building of Fordham University

8:00     Registration and Coffee

8:25       Welcome
Richard Gyug, Interim Director, Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University

8.30-10:10    Session 1: Plenary Lectures
Rudi te Velde, University of Amsterdam and Tilburg University
Thomistic Metaphysics in the Contemporary Debate

Joseph Warwykow, University of Notre Dame
Scripture and Philosophy in the Christology of the contra Gentiles

10:10-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-12:00     Session 2: Four Concurrent Sessions

2A. Angels, Persons, and Natures
Chair:  J. Patrick Hornbeck II, Fordham University

Franklin T. Harkins, Fordham University
Propter nostrum materialem intellectum: Angelic Bodies, Divine Accommodation, and Metaphysical Manuduction in Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas

Christina Van Dyke, Calvin College
Disembodied Souls and Personhood in Aquinas's Account of the Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus

Michael Gorman, The Catholic University of America
Thomas Aquinas on Nature and Accident in Light of the Incarnation

2B. Being and the Transcendentals
Chair:  Joseph Koterski, S.J., Fordham University

Rosa Vargas, Marquette University
Language and Thought in Aquinas: From the Semantics of Being to the Epistemology of Being

Alice Ramos, St. John’s University, New York
The Transcendentals, the Human Person, and the Perfection of the Universe

Thomas M. Osborne, Jr., University of St. Thomas, Houston
Esse as First and Ultimate Perfection in Thomistic Metaphysics

2C.  Themes in 20th  Century Thomism
Chair:  Jeremy Wilkins, University of St. Thomas, Houston

Christopher S. Morrissey, Redeemer Pacific College
The Discovery of the Being of Metaphysics: Is Metaphysics Parasitic on Physics?

Matthew Pugh, Providence College
Maritain, the Intuition of Being, and Thomistic Metaphysics

Jason Mitchell, L.C., Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
Knowledge of ens as primum cognitum and the Discovery of ens qua ens according to Fabro and Aertsen

2D.  Essence and Existence
Chair: R. James Long, Fiarfield University 

David Twetten, Marquette University
Aquinas's Essentialism as a Key to His Doctrine of Being

Mark D. Gossiaux, Loyola University, New Orleans
Thomas Aquinas and the First Debates on Essence and Existence

Paul Kucharski, Fordham University
Aquinas's Road to the Real Distinction in On Being and Essence: An Interpretation

12:00-1:15    Lunch (a list of local restaurants will be provided)

1.15-2.55      Session 3: Plenary:  The Discovery of Being as Being I
Chair: Thomas Joseph White, O.P., Thomistic Institute, Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C.

Stephen Fields, S.J., Georgetown University
Transcendental Thomism and Its Discontents: The Paradox of Contingency and Necessity

John Knasas, University of St. Thomas, Houston
The Role of Sense Realism in the Initiation of Aquinas’s Metaphysics

2.55-3.15       Coffee Break

3.15-4.55         Session 4: Plenary Lectures
Chair:  Brian Davies, O.P., Fordham University

Eleanore Stump, Saint Louis University
The Ultimate Foundation of Reality and the Non-Aristotelian Character of Aquinas's Ethics

Gyula Klima, Fordham University
Parvus error in principio magnus est in fine: Aquinas and Some Critics on Being and Essence

4:55-5:15    Coffee Break

5:15-6:45    Session 5: Three Concurrent Sessions

5A. God and Act
Chair: Giuseppe Butera, Providence College

John O’Callaghan, University of Notre Dame
The Third Way: A Hopeless Case?

Steven Long, Ave Maria University
On the Analogicity and Transcendence of Act and the Foundation of Metaphysics

Kevin White, The Catholic University of America
Act and Fact: A Disputed Point in Recent Thomistic Metaphysics

5B. Semantics and Metaphysics
Chair:  Glenn Statile, St. John’s University, New York

Peter Candler, Baylor University
Fantasies of Synthesis:  Victorian Thomism and the Reception of Aeterni Patris 

Patricia Pintado, Pontifical College Josephinum
Cornelio Fabro's Revival of Thomistic Metaphysics in the 20th Century

Stephen Chamberlain, Providence College 
Maritain, Heidegger, and Deely: Interpretations of Aquinas on the Apprehension of Being

5C. Nature, Grace, and Christ
Chair:  Dominic Doyle, Boston College

Holly Taylor Coolman, Providence College
Aquinas's Metaphysics of Law: Reading Nature and Grace through Lex

Shawn M. Colberg, University of Notre Dame
Aquinas and the Grace of Auxilium

Timothy Pawl, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Another Problem of Foreknowledge and Freedom: Aquinas on the Knowledge of Christ's Human Soul

6:45-7:45    Evening Reception with Wine and Hors d'Oeuvres


Sunday, March 27

8:00am       Mass
Blessed Rupert Mayer, SJ Chapel on the 2nd floor of the Lowenstein Building of Fordham University

8:30-9:00   Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:40 Session 6: Plenary: The Discovery of Being as Being II
Chair: James Brent, O.P., The Catholic University of America

John Wippel, The Catholic University of America
Thomas Aquinas, Separatio, and Our Discovery of Being as Being

Lawrence Dewan, O.P., Dominican University College, Ottawa
St. Thomas, First Known Being, and the First Metaphysical Conclusion

10:40-11:00        Coffee Break

11:00-12:30     Session 7: Four Concurrent Sessions

7A. Theological Aesthetics
Chair:  Astrid O’Brien, Fordham University

Paul Gondreau, Providence College
“Nothing implanted in our nature by God was lacking in the human nature assumed by the Word of God”: A metaphysics of human nature in the Christology of Aquinas

Oleg V. Bychkov, St. Bonaventure University
Metaphysics as Aesthetics: Aquinas's Metaphysics in Present-Day Theological Aesthetics

Christopher Denny, St. John’s University, New York
Aquinas's Interpretation of Denys's Apophaticism: Its Consequences for Theological Aesthetics

 7B.  Ontology
Chair:  Giorgio Pini, Fordham University

Gregory Doolan, The Catholic University of America
Aquinas on the Categories as Parts of Being

James Lehrberger, University of Dallas
The Being of the Objects of the Theoretical Sciences

James M. Jacobs, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans
The Ontological Status of Artifacts

 7C. Causation, Creation, and Self-knowledge
Chair:  Matthew Cuddeback, Providence College

Gloria Frost, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Aquinas on God's Infallible Causation of Contingent Effects

John Tomarchio, St. John’s College, Annapolis
Aquinas on the Object Proper of Creation and Metaphysics

Therese Scarpelli Cory, Seattle University
Aquinas on the Soul's Circular Motion: Ontological Independence, Self-Knowledge, and Contemplation of God

7D.  The Subject Matter of Theology, the Divine Names, and the Beatific Vision
Chair:  Franklin Harkins, Fordham University

Boyd Taylor Coolman, Boston College
Thomas Aquinas and Alexander of Hales on the Subject Matter of Theology

Aaron Canty, Saint Xavier University
Aquinas and Scotus on God as Object of Beatific Enjoyment

Paul Symington, Franciscan University
Modes of Being as Semantic & Epistemic Foundation for Divine Naming in Aquinas

12:30-2:00    Concluding Luncheon

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