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
He is the author of more than 20 books. In his
trilogy, Being and The Between, Ethics 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