AQUINAS LECTURE 2007
Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D.
(bio on Baylor University website )
March 13, 2007 at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA.
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2007 Aquinas Lecture
The 2007 Aquinas Lecture was given on March 13 by Thomas S. Hibbs, Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Culture and Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University. His lecture, entitled "Everything that Rises Must Converge: Aquinas's Theological Re-formation of the Cardinal Virtues," focused on the theological reformation of these virtues, specifically looking at the examples of courage and prudence, and the connection of the virtues with the good life, as found in the incarnation and the example of Christ's sacrifice. Hibbs spoke most during his lecture and was questioned most about the virtue of courage and the changes in Aquinas's interpretation of this virtue from its roots in ancient philosophy. Aquinas emphasizes courage as an endurance, more than as an "attack," so the exemplar of courage is not the warrior, but the martyr whose patient witness patterns the life of Christ and gives witness to the highest truths about God and faith.
The Aquinas Lecture is an annual event in which the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology faculty nominates a scholar to offer a paper in which the teaching and method of St. Thomas Aquinas is applied to issues of contemporary significance.