Friday, March 2, 4:00pm
“Emotion and Virtue in Thomas Aquinas”
Fr. Nicholas Lombardo (Catholic University of America)
1025 East 58th Street
Co-sponsors: The Templeton Foundation and The Philosophy Department
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Abstract: For Aquinas, ethics is nothing other than the study of human psychology insofar as it flourishes or fails to flourish. Consequently, his thought on emotion is crucial to his account of virtue. This lecture will discuss Aquinas’s theory of the emotions and its implications for his virtue theory.
Fr. Nicholas Lombardo is Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at the Catholic University of America. He studied philosophy at Brown University and theology at the Dominican House of Studies, before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. His past research has focused on Thomas Aquinas and especially his philosophy and theology of the emotions. More recently he has been working on the theology of redemption, with particular attention to patristic theology and its contemporary applications.