Imago Dei: Philosophical Approaches to the Human Being as Image of God

Oct 9 to Oct 10 2009
University of Chicago
5801 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
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Russell Hittinger

University of Tulsa

John O'Callaghan

University of Notre Dame

Vincent Carraud

University of Caen

Olivier Boulnois


This conference addresses the following questions: What constitutes the image of God? How are we to understand Augustine’s claim that human beings come to understand both who they are and who they have been only through relationship with God? How do St. Thomas Aquinas and Blaise Pascal remain within or depart from the Augustinian tradition? What role do Aristotelian and Platonic (or neo-Platonic) conceptions of human identity and the soul play? Lastly, as Genesis offers an essentially relational account of “Imago Dei,” in what way can we discover or participate in such relationship with God through social relationships?

Russell Hittinger is the William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies and Research Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa. He is also a member of the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Professor Hittinger is the author of many books, including A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory, The First Grace: Rediscovering Natural Law in a Post-Christian Age, Thomas Aquinas the Rule of Law, and most recently Paper Wars: Catholic Social Doctrine and the Modern State (forthcoming).

John O'Callaghan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and director of the Jacques Maritain Center. His books include Thomistic Realism and The Linguistic Turn: Toward a More Perfect Form of Existence and Proceedings of the 4th Annual Summer Thomistic Institute, forthcoming.

Vincent Carraud is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Caen. He holds degrees from the University of Poitiers and the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Prof. Carraud has published numerous articles on the history of modern philosophy and several books, including Causa Sive Ratio: La Raison De La Cause, De Suarez a Leibniz and Pascal et la philosophie. Carraud is also science editor for the Bulletin cartesien.

Olivier Boulnois is Professor of Philosophy at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. He is the author of Duns Scot, la rigueur de la charité, Être et representation. Au-delà de l'image, and co-author of Sur la science divine.