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§ From the Director: The Center for Thomistic Studies was a “joint venture” between Fr. Victor Brezik, CSB, who wanted to rekindle interest in Thomas Aquinas, which had declined in Catholic universities since the Second Vatican Council, and Mr. Hugh Roy Marshall, who thought the Thomistic philosophy he had studied at University of St. Thomas “made sense” in a way nothing else had. In 1975 they approached Fr. Patrick Braden, President of the University of St. Thomas with their ambitious plan for a PhD program. Having gained the University’s approval for the project, Brezik and Marshall then convinced Anton C. Pegis, a distinguished philosopher and President Emeritus of the Pontifical Institute in Toronto to become the first Director of the Center for Thomistic Studies. In Fr. Brezik’s words, “the show was on.” In October 1979, The University of St. Thomas held a symposium honoring the 100th anniversary of Aeterni Patris, the papal encyclical which launched the revival of Thomistic philosophy in the 20th century. This highly successful event, generously funded by the Strake Foundation, was attended by philosophers from all over North America. The following fall the first classes in the new program were held. Houston had become the latest destination in a 750 year intellectual journey that had also passed through Paris, Salamanca, Rome and Toronto.

As the faculty and students look forward to this 25th year, we are more than usually grateful for the unfailing support of the Basilian Fathers and the University of St. Thomas, the generosity of our benefactors and the encouragement of our friends. Mary C. Sommers, Director § Suffering & Hope

The Center for Thomistic Studies will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a conference that will bring together experts from a number of fields – philosophy, theology, medicine, nursing, law, literature and art – to put forward a positive view of suffering in the divine scheme, of the importance of affirming life, of regarding dying as a natural process, and of seeking neither to hasten nor to postpone death.

Head of Palliative Care Unit at M. Houston. Associate Professor. if it is understood in a way that presupposes a proposition St. MI § The Center received a $35. in Salamanca. Detroit. Professor of Law.D. Germain Grisez. the Pain Therapy and Palliative Medicine Regional Center. 2 . Maureen L. Palliative Care. Mary’s University (Emmitsburg. University of St. not for the sake of anything further. UT Dr. MN Dr. Salt Lake City. McGivney Chair of Life Issues.. St. consultant. School of Law. Augustine’s famous dictum– “Thou hast made us for Thyself and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee”–does have a true sense. Bishop Harry J. § The 2005 Aquinas Lecture was given on 27 January by Dr. Dr.D. 2005. and its bearing on the spread of intellectual freedom today through the university as institution. Eduardo Bruera.D. Thomas. Los Montalvos Hospital. that everyone can and most people sometimes do choose to do something for the sake of an end that they desire for itself. OH Dr. that what a human person tends toward as his or her ultimate end must be something that he or she tends toward as his or her complete good. Steubenville. Anderson. Janet Smith. Thomas asserts–namely. In “The Restless-Heart Blunder”. Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. We would like to thank Center Board members Dr. Bulgaria. Fr. M. Michael J. Deely was made an Honorary Professor of the NBU on June 2. § Dr. Grisez spoke to a standing-room-only crowd in UST’s Cullen Hall. University of Utah. Condic. nevertheless.000 grant from Our Sunday Visitor Foundation to support the conference activities.. including publication of the Proceedings. Ph. Collett. School of Medicine. whose attainment would leave nothing else to be desired. John Deely spent the Spring semester 2005 as Visiting Fulbright Professor at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia. despite realizing that attaining that end will leave them seeking still other ends.D. Flynn Professor of Christian Ethics at Mount St. Grisez argued. Grisez argued that. Texas Medical Center. Patrick Lee.” His inaugural address was on “The Idea of a University” in relation to semiotics as the positive postmodern essence of philosophical tradition. Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. Spain Teresa S.Speakers include: Dr. Professor of Philosophy. Carlos Centeno Cortés M. to the contrary. Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Maryland). TX Dr. for “achievement in philosophy and semiotics. Janet Smith and Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza for their support in obtaining the grant. it is false. while St. Paul.

Scott Sullivan and Jinnam Yi presented papers at the October 2004 annual meeting of the American Maritain Association in Atlanta entitled “The Renewal of Civilization: Toward Justice and Peace. The Cogitative Power’s Function in Mental Acts. will be presenting at two conferences this summer: “Aquinas the Neoplatonist” at the meeting of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies in New Orleans. The committee conducting the defense was chaired by Dr. University of Utah Neurobiologist. § Ph. Lance Simmons. passed the comprehensive exams given 5. David Arias. Mr. Rediscovering Nature: An Exposition and Defense of the Thomistic Reasoning to Substantial Form and First Matter per viam motus”.2 (2005): 331-353. John F. Anthony Crifasi. Temporal Regression and the Simultaneity Requirement in the Argument from Contingency.1 (2003): 157-79. Sullivan. Maureen Condic. The Physiological Foundations of Cartesian Subjectivism. Andrea Messineo. § Center students Joseph Hattrup. Mr.” Mr. 3 . Blake Butterworth and Mr. passed the comprehensive exams given 18. Dr. Mary C.D.A. Mr.D.30 July 2005. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 5. Sommers. Daryl Koehn. Mr. Thomas Osborne and Dr. § Three Ph. Condic has published with his sister. 22-26 June and “The Non-Aristotelian Twist to Aquinas’ Position on Universals” at the XVIth International Symposium of Olympia-Pyrgos 25. who directed the dissertation. Knasas spent the Spring 2004 semester at the Vilnius Pedagogical University (VPU) and the University of Vilnius (VU) in Lithuania. students. Dr. Mr. Thomas Aquinas: How Aquinas Would Reply to the Euthyphro Question on 10 December 2004. Other members were Dr.” Mr.D.11 May 2005. Ethics & Public Policy. student Samuel Condic published an article. Dr. Anthony Crifasi presented “Are Aristotelian Natural Philosophy and Cartesian Mechanics Incommensurable?” at the November 2004 annual conference of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Miami Beach. who were the internal readers. Mr. Randall Smith. This is the second article which Mr.23 November 2004 and two M. § Jinnam Yi successfully defended his dissertation. student. Florida. 17. Dr. Divine Command Theory and Natural Law Ethics in St. Steve Striby Against 9 Arguments for Nominalism. § Three Center students are currently writing dissertations: Ms. University of Dallas. Mr. Hattrup’s “Cause and Necessity: the Foci of Hume’s Theory of Causation” won the conference’s Graduate Student Award. and Dr. who acted as the external reader.” Notre Dame Journal of Law.” Maureen L. Christopher Martin. Condic. Incommensurability and Thomism. Sullivan presented “How Soon Is Now? Maritain. Mr.X. “Defining Organisms by Organization. Benjamin Smith. Mark Barker. students. Their first collaboration was “The Appropriate Limits of Science in the Formation of Public Policy. Samuel Condic and Mr. Nelson Ramirez-Santa. Two students defended their dissertation proposals on 31 May 2005: Mr. David Arias. Mr. and one Ph. Condic and Samuel B.§ The Center has had two Fulbrights in as many years. Yi presented “A Defense of Divine Command Theory from Arbitrariness” and Mr. Joseph Hattrup.

“The Semiosis of Angels’ Awareness. Susan. Verlag. California: Sage Publications. ed. 1219–1223. Bari: Laterza. 2004. 4 . forthcoming.” Semiotica 148 (2004): 187-227. Prato Pisa: ETS Edizioni. Ottawa. 120–136. In Italian translation. In Bulgarian translation. 2005. Ottawa. Zeichen der Macht/ Signs of Power.” Semiotica 152 (2004): 75-139.” In Macht der Zeichen. 2005. Gloria Witthalm and Josef Wallmannsberger. Linguaggio e forme cognitive. Augusto. Sofia: New Bulgarian University. Basics of Semiotics. New York. Basics of Semiotics: Expanded Fourth Edition. “From Semiotic Animal to Semioethical Animal and Back. Wien: Lit. Expanded Third Edition.” In Encyclopedia of Community. From Village to the Virtual World. edited by Giovanni Manetti and Alessandro. Thousand Oaks. “‘Semeion’ to ‘Sign’ by Way of ‘Signum’: on the Interplay of Translation and Interpretation in the Establishment of Semiotics. Toronto: Legas. Festschrift für Jeff Bernard. 2005. Ponzio. “The Thomistic Import of the Neo-Kantian Concept of Umwelt in Jakob von Uexküll. =TransStudien zur Veraenderung der Welt 3.” Angelicum. With Petrilli. “The role of Thomas Aquinas in the Development of Semiotic Consciousness. 2005. “Semiotics of Community. Canada: Legas Publishing.” In Animali.” The Thomist 68. “The Semiosis of Angels. macchine. A bilingual Estonian edition. Power of Signs. forthcoming. 2004. Inc.. 2004. forthcoming. angeli.§ Center Faculty have had a most productive year… John Deely PhD 1967 Aquinas Institute School of Philosophy MA 1966 Aquinas Institute School of Philosophy BA 1965 Aquinas Institute School of Philosophy Publications Why Semiotics? New York. Toronto. 2004. Tartu: Tartu University Publications. The Semiotic Animal.2 (April 2004): 205–258. edited by Karen Christensen and Daniel Levinson.

9 April 2005. forthcoming. London: Elsevier). University of Hamburg 10 January 2004 “The Semiotic Foundations of the Human Sciences from Augustine to Peirce. forthcoming. 5 . Vienna. 2005.” In Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences (2nd ed. • Elected to 3-year term on Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. Albert. Biologist Manqué.” Opening of the Jacob von Uexküll-Archiv.” “Phytosemiotics.Thomas. International Congress sponsored jointly by the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) held in Beijing. “Augustine.1-2. London: Thoemmes Press. Sebeok. “The Semiotic Animal. Bulgaria (Spring 2005). Lectures & Papers “Semiotics and Jacob von Uexküll’s Concept of Umwelt.” “History of Semiotics.” The 2005/03/18 Wiener Semiotische Konversationen and Birthday Celebration in honor of Gloria Withalm IASS Honorary President General Secretary for the Institute for Socio-Semiotic Studies. “The New History of Philosophy for the 21st Century. Bulgaria: New Bulgarian University. and for the Austrian Semiotic Society. Theory of the Sign.. Saint.22 May 2005.” In Thoemmes Dictionary of Biography. 25–29 March 2004.” Semiotics and the Humanities. “Thomas Albert Sebeok (1920–2001). Professional Activities • Visiting Fulbright Professor at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia. An English version of the paper will appear in the Canadian scholarly journal Recherche Sémiotique/Semiotic Inquiry (RSSI) 22.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 79. Theory of the Sign. 20.” Celebration of the first year of the new graduate philosophy program established at the Paissiy Hilendarski University of Plovdiv. 2005.” “Hippocrates. “The Semiotic Animal: a Postmodern Definition of Human Being Superseding the Modern Definition ‘Res Cogitans’. and Semiotics. Sofia. University of Sofia.” For the Celebration of the Centennial of Senator James William Fulbright. “The Undermining of War. 18 March 2005. To be published in Chinese translation in the Proceedings volume from the Congress being published by CASS.3.

P. IN: University of Notre Dame Press. Etienne. Thomas Aquinas. 4. Laudemus viros gloriosos: Essays in Honor of Armand Maurer. 2004. 2005).. “Gilson.E. Kalamazoo. edited by Stuart Rosenbaum. vol. Houser. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. forthcoming. TX. Center Activities • Director. Thomistic Studies Series. 6 . doctoral dissertation: Steve Striby. forthcoming. ed.E. vol. Edward Houser PhD MA MSL BA 1981 1976 1976 1968 University of Toronto University of Toronto Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies University of Texas Publications & Papers The Cardinal Virtues: Aquinas. “The Real Distinction and the Principles of Metaphysics: Avicenna and Aquinas. & “Weisheipl.. MI. London: Thommes Press. E. Philosopher. Jacques”. San Antonio. 39.” Invited lecture: Trinity University. edited by R. Armand A. 2005 forthcoming. Thomistic Studies Series. Historian.B. “Armand Maurer: Disciple. Studies in Medieval Moral Teaching. James Athanasius. Friday 26 March 2004. Three sessions for the 40th Congress (May. IN: University of Notre Dame Press.” In the Dictionary of Twentieth Century American Philosophy.. C. Mediaeval Sources in Translation. CSB. Professional Activities • Organizer of sessions on the Philosophy of St.” “Maritain.R.” “Maurer. Thomistic Studies Series. edited by R. Notre Dame. O. Philip the Chancellor. Notre Dame. sponsored by the Center for Thomistic Studies at the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Houser. Houser. forthcoming.” In Laudemus viros gloriosos: Essays in Honor of Armand Maurer CSB. IN: University of Notre Dame Press.S.” In Laudemus viros gloriosos: Essays in Honor of Armand Maurer CSB. R. Notre Dame. Albert. Lectures & Papers “The Cardinal Virtues: Thomas Aquinas’s Handbook for Happiness.

also ed. 2005. Vilnius: Kulturos. X. Kaunas Lithuania.lt/video. Vytautas Magnus University. Dalia Stanciene in Ethics in the Process of Globalization.” Department of Philosophy and Culture Kaunas Technological University.filosofija.” Delivered to the Faculty and students of the English Language Department. Mar. Kaunas. Hants: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. “Why a Philosopher Can and Should Read St. doctoral dissertation: David Arias. 15-May 10. Lithuania. Lectures & Papers Eight public lectures on “Lessons on Truth and Tolerance from the Christian Middle Ages. “Christian Humanism in the Third Millenium: Perspective of Thomas Aquinas. 2004 Center Activities • Director. 78 (2004): 131-150. New York: Fordham University Press.htm. forthcoming.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. Dissertation Committee: Mark Barker. edited by Craig Paterson and Matthew S. • Member. 2003.” Verbum Analecta Neolatina 6 (2004) 25-37 “Why for Lonergan Knowing Cannot Consist in Taking a Look.” In Analytical Thomism: Traditions in Dialogue. 2004 at http://www. May.ktu. “Kant and Aquinas on the Ground of Moral Necessity. Thomas Aquinas. “Going West and Lithuanian Literary Identity. 57-64. filosofijos ir meno institutatas. Aldershot. Christopher Martin DPhil BPhil MA 1984 1981 1979 Oxford University Oxford University Oxford University 7 . Knasas PhD MA BA 1975 1972 1970 University of Toronto University of Toronto Boston College Publications Being and Some Twentieth-Century Thomists. 2004.” Proceedings of the International Conference.” Rome. Pugh. 2003.John F. “Haldane’s Analytic Thomism and Aquinas’ Actus essendi.

Navarra: Ediciones Universidad de Navarra. Mark Barker.” In Aquinas’ Sources.A. “Modern Philosophy. S. and Oderberg. Waddell. 2005.” Presented to the International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. • Organizer. South Bend. 2004.” Religious Studies 41 (2005): 1-22 “Premotion and Contemporary Philosophy of Religion. Anthony Crifasi. October 22-24.M. Hants. “Usury and Unnatural Vice.” In Restoring Nature: Essays in Thomistic Philosophy and Theology. Averroes and Aquinas. IN: St Augustine’s Press. Jr. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. edited by Timothy L. T. Andrea Messineo.” In the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas.” Nova et Vetera. South Bend. 2004 Co-translation (with José Maria Torralba) of G. Houndmills. forthcoming 8 . 2005 Lectures & Papers “The teleology of parts and wholes in Aristotle and Aquinas. 2005. doctoral dissertation: Mark Barker. “The fact-value distinction: a parochial prejudice. “William of Ockham as a Divine Command Theorist. Predestination. and Determinism. edited by Michael M. • Member. Fordham University.. Thomas Osborne.E. “Free Will. edited by Chappell. 2004. Smith. Center Activities • Director.. LMS PhD MA BA 2002 2001 1995 1994 Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Duke University Boston College The Catholic University of America Publications The Love of Self and Love of God in Thirteenth-Century Ethics.” In La Filosophia analítica y la espiritualidad del hombre. Anscombe. Dissertation Committee: Jinnam Yi. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press. Comprehensive & Language Examinations. .. IN: St Augustine’s Press. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. forthcoming.Publications “Esse ut verum: Aristotle. D. 2004.” In Human Values: New Essays on Ethics and Natural Law.

forthcoming. Dissertation Committees: Jinnam Yi. Review of Natural Law and Human Dignity: Universal Ethics in an Historical World. Defended successfully. Ave Maria Naples.Lectures & Papers “Tooley’s Criticisms of Anscombe on Causation. Mary C. Sommers PhD 1982 University of Toronto MSL 1976 Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies MA 1972 University of Toronto BA 1971 Whitman College Publications “Walter Burley. doctoral dissertation: Jinnam Yi. Mark Barker.” In Laudemus viros gloriosos: Essays in Honor of Armand Maurer CSB. David Arias. Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal.Kalamazoo. dissertation committee: Steve Striby Professional Activities Elected to 3-year term on Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. edited by R. San Antonio. 2004.” International Congress of Medieval Studies. 2004 “Prophecy and Predestination.E. Florida. February 2004 “Ways of Looking at Mortal Sin. by Eberhard Schockenhoff.” In New Dictionary of National Biography. “Defense and Discovery: Brother Thomas’ Contra Impugnantes. • Organizer. Center Colloquium Series. The Thomist 2005. forthcoming.” New Mexico-West Texas Philosophical Society. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press. Thomas Aquinas: How Aquinas Would Reply to the Euthyphro Question. Center Activities • Director. 2005 Center Activities • Member. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Thomistic Studies Series. 9 . 10. Dec. 2004. May 6-9. Texas. Divine Command Theory and Natural Law Ethics in St. Michigan. • Member.” Aquinas the Augustinian. Translated by Brian McNeil. Houser.

of Philosophy. January 20. and Monism in Seventeenth Century Philosophy”. or a student. Dr. CTS graduate student. Rice University. October 28. Dr. Anthony Crifasi. 2004: “Aquinas on Heretics and Jews”. 2004: “Toleration in New Keys: Historical and Global Perspectives on the Idea of Tolerance”. God. Rice University. Religion. September 23. Dr. X. Dr. CTS November 4. 2004: “Medieval Approaches to the Common Good”. October 14. Pluralism. St. 2004: “Wealth in the Service of Love”. University of St. Cause and Necessity” by Mr. Mr. Dept. 2005: “Suffering and Hope: The Philosophy of Palliative Care”. which were organized by Dr. Université de Sherbrooke. Jeremy Wilkins. Thomas Osborne: September 16. Dr. Mount St. October 7. Christopher Martin. Daryl Koehn. November 18. Dr. of Theology. Dr. University of Notre Dame. presented by a member of the faculty. February 11. Mary’s Seminary. Dr. Canada. CTS. of Philosophy. September 30. Joseph Hattrup. December 2. Andrius Valevicius. Dept. of Political Science. Germain Grisez. Dept. Dr. Knasas. Presentations are usually held at 12:30 Thursdays. 2004: “Is Plato’s Republic Utopian?”. Joel Schickel. Mark Kulstad. Dr. Western Approach”. CTS. John F. 2004: “Finding Joy: An Eastern vs. 2004: “The Incommensurability between Thomistic Sense Realism and Modern Biology”. Colloquia for the 2004-2005 academic year. Thomas. Donald Morrison. Christopher Martin. It consists of a short paper and a discussion. October 21. Thomas. Dr. Maryland. Texas A&M University. 2004: “Aristotle and Aquinas on the Teleology of Parts and Wholes”.§ CENTER COLLOQUIUM SERIES The Center colloquium series takes place regularly throughout the semester. 2004: “The Psychology of Freedom in Descartes’s Passiones de l’âme”. Jean Porter. Duke University. 2005: “Real Distinction. January 28. 10 . Carey Nederman. University of St. Mr. Dept. Center for Business Ethics. David Hume on Science. 2004: “Order in Theology: Some Achievements of Thomas Aquinas on the Trinity”. and Human Fulfillment”. Mary’s University. November 11. 2004: “Thomas Aquinas vs. CTS graduate student. 2005: “Natural Law. a visiting lecturer.

2005: “Extended Body. CTS graduate student. University of St. Daniel Flores. CTS. University of Glasgow. 2005: “Seeds of Contemplation”. 2005: “How to Read the Sermons of Thomas Aquinas”. Dr. 2005: “What Is the Universal Concept According to Ockham?”. Professor of Systemic Theology and Vice Rector of St. Thomas. February 24. Washington and Lee University April 15. Dr. April 21.February 17. 2005: “Bonaventure: The Transcendentals & Knowing God”. Dr. April 28. Steve Striby. Susan Stuart. University of St. University of St. James Mahon. Thomas.E. March 17. Houser. CSB. Dr. Dept. March 10. Dept. Extended Mind: The Self as Prosthesis”. CA. Thomas. 2005: “Thomas on the Pedagogical Ends of Diverse Literary Forms” by Msgr. 2005: “Whether a Difference of Matter Can Cause a Difference of Form and Species in Aquinas?”. R. of Theology. Mr. 2005: “Empathy and Sensitivity: The Ethics of “Get Over It”. Randall Smith. Mary’s Seminary. Thomas Aquinas College. 2005: “Kant & Maria von Herbert: Lies & Reticence” Dr. Karen Zedlick. Fr. Austin College 11 . March 31. of Theology. Joseph Pilsner. Dr. April 7. Andre Terjesen.

Christopher Martin.edu thomistic_center@stthom. and Dr. Dr. John F. Texas 77006-4696 713-525-3591 Fax: 713-942-3464 www. Jinnam Yi after his dissertation defense on December 10. Knasas. Dr.X. Dr. Houser. Center for Thomistic Studies 3800 Montrose Boulevard Houston. R.edu Educating Leaders of Faith and Character . Thomas M. Osborne.stthom. Sommers and Dr. Dr. 2004. Mary C.E.. Jr.Faculty of the Center for Thomistic Studies: Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers.