2015 West Coast Meeting of the Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies


The Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies is an international organization founded in 1974 for the purpose of promoting “Friendship in the pursuit of wisdom.” Its foundation is the work of Aristotle, along with those who preceded and prepared him, and those faithful disciples who followed him throughout the centuries. Principal among the former were the great Pre-Socratic thinkers and Plato, and among the latter, Aristotle’s greatest and most faithful disciple, St. Thomas Aquinas.

 2015 West Coast Meeting: Virtue and Friendship


Thursday June 18

Lecture 1
9:30 a.m.

Friendship in the City
Gregory L. Froelich
Thomas Aquinas College

Lecture 2
1:00 p.m.

Aquinas on Friendship and the Common Good
John Goyette
Thomas Aquinas College

Lecture 3
3:30 p.m.

Should Christians Forgive Offenders Who Refuse to Ask for Forgiveness?
Marie I. George
St. John’s University, New York


Friday June 19

Lecture 4
9:30 a.m.

Is the Virtue of Legal Justice Identical to Civic Friendship? A Response to Charles De Koninck
Francis Feingold
Ph.D. Cand., The Catholic University of America

Lecture 5
1:00 p.m.

Friendship: The Source and Summit of Moral Virtue in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
John Winkowitsch
Ph.D. Cand., The Catholic University of America

Lecture 6
3:30 p.m.

I no longer call you servants but friends: Divinization and Charity
R. Glen Coughlin
Thomas Aquinas College

Each talk will be about an hour long, and each will be followed by a substantial Question and Answer period. The talks will all take place in Room 106 of St. Albert the Great Science Hall at Thomas Aquinas College.

 A dinner honoring the speakers will be held on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. A $30 registration fee, which includes the dinner, should be paid to Chris Decaen by a check payable to Thomas Aquinas College. (To attend merely the lectures, a $10 fee to cover costs is required.)


Plato and Aristotle, from Raphael’s School of Athens