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Legatus Summit Seminar:
St. Thomas Aquinas on Lying

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 01:30pm to 03:00pm

A Guided Discussion from
St. Thomas’ Summa Theologiae


In conjunction withLegatus
Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, California
January 24, 2019
Seminar: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

St. Thomas Aquinas considers the vices opposed to truth right after he treats the virtue of truthfulness in his Summa Theologiae. Lying is the vice contrary to truth. St. Thomas asks whether lying is ever justified, and whether there are different kinds of lies. If so, are some lies more serious than others?

Please join members of the College’s faculty at the Legatus Summit for a sem­inar discussion of these topics, focusing on St. Thomas Aquinas’ short but packed meditation on lying from his Summa Theologiae, Second Part of the Second Part, Question 110: Articles 1-3. The seminar will be on Thursday, January 24, 1:30–3:00 p.m. at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California. It is open to all of the conference’s registered attendees. To attend, please register online.

This seminar is not a lecture; nor is it a discourse among a panel of experts. Everyone in attendance is invited, but not required, to participate actively in the conversation, working together to distill and analyze the meaning of this important document. You do not need to be an expert to attend, just interested in the topics to be read and discussed. Leading the seminar will be the College’s president, Dr. Michael F. McLean, and its vice president, Dr. Paul J. O’Reilly.

Dr. McLean and Dr. O’Reilly have collectively spent more than 50 years leading seminars as members of the Thomas Aquinas College teaching faculty. At the College, all classes are taught via the discussion method. The curriculum consists exclusively of the great books of Western civilization, including various Church documents and encyclicals.

Some Comments from Previous Seminars:

  • “Great and fascinating discussion.”
  • “The seminar was excellent. Excellent format, excellent discussion.”
  • “Perfect topic for today’s event.”

The seminar is open only to registered attendees of the Legatus Summit who register for the seminar. Space is limited. Register now for the seminar:

1. Register online.

2. Read the brief, highly accessible reading (PDF). Once you register for the seminar, a copy will be mailed to you.

Questions? Please e-mail Robert Bagdazian or call, 805-421-5927.

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– Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J (†)