2016 West Coast Meeting of the Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies

Thursday, June 16, 2016 to Friday, June 17, 2016

Theme: “The Importance of the Philosophy of Nature”

Co-sponsored by Thomas Aquinas College


The Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies and Thomas Aquinas College are co-sponsoring a conference on “The Importance of the Philosophy of Nature” on June 16-17, 2016. The following is the list of speakers:

Thursday June 16
Lecture 1
9:30 a.m.
“Some Difficulties about Space and Time in Contemporary Cosmology”
Carol Day
Thomas Aquinas College
Lecture 2
1:00 p.m.
“If a Photon Falls in the Woods: An Aristotelian Answer to a Quantum Question”
Rev. Andrew Younan
John Paul the Great University
Lecture 3
3:30 p.m.
“Perforating the Peripheries of Science: A Place for the Philosophy of Nature”
Rev. Michael J. Dodds, O.P.
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Friday June 17
Lecture 4
9:30 a.m.
“The Sciences in Descartes and Aquinas”
Benjamin Block
The Catholic University of America
Lecture 5
1:00 p.m.
“Hylomorphic Elements and the Cell Theory: A Basis for Biological Law”
Michel Accad
University of California, San Francisco
Lecture 6
3:30 p.m.
“On the Reality of Time and the Sensible Qualities”
John Nieto
Thomas Aquinas College

Each talk will be about an hour long and will be followed by a substantial Question and Answer period. Talks will be held at Thomas Aquinas College in Rm 106 of St. Albert the Great Science Hall.

A dinner honoring the speakers will be held Thursday evening. A $30 registration fee, which includes the dinner, should be paid to John Goyette by a check payable to Thomas Aquinas College. (Registration is $10 if you attend only the lectures.) Seating for the dinner is limited, so please register by June 1 if you wish to attend.

For more information, or to register for the conference, please contact John Goyette.

The Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies is an international organization that continues and expands the work of the former Society for Aristotelian Studies, 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.