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Second Annual Scherer Lecture
Fri, March 18, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
University of Dallas – Art History Auditorium
The American Public Philosophy Institute presents the Second Annual Scherer Lecture
“The Vindication of St. Thomas”
Alfred J. Freddoso
John and Jean Oesterle Professor of Thomistic Studies
University of Notre Dame
Fifty years after the overthrow of St. Thomas and Thomistic Scholasticism in Catholic intellectual life (especially in Catholic philosophy and theology), we are now witnessing a surprising revival of Aristotelianism and Thomism in a place where one would have least anticipated it: secular Anglo-American analytic philosophy. One example of this trend can be found in “philosophical anthropology,” the study of human nature and the human condition. This revival, in both philosophy and Catholic theology, offers hope to a new generation of intellectually mature Catholics.
The Scherer Lecture is an annual lecture at the University of Dallas, named in honor of the late Mary Scherer, daughter of our benefactors Frank and Jean O’Brien of St. Louis. Mary received a teaching degree from Franciscan University at Steubenville. She then taught her entire career at St. Ambrose Parish, on the Hill (Italian neighborhood) of St. Louis, where she was a teacher much beloved by her students.”
The Second Annual Scherer Lecture will be given by Alfred Freddoso, John and Jean Oesterle Professor of Thomistic Studies and Concurrent Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. Fred joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1979 from Brown University, where he held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship from 1977 to 1979. He received his bachelor’s degree from St. John Vianney Seminary in Buffalo, New York and his doctoral degree from the University of Notre Dame. During his time at Notre Dame, he has served as his department’s Director of Graduate Studies and is currently its Director of Undergraduate Studies. A specialist in metaphysics and ethics within the Catholic intellectual tradition, as well as in various aspects of the relation of faith and reason, Professor Freddoso is best known for his translations of Latin Catholic thinkers, including William of Ockham, Luis de Molina, and Francisco Suarez, which have been supported by over $100,000 in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanites. He has published seven books and numerous scholarly articles. His latest major scholarly project is to produce a new translation of St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae.
The topic of the 2016 Scherer Lecture will be “The Vindication of St. Thomas.”