2012 McMahon Aquinas Lecture Announced

John Haldane, 2012 McMahon Aquinas Lecturer
John Haldane, 2012 McMahon
Aquinas Lecturer
Gwen O’Brien 
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 284-4579

July 31, 2012 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Saint Mary’s College proudly announces that renowned philosopher John Haldane will give the 2012 McMahon Aquinas Lecture titled “Life, Mind, and Evolution: A Tale of Two Thomases” on Wednesday, September 5 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Lounge. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Click for a campus map.

Haldane is author or editor of some 20 books, has published nearly 200 articles, and is a frequent contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines, television and radio programs. He is director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at St. Andrews University in Scotland, chairman of the Royal Institute for Philosophy in London, and consultor to the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture in Rome. In his McMahon Aquinas Lecture, Haldane will explore two very different accounts of the nature of human beings and their place in the Universe—those of the contemporary philosopher Thomas Nagel and of the great medieval theologian St. Thomas Aquinas—considering how these relate to the question of evolution.

Michael Waddell, holder of the Edna and George McMahon Aquinas Chair in Philosophy at Saint Mary's College, stated, “John Haldane is one of the most prolific and innovative scholars working on the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas today. He has brought Aquinas's ideas into conversation with an extraordinary range of contemporary thinkers and issues, spanning the fields of art, culture, politics, science, environmental studies, philosophy and theology. We are delighted that he will be delivering the 2012 McMahon Aquinas Lecture.”

The Edna and George McMahon Aquinas Chair in Philosophy sponsors the annual McMahon Aquinas Lecture, which focuses on a topic related to the philosophy of Aquinas. Click for more information about the lecture and other activities of the McMahon Aquinas Chair.

Media, for more information on this event, please contact Michael Waddell, the Edna and George McMahon Aquinas Chair in Philosophy, at mwaddell@saintmarys.edu or (574) 284-4169.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2012 published by U.S.News and World Report. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.