2014 West Coast Meeting of the Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies


Philosophy as Handmaiden to Sacred Theology

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.

Scheduled Speakers and Tentative Lecture Titles:

  • Ryan J. Brady, Ave Maria University
    “God as Transcendent Creator and His Distinction from the World”
  • Sean Cunningham, Thomas Aquinas College
    “Aquinas on Natural Inclination as ‘Something Divine’: Implications for the Thomistic Doctrine of a Twofold End of Man”
  • Christopher Decaen, Thomas Aquinas College
    “Without Aristotle’s Sun, Are There Any Equivocal Causes Besides God?”
  • John Goyette, Thomas Aquinas College
    “Aquinas on the Role of the Praeambula Fidei within the Science of Sacred Doctrine”
  • Thomas K. Nelson, Mayo Clinic Arizona
    “The Rational Soul as Form of the Human Body: Implications for Anthropogenesis and Embryogenesis”
  • Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem., St. Michael’s Abbey
    “Gate of Heaven: The Divine Beatitude as Preamble to Revealed Wisdom”

The talks will be given in the mornings and afternoons. Thursday night there will be a dinner in honor of the speakers. All are invited to attend.

A registration fee of $30 that includes the dinner ($10 if you wish to attend only the talks) should be paid at the beginning of the meeting on Thursday, but please RSVP if you wish to attend the dinner no later than June 1, as seating is limited.

To RSVP, or if you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Christopher Decaen, West Coast Representative of the Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies.


Plato and Aristotle, from Raphael’s School of Athens