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:

  • Michel Accad, University of California, San Francisco
    Hylomorphic Elements and the Cell Theory: A Basis for Biological Law
  • Benjamin Block, The Catholic University of America
    The Sciences in Descartes and Aquinas
  • Carol Day, Thomas Aquinas College
    Some Difficulties about Space and Time in Contemporary Cosmology
  • Rev. Michael J. Dodds, O.P., Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
    Perforating the Peripheries of Science: A Place for the Philosophy of Nature
  • John Nieto, Thomas Aquinas College
    On the Reality of Time and the Sensible Qualities
  • Rev. Andrew Younan, John Paul the Great University
    If a Photon Falls in the Woods: An Aristotelian Answer to a Quantum Question.

The talks will be held on campus in the morning and afternoon of Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17. 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 Dr. 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.