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Lawrence Dewan Chair in Philosophy and Saint Thomas Aquinas conferences


15 February 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The conferences are offered as part of the Lawrence Dewan Chair and are endowed by the George and Helene Vari Foundation.

The conferences will take place via Zoom starting from 7:30 p.m EST. To register, please, send an email to A zoom link will be shared approximately 24 hours before the start of the conference.


15 February 2021

Mr. Will Green “Learning from the Ox: Understanding Animal Minds with Thomas Aquinas”

What can Aquinas teach us about the cognitive life of animals? Although Aquinas’s claim that human beings are the only rational animals has been dismissed by many contemporary scientists and philosophers, I aim to show how Aquinas’s insights can help us better understand and appreciate “animal minds.”  Aquinas offers us a rich framework for understanding the inner life of animals, which we will explore in this talk.


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