Lawrence Dewan Chair in Philosophy and Saint Thomas Aquinas conferences
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A zoom link will be shared approximately 24 hours before the start of the conference.
25 May 2022
Rene Fehr “Thomas Aquinas on Malice: An Interpretive Issue”
Modern Thomistic scholarship tends to misinterpret Thomas’s definition of malice found in ST I-II.78.1, co. where Thomas is clear that malice consists in a disordered will that chooses a spiritual evil in order to obtain a temporal good, many scholars interpret Thomas as defining malice in terms of a hierarchy of goods, wherein an agent prefers or chooses a lesser good at the expense of a greater. A careful reading of the text will be provided, revealing that Thomas defines malice in terms of a disordered will together with a temporal/spiritual distinction. The implications of both interpretations of malice will be discussed.