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Lawrence Dewan Chair in Philosophy and Saint Thomas Aquinas conferences


25 May 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.


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.


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