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How Could We Become Equal to the Angels? Late 13th-c. Debates about Human and Angelic Capacities

How Could We Become Equal to the Angels? Late 13th-c. Debates about Human and Angelic Capacities
121 St. Joseph St., Alumni Hall Room 400
Time: Apr 9th, 4:15 pm End: Apr 9th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Psychology, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Ethics, 400-1200, 1200-1500
2015 Gilson Lecture by Bonnie Kent, UC-Irvine

The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies is pleased to present the 2015 Gilson Lecture

Bonnie Kent, University of California, Irvine

How Could We Become Equal to the Angels? Late Thirteenth-Century Debates about Human and Angelic Capacities

BONNIE KENT is Professor of Philosophy in the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. A specialist in medieval philosophy and theology, her wide-ranging publications evince a strong interest in both theoretical and historical approaches to moral psychology, the philosophy of action, and ethical theory. She is the author of Virtues of the Will: The Transformation of Ethics in the Late Thirteenth Century (1995). Her recent papers include “Weakness and Willful Wrongdoing in Aquinas’s De malo,” “Dispositions and Moral Fallibility: The UnAristotelian Aquinas,” and “Evil in Later Medieval Philosophy.”

Each academic year the Institute has invited a senior medievalist to give the annual ETIENNE GILSON LECTURE, established in honour of the Institute’s founder, and the remarkable range of his activities as historian, philosopher, and critic. Among the distinguished contributors to the series are fellows of the Institute, as well as scholars from Canada, Europe, and the United States, including Peter Brown, Marcia L. Colish, Giles Constable, Jacqueline Hamesse, Mark D. Jordan, Francis Oakley, Joseph Owens, Jaroslav Pelikan, Otto Hermann Pesch, Brian Stock, and John F. Wippel.

A reception will follow the lecture in the Laurence K. Shook Common Room at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 59 Queens Park Crescent East. For further information, please contact Institute Secretary Barbara North at 416.926.7142.

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