The Philosophy Department will award its 2013 Aquinas Medal to John F. Boyle, professor of theology and Catholic studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. Boyle will receive the award prior to delivering the 31st Annual Aquinas Lecture, "Master Thomas and the Fullness of Life," on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Lynch Auditorium.
"The UD community is delighted to welcome Professor John Boyle as its 31st Aquinas lecturer. Professor Boyle is one of this country's most distinguished Thomists, and his meticulous scholarship enjoys universal respect," said Philipp Rosemann, professor of philosophy and department chair. "What's more, Professor Boyle has long been a friend of this university."
Boyle, who has worked with University of Dallas professors on projects and is the father of a UD alumnus, holds degrees from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, as well as from the University of Toronto. He is best known for his edition, prepared in collaboration with the late Fr. Leonard Boyle, O.P., of the recently discovered "Lectura romana of St. Thomas." Boyle has delivered the annual Aquinas Lecture at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, as well as at Thomas Aquinas College and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Christopher Malloy, associate professor of theology, will respond to Boyle's lecture.
This talk will inaugurate UD's new series of published Aquinas Lectures, which will be produced in co-operation with St. Augustine's Press of South Bend, Indiana.
"Our goal is to have each lecture published before the following year's lecture," said Rosemann. "Thus, each year's lecture events could include a book launch for the lecture of the previous year."
The Aquinas Lecture series, begun in 1983, is an annual event sponsored by the UD Philosophy Department. It features distinguished contemporary thinkers who address topics in the spirit of St. Thomas Aquinas. In recent years, Aquinas Lecturers have included luminaries such as Robert George from Princeton University, William Desmond from the University of Louvain (Belgium), Thomas Hibbs from Baylor University, Timothy Noone from the Catholic University of America and John Milbank from the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom).