Aquinas Lecture 2023
"Person Means Relation" by David Walsh, Ph.D.
Thursday, January 26
7:30 - 9:00 PM
Multipurpose Room, SB Hall
A reception will follow in O’Halloran Atrium, SB Hall.
"Person Means Relation"
The title comes from St. Thomas’s analysis of what it means to be a person, an analysis
he hammered out within his reflection on the persons of the Trinity. Even though he
did not apply it to persons more generally there is enough to suggest the path he
might have taken. The paradox of a figure like Thomas is that his own intense interior
life largely eludes the philosophical means at his disposal. To know a person, and
to know what it means to be a person, is to know what is going on within them. The
development of that understanding of persons from the inside is largely the fruit
of a later philosophical revolution, toward which he may have pointed and might well
have welcomed. As such it remains the task we have inherited and the one in which
the modern world distills what is best within it.
Graduate Seminar: "Pope Benedict's Personalism"
Friday, January 27
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Serafy Room, SB Hall
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About David Walsh, Ph.D.
David Walsh, Ph.D., is the Chair Board Member of VoegelinView, President of the Eric
Voegelin Society, and Professor of Political Science at Catholic University of America.
His works include a three-volume study of modernity: After Ideology: Recovering the
Spiritual Foundations of Freedom (Harper/Collins, 1990), The Growth of the Liberal
Soul (Missouri, 1997), and The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of
Existence (Cambridge, 2008). He is also author of Politics of the Person and as the
Politics of Being (Notre Dame, 2016), followed by a companion volume, The Priority
of the Person (2020). His current book project is “The Invisible Source of Authority:
God in a Secular Age.”