The Aquinas Lecture
Since 1982, the Philosophy Department has hosted an annual Aquinas Lecture. In the
spirit of St. Thomas Aquinas himself, the goal of the lecture series is to develop
contemporary Catholic thought in close dialogue with the tradition—above all, of course,
with Aquinas’s own work. The speakers invited have covered a broad spectrum of Thomism,
some attempting to defend traditional teachings against contemporary challenges, others
endeavoring to develop Thomism in more of a give and take with current ideas. One
important feature of the Aquinas Lecture has to do with the events surrounding it:
the Aquinas Lecturer is usually invited to stay in Irving for a few days, teach a
seminar on a text of his or her choice, share meals with faculty, and speak informally
with students. This creates the opportunity for the community to engage in a genuine
exchange, rather than just listening to an individual lecture. The Aquinas Lecture
and most of the events associated with it are open to the general public.
The list of Aquinas Lecturers who have addressed the university community over the
past thirty years (and been awarded our beautiful Aquinas Medal) is long and impressive:
2017 Holger Zaborowski
2016 Eileen Sweeney
2015 Wayne J. Hankey
2014 Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J.
2013 John F. Boyle
2012 Eleonore Stump
2011 Robert P. George
2010 William Desmond
2009 Thomas Hibbs
2008 Alain de Libera
2007 Timothy B. Noone
2006 John Milbank
2005 Jan Aertsen
2004 Merold Westphal
2003 Sr. Prudence Allen, R.S.M.
2002 Jorge J. E. Gracia
2001 John Haldane
2000 Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C.
1999 Kenneth Schmitz, John Caputo, Ralph McInerny
1998 Jean-Luc Marion
1997 Thomas Langan
1996 Jude Dougherty
1995 Rev. Norris Clarke, S.J.
1994 Alfred J. Freddoso
1993 Louis Dupré
1992 Msgr. John F. Wippel
1991 Alasdair MacIntyre
1990 Ralph McInerny
1989 Rev. Benedict Ashley, O.P.
1988 Kenneth Schmitz
1987 Msgr. Robert Sokolowski
1986 Edmund Pellegrino
1985 Rev. Joseph Owens, C.SS.R.
1984 John Caputo
1983 Rev. William Wallace, O.P.
Since 2013, our Aquinas Lecture is published in handsome booklets by St. Augustine’s
Press. To order copies, please click on the names of the Aquinas Lecturers in the