Annual Aquinas Lecture 2019: Prof. Andreas Speer 'Officium sapientis: The Pursuit of Wisdom and the Office of the Wise'
Ordering things rightly and governing them well – that is what we call wisdom. Thomas Aquinas adopts this Aristotelian definition of philosophy, and makes it the starting point for reconsidering the place of philosophy and theology in view of new ideas concerning some of the so-called “big” questions which triggered the debates at the universities of his time. But what can we learn from those debates of the past? The lecture will point to some important aspects, in which a close reading of Thomas’ texts and a careful reconstruction of his arguments might help us to understand the historical context of those questions. Moreover, Thomas offers interesting answers worth reading and discussing even today. What drives us when we strive for knowledge and understanding? Which responsibilities do we have concerning our knowledge? To assume responsibility is the task of the wise.
When: Thursday, 07 March 2019
The Postgraduate Open Evening at Maynooth University will take place on the 26th February 2019, from 4-8pm in the Maynooth University Library
When: Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Is language creative? Is the world a text, perhaps even a story? What is the relationship between speech and the reality of our own lives, that is, our own stories? And is time itself measured by language? These and related questions stand at the centre of Book XI of Augustine’s Confessions, to which the Department of Philosophy is devoting a seminar.
When: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Leonard Cohen is much celebrated as a musician and a poet. In this lecture, Professor Philipp Rosemann will explore the rich philosophy in the music of Leonard Cohen through the lens of 'Steer Your Way', from Cohen's 2016 album You Want It Darker.
When: Thursday, 07 February 2019
The Structure of the Human Person (1932) was Stein's last public lecture series. We read a draft translation, which can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
When: Thursday, 20 December 2018
UNESCO World Philosophy Day 2018: Prof. John-Stewart Gordon 'AI and Ethics: Artificial Moral and Legal Personhood'
Followed by a Round Table Discussion and a wine reception. All are welcome!
When: Thursday, 15 November 2018
Annual Aquinas Lecture 2018: Prof. Jeremiah Hackett 'Situating Roger Bacon in Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy and Theology'
Th Annual Aquinas Lecture is organised by the Department of Philosophy at Maynooth University. It will be followed by a wine reception. ALL ARE WELCOME!
When: Thursday, 08 November 2018
Dean’s Lecture: Prof. AC Grayling, 'The Meaning of Brexit for the ‘Westminster Model’ and the Future of Democracy'
Renowned philosopher and cultural commentator, Prof. AC Grayling, will deliver this year's Dean's Lecture on the hot topic of Brexit.
When: Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Maynooth researchers are taking on some of the most pressing challenges facing society today. From 8-12 October 2018, the University invites the public in – to hear about and engage with the rich body of multi-disciplinary research being undertaken right here in Maynooth, and the impact those discoveries are having across the globe.
When: Monday, 08 October 2018
Berkeley Lecture 2018: Prof. Sándor Fekete 'The Age of Algorithms: From IDEA Instructions to Altruism'
This is a joint event organized by the Departments of Mathematics & Statistics and Philosophy. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception. All are welcome!
When: Thursday, 27 September 2018