On Thursday, Feb. 2, the University of Dallas philosophy department will host the 30th annual Aquinas Lecture in Lynch Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Eleonore Stump, the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, will deliver the lecture, titled “Love, Forgiveness, and Atonement.”
Stump will be the 30th recipient of the Aquinas Medal, awarded since 1983 to distinguished thinkers who work in the spirit of St. Thomas Aquinas. According to Dr. Philipp W. Rosemann, chair of the philosophy department, this criterion includes both Thomist scholars and, more broadly, those “who attempt to bring the Christian tradition into dialogue with contemporary thought.”
Past recipients include Alasdair MacIntyre, John Milbank, Msgr. John F. Wippel, and last year’s recipient, Robert P. George.
Stump received her Ph. D. in medieval studies and medieval philosophy from Cornell University, and she began teaching at Saint Louis University in 1992. She has authored several books on medieval philosophy, including her major study of St. Thomas, titled “Aquinas” (2003), and her extensive treatment of the problem of evil, “Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering” (2010).
According to Rosemann, Stump’s work combines the precision of analytical philosophy with the more speculative approach of metaphysics and the philosophy of religion: “[Stump’s] work is precise, but it brings in stories from scripture and analyzes the philosophical significance of the scriptural narrative.”
Stump’s lecture will examine the relationship between love and atonement. According to Stump herself, “I will look carefully at the Anselmian
kind of interpretation of the doctrine of atonement in light of the doctrine that God is perfectly loving … I will argue that the Thomistic account of love rules out the Anselmian interpretation of atonement.”
After the lecture, philosophy professor Dr. William Frank will give a response. According to Rosemann, this response is not for the sake of debate, but to “get a dialogue going even in the context of a lecture.”
In addition, Stump will give a seminar titled “Discussion of Aquinas on the Nature of God’s Simplicity” on Friday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. in the Gorman Faculty Lounge. Texts for the seminar are available on the UD philosophy department’s website under “News and Events.” Stump will also hold an informal discussion with students at 2:30 p.m. in Gorman Faculty Lounge.
Both the Aquinas Lecture and the seminar are open to the public, and all are invited to attend.