Chillum, MD - Over a period of three days, the Religious Family of the Institute of the Incarnate Word delved into the philosophical thought of the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, in the Institute's yearly "Thomistic Studies."
Gnoseology, "the philosophy of knowledge and the human faculties for learning," composed this year's topic. Over the course of three days, the seminarians of the IVE and the sisters of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara offered talks on the development of gnoseology within the context of the history of philosophy as well as the Thomistic doctrines of the discipline. Following these, the priests of the IVE provided a variety of concrete applications of gnoseology, discussing its relevance to Scripture, politics, and theodicy, and its relationship to other philosophical disciplines.
On the final day of the Thomistic Studies, three guest professors came from the Catholic University of America and spoke at the Fulton Sheen House of Formation. Dr. Cristina Ionescu, specializing in the thought of Plato, discussed the Greek philosopher's concept of human thought and its relation to the soul, as seen in his Timaeus.
Turning to Aquinas, Dr. Gregory Doolan offered a unique viewpoint of the philosophical framework of individuation in his paper "Aquinas on the Divine Ideas as Principles of Individuation." The Institute was honored to present Monsignor Robert Sokolowski, one of America's most prominent and respected priestly philosophers, for the Studies' closing lecture.
Msgr. Sokolowski described the philosophical value of Edmund Husserl, one of the century's most influential philosophical minds, depicting his thought in an entertaining and informative lecture.
The Thomistic Studies concluded with Holy Mass. Msgr. Sokolowski presided, accompanied by the priests of the IVE. Fr. Edgar Diaz, IVE, gave the homily, providing some thoughts on the role of the Holy Spirit in knowledge and scripture.
We would like to give a special thanks to all who made this Thomistic Studies possible, especially those professors who visited from the Catholic University of America. May all of us grow ever more in the depths of the "riches and wisdom and knowledge of God" (Rm. 11:33).
Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us!
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