Rational Individuals: An introduction to Aquinas's Philosophical Anthropology


Location: Virtual

Tianyue Wu

How did the most important medieval thinker understand human nature and their ethical life? This lecture attempts to use the concepts of "reason" and "individual" as clues to break down the contemporary divisions of philosophy of mind, epistemology, meta-ethics, philosophy of action, and moral psychology, and to explore anew the overall picture and core features of Aquinas's philosophical anthropology.

This lecture is the first installment of the "Western Medieval Philosophy Lecture Series" organized by the Beijing Global Gateway, Jacques Maritain Center at Notre Dame, and the Thomistic Institute at the Angelicum in Rome. It will be conducted in Chinese and using the online platform Tencent Meeting. The lecture will be recorded and all registrants will receive the recording after the event.

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Tianyue Wu (Ph.D., KU Leuven, 2007) works mainly on ancient and medieval philosophy, in particular on pre-modern theories of mind, emotion, morality, and free will. His articles have appeared in journals such as Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales, Review of Metaphysics, Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy. His research is currently focused on Aquinas’s philosophical anthropology and the philosophy of soul in the Aristotelian tradition.