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2018 - 2019 John Woolman Lectures

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Malone University

2600 Cleveland Avenue Northwest

Johnson Center, Room 106

Canton, OH 44709

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Dear friends,

We are pleased to announce the 2018-2019 John Woolman Lectures.

This year's lecturer is Dr. Thomas Hibbs, Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor University where he teaches in the Great Texts Program, the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, and the graduate program in Philosophy.

Professor Hibbs has written two books on film (Shows About Nothing and Arts of Darkness) and a book co-authored with the contemporary painter, Makoto Fujimura (Soliloquies: Rouault/Fujimura). He has written three books on Thomas Aquinas: Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the Summa Contra Gentiles (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995); Virtue's Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good (Fordham University Press, 2001); and Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion: Metaphysics and Practice (Indiana University Press, 2007). Professor Hibbs has published more than thirty scholarly articles and is completing a book on Pascal, tentatively entitled Divine Irony. He is also writing a book on nihilism, beauty, and God.

The lectures will take place February 26 and 27, 2019 at 7:30 in JC 106.

Tuesday, February 26: On Friendship

Friendship, Aristotle wrote many centuries ago, is both useful and noble. But why? What is the role of friendship in our lives? What should it be? Defending Aristotle’s basic understanding of friendship, this lecture considers objections from two modern critics: Kant and Kierkegaard. The lecture concludes with reflections on the role of friendship in contemporary American culture, where civic friendship is neglected when it is not vilified as a form of ideological disloyalty.

Wednesday, February 27: Sickness Unto Death: Suffering, Evil and Contemporary Culture

In the opening of his Confessions, Augustine writes that human beings carry within themselves the mark of their mortality. Yet, we expend effort avoiding the fact of our mortality. In contemporary culture our aversion to thinking about death coincides both with a decline in public rituals for dealing with death and with an erosion of our vocabulary not just for articulating death but also evil and suffering. At the same time, in our popular culture we are immersed in the graphic images of violence and death. Drawing from films as well as from philosophical and literary texts, this lecture discerns a hunger for a richer treatment of these matters and points to stories that embody hopefulness in the face of loss.


**Dr. Shawn Floyd, Professor of Philosophy at Malone University, organizes our annual John Woolman Lectures.

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