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The Center for Thomistic Studies In its 28th year, the Center for Thomistic Studies is the only graduate philosophy program in the United States uniquely focused on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. In the pursuit of a living Thomism, the Center’s programs stress both historical understanding of Aquinas’s texts and a rigorous rethinking of his thirteenthcentury wisdom in the light of twenty-first century problems and realities. For more information about the Center for Thomistic Studies please contact: Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers, Director Center for Thomistic Studies 713-525-3591 Thomistic_center@stthom.edu www.stthom.edu

This conference was underwritten by: Center for Thomistic Studies John Paul II Institute Vice President for Academic Affairs, UST Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, UST Faculty Development Committee, UST

The Center for Thomistic Studies Sponsors

The Fall 2010 Conference Of

Aquinas and the Arabs / Thomas d’Aquin Et ses sources arabes

Special Thanks to Dr. Mary C. Sommers Ms. Valerie Hall Dr. John Hittinger Dr. Dominic Aquila Rev. Joseph Pilsner, C.S.B. Ms. Sandy Soliz Graduate Students of the Center THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS The University of St. Thomas is a private institution committed to the liberal arts and to the religious, ethical, and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education.

Saturday 11 September 2010, 9am to 5:30 pm Sunday 12 September 2010, 9am to 5pm Center for Thomistic Studies University of St.Thomas 4218 Yoakum, Houston,Texas www.stthom.edu • 713-522-7911


2010 Fall Conference University of St. Thomas Center for Thomistic Studies Brezik Seminar Room 4218 Yoakum, Houston, Texas 713-525-3591 Www.stthom.edu/cts

Saturday, 11 September 2010 9:00 – 10:30: Chair: Mary C. Sommers, Center for Thomistic Studies Speaker: Richard C. Taylor, Marquette University ―Thomas’s Debt to Avicenna and Averroes on Cognition‖ Brief Comment: E.M. Macierowski, Benedictine College Discussion 10:30 – 10:45 Break 10:45 – 12:00 Speaker: Mark Barker, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans ―Retrieving the Arabic Origins of the Preparation of Phantasms‖ Brief Comment: E. M. Macierowski, followed by Discussion 12:15 – 2:00 Luncheon 2:00 – 3:30: Chair: Randall Smith, University of St. Thomas Speaker: Jon McGinnis, University of Missouri, St. Louis ―Making Something of Nothing: Avicenna and Aquinas on Privation, Possibility, and Potentiality‖ Brief Comment: Therese-Anne Druart, Catholic University of America Discussion 3:30—3:45 Break 3:45 – 5:15 Speaker: R. E. Houser, Center for Thomistic Studies, UST (Houston) ―Aquinas’s Use of Averroes and Avicenna in his De principiis naturae‖ Brief Comment: Therese-Anne Druart, followed by Discussion 5:30 – 6:30 Mass in the Chapel of St. Basil

Sunday, 12 September 2010 9:00 – 10:30: Chair: Donald Morrison, Rice University Speaker: Luis Farjeat, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City ―Aquinas on the Eternity of the World in II Sent., d 1, q 1 art. 5 and his Arabic/Islamic and Jewish Sources‖ Brief Comment: E. M. Macierowski, followed by Discussion 10:30 – 10:45 Break 10:45 – 12:00 Speaker: Max Herrera, Marquette University ―Hylomorphism in Avicenna, Averroes, and Aquinas‖ Brief Comment: E. M. Macierowski, followed by Discussion 12:00 – 1:30 Luncheon 1:30 – 2:45: Chair: Richard Taylor, Marquette University Speaker: Nathan Poage, Houston Community College ―Avicenna and Aquinas on the Subject Matter of Metaphysics‖ Brief Comment: Therese-Anne Druart, followed by Discussion 2:45 -- 3:00 Break 3:00 – 4:15 Speaker: Daniel DeHaan, Center for Thomistic Studies ―Aristotle's de Anima: A Common Point of Departure for Averroistic and Thomistic Noetics?‖ Brief Comment: Therese-Anne Druart, followed by Discussion 4:15 – 5:00 Informal Discussion of the ―Aquinas and the Arabs / Thomas d’Aquin et ses sources Arabes‖ project. 5:00 End of conference


Aquinas an Arabs