Professor Ed Feser will deliver the 4th annual Aquinas Lecture in Philosophy on Friday, January 31, at 5pm in Demetree Auditorium, entitled “The Scholastic Principle of Causality and the Rationalist Principle of Sufficient Reason”:
The principle of causality and the principle of sufficient reason are central to traditional metaphysics in general and to cosmological arguments for the existence of God in particular. Yet they are often claimed to have been refuted by Hume or by quantum mechanics, or to have otherwise been made obsolete by modern philosophy and science. I argue that when the principles are rightly understood, all the objections against them can be seen to fail. I also provide a positive defense of each principle, and discuss the relationship between Scholastic and rationalist interpretations of the principle of sufficient reason.
Feser is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. He is the author of On Nozick, Philosophy of Mind, Locke, The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism, and Aquinas, and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Hayek and Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics.
Past Aquinas lecturers have been: Therese Scarpelli Cory (2011); Ronald Tacelli (2012); and John Rist (2013).