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Philosophy Lecture Honoring Monsignor John Wippel: "Thomas Aquinas on Demonstrating God's Providence"


2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26, 2008


The Catholic University of America
Aquinas Hall Auditorium
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

Rev. Brian Shanley, O.P., president of Providence College, delivers the third lecture in the Fall Philosophy Lecture series, "Metaphysical Themes, In Honor of John F. Wippel." The series - in its 41st year - is one of the longest continuously running major philosophy lecture series in the country. This year it is dedicated to Monsignor John F. Wippel, the Theodore Basselin Professor of Philosophy, who celebrates his 75th birthday.

The inspiration for Rev. Shanley's talk and its title come from Chapter VIII of Monsignor Wippel's Metaphysical Themes in Thomas Aquinas II.

"Through careful textual analysis, Monsignor Wippel argues that Aquinas did hold that God's omnipotence was philosophically demonstrable," Father Shanley says. "But the problem of providence remains: Does Aquinas also hold that divine providence is philosophically demonstrable?"

The other lectures in the series are scheduled for Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Dec. 5. All the lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, go to, contact the Office of the Dean, School of Philosophy, at 202-319-5259, or e-mail


School of Philosophy
Franklin J. Matchette Foundation
Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation
George Dougherty Foundation

MEDIA: To cover the lecture, reporters must contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.