February 19, 2020
Zephyr Institute

The Body: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives

“If the goodness, beauty, and allurement of creatures so entices human souls, then the divine fount of goodness, compared to the small streams of goodness discovered in particular creatures, will draw totally to himself the aroused souls of men. Whence it is said in the Psalms: They will become intoxicated from the abundance of your dwelling . . .” –Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles II.2.4, translated by Thomas Hibbs

Time & Location

February 19, 2020
Zephyr Institute

Description

This dinner lecture and discussion with Professor Angela Franks (St. John’s Seminary) covered 20th-century philosophical and theological perspectives on the body. Professor Franks’ lecture focused in particular on the insights of Karol Wojtyla, the distinctiveness of his vision vis-à-vis the history of philosophical reflection on the body, and his engagement with the Song of Songs, St. John of the Cross, and recent continental philosophy—including Marx, Scheler, Buber, and French personalism—regarding essence and existence, mediation, communion, gift, and the fons signatus. The evening’s discussion, which included many undergraduate and graduate students in philosophy, was lively and lasted several hours. Subjects covered included the experience of love, the relationship between God and humanity in the biblical canons, the phenomenology of embodied subjectivity, and more.

Speaker

ANGELA FRANKS

ANGELA FRANKS

Professor of Theology, St. John’s Seminary

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