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Aquinas on the Order of Charity

Join Zephyr the evening of Saturday, February 3rd for an evening of philosophical discussion. We will be reading Aquinas's discussion of the order of charity in Summa Theologiae II-II Q. 26.

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Aquinas on the Order of Charity
Aquinas on the Order of Charity

Time & Location

Feb 03, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Palo Alto, 2345 Dartmouth St, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA

About the Event

In his treatment of the virtue of charity, Aquinas distinguishes a certain order: some things should be loved with charity more than others or in a different way than others. Aquinas devotes Question 26 of the Secunda Secundae to arguing for this and to establishing this order. Does charity demand that I love God more than myself? Does it demand I love my neighbor even more than myself? Does it demand that I love some neighbors more than others, or should charity love all equally? If I should love some more than others, who? For instance, should I love family more than friends?

All Stanford students are invited to join Zephyr on Saturday 3 February, 6:00–8:00pm for a close reading of Aquinas's text and a discussion of these questions. Our discussion will be closely focused around Aquinas’s text, which will read and discuss together article by article. Those who wish to read in advance may find the text here. Attendees without prior familiarity with Aquinas’s conception of the virtue of charity may want to watch this short video, which covers the essential points of the preceding questions (Q. 23–5).

Discussion will be led by Zephyr’s Director of Academic Programs, Landon Hobbs. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP in advance so that Zephyr can have an accurate headcount.


This event is open to all Stanford students (graduate and undergraduate).

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