April 8: Waite Chair Lecture

The spring 2021 Waite Chair Lecture, “Avoiding Illicit Involvement with Evil,” will be presented by the Rev. Kevin Flannery, SJ, DPhil, on Thursday, April 8, at 4 p.m. via Zoom. RSVP to Pam Hopkins at hopkins@creighton.edu. The link to the Zoom presentation will be emailed to you when you RSVP.

Fr. Flannery is emeritus professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has published works on various topics but writes frequently on ancient philosophy and on Thomas Aquinas. His books include Acts Amid Precepts: The Aristotelian Logical Structure of Thomas Aquinas’s Moral Theory (2001), Action and Character According to Aristotle: The Logic of the Moral Life (2013), and Cooperation with Evil: Thomistic Tools of Analysis (2019), all published by The Catholic University of America Press.

Abstract: Considered initially will be the analysis by various scholastic authors, beginning in the early 17th century, of the concept cooperatio ad malum (cooperation with evil). A major figure in this tradition is St. Alphonsus Liguori, a doctor of the Church and the official patron of confessors and moral theologians. The treatment of Alphonsus’s (and others’) ideas in this regard will be mostly — although not entirely — positive. It will be argued that ideas found earlier, in Aristotle and in St. Thomas Aquinas, are better suited to resolving certain issues sometimes analyzed as immoral cooperation. A number of contemporary issues shall be considered, including the morality of the production and the use of vaccines connected in some way with elective abortions.

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