Augustine, Aristotelianism and Aquinas The first meeting of the Philosophy Society for this academic year will be held on Thursday 9 th November 2006 at the Science Lecture Theatre* at 7.00 pm. Prof. John Rist will speak about ‘Augustine, Aristotelianism and Aquinas’. He will discuss the relationship between Augustine and Aquinas and the use (or misuse) by Aquinas of some basic Augustinian proposals.

Prof. Rist lectured as Professor of Classics and Philosophy at the University of Toronto between 1959 and 1980. Between 1980 and 1983 he was Regius Professor of Classics, University of Aberdeen, and between 1983 and 1996 Professor of Classics and Philosophy, University of Toronto; cross-appointed St. Michael's College, 1983-90. In 1997 he became Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, and since 1998 he has been part-time visiting professor at the Augustinian Patristic Institute, the Augustinianum in Rome. In 1958, Prof. Rist was awarded the John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarship from Cambridge University; in 1976 the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada; between 1986 and 1987 he was Visiting Fellow, St. Edmund's College, Cambridge; between 1990 and 1991 the Connaught Fellowship, University of Toronto; between 1990 and 1991 he was Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge; in 1991 he was awarded the Life Membership, Clare Hall, Cambridge; in 1995, between February and June he was Lady Davis Visiting Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in 2002 he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy, Honoris Causa, University Sta Croce, Rome, 1970.

The following are Prof. Rist's major publications: Eros and Psyche: Studies in Plato, Plotinus and Origen, Toronto 1964; The Road to Reality, Cambridge 1967;  Stoic Philosophy, Cambridge 1969;  Epicurus:  An Introduction, Cambridge 1972; The Stoics (ed.), California Univ. Press 1978; On the Independence of Matthew and Mark, Cambridge 1978; “Human Value: A Study of Ancient Philosophical Ethics” Philosophia Antiqua 40, Leiden 1982; Platonism and Its Christian Heritage, London 1985; The Mind of Aristotle, Toronto 1989; Augustine: Ancient Thought Baptized, Cambridge 1994; Man, Soul and Body:  Essays in Ancient Thought from Plato to Dionysius, London 1996; On Inoculating Moral Philosophy against God, Marquette Univ. Milwaukee 2000; Real Ethics: Rethinking the Foundations of Morality, Cambridge 2002.

The meeting will be chaired by Rev. Prof. Peter Serracino Inglott. The general public is cordially invited to attend.

*Please note change of venue. Use may still be made of Car park 2.