Visiting Speakers

[Postponed] Thursday, May 21, 4:00 pm, Demaray Hall 150 

"Human Flourishing, Suffering, and Sacrifice"

Professor Jennifer Frey

Jennifer Frey, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, the University of South Carolina.


Abstract: Neo-Aristotelian ethical naturalists argue that it is practically rational to act virtuously, since the virtues are those states of character a person needs in order to flourish qua human. While this schema may work at the level of justifying the virtues quite generally, it seems to fall apart in particular cases -- for instance, in circumstances where justice requires that one sacrifice one’s own life. In this talk, I argue that we need to focus on the transcendent dimensions of human nature and life in order to understand how sacrifice and suffering are essential to living well.

In addition, the Department hosts occasional talks by visiting philosophers. Recent speakers include:

Fall 2019, Jill Graper Hernandez, “Early Modern Women and the Need to Do More”

Spring 2018, Meghan Sullivan (Layman Lecture), “Time Biases and Valuing Afterlives”

Fall 2017, Billy Dunaway, “Theological Predication: Duns Scotus, Univocity, and Knowledge”

Spring 2017, Robert Audi (Layman Lecture), “Faith, Belief, and the Problem of Evil” 

Fall 2016, Trent Dougherty, “Faith, Reason, and Religious Disagreement: Surprising Results”

Spring 2016, Steve Layman, Book Symposium: Philosophical Approaches to the Atonement, Incarnation, and the Trinity. With comments by Daniel Howard-Snyder and Terence Cuneo

 Fall 2014, Alfred Mele, “Free Will and Neuroscience,” and “On the Situationist Challenge to Free Will” 

Spring 2012, SPU Philosophy Alumni Panel: Jennifer Corns, Jonathan Jacobs, Nathan King, John Mouracade           

Fall 2009, Jaegwon Kim, “Metaphysical Considerations on Consciousness and the Science of Consciousness”

Fall 2009, Kevin Corcoran, “Persons, Bodies, and Relationality”

Fall 2008, Nicholas Wolterstorff , “Beauty, Love, Justice, and Worship”

Spring 2008, Daniel Dombrowski, “The Concept of God: A Process Point of View”

Fall 2007, James Van Cleve, “Direct Realism and Double Vision”