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Vol. 2, No. 2 (spring 2005)

The institute sponsored the third in a series of Metaphysics Colloquia on June 16 - 17, 2004. The colloquium was inspired by Pope John Paul II who in his encyclical letter Fides et Ratio spoke of the need for continuing philosophical speculation in order to come to a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. The colloquium invites philosophers and theologians from the New England area to discuss and debate issues in metaphysics with a view to offering the ecclesiastical and scholarly worlds insights and principles upon which to ground their work.

The principal speaker for the 2004 colloquium was Oliva Blanchette (Boston College), whose paper was based on his recently published Philosophy of Being: A Reconstructive Essay in Metaphysics (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2003). Responding to Blanchette's paper were theologian Jeremy Wilkins (University of St. Thomas) and philosopher Gavin Colvert (Assumption College). The Saint Anselm Journal is pleased to present the three papers.

Analogy and the Transcendental Properties of Being as the Key to Metaphysical Science (PDF/168KB)
by Oliva Blanchette
Boston College

Human Being as Primary Analogate of Being: Reflections on Blanchette's "Key to Metaphysical Science" (PDF/140KB)
by Jeremy D. Wilkins
School of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary
University of St. Thomas

Having Our Cake and Eating It, Metaphysically Speaking: Analogy as the Key to the Unity of Metaphysics as a Science of Being qua Being: A Response to Oliva Blanchette (PDF/161KB)
by Gavin T. Colvert
Assumption College

At the 2004 American Catholic Philosophical Association conference in Miami, FL (November 5-7, 2004), the Institute for Saint Anselm Studies sponsored a satellite session entitled "Examining the Tradition: The Problem of Divine Grace and Human Free Will." Moderated by institute director, Fr. John Fortin, O.S.B., the session offered presentations on the issue of Divine Grace and human free will from the perspectives of St. Augustine, St. Anselm, and St. Thomas Aquinas. The presenters were Montague Brown (Saint Anselm College) on Augustine, Katherin A. Rogers (University of Delaware) on Anselm, and Kevin Staley (Saint Anselm College) on Aquinas. Their papers follow.

Augustine on Freedom and God (PDF/155KB)
by Montague Brown
Saint Anselm College

Anselm on Grace and Free Will (PDF/106KB)
by Katherin A. Rogers
University of Delaware

Aquinas: Compatibilist or Libertarian? (PDF/102KB)
by Kevin M. Staley
Saint Anselm College

The institute sponsors a conference on Saint Anselm in the spring of even numbered years. Scholars from Canada and Great Britain as well as from across the United States present and discuss issues in the life and thought of Saint Anselm.

The conference is interdisciplinary by design and welcomes papers that range in topic from Anselm's famous Ontological Argument to his literary style to his role as archbishop to his influence on modern and contemporary philosophers and theologians. The journal is pleased to present the following papers originally given at the Second Saint Anselm Conference, held April 12-13, 2002.

Substitution and the Biblical Background to Cur Deus Homo (PDF/122KB)
by David Neelands
Trinity College, Toronto School of Theology

The Ontological Proof, the Option, and the Unique Necessaire: Maurice Blondel's Examination of the Proof in Anselm, Descartes, and Malebranche (PDF/143KB)
by Gregory B. Sadler
Ball State University

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