The Institute for Saint Anselm Studies sponsored the 2011 Metaphysics Colloquium at Saint Anselm College, June 8-9, 2011. The yearly Metaphysics Colloquium takes its inspiration from Pope John Paul II who in Fides et Ratio spoke of the need for continuing philosophical and theological speculation to come to an understanding of the Catholic faith.
The principal speaker at the colloquium was John Hittinger, Department of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, and the respondents were Paul Gondreau, Department of Theology, Providence College, and Walter J. Thompson, Department of Humanities, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. The Institute for Saint Anselm Studies is pleased to publish the three papers from the colloquium: John Hittinger, "Plato and Aristotle on the Family and the Polis"; Paul Gondreau, "On the Natural and Revealed Meaning of Human Sexuality: Response to John Hittinger's 'Plato and Aristotle on the Family and the Polis'"; and Walter J. Thompson, "Aristotle and John Paul II on the Family and Society: A Reply to John Hittinger."
The Institute is also pleased to publish four articles from those submitted to The Saint Anselm Journal: "The Eucharist and the Historicity of the Faith," by Daniel Hauser of the University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL; "Anselm and Appropriating the Divine Life," by Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J. of Saint Louis University; "On the Throwing of Rocks: An Objection to Hasty and Un-careful Criticisms of Anselm's Doctrine of the Atonement," by Gavin Ortlund of Fuller Theological Seminary; and "Anselm vs. the Fool (with a Little Help from David Hume): Can the 'Unsurpassable' Be Surpassed?" by Dennis L. Sansom of Samford University.
Volume 8, Number 2 (Spring 2013)
On the Throwing of Rocks: An Objection to Hasty and Un-careful Criticisms of Anselm's Doctrine of the Atonement (PDF/236KB)
By Gavin Ortlund
Anselm vs. the Fool (with a Little Help from David Hume): Can the "Unsurpassable" Be Surpassed? (PDF/214KB)
By Dennis L. Sansom
Aristotle and John Paul II on the Family and Society: A Reply to John Hittinger (PDF/138KB)
By Walter J. Thompson