Dr. Stephen Matuszak, The virtues in the writings of Saint Bonaventure

Dr. Stephen Matuszak, Theology and Philosophy, Notre Dame Preparatory, Presents: "The virtues in the writings of Saint Bonaventure"

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:30pm
This event is FREE and open the public

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Hayden Library, Room C6A

While there is some controversy about the development of philosophy in the middle ages, it is widely accepted that the thought and writings of the schoolmen of the 13th century were deeply rooted in the philosophy of both Plato and Aristotle. Two in particular, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure, are numbered among the great medieval doctors who contributed to the development of a distinctive philosophy in which metaphysics plays a major role.

This year we celebrate the 8th centenary of the birth of Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, who was an early follower of Francis of Assisi, and is considered the "second founder" of the Franciscan order. His philosophical vision is rooted in the understanding of the communion of creatures which Francis of Assisi celebrated in his famous canticle.

This talk will explore Bonaventure's approach to the virtues and seeks to recover those aspects of his philosophical vision which can help us reestablish a commitment to caring for the environment.

Dr. Stephen M. Matuszak came to AZ from southwest Florida in the fall of 2016. He is a teacher of theology and philosophy at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale. He studied at the University of Dallas for his M.A. in theology and was introduced to Bonaventure's writings at that time. He later studied for a pontifical license and doctorate in theology at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His doctoral dissertation was on the Christocentricity of the Virtues in Saint Bonaventure. He and his wife of 28 years have two daughters and enjoy great books, travel, good food and fellowship with family and friends.


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