Gonzaga University philosophy Associate Professor Michael W. Tkacz has been invited to deliver the prestigious Aquinas Lecture at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, during Hilary (Winter) Term, 2009.
The subject of his lecture will be “Aquinas, Teleology, and Contemporary Biological Research” in which Tkacz will discuss the continued relevance of the insights of the 13th-century Catholic philosopher Thomas Aquinas to scientific research programs.
During his stay in Oxford, Tkacz will be in residence at Blackfriars College where he will meet with faculty and students to discuss current developments in the philosophy of science. Blackfriars College is a permanent private hall of the University of Oxford operated by the English Province of the Order of Preachers. Commonly known as Dominicans, the Order of Preachers is a Catholic religious order of men with an 800-year-old history of association with the University of Oxford.
In addition to serving as the primary residence of the Dominican friars in Oxford, Blackfriars also houses a Dominican school of philosophy and theology. Tkacz has served on the Gonzaga University philosophy faculty since 1991 and has held the rank of associate professor since 1997.
For more information, please contact Professor Tkacz at (509) 313-6760 or via e-mail.