General Linguistics Seminar
Hosted by Víctor Acedo-Matellán and Daniel Altshuler
Title: Pragmatic sociolinguistics: Formalizing the social world
Speaker: Heather Burnett (CNRS – Université Paris Cité)
The seminar will take place at 5:15pm in Room 2 of the Taylorian Institute
Per Se Ordered Series and Aquinas’ Fifth Way
Monday 4th week (6th February), 15:00, Worcester College, £3 entry or £10 for annual membership
Dr Gaven Kerr will be giving a lecture on ‘Per Se Ordered Series and Aquinas’ Fifth Way’.
Dr Kerr, currently a lecturer in philosophy at St Patrick’s Pontifical University, is an accomplished Thomist who has published two books on the philosophies of Aquinas: ‘Aquinas and the Metaphysics of Creation’, and ‘Aquinas's Way to God: The Proof in De Ente et Essentia’ as well as his PhD thesis ‘The Metaphysics of St Thomas Aquinas and Neo-Theomistic Realism’ alongside a plethora of articles and book chapters.
Aquinas’ fifth way, commonly known as the design argument, relies upon a distinction between per accidens and per se ordered causal series – that is, those series which can and those which cannot continue forever – to show that ordered creation must ultimately be attributable to God. Dr Kerr will be speaking on the role which per se ordered series have in this argument for the existence of God.