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Saint Mary’s hosts annual Aquinas lecture


first_imgCollege students should not feel the need to be constantly happy, Notre Dame philosophy Professor Alasdair MacIntyre said in the annual McMahon Aquinas lecture Wednesday evening at Saint Mary’s. The lecture, “How Truth Is Approached Through Error: Rereading Aquinas’s Project at ‘Summa Theologiae’ Ia-IIae, qq. 1 and 2,” explored the teachings and writings of 13th century theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas. MacIntyre began his lecture by discussing the way Aquinas approached philosophy. He said Aquinas first introduced readers to the false conclusions reached by earlier philosophers in order to engage readers in an ongoing philosophical discussion. “We as human beings are truth seekers,” he said. Self-defeating, error-prone truth seekers.” MacIntyre explained how Aquinas examined the natural human tendency to desire happiness in the “Summa Theologiae.” To Aquinas, happiness was defined as an achievement of the virtues, particularly the Beatitudes, but as MacIntrye said, this is a difficult concept for 21st-centruy readers to understand. “Happiness has become the name of a psychological state,” he said. MacIntyre said people are less happy because they have become “foolishly self-indulged.” He said people have become “burdened by the notion of happiness” and feel ashamed to admit to being unhappy. Instead, MacIntyre proposed that people, particularly college students, discredit the concept of needing to be happy at all times. He said it is helpful to be unhappy because through displeasure with the current self, a person may then be motivated to grow in virtue. Thomas Graff, a sophomore philosophy major at Notre Dame, said he enjoyed the lecture as an introduction to Aquinas. “I appreciated [MacIntyre’s] ability to not only effectively communicate the misconceptions of human happiness, but also to emphasize the importance of philosophy and virtue as primarily an individual pursuit,” Graff said.last_img read more


NU stays immaculate, FEU enters Final Four in UAAP women’s basketball


first_imgNational University maintained the league’s longest winning streak across any sport after ripping University of the East apart, 89-59, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The victory extended the Lady Bulldogs’ unbeaten run to 76 and 12 for the current season.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Lady Warriors own a 2-10 slate while the Lady Maroons are at an even more deplorable state of 0-12. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Kaye Pingol had 17 points while Ria Nabalan added 16 points of her own for the defending champions.Reigning MVP Jack Danielle Animam had a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double to add to the Lady Bulldogs’ cause.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIn the other game, Far Eastern University gored University of the Philippines, 80-66, to advance to the Final Four.Clare Castro had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Tamaraws who improved to a 9-3 card. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ONE: Kevin Belingon willing to face Bibiano Fernandes again LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more