Georgia Bulletin

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Philosophy Course On Augustine, Aquinas Offered

Published September 20, 2007

A six-week course on the Christian philosophies of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas will be taught by Dr. Richard Parry this fall as part of Evening at Emory, a lifelong learning program.

The course will be taught on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from Oct. 9 through Nov. 13. The primary readings of the course will be the works of Augustine and Aquinas.

Parry is professor emeritus of philosophy at Agnes Scott College in Decatur and author of “Plato’s Craft of Justice.” The course is co-sponsored by the Aquinas Center for Theology at Emory University, a Catholic presence at Emory.

While Augustine and Aquinas both emphasize the primacy of faith in God, they differ on the role of reason, the course description says. Augustine reflected the categories of Platonic thought while Aquinas wrote at a time when the West was recovering the philosophy of Aristotle. “Addressing the balance between faith and Aristotelian thought, Aquinas proposes a reconciliation that gives reason a kind of independence that was controversial even in his own day.”

To register or for more information and fees call (404) 727-6000 or visit, which is the Web site for the Center for Lifelong Learning at Emory.