FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
St. John’s College Dean’s Spring Lecture and Concert Series Presents:
“The Blessed in the Kingdom of Heaven will see the Punishments
of the Damned so that their Joy may be more Complete”:
Nietzsche and Aquinas”
(SANTA FE, NM) The quotation from St. Thomas Aquinas in the lecture’s title has been made famous by Nietzsche’s having cited it in On the Genealogy of Morals (I, 15). Nietzsche’s purpose in citing this passage was to show that the Christian life is rooted in an unrecognized or self-ignorant spirit of hatred, envy, and revenge against those who are strong, powerful, and magnanimous. In the lecture, professor Lehrberger first will develop Nietzsche’s analysis of the roots of Christian morality which he sees Aquinas as witnessing. Next, he will turn to Aquinas’ teachings on these same topics and then compare and contrast the two thinkers’ teaching: Christian virtues and vices versus strong or weak life values. Finally, he will conclude by showing that, despite their real differences, Nietzsche and Aquinas have far more in common than is generally recognized.
James Lehrberger is a Cistercian monk and a Catholic priest who was ordained in 1976. He was educated at the University of San Francisco, the Anselmianum (in Rome), and the University of Dallas, he received his doctorate from the last’s Institute of Philosophical Studies in 1983. His dissertation—directed by St. John’ alumnus Mark D. Jordan, SF73—was on the anthropology of St. Thomas Aquinas. Upon completing his doctorate, Lehrberger taught at the University Regina Apostolorum in Rome and for many years at the University of Dallas. His published work includes articles on Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas as well as a co-edited volume of essays entitled Saints, Sovereigns, and Scholars: Studies in Honor of Frederick D. Wilhelmsen. His research interests lie in the fields of Aquinas’ thought and in the philosophy of religion, with particular emphasis on the question of faith and reason.
Friday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Peterson Student Center
St. John’s College
1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505