Fall, 2008 Lecture Series
November 14, 2009
7:30 - 9:00 PM
Beaufort Performing Arts Center
USCB Beaufort Campus
Friday, November 14, 2008
“How Do Ordinary People Know Moral Principles?”
Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies
University of Notre Dame
Ralph McInerny is one of the world’s outstanding Thomistic philosophers. He holds degrees from the St. Paul Seminary, the University of Minnesota and Laval University. He taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1955 until this past year, and in 1977 he was named the Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies. For seven years he was director of the Medieval Institute; from 1979 to 2005 he was director of the Jacques Maritain Center.
Professor McInerny has published extensively both academically and in the field of fiction. In the first category are Aquinas and Analogy, The Question of Christian Ethics, Aquinas on Human Action and the Penguin Classic, Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writing. His biography of Jacques Maritain, The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain appeared in 2003, and a self-biography in 2006 with the title I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You: My Life and Pastimes. Most recently, he has published Praeambula fidei: Thomism and the God of the Philosophers (CUA Press, 2006).
Ralph is also the author of the Father Dowling, Andrew Bloom, and Sister Mary Teresa mysteries, among the most recent of which include Green Thumb (2004), Irish Gilt (2005), and The Letter Killeth: A Mystery Set at the University of Notre Dame (2006).