You are cordially invited to a talk on
Aquinas's Notion of Science
Br. Dunstan Robidoux
St. Anselm’s Abbey
Time/Date: 7:30 pm., Thursday evening, March 17, 2005
Place: James Bates Hall , Ascension Catholic Church, 12700 Lanham-
Severn Road, Bowie, Maryland 20720 Tel: 301 262 2227
Aquinas had a notion of science that was heavily influenced by the
methodology of Greek science. The science of Aristotle became a
dominant paradigm for understanding how science should be done, and
this paradigm dominated men’s minds until well into the 17th Century.
However Aquinas appropriated a number of notions which informed his
understanding of scientific procedure, and his understanding of science
contains a number of parallels which related it to the nature and
structure of contemporary modern science. Aquinas's notion of science
cannot be simply rejected as antiquated. How Aquinas's understanding of
science has been understood has perhaps been antiquated, and these
mistaken notions should be rejected.
Br. Dunstan Robidoux, OSB was born June 4, 1951 in Canada. He did
philosophy studies in Louvain, Belgium on and off from 1977 to 1984. He
has a licentiate in philosophy. He has done theology studies at the
Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C. and is
presently doing a PhD in theology. He has been a monk at St. Anselm's
Abbey in Washington since 1987. He is the Vice-Director of the Lonergan
Institute for the "Good Under Construction" located at 4501 S. Dakota
Ave. NE, Washington, DC, 20017-2753 tel. 202-269-6650.
Note: The talk will be preceded by a recitation of the rosary. Light
refreshments will be provided.
Catholic Association of Scientists and Engineers, Fatima Section
For more information, call Dr. Francis J. Kelly, 301-464-0486
or email: KellyFjp@msn.com or write to CAS+E, Box 72, Glenn Dale, MD