12th Annual Lonergan Lecture: Can We Be Moral Without God? Presented by Professor Patrick Byrne

Fri, 2013-10-11 19:30 - 22:00

Patrick H. Byrne, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Lonergan Institute at Boston College, will address the topic "Can We be Moral Without God" in the 12th Annual Lonergan Lecture. All are welcome to attend this free lecture on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7:30pm in St. Joseph Chapel, Regis College. For more information, contact The Lonergan Research Institute at Regis College.


Drawing on insights from the work of Bernard Lonergan, Patrick Byrne, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, reflects on some of the implicit assumptions that often shape discussions of morality from the standpoint of neuroscience. He explores the connection between morality, the question of God, and the way we think and choose.

Patrick Byrne’s research centers on ethics and the philosophy of science. Past chair of the Philosophy Department at Boston College, he has published widely in international journals. His books include Analysis and Science in Aristotle, an edited volume called The Dialogue Between Science and Religion (What We Have Learned From One Another), and a forthcoming monograph developing the ethical theory of Bernard Lonergan.

Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984) was a Canadian Jesuit widely considered one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. His work addresses fundamental questions in philosophy, theology, macroeconomics, and methods of scholarly and scientific inquiry.

The Lonergan Lecture is an annual event sponsored by the Lonergan Research Institute (LRI) at Regis College. The LRI, home of the Bernard Lonergan archives, was established to preserve, promote, develop and implement the work of Bernard Lonergan, SJ. Its projects include the Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan, lectures and seminars, and assistantships for graduate and post-graduate research. The LRI is a work of the Jesuits in Canada and operates in partnership with Regis College, the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto.

Regis College is located at 100 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, near the corner of Queen's Park Crescent East. Regis College is on the 94 Wellesley TTC bus route and a short walk (south) from the Museum subway station. Public parking is available in the University of St. Michael's College parking lot on St. Joseph Street, one block north of Regis College. The venue is accessible.

Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and a Founding Member of the Toronto School of Theology.

Members of the public interested in theological education are invited to attend an open house in October and March each year.

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