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Thomas More Institute – Spring Interview Series 2010

Thomas More Institute

Spring Interview Series 2010


the power and the promise

Thursdays: 7:00-9:00 pm

May 6, 13, 27, June 10 and 17

In celebration of the Thomas More Institute’s sixty-fifth anniversary, the Spring Series offers reflections on the enduring power of beginnings to influence our lives and our institutions. The word itself, and synonyms such as origins or foundations, conjures a power uniquely given to us as human beings: to break with the past decisively and to create a future of incalculable possibility.

In this interview series, we consider this power in relation to four fields of human thought and endeavor: politics (Hannah Arendt), philosophy (Paul Ricoeur), psychoanalysis (Freud), and biography (Bernard Lonergan). 

This year’s series will be held in at Thomas More Institute, 3405 Atwater.

To reserve tickets, please call 514.935.9585. Ticket price: $10.00 per session.

Readings for the May 6 interview with Dr. Laura Tusa Ilea on Hannah Arendt are now available at the front desk of the Institute.

May 6, 2010

Laura Tusa Ilea on Arendt

Laura Tusa Ilea received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Bucharest in 2005. At present, Dr. Ilea is engaged on a postdoctoral project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, at McGill, where she recently taught Topics in the History of Philosophy (Arendt, Patočka, Heidegger). Apart from professional activities, Dr. Ilea has written EAST, a short-story collection, which was published in France in 2009.

May 13, 2010

Dennis O’Connor on Ricoeur

After forty years of teaching philosophy at Concordia University, Dr. Dennis O’Connor recently retired, but he continues to work out the implications of phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction. His guiding lights remain Arendt, Derrida, Merleau-Ponty, and Paul Ricoeur. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from St. Louis University. One of his colleagues at the Loyola campus in the 1970s was TMI founder Fr. Eric O’Connor.

May 27, 2010

Charles Levin on Freud

Charles Levin Ph.D. is a training and supervising analyst at the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis and Past President of its Quebec English Branch. He is in full-time private practice in Montreal, working in both English and French. Dr. Levin is on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis and has written widely on psychoanalytic and cultural issues. He is the author of Jean Baudrillard: A Study in Cultural Metaphysics and co-author of Confidential Relationships: Psychoanalytic, Ethical, and Legal Contexts.

June 10, 2010

William Mathews on Lonergan

Since 1980, Dr. William Mathews has been an associate professor with the Centre for Philosophy at the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds. His study Lonergan’s Quest, published by the University of Toronto in 2006, has been highly acclaimed. This intellectual biography explores the genesis and evolution of Bernard Lonergan’s seminal work Insight.

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