Dr. Gary Atkinson, Philosophy Department, along with students and other UST faculty, will lead the final Telos Project open discussion today, Thursday, Dec. 8. Sponsored by the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center, the semesterlong discussion series has sought to bring a renewed focus to St. Thomas’ commitment to the pursuit of truth through the integration of knowledge across disciplines.

The meeting will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the O’Shaughnessy (“leather”) Room (108), O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. Each week a professor from a different department gives a brief presentation on:

  • What his or her discipline is.
  • What attracts him or her to it.
  • Why the larger UST community should care.

The meeting will begin with an introduction to Atkinson’s discipline and area of expertise from noon to 1:15 p.m., followed by a discussion and conversation among students and faculty. All students are invited to participate in the dialogue. Cookies and juice will be provided.

Atkinson’s primary focus is Aristotelian and Platonic ethics. He also has developed a recent interest in finding the necessary conditions of a good truth-seeker as they are seen in the Platonic Dialogues. During this meeting, he will give special attention to John Henry Newman’s Idea of a University.

For more information visit The Telos Project Facebook group or email the Telos Project.