Monday, October 22, 2007

The Merton Lecture

Tonight I was able to attend Columbia Catholic Ministry's annual Merton Lecture. This year the topic was "Happiness and its Discontents". The blurb was, in order for everyone to get credit,

Professor Michael Sherwin, O.P., holder of the chair in fundamental moral theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, is delivering this year's Merton Lecture on Monday, Oct. 22 at 8:00 PM in St. Paul's Chapel on the topic "Happiness and Its Discontents."

The lecture was a pretty decent one, the main topics being whether happiness is synonymous with pleasure and whether we can achieve happiness in this life, from an Enlightenment/post-Enlightenment perspective contrasted with a Catholic perspective. Not the stuff for the 11 pm news, but a refreshing lecture overall.

I've been assured that the talk will soon be online if anyone's interested . . .

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