Philosophy Colloquium to be Held at Ashland University

2/7/12 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland University Philosophy Department and Phi Sigma Tau are sponsoring a Philosophy Colloquium that will feature Dr. Jeffrey Brower, associate professor of philosophy at Purdue University. The event is set for Thursday, Feb. 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall of the Dwight Schar College of Education.


Brower will deliver a talk titled “Aquinas on Human Personhood and Death.” The event is free and open to the public.


According to Brower, "As human beings, we possess both minds and bodies. But what is their nature and how are we related to them? Are we essentially material objects, immaterial persons, or partly material and partly immaterial beings?  We have much to learn, I think, from the broadly Aristotelian approach that Aquinas takes to answering these questions. For this approach not only provides us with an attractive alternative to the standard forms of materialism and dualism in philosophy of mind, but also offers us an intriguing set of options for what happens to us after death."


Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.