Monday, November 13, 2017, 7pm
Seminary Lecture Series - Philosophy Lecture
Speaker: Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., Professor of Biology, Providence College
Topic: "Defending Adam After Darwin: The Origin of Sapiens as a Natural Kind" (Evolution and Creation)
Abstract by Rev. Austriaco: "For many contemporary Christian theologians, evolutionary biology rules out any account of an Adam and Eve that would explain the origin of our species. In response, I propose that there are sound and robust reasons to think that human beings share an intrinsic essence that puts them into a natural kind. I also propose that our natural kind can be defined by our developmental capacity for language, which I suggest is necessarily linked to the capacity for abstract thought. Thus, it is still reasonable to trace the origins of our natural kind to an original individual."
More info: Event is free and open to the public; Additional details at scs.edu/lectures