Building on Aristotle and St. Thomas's philosophical account of the human person, this class will focus principally on St. Thomas's teachings on man's natural and supernatural ends and the means proportioned thereto.  To achieve this goal, we will engage in an in-depth study of the questions 1-5 from the Prima secundae of St. Thomas's Summa theologiae.  And, to more fully make our own these great teachings, we will pursue a slow reading and discussion of Josef Pieper's Happiness and Contemplation.

Course begins on Thursday, October 5th, 2023, at 5pm Pacific (8pm Eastern), and goes for EIGHT consecutive Thursday.


Texts: Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologiae Ia-IIae QQ. 1-5 Josef Pieper. Happiness and Contemplation

About Instructor

David Arias

Dr. David Arias is a professor of philosophy at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, NE. Prior to coming to Nebraska, Dr. Arias taught philosophy, theology, natural science, mathematics, literature, and various other subjects for eleven years at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA. Dr. Arias has published in both scholarly and popular venues. His main areas of scholarly interest are natural philosophy and metaphysics. On a more personal note, Dr. Arias is happily married to Jennaya Arias and together they are the blessed parents of thirteen children (nine boys and four girls).

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Course Includes

  • 8 Lessons
  • Course Certificate