Amanda Skofstad | August 28, 2019
Therese Cory, the John and Jean Oesterle Associate Professor of Thomistic Studies in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Philosophy, has been named a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas by Pope Francis. Cory is one of 50 total members and one of two women — the third in the academy’s history — to be so honored.
The academy was founded in 1879 by Pope Leo XIII to study and promote the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas in service to the Church and the world. Its members hold lifetime appointments, and one other Notre Dame philosopher, John O’Callaghan, is also a member.
Cory, a specialist in Aquinas, studies the Arabic-to-Latin transmission of Aristotle’s thought — in particular its synthesis with Catholicism expressed by Aquinas — and the broad philosophical tradition that connects Muslim, Jewish and Christian thinkers in the Middle Ages. She serves on the executive committee for the Aquinas and the Arabs Project, and, in 2017, she won a National Humanities Center fellowship to support her research. Cory was also awarded an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship in 2014.
Member scholars of the pontifical academy devoted to the “Angelic Doctor” hail from around the world, and they meet once annually in Rome.
According to Cory, the academy gathering provides a unique opportunity for people who study Aquinas in philosophy and theology to meet, allowing scholars in both disciplines to bring historically divergent pieces of scholarship back together.
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