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For Immediate Release: March 11, 2014

Renowned Philosopher to Deliver Annual Delasanta Lecture at Providence College

Providence, R.I. – Dr. Eleonore Stump, the Robert J. Henle professor of philosophy at Saint Louis University, will present Providence College’s annual Rodney Delasanta Honors Lecture on Thursday, March 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the Ruane Center for the Humanities’ Great Room on campus.

Stump’s presentation, “The Problem of Suffering: A Thomistic Approach,” will focus on Thomas Aquinas’ response to the challenging question of why so much suffering exists in a world governed by a good and loving God.

Stump received a bachelor’s degree in classical languages at Grinnell College. She went on to receive a master’s degree at Harvard University, and a Ph.D in medieval studies and medieval philosophy from Cornell University. Prior to Saint Louis University, Stump also taught at Oberlin College, Virginia Tech, and the University of Notre Dame.

In addition to her time spent teaching, Stump has made significant publications in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. Her books include her major study Aquinas (Routledge, 2003) and her extensive treatment of the problem of evil, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford, 2010).

Stump has given the Gifford Lectures (Aberdeen, 2003), the Wilde lectures (Oxford, 2006), and the Stewart lectures (Princeton, 2009). She is the past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division.

The Rodney Delasanta Honors Lecture is sponsored by the College’s Liberal Arts Honors Program and named in honor of the late Dr. Rodney K. Delasanta ’53, professor of English and director of the program from 1987-2004.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact (401) 865-1814.


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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