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Noted philosopher Dr. Eleonore Stump to present Delasanta Lecture

Dr. Eleonore Stump, the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, will present this year’s Delasanta Honors Lecture in the Great Room of the Ruane Center for the Humanities at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27.

The lecture, titled “The Problem of Suffering: A Thomistic Approach,” will examine Thomas Aquinas’ response to the challenging question of why so much suffering exists in a world governed by a good and loving God. The event is free and open to the public.

Stump, who has taught at Saint Louis since 1992, has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy.

Her books include Aquinas (Routledge, 2003) and her examination of the problem of evil, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford, 2010).

Stump, who studied classical languages as an undergraduate at Grinnell College, earned a master’s degree in biblical studies at Harvard University and a doctorate in medieval studies and medieval philosophy at Cornell University.

She has served as president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division. Stump is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has taught at Oberlin College, the University of Notre Dame, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

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

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