UST’s Dr. Marie Pannier to speak at Philosophy Colloquium on Oct. 20

Dr. Marie Pannier, Philosophy Department, will speak on “Are There Haecceities?” at the next Philosophy Colloquium from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the auditorium, Room 126, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.

The colloquium is free and open to the public.

According to Pannier, “One particularly fascinating question in the field of ontology is the question whether haecceities, or individual essences, exist.  Consider Michael Loux, a philosopher and alumnus of St. Thomas.  Is there such a thing as the property of being Michael Loux?  Was there such a thing as the property of being Michael Loux thousands of years before Michael Loux himself was born?  If so, and if there is a haecceity corresponding to every individual, what insights can we gain about the nature of haecceities?  In particular, how are they related to God? The purpose of this colloquium talk is to address these and similar questions.”

For more information about the Philosophy Colloquium Series, contact Dr. Steve Laumakis, (651) 962-5363.