Visiting Scholar Program

Our project brings two visiting scholars to the University of Chicago to develop and teach courses in line with the project's theoretical framework and research, lead reading groups, and give public lectures. Stephen Brock (Pontifical University of Santa Croce) will be our visiting scholar Spring quarter 2017; Anselm Mueller (emeritus, University of Trier) was our visiting scholar Spring quarter 2016.  

In Spring 2017, Fr. Stephen Brock will teach PHIL 25101/35101. Aquinas on Human nature. "There is perhaps no better introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas's philosophy of human nature than his commentary on Aristotle's classic treatment of the fundamental principles of earthly life, the De anima. Of course Aquinas also had other sources, as well as some ideas of his own, but the De anima provides him with the basic philosophical terms and framework. His interpretations continue to engage readers of Aristotle; and without some grasp of them, his theological writings on man are hardly intelligible. This course will be a close reading and discussion of the commentary, with occasional references to other works and other thinkers. (I) and (A). With Candace Vogler."

In Spring 2016, Anselm Mueller taught PHIL 20214/30214 Final Ends, a course on eudaimonia in Aristotle and Aquinas.

In addition to teaching a course, each visting scholar will 

  • lead faculty-doctoral student reading groups, to bring some of the intensity of our summer seminars to Chicago, allowing several faculty and doctoral students to work together to build an enlarged community of inquiry;
  • give a public lecture;
    • Stephen Brock, May 12, 2017 | Aquinas and the life of the mind - click here
    • Anselm Mueller, April 11, 2016 | What do we live for? - watch
  • participate in at least one meeting of one of the University of Chicago's existing, extensive system of interdisciplinary doctoral student workshops;
  • participate in the June working group meeting in order to advance the project goals;
  • contribute to The Virtue Blog and Virtue Talk podcast;
  • attend the capstone conference at the end of the project.

 Fr. Stephen Brock - Spring quarter 2017


Stephen Brock (Pontifical University of Santa Croce) is Professor of Medieval Philosophy, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. Brock writes widely on Thomas Aquinas and action theory, ethics, and metaphysics. He is the author of The Philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas. A Sketch (Wipf & Stock, 2015) and Action & Conduct: Thomas Aquinas and the Theory of Action (T&T Clark, 1998).

Anselm Mueller - Spring quarter 2016

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A student of Elizabeth Anscombe and Anthony Kenny at Oxford in the early sixties, Professor Mueller has taught philosophy at Oxford University, Australian National University, University of Trier, University of Luxemborg, and Keimyung University.  He has written many books and articles in the following areas: ethics, rationality, action theory, philosophy of mind, and the history of philosophy (especially Aristotle and Wittgenstein).

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The Visiting Scholar Program is hosted by the Neubauer Collegeium for Culture and Society and made possible by a grant from the Chicago Moral Project.