Faculty member’s talk to focus on Spanish theologian

Ashley Dressel

Ashley Dressel

Ashley Dressel, assistant professor of philosophy, will discuss the beliefs of Francisco Suárez during a free talk at 3:40 p.m. Friday, March 11 in Tower Hall room 4119.

The presentation is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

Dressel's talk is titled "Suárez on Freedom and Moral Necessity." Suárez was a prominent Spanish Jesuit philosopher and theologian of the late 16th and early 17th centuries who professes particular allegiance to theologian Thomas Aquinas. However, Suárez is often understood to hold a view on human freedom that Aquinas does not: the view that human wills are free in such a way that people need not choose to act in ways they themselves have judged best. Dressel will complicate this understanding of Suárez's view on freedom by examining a concept he employs in his action theory: moral necessity.

Dressel's talk is part of a faculty colloquium series now in its ninth year. The series provides visibility to diverse research projects by faculty members in St. Scholastica's School of Arts and Letters.