Gannon University Professor Delivers St. Albert the Great Lecture
Posted: November 14, 2016
Richard W. Moodey, Ph.D. will present "The Great
Grandchildren of Aristotle," Gannon University's fourth annual St.
Albert the Great Lecture on Monday, Nov. 14 at 12:15 p.m. in Room
219 of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St. Gannon's
philosophy department is sponsoring this lecture to advance the
appreciation of Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
Moodey will explain how Catholic Intellectual Tradition has
relied upon and continues Aristotle's method of scientific inquiry
across all disciplines, paying particular attention to the changes
and arguments that have occurred about the thing to which the words
"idea," "form," "pattern," "organization," "structure" and
"meaning" all point.
According to Moodey, the lecture's title is a play on Richard E.
Rubenstein's 2003 book, "The Children of Aristotle: How Muslims,
Christians and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the
"I call the Muslims who preserved Aristotle's writing for
centuries 'the children of Aristotle,' the Aristotelians of the
high middle ages-Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas-'the
grandchildren of Aristotle' and modern Thomists who seek to
integrate Aristotle and modern science 'the great grandchildren,'"
Richard W. Moodey, Ph.D. is assistant professor of sociology and
the chairman of the criminal justice program. His teaching career
began at Godavari School near Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon returning to
the U.S. he taught sociology at Loyola University Chicago and
served as the chair of the sociology and anthropology department at
Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania. Moodey has taught
sociology and anthropology at Gannon University for more than a
decade and has served as the dig artist during two expeditions to
the Bronze Age archaeological site at Khirbat Iskander, Jordan
overseen by Gannon professor Suzanne Richard, Ph.D.
Moodey is a graduate of Xavier University, Cincinnati, where he
received his bachelor's degree, and of Loyola University Chicago
where he was awarded a Licentiate in Philosophy and a Master of
Arts degree in sociology. He received his doctorate from the
University of Chicago. He is a member of the American Sociological
Association, which he has served as editor of the association's
"Perspectives" newsletter, a past president of the Pennsylvania
Sociological Society and a member of the Polanyi Society.