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 Middle Ages."

"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,'" Moodey said.

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.