Dr. Christopher Tollefsen

Dr. Christopher Tollefsen, a specialist in natural law theory and biomedical ethics, will deliver this year’s Albertus Magnus Lecture at Niagara University on April 5.

The free event, presented by NU’s philosophy department, will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the university’s Castellani Art Museum.

Dr. Tollefsen’s presentation will examine the ways in which a natural law approach agrees and disagrees with the premise that the hallmarks of the traditional rural lifestyle – small farms, local communities, strong families, peace and beauty – are keystones of a flourishing life.

The talk will be of interest to those who think about the importance of strong local communities and families, and/or anyone who contemplates life in relation to Roman Catholic social thought.

Dr. Tollefsen is a distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina. He has numerous publications to his credit, including his most recent book, Lying and Christian Ethics, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Saint Anselm College and a doctorate in philosophy from Emory University.

The Albertus Magnus Lecture is an annual event presented by the Niagara University philosophy department. Albertus Magnus (“Albert the Great”) was born in Swabia in 1200. He studied at the University of Padua and entered the Dominican Order in 1223. In 1245, he became the first German to be appointed to the faculty of the University of Paris. While an important philosopher in his own right, he is most famous for the influence he had as the instructor of St. Thomas Aquinas, the cornerstone of the Catholic intellectual tradition. The lecture is named for Albertus Magnus because of his great influence as a teacher upon his students.

For more information, please contact Dr. Alexander Bertland, associate professor of philosophy, at 716.286.8633 or ude.aragain@dnaltreb.