Lawrence-Dewan Chair

Philosophy and Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Lawrence Dewan, o.p., has been professor of Philosophy at the Dominican University College. He has enriched, for more than 30 years, the areas of Thomistic Metaphysics, Natural Philosophy and Ethics with brilliant lucidity, depth and exhaustiveness of his researches on the many facets of Thomas Aquinas’ heritage.

Author of many books.

“The aim of philosophy is not to know what men have thought, but rather about what is the truth of the thing” Thomas Aquinas

The philosophical and theological writings of Thomas Aquinas, dominican of the XIIIth Century, have got a deep and controversial influence on the Western thought. Since around a century, a renewal of the Thomistics Studies are going on; new approaches and perspectives are driving the interest for his writings and propositions. Researchers from various horizons and pratices’ types of philosophy apply their critical faculties on arguments signed by him.

At the Dominican University College, we benefit from a continuous tradition of reading and interpretation of the philosophical and theological options of Thomas Aquinas.

During almost 30 years, Fr. Lawrence Dewan has deepened and taught Thomas Aquinas’ arguments in the framework of a philosophical search of wisdom. His annual seminary was on specific problems, with a particular interest for metaphysics and ethics.

During those years, he has also taught and participated in seminars in Canada, the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Colombia and Europe.

He has maintained a constant dialogue with other important figures of Thomism and modern thought. He died in february 2015.

The Dominican University College honours his memory, prolongs his tradition, maintains an annual seminar on Thomas Aquinas. That’s why Lawrence Dewan Chair in Philosophy and Saint Thomas Aquinas has been created.

Use of funds:

  • to support graduate and post-graduate students who desire studying Thomas Aquinas and Fr. Lawrence Dewan;
  • to continue the annual seminar on Thomas Aquinas and philosophy;
  • to meet the organizing needs of special conferences in english and french on Thomas Aquinas;
  • to buy books on Thomas Aquinas for the library;
  • to publish the writings of Fr. Lawrence Dewan.

We are looking for annual donations or the establishment of a fund allowing to generate annually such a sum.


Lawrence Dewan, o.p. : curriculum vitae, 2006

Concerning the Person and the Common Good, April 1989

Conversations with Fr. Dewan, February 2015


Being a Disciple of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Pursuit of Wisdom Christendom College, 28 janvier 2011


Thomas Aquinas and the Many Faces of Wisdom, Chicago University, February 20th, 2014