William Desmond on Default Atheism

Introductory Note

This post was prompted by a close viewing of the 2017 Thomas Lecture presented by Irish philosopher William Desmond at the Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in southern Indiana on April 6th 2017. The lecture was entitled "The Idiocy of Being in Aquinas' Third Way." Although the presentation nominally served to address St. Thomas Aquinas' third argument for the existence of God, the greater part offered a privileged entry into Desmond's thought, particularly in regard to how the contemporary Western mindset has come to one of default atheism. Desmond offers a highly individuated perspective on the intellectual currents and armoured modes of being that have contributed to this development.

The audio below offers an edited and slightly abridged version of the lecture.

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