Catholic Lecture Series 2017
"Empathy and the Evolution of Compassion: From Deep History to Infused Virtue."
Dr. Celia Deane-Drummond
Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing at Notre Dame.
"This lecture contributes a theological perspective to recent heated public debates in psychology on the rejection of empathy as of key significance in the moral life...I explore recent analysis of the deep history of the evolution of compassion in early hominins [and] for the importance of charity, understood in the classic, Thomistic, sense, as holding a central place for mercy and its relationship with superabundant compassion."