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How can I live well and know that I am doing so? 

The Rules for the Discernment of Spirits in St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises and Laozi’s Dao De Jing 


September 10, 2018

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Philosophy Village, University Hall 3600


Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045


Program Description

How can I live well and know that I am doing so? The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Dao De Jing of Laozi are spiritual classics which offer a practical method for answering both these questions. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius is a practical guide to help a person to live well by making a choice of a way of life taking Jesus Christ as his or her model and that person is able to know he or she has made the right choice by a confirming experience of consolation. The Dao De Jing of Laozi is likewise a practical guide to help the student of the dao to live well by living in accordance with the dao (or way) and to recognize this by an experience of inner peace and harmony. Fr. Sherman will discuss both works and their practical application to discernment.


About the speaker:

Fr. Thomas Sherman, S.J. is a Jesuit priest and currently philosophy professor at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.  He was also a professor of philosophy at Sogang University in Seoul Korea 1987-1990, an assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University 2000-2007 where he received tenure, and a professor of philosophy at Arrupe College in Harare Zimbabwe 2009-2017. He completed his BA at Marquette University, and his PhD at the University of Toronto. He is especially interested in philosophy of religion and comparative ancient Greek and Chinese moral philosophy.


This event is part of the "Dao and Ignatian Spirituality" grant project sponsored by the Robert H. Taylor Chair in Philosophy.