Philosophical Portraits

St. Thomas Aquinas said, “We ought to love both those whose opinion we follow and those whose opinion we reject.  For both have ardently sought the truth, and both have helped us in it.”

At Borromeo Seminary, students encounter the great philosophers of the Western intellectual tradition.  To make the encounter colorful, Borromeo commissioned portraits of twelve philosophers which now adorn its classrooms.

Alumnus Jeff Pasek (class of 1997) painted them using acrylic on wood.  He said, “By rendering all 12 of the portraits in a similar style and treatment, I hoped it would bring all of these thinkers into a single present moment, regardless of the centuries their lifetimes span.”

Click on each of the twelve philosophers depicted for more information.