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Monday, November 18, 2019

Aquinas Leadership International Update - November 2019

Peter Redpath peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com provides this latest muontly update.


● The Thomistic Institute, Washington, D.C., is now hiring a Campus Programs Coordinator. For more information about this position, go to https://thomisticinstitute.org/cpc-job-description


● Peter Redpath announces return to work with Brill Publishing.

Former executive editor of the Value Inquiry Book Series (VIBS) for Editions Rodopi, B.V. and the Brill/Rodopi Gilson Studies (GS) Special Series, Peter A. Redpath announces he has joined the editorial board of Brill's VIBS Philosophy and Religion (PAR) Special Series. Anyone interested in submitting a manuscript for publication in the PAR Special Series should email a letter of inquiry to: peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com


Friday, November 15, 2019

Everybody's Business, or, Reflections on the Future of Education

The latest issues of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (Nos. 1017-18), discussed this April 1979 address by Mortimer Adler at Wayne Stater University, Detroit.

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#education

Friday, November 1, 2019

Which are the Classics? - 20th Century

The latest issue/s of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (No. 1016), discussed this article by Mortimer Adler from The Center Magazine, May-June, 1977 issue, published by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

"Let us ... ask ourselves what twentieth-century authors and works we would nominate as joining the larger company of important books of lasting significance even if they are not inexhaustibly rereadable."

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#education

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Aquinas Leadership International Update - October 2019

Peter A. Redpath writes to update us on activities at ALI and other organizations

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  • Our condolences go out to our colleagues at the Marcel Society upon the death of K. R. Hanley:Dear Members and Friends of the Marcel Society,
    With great regret, President of the Gabriel Marcel Society Brendan Sweetman has informed us of the passing of K. R. Hanley, former Professor of Philosophy at Le Moyne College, Marcel scholar, and a founding member of the Marcel Society. K.R. was 87, and had been ill for some time. In later years, she lived in Falmouth, Mass. Those of us who worked with K.R. over the years have fond memories of a very sincere, spiritual lady who cared deeply about her students, of stimulating presentations and discussions, great humor, as well as her complete dedication to her calling as a professor and educator. May she rest in peace.
    Her full obituary from Le Moyne College, along with funeral arrangements, can be found here:
    https://www.lemoyne.edu/News/News-Article/ArticleId/234
    At a later date, the Marcel Society will honor K.R. in a special way.
    We will inform you about this as soon as we receive the information. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Fundamental Psychological Ideas

The latest issue of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (No. 1015), discussed this article by Mortimer Adler published in The Institute Magazine, March, 1930. pp. 21-22.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Everybody's Business

The latest issues of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (Nos. 1011-1014), discussed Mortimer Adler's August 15, 1978 Aspen Institute address on philosophy as everybody's business.

"The end we have in mind—an end that we now recognize no longer motivates or guides our institutions of higher learning and that we must hope Aspen can achieve—is the restoration of what Aristotle called paideia— the humanistic learning of the generalist that is no longer promoted or cultivated by our colleges and universities— or, in other words, a program of humanistic studies that aims at the preservation of culture and the dissemination of it for the enrichment of the Individual’s private life and the fullest development of the human spirit."
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#democracy #education #philosophy

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Who Decides Which Books Are “Great?”

"The concept of 'Great Books,' the historian Tim Lacy explains, developed in the late nineteenth century as an attempt to foster a 'democratic culture.'" Livia Gershon at JSTOR Daily.

#democracy #education

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Aquinas Leadership International Update - September 2019

Dr. Peter Redpath provides the following about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI) group, its affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work. 



Our condolences go out to our colleagues at the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies upon the death of Jesper Hoffmeyer                                               
Dear Members,

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that ISBS founding member and spiritus rector of our community, Jesper Hoffmeyer, passed away on 25 September 2019 at age 77.

We may be soliciting your tributes and testimonials about Jesper and his work at some time in the future. But, for today, the most fitting tribute that Jesper would have wanted, we think, is that you read some of his writings and continue his work in biosemiotics.

Kalevi Kull, President

Don Favareau, Vice-President

Paul Cobley, Secretary

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR BIOSEMIOTIC STUDIES   

See the link below to our colleague Kelly Fitzsimmons-Burton's 19 September 2019 Paradise Valley Community College Public Philosophy Lecture Series Presentation:
Topic:  "What is Public Philosophy and Why do We need it?"



 https://publicphilosophy.podbean.comhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4i_geQ9uiA&feature=youtu.be


Friday, September 20, 2019

Angels and Angelology

The latest issues of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (Nos. 1007-1010), discussed this August 14, 1979 presentation by Mortimer Adler at Aspen.

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#angel

Monday, September 16, 2019

Soul, Man

Glenn Ellmers reviews De Anima (On Soul), by Aristotle, translated by David Bolotin, at the Claremont Review of Books.

"To try to understand modern political thought as if it had no antecedents in Christian theology is to render it unintelligible. Readers of René Descartes’s 'Cogito, ergo sum' (I think, therefore I am) [Discourse on the Method (1637), fourth part, first paragraph] are often surprised when they come across Augustine’s 'Fallor, ergo sum' (I err, therefore I am)." [The City of God (413-426), book XI, 26]

#soul

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Unserious Docility

Thomas P. Harmond reviewed Docilitas: On Teaching and Being Taught, and On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs: Teaching, Writing, Playing, Believing, Lecturing, Philosophizing, Singing, Dancing, by James V. Schall, at Modern Age.

"Schall’s critique of the currently dominant model of teaching and learning leads directly to his critique of the entire anthropological and even metaphysical basis on which it is founded. This is why Schall says that human affairs are 'unserious': because we are not the highest things, and we exist already in a relationship to higher things."

#education

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Encountering the Beautiful

Steven Knepper reviews The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition, by James Matthew Wilson, at Humanitas Journal.

"There is a modern tendency to reduce wonder to curiosity about how things work. Wonder becomes a state of ignorance, one that can be remedied by inquiry. Francis Bacon, for instance, called wonder 'broken knowledge.' What gets lost in this reduction, though, is a deeper sense of wonder at the mystery of being, wonder at the sheer thereness of it all, at there being something rather than nothing. Martin Heidegger, of course, sought to reawaken us to this mystery, but he also claimed that the reduction of'wonder to curiosity had a much older lineage than Bacon. For Heidegger, this reduction—and the attendant 'forgetfulness of being”—is the faulty foundation for the whole tradition of Western metaphysics…"

#beauty #good #truth

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Aquinas Leadership International Update - August 2019

Dr. Peter Redpath provides the following about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI) group, its affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work.

● Announcing the 14th World Congress of Semiotics

Dates:  September 09–13, 2019

Location: National University of Arts (UNA), Buenos, Argentina

Topic: "Trajectories"

For more information about the Congress, see:

Monday, August 26, 2019

Can democracy survive?

"UChicago law professors Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq explore populism and other threats to our political system" in this article by Jason Kelly at The University of Chicago Magazine.

#democracy,

Friday, August 23, 2019

Stresses and Coping Mechanisms of the Middle Class Family

The latest issues of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (Nos. 1005 and 1006), discussed Mortimer Adler's Opening Address in Symposium on Psychological Stresses and Coping Mechanisms of the Middle Class Family in the 1980's, Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital Baltimore, April 1980.

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#family

Friday, August 16, 2019

Fate’s scales, quivering

Review essay by "Jenann Ismael on why the problem of free will is not going away" at the Times Literary Supplement.

"The reality of the possibilities is what gives weight to our decisions. It is what keeps us up at night. It is what bestows urgency on sorting out what to do. It is what, in James’s words, 'gives the palpitating reality to our moral life and makes it tingle … with so strange and elaborate an excitement'. But it is the reality of the possibilities that physics seems to contradict."

#cause #liberty #will

Friday, August 9, 2019

Machiavelli and St. Benedict, fear versus love

The latest issue of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (No. 1004), discussed Mortimer Adler's Commencement Address at St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, May 1980.

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#education #government

Friday, August 2, 2019

How to Talk and How to Listen

The latest issue of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (No. 1003), discussed Mortimer Adler's July 21, 1980 essay "How to Talk and How to Listen: A Guide to Pleasurable and Profitable Conversation".

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#rhetoric

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Aquinas Leadership International Update - July 2019

Dr. Peter Redpath provides the following about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI) group, its affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work


● 
With utmost sorrow we report the 15 JULY 2019 passing of our colleague

                               A. JOSEPH INDELICATO

Founder and president of Caritas Consulting

Founder of The Catholic Education Foundation

Founder of St. John Bosco Schools  

Immediately below is a brief obituary of Joe published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on 17 July 2019:

A. Joseph Indelicato Honeoye Falls - July 15, 2019. Survived by loving wife of 51 years, Gini; son, Joseph P. (Alicia) Indelicato; grandchildren, Alisabeth, Madilyn, Jacob, Elliana and Ezra; sisters, Rose D'Amico and Augusta Ciarletti; many nieces, nephews, cousins; dear friends and colleagues. Private Services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the St. John Bosco Schools, 501 Garfield St., E. Rochester, NY 14445. www.johnboscoschools.org


Monday, July 15, 2019

'Wakefulness and World'

Wakefulness and World: An Invitation to Philosophy, by Matthew Linck, new at Paul Dry Books.

#philosophy

Friday, July 12, 2019

Truth, Beauty and Goodness

The latest issue of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (No. 1000), begins this three part discussion, based on a presentation by Mortimer J. Adler at the Aspen Institute in August, 1981.

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#beauty #good #truth

Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?

The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation? by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne, Oxford Martin School (via The Economist)

"Abstract
"We examine how susceptible jobs are to computerisation. To assess this, we begin by implementing a novel methodology to estimate the probability of computerisation for 702 detailed occupations, using a Gaussian process classifier. Based on these estimates, we examine expected impacts of future computerisation on US labour market outcomes, with the primary objective of analysing the number of jobs at risk and the relationship between an occupation’s probability of computerisation, wages and educational attainment. According to our estimates, about 47 percent of total US employment is at risk. We further provide evidence that wages and educational attainment exhibit a strong negative relationship with an occupation’s probability of computerisation."

#labor

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Introductory Remarks on a Discussion of the Declaration of Independence

The latest issue of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (No. 999), discussed this introduction by Mortimer Adler to a discussion of the American Declaration of Independence conduction at the University of North Carolina in February 1984.

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#equality #liberty #government

Monday, July 1, 2019

Aquinas Leadership International Update - June 2019

Dr. Peter A. Redpath peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com writes to update about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI) group, its affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work. 

● With utmost joy we celebrate that our colleague

                               ARTHUR WILLIAM MCVEY 

recently successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled

                          "Soulful Organizational Leadership"

    He was granted the degree of "International Doctor"
 with "Highest Distinction" given in Spain, Cum laude, by

CEU ESCUELA INTERNATIONAL DE DOCTORADO

                                      CEINDO

    UNIVERSITAT ABAT OLIBA CEU, BARCELONA
                
● Check out recent radio interviews by our colleagues James Hanink and Mario-Ramos Reyes on the En Route Media WCAT radio show, “The Open Door” at:


and 


Friday, June 28, 2019

Conclusion to "The Capitalist Manifesto" by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J.Adler

The latest issue/s of the Center’s weekly, The Great Ideas Online (No. 998), concluded the discussion of The Capitalist Manifesto (1958), by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J. Adler.

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#equality #wealth

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Terrors of the Year 2000

This book by Etienne Gilson was originally published in 1949 by the University of St. Michael's College, Toronto. The College republished it to mark the centenary of Gilson's June 13, 1884 birth. In 2010, the University funded digitization of the work and it is available at The Internet Archive.

#man

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Continuity of Being: C.S. Peirce’s Philosophy of Synechism

Brian Kemple at Epoché.

"It is not an unreasonable conjecture that the seeming proliferation of mental ailments in the contemporary West is neither the result of capitalist pharmacological greed nor improvement in diagnostic abilities, but a creeping encroachment of unresolved cultural (and therefore psychological) fragmentation."

#being

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Collaborative Dialogue to Maintain a Free Society

Lennie Jarratt interviews Marsha Familaro Enright at The Heartland Daily Podcast.

"Marsha Enright discusses The Great Connections summer program, Leap Year program, the philosophy and teaching method of reading great books from across the ideological spectrum, and how to hold a collaborative dialogue through civility, logic, and reason."

#education

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Great Idea Man

John Murray Cuddihy reveiwed Philosopher at Large: An Intellectual Autobiography, 1902-1976, by Mortimer J. Adler, at The New York Times.

"The turning point in Adler's 'intellectual autobiography' occurred during his sophomore year at Columbia when he entered John Erskine's General Honors course and discovered 'the classics of Western civilization.' Perhaps more important for Adler than the 'great books' themselves was his preceptor's method of conducting their discussion, namely, 'in the manner of highly civil conversations about important themes and in a spirit of inquiry.'"

#MortimerAdler

Sunday, May 26, 2019

The last mortals

Regina Rini at The Times Literary Supplement.

"Imagine that, after a few more breakthroughs, a scientific consensus emerges that we will have conquered illness and ageing by the year 2119; anyone alive in 2119 is likely to live for centuries, even millennia."

#life