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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The mathematical world

James Franklin at Aeon

"To the question: ‘Is mathematics about something?’ there are two answers: ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. Both are profoundly unsatisfying.
...
"Nominalists and Platonists have fought each other to a standstill, each convincingly revealing the fatal flaws in their opponents’ views, each unable to establish their own position. Let’s start again."

(via Great Conversation Reading Group)

#mathematics

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ALI 2017 Plenary Session 10: Guardini: From Mysticism & Apologetics to Pope Francis & Technocratic Paradigms

Fourth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress: "Augustine, Aquinas, and the Apologetics of the New Reformation(s)"

Chair, Peter A. Redpath, Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Streamed live on July 15, 2017

#religion

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Galilean Challenge

Noam Chomsky at Inference Review

"In the Discourse on Method, Part V, Descartes argued that the creative use of language marked the distinction between human beings and other animals, and between human beings and machines. A machine may be impelled to act in a certain way, but it cannot be inclined; with human beings, it is often the reverse. Explaining why this is so, is the Galilean challenge."

#language

Sunday, August 20, 2017

ALI 2017 Plenary Session 9: Apologetics of Rene Girard, Romano Guardini; Rod Dreher

Fourth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress: "Augustine, Aquinas, and the Apologetics of the New Reformation(s)"

Chair, Juan Pablo Stegmann, University of Abat Oliba

Streamed live on July 15, 2017

#philosophy #religion

Previous session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 8: C.S. Lewis & John Senior as Apologists & Reformers

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Coase’s theory of the firm

The first in a series on "Six big ideas" in economics at The Economist

"Throwing light on the magic of market co-ordination was a mainstay of the 'classical' economics of the late-18th and 19th centuries. Then, in 1937, a paper published by Ronald Coase, a British economist, pointed out a glaring omission. The standard model of economics did not fit with what goes on within companies. When an employee switches from one division to another, for instance, he does not do so in response to higher wages, but because he is ordered to. The question posed by Coase was profound, if awkward for economics: why are some activities directed by market forces and others by firms?

"His answer was that firms are a response to the high cost of using markets. It is often cheaper to direct tasks by fiat than to negotiate and enforce separate contracts for every transaction. Such 'exchange costs' are low in markets for standardised goods, wrote Coase. A well-defined task can easily be put out to the market, where a contractor is paid a fixed sum for doing it. The firm comes into its own when simple contracts of this kind will not suffice. Instead, an employee agrees to follow varied and changing instructions, up to agreed limits, for a fixed salary."
That paper, "The Nature of the Firm", was published at Economica.

He later wrote "The Problem of Social Cost", which was published at the Journal of Law and Economics. It is the most-cited law review article of all time, according to this essay by Fred R. Shapiro and Michelle Pearse at the Michigan Law Review.

#law #wealth

Friday, August 18, 2017

ALI 2017 Plenary Session 8: C.S. Lewis & John Senior as Apologists & Reformers

Fourth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress: "Augustine, Aquinas, and the Apologetics of the New Reformation(s)"

Chair, Richard Fafara, Adler-Aquinas Institute

Streamed live on July 14, 2017

#religion

Previous session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 7: From Metaphysical Participation to Temperate Action & Achievement

Update: Following session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 9: Apologetics of Rene Girard, Romano Guardini; Rod Dreher

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Great Books program hosts great thinker

Mary Katherine Karcher reported at The East Carolinian.

"The Great Books Program of East Carolina University’s English Department hosted Michael Hardt, a world renowned political scientist and philosopher Friday evening to give a lecture on 'The Power of Great Books: What a manifesto can do?' and discuss his interpretation of the Communist Manifesto.

...

"'Sometimes when the analogy to the past can illuminate contemporary possibilities. But there's sometimes also where one with an analogy of the past is too restrictive,' said Hardt. 'Thinking about the Great Books tradition in general, you've got to do both, both to be inspired by them and also by the analogies you can make with the present but also not be bound by them.'"

#education

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Shimer College is gone, but the school lives on

'The Great Books institution makes a move to North Central College.'

Deanna Isaacs reports at Chicago Reader.

#education

ALI 2017 Plenary Session 7: From Metaphysical Participation to Temperate Action & Achievement

Fourth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress: "Augustine, Aquinas, and the Apologetics of the New Reformation(s)"

Chair, Eduardo Bernot, Aquinas Leadership International

Streamed live on July 14, 2017

#virtue

Previous session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 6: Augustine, Aquinas; Sheed as Apologists & Reformers

Update: Following session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 8: C.S. Lewis & John Senior as Apologists & Reformers

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Which translation of 'War and Peace' should I read?

Patrick Crabtree at The Ospidillo News.

"There are essentially twelve English translations (or versions) of War and Peace to date, (if you count Bromfield's so-called 'Disney Version' and Komroff's radical abridgement of the Garnett translation -- see my notes below.) As I have already alluded to, abridgements of the work are on the market and I cannot generally recommend them for a first read. I've read all of the twelve available English-language versions, (a couple of them more than once.)"

(via Penny Parker at The Great Conversation)

#GreatBooksOfTheWesternWorld

Monday, August 14, 2017

ALI 2017 Plenary Session 6: Augustine, Aquinas; Sheed as Apologists & Reformers

Fourth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress: "Augustine, Aquinas, and the Apologetics of the New Reformation(s)"

Robert Delfino, Chair

Streamed live on July 14, 2017

#religion

Previous session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 5: The Work of Aquinas Leadership International

Update: Following session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 7: From Metaphysical Participation to Temperate Action & Achievement

Sunday, August 13, 2017

John Deely (1942-2017): Philosopher gained insights from medieval thinking

C.S. Morrissey wrote on the career of John Deely at B.C. Catholic.

"He soon moved on from various academic posts to his first major career accomplishment: to work closely with the renowned philosopher Mortimer Adler, at the Institute for Philosophical Research, from 1969 to 1974.

"A fruitful philosophical disagreement between Deely and Adler resulted in John going his own way. He needed to continue unhampered his investigations into the history of semiotics in the Middle Ages: i.e., how philosophy and theology tried to explain the functioning of biblical and sacramental 'signs.'

"'I am indebted to him and regret that unresolved differences of opinion between us about certain aspects of a theory that we otherwise share prevent him from associating his name with mine in the authorship of this book,' wrote Adler in the preface to Some Questions about Language: A Theory of Human Discourse and Its Objects (1976), which they had originally begun writing together."

#language #MortimerAdler

Saturday, August 12, 2017

ALI 2017 Plenary Session 5: The Work of Aquinas Leadership International

Fourth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress: "Augustine, Aquinas, and the Apologetics of the New Reformation(s)"

Chair, Eduardo Bernot, Aquinas Leadership International

Streamed live on July 14, 2017

#government #OneAndMany

Previous session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 4: A Tribute to Our Colleague Michael Mangini

Update: Following session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 6: Augustine, Aquinas; Sheed as Apologists & Reformers

Friday, August 11, 2017

Why Shared Inquiry Matters Now, More Than Ever

Denise D. Ahlquist at Great Books Foundation

"Through my work with the Shared Inquiry method, I have regularly seen people of differing backgrounds and beliefs productively exchange ideas and learn from one another. I’ve seen students move from angry withdrawal to engagement with issues and their peers. Adults regularly exclaim, 'Ah! I hadn’t thought of that!' People of all ages and in different settings see both short and long-term benefits. ...

"How does this work? In Shared Inquiry, people read and discuss open-ended questions about great written works. By starting with a text, we consider big, enduring questions through the lens of a particular character, author or time period and then think about how our insights apply to our own lives."

#education

Thursday, August 10, 2017

ALI 2017 Plenary Session 4: A Tribute to Our Colleague Michael Mangini

Fourth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress: "Augustine, Aquinas, and the Apologetics of the New Reformation(s)"

Chair, Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz, Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Streamed live on July 14, 2017

Previous session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 2: Philosophy, Apologetics, Faith and Religion (Session 3 is not published)

Update: Following session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 5: The Work of Aquinas Leadership International

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Democratizing the Great Books

'At a time when many of the values that underpin our democracy are under threat, educators of whatever political disposition should introduce students to the history of ideas that have shaped our contemporary world, write Casey N. Blake, Roosevelt Montás and Tamara Mann Tweel" at Inside Higher Education.

"In December, some 250 students, professors, university administrators and other citizens attended a daylong conference organized by Columbia University’s Center for American Studies on the theme of 'Democracy and Education.' The event took the centennial of the publication of John Dewey’s classic book of that title as an occasion to consider how schools, colleges and universities might reinvigorate civic education with new pedagogies and partnerships with community organizations.

"The stakes could not be higher. As Dewey wrote, 'Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.' The recent election added urgency to the day’s discussion, throwing in relief the question 'What does democratic education mean today?'"

#education

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Aquinas Leadership International August 2017 Update


● VIDEOS OF THE FOURTH ANNUAL AQUINAS LEADERSHIP INTERNATIONAL WORLD CONGRESS

"Augustine, Aquinas, and the Apologetics of the New Reformation(s)"

NOW AVAILABLE!

Once again, this Congress was a great success!

To view videos of Congress sessions for years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, go to:

http://www.aquinasschoolofleadership.com/events

For information about the 2018 Congress contact:

peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com

REQUIESCAT IN PACE:

RICHARD GERAGHTY

With much sadness, in case you have not heard, I pass along to you information from Holy Apostles College and Seminary about the death of our friend and colleague,

Richard Geraghty

See: http://mailchi.mp/b608000f02df/in-loving-memory-of-dr-richard-geraghty?e=8f5c94d687

Anyone who had the privilege to know Dick Geraghty at all, or as a friend, knows what a great loss to us, and great gain to the Communion of Saints, his passing is.

REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENTS, EVENTS, AND DATES
● The École Pratique des Hautes Études Celebrates Gilson as Part of its 150th Anniversary Celebration in 2018

The École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris is pleased to announce that it will include a series of events related to the work of Étienne Gilson as part of the celebration of the school's founding in 1868. For more information about the celebration, see:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/158745035515ad82?projector=1

or contact Coordinateur de l’événement Michel Cacouros, Maître de conférences Habilité, Sciences Historiques et Philologiques at:

michel.cacouros@ephe.sorbonne.fr

● Thomistic Institute, Washington, DC
For more information on the conference visit thomisticinstitute.org/philosophy-workshop/

● Society of Thomistic Personalism
Check out the link immediately below for events being sponsored by the Society of Thomistic Personalism
http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/rmlemmons/STP-home.htm

● Aquinas School of Philosophy Site: Rich in Resources Related to St. Thomas

For anyone interested in studying, or teaching courses on, St. Thomas, the Aquinas School of Philosophy site offers a wealth of educational information you might want to check out. See:

http://www.aquinasphilosophy.com/

● Holy Apostles College and Seminary (HACS) St. John Paul II Thomistic Studies Concentration in Christian Wisdom, and other, Fall Philosophy Course Offerings

Starting at the end of August, Holy Apostles College and Seminary will offer 2 online Masters Degree courses taught by Dr. Peter Redpath related to the organizational genius of St. Thomas Aquinas:

PHS 731: The One and the Many

PHS 761: The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful, and the Ugly

For more information about the above classes, contact Dr. Redpath at:

peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com

For a course description of these classes and information about other HACS fall, graduate philosophy course offerings, see:

http://www.holyapostles.edu/online-courses/#1467149761842-2f17de7b-3d82

● Aquinas and "the Arabs"

For information about Richard Taylor's "Aquinas and the 'Arabs'" International Working Group and upcoming conferences and seminars hosted by this organization, see:

http://academic.mu.edu/taylorr/Aquinas_and_the_Arabs/Aquinas_%26_the_Arabs.html


● Angelicum Academy Online Greek and Latin Classes

Check out the link immediately below regarding information about the Angelicum Academy home school classes online Greek and Latin Program to start on 05 September 2017:

http://www.angelicum.net/online-classes/classical-greek-latin-online-classes/

● Call for Papers, January 19–21, 2018 Telos–Paul Piccone Institute

Constitutional Theory as Cultural Problem: Global Perspectives

The 2018 Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference
January 19–21, 2018
New York, NY

Organized by Xudong Zhang (International Center for Critical Theory and New York University) and David Pan (Telos-Paul Piccone Institute and the University of California, Irvine)

About the Conference

The International Center for Critical Theory and the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute will jointly host a conference entitled "Constitutional Theory as Cultural Problem: Global Perspectives," to be held at New York University, New York, from January 19–21, 2018.

Abstract Submissions

If you are interested in participating, please submit a 200-word abstract along with a short c.v. to telosnyc2018@telosinstitute.net and place "The 2018 Telos Conference" in the email's subject line. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to participate. The deadline for abstract submissions is June 30, 2017.

● The Colson Center for Christian Worldview Announces that it is Now Accepting Applications for the 2017–2018 Colson Fellows Program

Anyone interested in applying to this program should check out the information in this site: http://colsonfellows.org/          

● Membership in the International Étienne Gilson Society

Information about how to become a member of, or renew membership in, the International Étienne Gilson Society may be obtained at the link below. If you have not renewed your membership, please do so. Membership dues are used to help defray cost of the Aquinas Leadership International World Congress and other events.

http://www.gilsonsociety.pl/membership/

 ● Studia Gilsoniana Journal

Check out the following link for recent and past issues of the Studia Gilsoniana journal:

http://www.gilsonsociety.pl/studia-gilsoniana/6-2017/

● En Route Books & Media

The second volume of Peter A. Redpath’s A Not-So-Elementary Christian Metaphysics: An Introduction to Ragamuffin Thomism is now in print. If you have ordered a copy and not yet received it, please let the publisher know.

The Moral Psychology of St. Thomas Aquinas: An Introduction to Ragamuffin Ethics is now in print! If you have ordered a copy and not yet received it, please let the publisher know.

http://enroutebooksandmedia.com/academic-books/

● New from St. Augustine’s Press

Check out the following link for new book publications and new issues of The St. Austin Review

http://www.staugustine.net/



● If you would to include some information in a future
 Aquinas Leadership International Update please contact:

peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com

Monday, August 7, 2017

Historic VC course now available for 2017 fall semester

Noah Purdy reported on the revision and revival of Vassar College's Civilization in Question course, at The Miscellany News.

"In the course’s newest permutation this fall, Associate Professor and Chair of Greek & Roman Studies Rachel Friedman and Professor of History and Director of Medieval & Renaissance Studies Nancy Bisaha, who have both taught Civilization in Question before, will be joined by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Christopher Raymond.

"They will be focusing primarily on pre-modern texts, with Ancient Greek works by Homer and Aeschylus covered by Friedman, thinkers including Plato and Augustine reflecting Raymond’s work in ancient philosophy, and texts by Italian humanists Machiavelli and Pico della Mirandola and a Medieval romance by Chrétien de Troyes taught by Bisaha.

...

"'The course was scaled back to one semester and eventually settled on an ideal balance of three professors.' Friedman explained, '[Many students are] used to a different model of learning and teaching, where there’s one expert at the front of the room and that’s who they have to listen to. Here we’re saying, Well, here are three different takes on this text. What do you think?'"

#education

Sunday, August 6, 2017

IoT: Rise of the Machines?

Paul Rosenzweig and Suhail A. Khan, with Devon Westhill, at this Federalist Society podcast.

"The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the connection of various devices to the Internet. The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing in prominence almost exponentially. Today, manufacturers are creating products with cyber capabilities that range from life-critical systems such as cars or medical devices, to more prosaic, even whimsical products like internet-connected toasters. The expansion of connectivity brings with it risks to security and privacy."

#liberty #progress

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Philosophy Infomercial

Featuring Socrates and Bertrand Russell at Existential Comics.

#wisdom

The Communist Manifesto: The Big Picture

Robert M. Woods at The Imaginative Conservative.

"Of all of the readings in volume one in The Great Ideas Program, by Mortimer Adler, an introduction to the Great Books toward a liberal education, possibly the one that many would be more likely to skip and yet should read now is the The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels."
The contents for the ten volume Great Ideas Program set are listed in this page and and index of authors and titles in this earlier post. Dr. Adler had a co-author for each volume. For volume one it was Peter Wolff.

#equality #wealth #GreatIdeasProgram

Friday, August 4, 2017

ALI 2017 Plenary Session 2: Philosophy, Apologetics, Faith and Religion

Fourth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress: "Augustine, Aquinas, and the Apologetics of the New Reformation(s)"

Streamed live on July 13, 2017

#philosophy #religion #MortimerAdler

Previous session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 1: Philosophy's Past, Present, and Future

Update: Following session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 4: A Tribute to Our Colleague Michael Mangini (Session 3 is not published)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Great Books Foundation Spring 2017 Catalog

Joseph P. Coulson in the Welcome and Introduction.

"In 2017 the Great Books Foundation celebrates its 70th anniversary! Inspired by the vision of our founders, Robert Maynard Hutchins and Mortimer Adler, and their commitment to liberal education and lifelong learning, the Foundation has built nationwide school and community programs centered on discussion and civil discourse."

#education #MortimerAdler #RobertHutchins

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ALI 2017 Plenary Session 1: Philosophy's Past, Present, and Future

Fourth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress: "Augustine, Aquinas, and the Apologetics of the New Reformation(s)"

  • Chair, Peter A. Redpath, Center for the Study of The Great Ideas
  • Roundatable Discussion, Philosophy's Past, Present, and Futere, by Mortimer J. Adler, The Great Ideas Online Issues 899-902 (January 2017)
Streamed live on July 13, 2017

#philosophy #MortimerAdler

Previous session ALI 2017: Welcome, and Remembering Max Weismann

Update: Following session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 2: Philosophy, Apologetics, Faith and Religion

Friday, July 28, 2017

A lost version of 'Analects' unearthed after 1,800 years

The China Post reported,

"Experts have now confirmed that the texts are the long-lost 'Qi Analects'.

"There are three versions of the Analects, namely the Old, Lu and Qi versions.

"The Qi version differs from the first two in having two additional pieces: 'Knowing' and 'Asking the King.'"

Mortimer Adler wrote of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics,

"In the history of Western moral thought, it is the only book centrally concerned and concerned throughout with the goodness of a whole human life, with the parts of this whole, and with putting the parts together in the right order and proportion."

He went on,

"As far as I know, its only parallel is to be found outside of Western culture in the moral teachings of Confucius, which address themselves to the same problem and which offer a solution to it that also refines the wisdom of common sense--by means of aphorisms rather than, as in Aristotle's case, by means of analysis of and argument."
The Time of Our Lives: The Ethics of Common Sense (1970), by Mortimer J. Adler, p. 236. [footnote omitted]

Chronology, then, is not the only reason to start with the Analects in The Great Books of the East - The Chinese tradition

#Aristotle #GreatBooksOfTheWesternWorld

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pascal in the Post-Christian World

Ann Hartle in Modern Age.

"Pascal does break with the ancient and medieval approach to natural science. However, he does not accept this modern notion of experience and truth as dependent on the mind. But neither does he return to the standpoint of medieval theology in order to understand the human and the divine. In other words, Pascal does something new and unique: he rejects Aristotle, but he does not embrace modern reason; he breaks with medieval theology, but he does not separate philosophy from faith."

#philosophy #religion

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophers VII: Left Wing Adventures

Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg, Amadeo Bordiga, Mikhail Bakunin, and Vladimir Lenin at Existential Comics.

#government

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Technology is transforming what happens when a child goes to school

"Reformers are using new software to 'personalise' learning."

Briefing at The Economist (reg req)

#education

Sunday, July 23, 2017

ALI 2017: Welcome, and Remembering Max Weismann

Fourth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress: "Augustine, Aquinas, and the Apologetics of the New Reformation(s)"

Welcome and Remembering Max Weismann:

Streamed live on July 13, 2017

#education #philosophy #MaxWeismann

Update: Following session ALI 2017 Plenary Session 1: Philosophy's Past, Present, and Future