Published by the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas (founded in 1990 by Mortimer J. Adler and Max Weismann)
In association with the The Adler-Aquinas Institute and Aquinas School of Leadership
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Aquinas Leadership International November 2017 Update - Supplement

From Peter A. Redpath:

"I write to update you about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI), affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work. ...

● Fifth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress Suggested Topic

I pass along to you for your consideration a recently-received suggested topic for the, 20 to 22 July 2018, 5th annual Aquinas Leadership International Conference at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, Long Island, NY, USA:

“Artificial Intelligence and the Futures of Philosophy, Global Leadership, and World Peace”

Please send your reaction to this topic (or other suggested topics) to the Congress Chair, Peter Redpath, at:

● Global Scholarly Publications Announcement of a United Nations Seminar

 Topic: "Contemporary Global Conflicts and Crises: Historical Solutions Shaped by Cultural Perspectives" (*)

 A round-table symposium-discussion forum

Date and time: 01 December 2017, 4:00 to 9:00 PM

Location: 777 UN Plaza, 10th floor (44th Street and 1st Avenue- across from UN and First Avenue)

Buffet Dinner will be served. Attendance is free of charge.
Partial List of Discussants as of 09 November 2017:
Perspectives from: (1) The Syrian Arab Republic; (2) The Republic of Tajikistan; (3) The Uzbek Cultural Heritage; (4) The Iranian Cultural Heritage; (5) A Mennonite Perspective on Global Conflict Resolution ; (6) An Isma`ili Perspective on Global Peace and Development; (7) The EU Demographical Concerns (e.g., Muslim Nationals and  the French “Identity Crisis”); (8) Eastern Europe and the Interplay of NATO and Eurasian Union; (9) A New Vision on The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Efforts for Global Peace
*Note:  Neither the organizers of the conference nor the institutions with which participants are affiliated is responsible for specific views of the presenters. The only presupposition of the seminar is the usefulness of dialogue among individuals holding different perspectives.
Global Scholarly Publications (GSP)
Providing Organized Research Services (Publications, Conferences) for Institutions World Wide. Providing Fora for Dialogues among Diplomats, Clergy, Scholars and Administrators of Institutions for Higher Education. Organizing Instructions, Conference, and Publishing for scholarly Societies in the History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and Social Thought, Africana, Central and East Asian, Ancient Greek, Classical Judaic, Medieval Christian and Muslim, and Indic Traditions (

For more information, contact:

Professor Parviz Morewedge. 917-658 3430

● Important Information from Elaine Weismann, President, Center for the Study of The Great Ideas

With the sudden and deeply sad passing of Max Weismann, Center for the Study of The Great Ideas volunteers have been diligently working on revitalizing the Center's website and structuring new benefits and materials for the Center: the ONLY institution founded and sanctioned by Dr. Adler and granted to Max Weismann. 

Other programs developed by Dr. Adler (such as, the Great Books Foundation, the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults at the University of Chicago, the Executive Seminars of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, and the Paideia Project) promote liberal education through an understanding of great works of literature, science, religion, history, and philosophy. The CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE GREAT IDEAS pushes the inquiry further to examine the Relevance of Great Ideas utilizing Dr. Adler’s own books on such GREAT IDEAS as TRUTH, GOODNESS, JUSTICE, LIBERTY, EQUALITY, EDUCATION, DESIRE, etc. The main focus of the CENTER is to help participants develop a more practical understanding of their own individual and societal responsibilities as ETHICS, EDUCATION, and CITIZENSHIP.


Only the CENTER through its mandate and diligence coupled with your thoughtful and charitable DONATIONS can promise the ongoing fulfillment of this most worthwhile mission. The CENTER was founded to be, and will continue to be, self-supporting through membership dues, seminar and lecture tuitions, and private donations; BUT we need your HELP! We all function on a volunteer basis, with loyal members dedicated to maintaining and communicating our goals. Be a part of the Center’s “posterity” 

Donate NOW by going to the Center's membership page and selecting your choice of the member categories. 

Elaine Weismann, President.

PHONE: 312-943-1076 AND 312-280-1011 

Founded by Mortimer J. Adler and Max Weismann 

● New Book by Tom Cavanaugh on Hippocrates and the Origin of the Medical Profession published by Oxford University Press
Our University of San Francisco colleague Tom Cavanaugh writes to bring our attention his recent book on the Hippocratic Oath from Oxford University Press. In it he offers a Thomistic natural law account of medicine (in which "primum non nocere": first do no harm, is the first practical medical norm (He explicitly relies on St Thomas’s account of natural law and applies it to the field of medicine.

This book might be of interest to faculty teaching medical ethics who want to incorporate a Thomistic natural law account. Slender at only 150 pages, if purchased a discount flyer you make obtain from Tom , the book is not too outrageously priced at about $27. 


Hippocrates' Oath and Asclepius’ Snake: The Birth of the Medical Profession

Tom's contact information is below

Professor T. A. Cavanaugh, Ph.D.
Department of Philosophy
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

Secretary (415) 422-6543

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