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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Aquinas Leadership International Update Late May/Early June 2018

Dr. Peter A. Redpath sends this news of Aquinas Leadership International and other organizations.

Fifth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress
20 to 22 July 2018
Immaculate Conception Seminary
Huntington, Long Island, NY, USA

  • Fifth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress Topic
The chief topic for the ALI 20 to 22 July 2018, 5th annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, Long Island, NY, USA, will be:
“Artificial Intelligence and the Futures of Philosophy, Global Leadership, and World Peace”
 This World Congress will celebrate the following 7 anniversaries:
10th Anniversary of the founding of the International Étienne Gilson Society (IEGS) at a meeting sponsored by Civitas Christiana, Warsaw, Poland
10th Anniversary of the death of Mieczysław Albert Maria Krąpiec, O.P.
40th Anniversary of the death of Étienne Gilson
50th Anniversary of publication of Jacques Maritain's Peasant of the Garonne
70th Anniversary of founding of the State of Israel
100th Anniversary of the end of World War I
200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankensteinor the Modern Prometheus
This World Congress especially welcomes individual papers, or panels, that relate works of the above-mentioned individuals to the Congress main topic.
If you would like to co-sponsor this meeting, prepare a paper, participate in, or organize, a panel related to this topic, contact the Congress Chair, Peter Redpath, at:

Preparation of the Congress program has already startedIndividual and panel presentations will be held all day Friday  and Saturdayand Sunday morning until 11:30 AMIf you have already had your paperor panelaccepted for the CongressASAP please contact Congress-Chair Peter Redpath at the e-mail address to indicate your day and time preference for presentation. If you want to apply to have a paper or panel accepted for the Congress, ASAP, contact Peter Redpath by email at peterredpath -at- aquinasschoolofleadership -dot- com
The Aquinas Leadership International group is pleased to announce that the American Maritain Association will join our already-existing co-sponsors to help host this meeting!

  • Fr. James V. Schall Reviews A Not-So-Elementary Christian Metaphysics
Immediately below are excerpts from a May 2018 article by Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. entitled "On What is Generated by the Human Intellect." Full text of the article was published by The New Oxford Review at this link:
"A Not-So-Elementary Christian Metaphysics is a rich book, and Redpath has a clear style. He breaks complicated issues into short, intelligible units. He repeats difficult points, and then he repeats them again, rephrasing them to make them understandable. This is a book I wish I’d had in my earlier years of studies. In reading it, I found that many notions and points I had often wondered about, or about which I needed more explanation, were much clearer after Redpath dealt with them. For us metaphysicians, this is a book of refreshment and a review of what we thought we knew. . . .
A book is an artifact that, once published, is just out there. It awaits a reader who can understand it, who is capable of seeing what truth or error might be found in it. A Not-So-Elementary Christian Metaphysics is one of those rare, to-the-point books that argues forcefully about the heart of things. The book is remarkably whole. It relates the order of the mind and the order of things in a way we seldom see in a brief space. Yes, it remains a difficult book. We must take time to read it. Philosophy, it is said, is the quest for a knowledge of the whole. It is this knowledge that completes each of us and points us to the reality from which and in which we live.

'The natural human desire to become happy, in turn, can only be satisfied by generating the sciences of metaphysics and ethics,' Redpath writes. 'And of these two, ethical activity can only be completely satisfying to the extent to which we are able intellectually to satisfy ourselves that, in this life, we have achieved the best of human goods: a most perfect contemplative knowledge of the beauty of our own souls, that we possess the highest truth and perfect virtue.' Redpath is not a utopian and does not think everyone will choose and discipline himself to achieve the highest things in this life. But he is right in telling us what we are about when we know both ourselves and what is out there that is not ourselves.

The advantage of this book is its constant, step-by-step guidance to knowing how to achieve such an end of understanding what is, if we would have it. This is the highest service a professor can perform for those who wonder, for those who seek to know reality. And if he is wrong in any of his argument, Peter Redpath wants to be the first to know it and to know why, if indeed he is wrong.

This is a 'not-so-elementary' treatise from a man who wrote about 'how to read a difficult book.' If we are careful and persistent, when we come to the end of A Not-So-Elementary Christian Metaphysics, we will see that the difficulty was worth it. We will also see, much to our surprise, that metaphysics is the one discipline we dare not neglect. This is, perhaps, why Redpath calls it a Christian metaphysics."
See these 2 recently-published books by Fr. Schall:
1) The Universe We Think In Washington, D. C.: The Catholic Univerfsity of America Press, 2018)
2) On IslamA Chronological Record 20022018 (San Francisco, Ignatius Press, 2018)
  • International Etienne Gilson Society to Honor Fr. Andrzej Maryniarczyk S. D. B with Prestigious "Aquinas Medal for Excellence in Christian Philosophy" at June 2018 World Congresses in Poland
As part of the international celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the International Etienne Gilson Society in Warsaw, Poland, in 2008, the International Etienne Gilson Society is pleased to announce presentation of its coveted "Aquinas Medal for Excellence in Christian Philosophy" to Chair of the Department of Metaphysics at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Professor Fr. Andrzej Maryniarczyk, on the occasion of 2 June World Congresses taking place in Lublin (06 June 2018, at KUL) and Warsaw (08 June 2018, at Cardinal Wyszynski University).
For further details about these 2 international congresses, contact Chair of the Department of the Philosophy of Culture, Piotr Jaorszynski at:
  • Templeton World Charity, Graduate Theological Union, and Holy Apostles College and Seminary Course Offering
The Templeton World Charity Foundation is working in concert with the Graduate Theological Union to offer a free, six-week course entitled Wisdom from World Religions beginning on June 4. This is a course that I've assisted in building to ensure the quality of its content in its explanation of how the other religions of the world work.

You can register now at

The value of participating in this course is to develop an understanding of what religions other than Christianity are claiming--not only for our work in discussing them intelligently with atheists who use the existence of a plurality of religions as a point of argument against theism, but also in basic apologetics work whenever we encounter adherents of other faith traditions.

You can find a one-hour interview by Holy Apostles alumnus Michael Horn with the course professor, Dr. Kenneth Rose, on WCAT Radio's "I Thought You'd Like to Know" show. The direct link to the interview is here:

Everyone who signs up will receive two certificates of completion: one from the Graduate Theological Union and another from Holy Apostles. 
Please share this information in your social media and with those you think would benefit from a better understanding of the world's religions, especially those engaged in the work of Catholic apologetics. 
  • The Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Cordially Invites You to Celebrate 50 Years of Telos
Day: Friday
Date: 08 June 2018
Time: 5:30 P. M. to 7:30 P. M.
Location: The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 West 43rd St., 17th Floor, NYC, NY, 10036
Comments to be made by: Russell Berman, Tim Luke, David Pan, and Adrian Pabst
Paper Presentation: Jake Siegel will speak on, "Telos, Post-Liberal Politics, and a Veteran's Reading of Ernst Junger"
Tickets: Now available at:
For more information: Contact Mary Piccone at:
  • The Colson Center Announces a New Short Course
The Colson Center announces a 4-week, online course on  "Christian Ethics in the Brave New World"
Speakers: Scott Klusendorf, Emily Colson, C. Ben Mitchell, John Stonestreed (Leader), Warren Cole Smith (Leader)
Date: 05 to 26 June 2018
For more information, go to this site:
  • The International Institute for Culture Announces Summer Latin Courses
Go to the links below to see summer Latin courses being offered by the International Institute for Culture:
  • Call for Papers, 10th Beyond Humanism Conference,Wroclaw, Poland
Date: 18 to 21 July 2018
Location: Wroclaw, Poland (Faculty of Social Sciences and Journalism, University of Lower Silesia).
Topic: “Cultures of the Posthuman”
Keynote Speakers: Prof. Steve Fuller, University of Warwick; Prof. Bernard Stiegler, L'Institut de recherche et d'innovation.
For detailed information about the Beyond Humanism Conference Series, see:
English abstracts up to 500 words, to be sent in MS Word and PDF formatto:
Files should be named and submitted in the following manner:
Submission: First Name Last name. docx (or .doc) / .pdf

Example: “Submission: MaryAndy.docx”
Deadlines: Abstracts should be received by the 01 April 2018.
Acceptance notifications will be sent out by the end of April 2018.
All those accepted will receive information on the venue(s), local attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and planned receptions and events for participants. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes. Each presenter will be given 10 additional minutes for questions and discussions with the audience, for a total of 30 minutes.
Organizing Committee/Beyond Humanism Network:
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, John Cabot University, Rome; Sangkyu Shin, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul; Evi Sampanikou, University of the Aegean; Francesca Ferrando, NYU, New York; Jaime del Val, Reverso-Metabody, Madrid; Jan Stasienko, University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw; Maciej Czerniakowski, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
The following video demonstrates the atmosphere during a Beyond Humanism Conference and exemplifies the diversity of Posthuman Studies. It was shot during the 9th Beyond Humanism Conference which took place at John Cabot University in Rome some weeks ago and during which the launch of the Journal of Posthuman Studies was celebrated:…/video-9th-beyond-humanism-conf…/
Immediately below you can download the brochure with the detailed CFPs
Please consider submitting your most treasured reflections to the ground breaking Journal of Posthuman Studies:
Please share this information widely!
Prof. Dr. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
John Cabot University
Via della Lungara, 233
00165 Roma
Director of the Beyond Humanism Network; Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies; Research Fellow at the Ewha Institute for the Humanities of Ewha Womans University/Seoul; Visiting Fellow at the Ethics Centre of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Posthuman Studies Hub
The Official Homepage for Beyond Humanism Conference Series
  • Conference and Journal Announcements from the Arts and Humanities Division of ATINER
The Arts and Humanities Division of ATINER would like to announce that the 6th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World ( has been planned and will take place on 0and 04 January 2019 in Athens, Greece. You are more than welcome to submit a proposal for presentation. If you plan to attend, you may also send us a stream proposal to be organized as part of the conference. If you need more information, please let me know and our administration will send it to you.
 You can also always consider the possibility of submitting papers for publication in our academic journals or take part in these publication projects by reviewing papers. Journal publication does not require attendance at our conferences, and it is free of submission and publication charges. For details, see our Journal Policy at
Dr. Nicholas Pappas, Honorary President, ATINER & Professor, Sam Houston State University, USADr. David Philip Wick, Director, Arts and Humanities Division, ATINER & Professor, Gordon College, USA
  • International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Call for Papers, 13 to 16 June, 2018
The International Society for Neoplatonic Studies announces that its 16th annual conference will be held in Los Angeles on 13 to 16 June 2018 in conjunction with Loyola Marymount University.
For more information, see:

● Two Summer Refresher Courses on Bioethics in Rome, Italy Announced by the:

Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights established at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum Athenaeum and with the Università Europea di Roma:

1) Topic: “Current Challenges in Bioethics”

Days: Monday to Friday

Dates: 02 to 06 July 2018

2) Topic: “Human Enhancement: Bioethical Challenges of Emerging Technologies”

Days: Monday to Friday

Dates: 09 to 13 July 2018

The Summer and International Refresher Course in Bioethics will take place at our University Campus: Via degli Aldobrandeschi 190 - 00163 Rome - Italy. The courses will be offered in English and Italian. The course is organized by the School of Bioethics with the collaboration of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights established at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum Athenaeum and with the Università Europea di Roma.

30 scholarships available for attending any one-week session are open to university-level students.

This introductory course held from 02 to 06 July is offered for those who would like to have a greater comprehension of bioethics principles and different bioethical issues.

The second week course from 09 to 13 July offers an interdisciplinary study of human enhancement to better understand the techniques, the benefits, and the inherent risks of these technologies. What will be the impact on our understanding of being human—human nature as we understand it today—and what are the possible consequences for future generations?

See the links below for more information:

Practical Information:

The courses begin on Monday 02 July and 09 July 2018 respectively at 9 a.m. (Rome Time)
Room: Aula Master, 1st floor
How to participate in these events:

Registration is necessary to join the courses. For information, email

If you are unable to join now, but are interested in these courses, send your e-mail address to and you will be updated about future bioethics courses.

For more information, contact Fr. Joseph Tham, L. C, M. D., Ph. D

   Professor, School of Bioethics
   Pontificio Ateneo Regina Apostolorum
   Hong Kong +852 64455832

  • Call for Papers,  Scientia et Fides Journal 
The journal Scientia et Fides (a joint-venture, open-access, online journal published twice a year by the Faculty of Theology of Nicolaus Copernicus University, in Torun, Poland, in collaboration with the Group of Research “Science, Reason, and Faith” [CRYF], at University of Navarra) seeks rigorous research works regarding different aspects of the relationship between science and religion. SetF articles are not confined to the methodology of a single discipline and may cover a wide range of topics, provided that the interdisciplinary dialogue between science and religion is tackled. The Journal accepts articles written in English, Spanish, Polish, French, Italian, and German, which will be evaluated by a peer-review process.
For further information about publishing articles in SetF, see:
  • 19 to 20 September 2018École Pratique des Hautes Études Celebrates Gilson as Part of Its 150th Anniversary Celebration
The École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris is pleased to announce that it will include a series of events on 19 and 20 September 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, contact Coordinateur de l’événement Michel Cacouros, Maître de conférences Habilité, Sciences Historiques et Philologiques at:
  • The Catholic Answers 2018 National Conference, San Diego
The Catholic Answers announces that its 2018 National Conference topic will be: "Faith and Science"
Dates: 27 to 30 September, 2018
Location: Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, San Diego, California
For Conference details, contact the link immediately below:
  • The University of South Africa and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin Thomistic Studies Research Doctoral Programs:
The University of South Africa in Pretoria has an online research doctoral program (PhD) in Philosophy that includes Thomistic studies. The Aquinas School of Leadership in the US is helping to promote this program for students contemplating, or currently, pursuing a graduate Master’s degree in Thomistic Studies and link this degree from the University of South Africa to  a follow-up, second Ph. D. degree from the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.
The costs of the program include 7,840 South African Rand for the research proposal, which equals $643 US Dollars, then, 15,400 South African Rand per year, which equals $1,263 US Dollars per year. The time limit for completion of the Pretoria program is 6 years.
For information about this program, contact Dr. Peter A. Redpath at:
  • 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:
Also, see a list of thought-provoking articles by Aquinas School of Philosophy founder Dr. Dennis Bonnette at this site:
  • The International Étienne Gilson Society, Studia Gilsoniana
The IEGS Again Congratulates Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz and His Editorial Staff for recent publications of the Studia Gilsoniana journal. Go to this link to see recent issues:,31
If you are not yet a member of the IEGS, please consider joining to support our ongoing work. If you are a member and have not yet paid your annual dues, please do so.
See the following link to join or pay dues:,4
See the following link to make a donation to the work of the IEGS:,2
  • From The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas
Give Someone a Present of a Membership in the Center. See:
Contact Peter Redpath (
to post information on the Center’s blogspot:
  • 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:          
  • En Route Books & Media and St. Augustine’s Press
Check out the following links for recent publications by En Route Books & Media and St. Augustine Press:


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