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Friday, June 29, 2018

Aquinas Leadership International Update - Late June/July 2018

Dr. Peter Redpath emails the latest:

With Great Sadness We Report the Recent Death of Our Colleague 

Eric McLuhan

For Some Details about Eric's Life and Death, see: 

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 and/or prepare a paper related to the Congress topic, by 08 July 2018, contact the Congress Chair, Peter Redpath at:
Preparation of the Congress program has already started. Once again, our program is shaping up to generate a great meeting!
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!

  • International Etienne Gilson Society Honors Fr. Andrzej Maryniarczyk S. D. B with Prestigious "Aquinas Medal for Excellence in Christian Philosophy" at June 2018 World Congress in Poland
Immediately below is a video link to the presentation of the coveted "Aquinas Medal for Excellence in Christian Philosophy" to Chair of the Department of Metaphysics at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL), Professor Fr. Andrzej Maryniarczyk, at the annual Man in Culture World Congress hosted at KUL on 06 June 2018, and to Congress presentations in Polish and English.
Congratulations Fr. Andrzej!
  • See Fr. James V. Schall's Article in Summer, 2018, 50th-Anniversary Issue of Telos and his 2 most recently-published books 
Fr. Schall's essay "Why Precisely Political Philosophy" is part of the celebration of the Journal that Paul Piccone launched in 1968 as the definitive international forum for discussions of political, social, and cultural change.
His 2 most recent books are:

1) The Universe We Think In Washington, D. C.: The Catholic Univerfsity of America Press, 2018)
2) On IslamA Chronological Record 20022018 (San Ffancisco, Ignatius Press, 2018)
See Russell Berman's "Introduction" to this Telos volume by going to:

  • Announcing a Call for Papers for the 2018 and 2019 Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conferences
— Israel Conference Call for Papers:
Topic: “Asummetricality, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and the Abrahamic Peace”
Location: University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Days: Sunday to Tuesday
Dates: 18–20 November 2018
For more details about this conference, see:
Scholars of all disciplines are invited to submit a 250-word abstract, along with a short CV, to by 15 August 2018
— New York City Conference Call for Papers:
Topic: “Political Theology Today as Critical Theory of the Contemporary: Reason, Religion, Humanism”
Date: February 15–17, 2019
Location: New York, NY

Conference Details: 

Across the globe the liberal logic of capitalism and technocracy has seemingly triumphed, and with it a culture of secularism, now the dominant ideology of the liberal establishment that prefers progress to tradition, an individualized identity to a sense of shared belonging, and free choice to common purpose. As much as this regime has produced wealth, it has also generated inequality and dissatisfaction. The populist insurgency that is sweeping the West is in large part a repudiation of this secular politics, opening the space for a post-liberal political theology. A resurgence of religion is underway that marks the failure of the secularization thesis and the need for alternative cultural resources, beyond positivism, to understand the place of humanity within the cosmos. Is this our new "Great Awakening"?
Amid the crisis of rationalism, critical theorists such as Jürgen Habermas have sought to rescue the project of a reasonable humanism from the twin threats of religious fundamentalism and secular naturalism. Yet Habermas's conception of postsecularity remains residually secularist because he does not permit faith to make any substantive or critical contribution to public discussion that could undermine the primacy of formal, procedural reason. In response Pope Emeritus Benedict invoked Adorno and Horkheimer's dialectic of enlightenment because the slogan "reason alone" leads to the dissolution of reason—to the conclusion that only will and power have any reality. The only way to avoid this outcome is to recall—so Benedict's argument in his much-commented but poorly understood 2006 Regensburg address—that the West's commitment to humanist reason is grounded in the classical and Christian idea that human rationality participates in the infinite reason of transcendence. Otherwise the rational is but the illusion of our own and of nature's will to power.

Meanwhile, new movements such as "accelerationism" appeal to "the dark enlightenment" in an attempt to reclaim nihilism as the ultimate logic of liberation from the limits of history, tradition, and nature. Its response to the crisis of secularism is to double down on the destruction of tradition in the pursuit of an explicit post-humanism. Accelerationism may therefore only be an extension of liberalism, not an alternative. In that case, only political theology—advocacy of a transcendent dimension that upholds humanity against nihilism—remains as today's critical theory.

The 2019 Telos Conference invites contributions on political theology as critical theory of the contemporary: the reappearance of faith in civic life. The focus will not be on intellectual history but rather on how faith is reshaping politics and culture today.

One area of interest will be the changing status of religion and politics in the "secular" West itself: changing understandings of First Amendment issues in the United States, the role of faith-based organizations in civic life, and the significance of tradition and religious identities in the populist movements across Europe. Of vital importance in this discussion is the role of the African American churches in the contemporary political field.

At the same time, these developments in the area of religion may require us to rethink our "secular" social and political institutions. If nationalism has often functioned as a kind of state religion, it will be important to understand the relationship between nationalism and religion, as well as to explore the ways in which different faiths either stabilize or undermine state administrative structures. As these structures have generally enforced a particular perspective on the sacred foundations of the state, it will be important to understand the ways in which these structures might respond to change in this area.

A second concern goes beyond the West to explore the global resurgence of religious allegiances, including the spectacular growth of charismatic movements in Christianity as well as other world religions, and the questions it raises about modernity: for example, in what ways is the present religious awakening an intensification of modern thought and practice or a rupture with it? How can we understand the transformations of Islam, the rise of Hindu nationalism, but also the spread of Pentecostalism and evangelical Protestantism in, for example, Latin America? How will Africa redefine Christianity and challenge liberalism? What are the consequences for political structures and economic activity?

A third issue is the growing bifurcation—within and across different faiths—of traditional, orthodox traditions, on the one hand, and modernizing creeds, on the other hand. Examples of this paradoxical development include the opposition between more liberal and more conservative wings in the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion or the religious resistance to unbridled "free-market" capitalism and secular liberal democracy that is shared by various faiths. Can one speak of similar political theological divides between orthodox and reform wings of Judaism in comparable terms?

Furthermore, the conference seeks to examine the juxtaposition of confessions, whether in terms of "clashes" or the issues at stake in conversions—the sectarian tensions and conflicts between different denominations, including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant but also Shia versus Sunni and political versus apolitical Hinduism and Buddhism. One question that arises is whether forms of literalist extremism are mirror images of rigid secularism and what they mean for political theology today.

The specific topics of the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • religion as a source of post-liberal community
  • liturgy and the critique of positivism
  • tradition as a source of meaning and orientation
  • political theology of secularism and liberalism
  • new nihilism: accelerationist philosophy and transhumanist technology
  • faith, feeling, and habit in the public political sphere
  • the nature of the present religious revival and its relationship to modernity
  • bifurcation within and across political religion
  • the clash of confessions and "secular sectarianism"
  • the role of the sacred in state structures
  • the relationships between religious and political movements
Abstract Submissions 

Please note: Abstracts for this conference will only be accepted from current Telos-Paul Piccone Institute members. In order to become a member, please visit the Telos membership enrollmet page. Telos-Paul Piccone Institute memberships are valid until the end of the annual New York City conference.

Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit a 250-word abstracts along with a short c.v. to by September 30, 2018. Please place "The 2019 Telos Conference" in the email's subject line. The criteria for selecting abstracts are as follows:
  • relevance to the conference concern with contemporary ramifications
  • original analysis and argument (not summary or description)
  • focus (conference presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes)
For regular updates about the 2019 Telos Conference, please visit the Conference website.
  • Announcing a Call for Papers for the 2019, Seventeenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities
Dates: 03 to 05 July 2019
Location: University of Granada in Granada, Spain

Proposals are invited for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The Conference features research addressing annual themes and the 2019 Special Focus: "The World 4.0: Convergences of Knowledges and Machines."
Proposal Submission Date: Proposals need to be submitted by 19 Jul 2018 to:
  • Announcing the Fourth Annual Catholic Education Foundation Seminar to Aid Priests in Their Roles in Catholic Schools
Dates: 18 to 20 July 2018
Location: Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
For Details, See:
  • 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:
  • 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
  • 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)
Via degli Aldobrandeschi 190, 00163 Rome
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
   Via degli Aldobrandeschi 190 - 00163 - Rome - Italy
   Italy +39 06 66527698 / +39 3451052662
   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 the April to June 2018 issue:,49
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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