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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Aquinas Leadership International Update - November 2018

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

Topic: “How, If in Any Way, are Metaphysics, Ethics, Cultural Leadership, and Politics Essentially Related?”

Dates: Thursday Evening, 02 May 2019–Saturday Evening, 04 May 2019
Location: Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, Arizona and Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, Carefree, Arizona
Congress Details: If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel at this World Congress, ASAP, please contact Congress Chair Peter Redpath at:
Special Note: A few, multiple-occupancy (up to 3 persons), rooms have been reserved at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center.
If you plan to participate in this event and stay at the Retreat Center, you should let the Congress
Chair know this NOW.

Topic: "Can a Christian Philosophy Exist? If so, What is Its Nature?"
Day/Date: Thursday, 29 November 2018
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Paradise Valley Community College, 18401, N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85032; KSC 1000A
Presentation by: Dr. Peter A. Redpath (Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of The Great Ideas; Rector, Adler-Aquinas Institute; Chair, Thomistic Studies Graduate Concentration in Christian Wisdom, Holy Apostles College and Seminary; CEO, Aquinas School of Leadership)
  • Some YouTube Videos from the Hugely Successful 5th Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress Now Available for Viewing
To view these videos, including the Memorial Tribute to Our Colleague Eric McLuhan, go to the following link on the Aquinas School of Leadership's "Events" menu:
  • See the Latest Book Publication by Our Colleague, Fr. James V. Schall
Run That by Me AgainSelected Essays from "Absolutes" to the Things That Can Be Otherwise
Go to:
Book summary: Over a span of six decades, Fr. James Schall has been one of our foremost thinkers and cultural commenters. A distinguished professor, the author of more than thirty books, and writer of countless essays—his favorite literary form—Fr. Schall has made a life of pondering the most important questions of this world and beyond.
Now, in Run That by Me Again, Fr. Schall himself has selected more than fifty of his essays on the most intriguing, urgent, and sometimes difficult topics. These are things we want to—need to—think about again and again, and Schall, with his concise, readable style and teacher’s heart, has a knack for explaining lofty ideas to all.
Here, Schall ruminates on:
  • language, Wodehouse, cooking, music, and putting Jesuit donkeys out to pasture (you’ll just have to read it);
  • abortion, marriage, Christian persecution, and other issues that continue to gnaw away at our Christian culture;
  • Christ and his nature, what it means to be human, sin and its origins and consequences;
  • and the Cosmos, the South, English departments, and other mysterious places.
The common threads are a love of God, a thirst for wisdom, and a desire for a life well-lived.
Whether this is your first time considering the questions posed and answered in these pages or if you are revisiting them with fresh eyes and a renewed spirit, it is well worth the time to sit with Fr. Schall—one of the greatest thinkers and teachers of the past century—and ponder the great mysteries and truths of life.
  • See a Recent New Oxford Review Book Review by Fr. James V. Schall, Entitled "What Is and Ought to Be" about 
Rémi Brague's recent book,The Legitimacy of the Human
Go to:
  • Daughters of St. Paul Sr. Helena Burns Announces an ONLINE and IN-PERSON (Toronto--at Pauline Books & Media)"Theology of the Body Basics" Course
Dates: January to February 2019

  • Call for Papers, Metaphysical Society of America 2019 Annual Meeting
Topic: “Metaphysics and Political Thought”
Location: Seattle University
Dates: 28 to 31 March 2019  
Contact Information: 500-word abstracts should be distributed electronically by September 1, 2018 to: Daniel Dombrowski, Professor of Philosophy, Seattle University at:
Those whose abstracts are chosen by the Program Committee should submit completed papers by January 15, 2019 to allow review by commentators and publication of the program. Further information on the Conference will become available at:
Travel Grants: Thanks to the generous support of past presidents of the MSA and a grant from the Hocking-Cabot Fund for Systematic Philosophy, the Society is pleased to offer travel grants to graduate students whose papers are selected for the program for our annual meeting. More information and an application can be found on the Society’s website.
If you have not booked your hotel room near SU campus, here are the details for telephone registration at our conference hotel, the Hotel Sorrento.

900 Madison Street
Seattle WA 98104

Mention MSA and conference dates for group rate, ask for Jorie, Gabrielle, or Jeff  
If you would like to make nominations for individuals of distinction and achievement, both MSA members and non-members, please send those AT ONCE to Vice President/President-elect Larry Cahoone at Holy Cross, and cc George Lucas  as well, as the Executive Council will be soon be preparing and distributing the ballot to all "members in good standing" (dues paid for 2018-2019 academic year):
Nominations for an individual to serve a three-year term on the Executive Council are welcome.
  • Call for Papers for a Conference on Francisco Suárez
Dates:  April 26–29 2019
Location: Loyola University, Chicago, USA
Speakers include: Brian Embry, Helen Hattab, Kara Richardson, Sydney Penner,Tad Schmalz, and Christopher Shields.

For conference details, see:

The conference budget also includes a modest fund for graduate students and under-resourced philosophers who would like to participate, but lack institutional funding for their travel and/or accommodations for the conference.

To apply, please fill out the relevant fields in the small form at the above link. Please apply for funding no later than December 31,
2018.  Funding decisions will be emailed out by February 4, 2019.

For any questions, please email
  • Call for Papers for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference
Dates:  June 17–19, 2019
Location: St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
Organizers and Contact Information: Susan Brower-Toland ( Jenny Pelletier (

Conference Details: Every year, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University ( hosts a symposium on Medieval and Renaissance studies. As with other large, inter-disciplinary conferences of this kind, there is ample to room to expand the representation of philosophy. Moreover, the symposium provides historians of philosophy the opportunity to see what research is being conducted in other areas, e.g. medieval and Renaissance intellectual history, art history, literature, etc. We would like to organize two sessions, broad thematically, devoted to philosophy and philosophical theology. Proposed Sessions: 1. Medieval Philosophy: Metaphysical Themes 2. Medieval Philosophy: Ethical Themes. Abstracts are welcome on any topic and any philosopher that falls within these two areas, extending into the Renaissance and late Scholasticism.
Please submit abstracts of about 200 words and include a short CV. Deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2018; Notification date: December 15, 2018.
  • Call for Papers for the Fourteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society
Dates:  June 19–21, 2019
Location: Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon in Lisbon, Portugal
Proposal Submission: Those interested in participating in this Conference should submit a proposal by 26 November 2018 to:
  • Call for Papers for the 12th Global Studies Conference
Dates:  June 27–28, 2019
Location: Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
Topic: "The 'End of History' 30 Years On: Globalization Then and Now"
Latest Submission Date: November 27, 2018
Go Here to Submit:
  • Call for Papers for the 14th World Congress of Semiotics
Dates:  September 09–13, 2019
Location: National University of Arts (UNA), Buenos, Argentina
Topic: "Trajectories"
Deadlines for Submission and Proposals Acceptance:
* Presentation of abstracts: from October 1 to December 5, 2018
* Confirmation of acceptance of abstracts: by February 28, 2019
For More Information about the Congress, See:
  • Call for Papers for the 4th International Conference on Communication and Media Studies
Dates:  26–28 September 2019
Location: University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Topic: "The Future of Democracy in the Digital Age"
If interested, submit proposal by 26 October 2018 to the following address:
  • The Catholic Education Foundation Announces:
1) The Fifth Annual Seminar for Bishops, Priests, and Seminarians 
Dates:  July 16-19
Location: Seton Hall University, Seton Hall, New Jersey
2) Publication of the latest issue of The Catholic Educator -- a massive volume of 192 pages
For Details about the Seminar and to Receive a Copy of The Catholic Educator, contact Fr. Peter Stravinskas at:  
  • Conference and Journal Announcements from the Arts and Humanities Division of ATINER
The 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 03 and 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 AITNER a stream proposal to be organized as part of the conference. If you need more information, please let AITNER know and the Administration will send it to you. The schedule of events is available at: and
AITNER'S stream//panel policy is outlined on:
You can also always consider the possibility of submitting papers for publication in AITNER'S 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. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor of Economics, University of Sterling, UK
  • See the Latest Liberty Fund Book Publications and Sponsored Events at:
  • 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:
  • The Angelicum Academy Great Books Program Announces It is Now Enrolling Students for Its REVOLUTIONARY: 
                                           "Angelicum Academy at Holy Apostles College"
Among other reasons, this Program is Revolutionary because:
1) It enables students to acquire an Associate's degree in the Great Books totally online by the end of 12th grade and a Bachelor's degree as little as two years later.
2) Thanks to the agreement between the Angelicum Academy and Holy Apostles College, total tuition cost for the BA degree is under $30,000, while the average total cost of a four-year BA in private colleges is $180,000+.
3) It includes 12 credits of online Theology courses developed for the Angelicum Academy by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.
COLLEGE CREDITS: Angelicum Academy students may earn from 1-75 college credits while home schooling (in grades 9-12) or while in high school, or later. They may earn their accredited Associate’s degree (from Holy Apostles College -requires 60 credits) while in high school or home school (grades 9-12, or later), or they may take individual college-level courses for transfer elsewhere – to other of the hundreds of colleges and universities that accept ACE recommended credits. Students who earn their Associate’s degree while in home school (grades 9-12) or high school, may earn a further 15 credits then as well, enabling them to complete 75 credits towards their accredited bachelor’s degree (requires 120 credits) – that is nearly 2/3rds of their bachelor’s degree, for a fraction of the cost elsewhere.
For more information about this program, see:
  • 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 the exceptionally high quality of the recent issue of the Studia Gilsoniana journal. Go to this link to see the 2018 issues through September:,47
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. Finallythink of giving a membership in the IEGS as a Christmas gift this Year!
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
  • The Cardinal Newman Society Announces Its Latest Events Here:
  • See the Following Link for a List of Fall Events Offered by the Thomistic Insititute:
  • En Route Books & Media Announces Special Christmas Sale on All 3 of Dr. Peter Redpath's Recent  Books
For one month, starting on 29 November 2018, En Route Books & Media will lower the price on the Kindle/Nook versions of Volumes 1 and 2 of Dr. Peter Redpath's A Not-So-Elementary Christian Metaphysics and his The Moral Psychology of St. Thomas Aquinas from $9.99 to $5.00 for the next month.
To take advantage of this special discount, go to your Kindle or Nook account and download the books!
Go to the following links to order Christmas gifts from En Route Books & Media, St. Augustine Press, and Ignatius Press:
  • Our Colleague Robert Trundle Informs US about a Second Edition
Routledge Taylor and Francis Group has recently come out with a 2nd edition of Robert Trundle's monograph, From Physics to PoliticsThe Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Philosophy
For More Information, see:
  • See a recent publication by Nikola Stojkoski: 
Essay on Human ReasonOn the Principle of Identity and Difference
Publisher: Vernon Press, 2018
  • Our Colleague Robert Trundle Informs US about a Second Edition
Routledge Taylor and Francis Group has recently come out with a 2nd edition of Robert Trundle's monograph, From Physics to PoliticsThe Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Philosophy
For More Information, see: 
  • From The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas
Give Someone a Christmas 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: 

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your request to: " - Peter A. Redpath

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