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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Aquinas Leadership International Update - May 2019

Dr. Peter Redpah emails about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI) group, its affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work. To be added to the email distribution, contact him at 

 See the link below for our last-known and most timely public lecture delivered by our friend and colleague James V. Schall, S.J.

● See the link below to Peter A. Redpath’s 02 May 2019 Paradise Valley Community College Public Philosophy Lecture Series Presentation:

Topic:  “Étienne Gilson as Philosophical Prophet: The Metaphysical Causes of Contemporary Terrorism, and How to Eradicate Them”

● The Angelicum Academy Great Books Program announces MAY EARLY ENROLLMENT DISCOUNT 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, phone: 410-282-6172

● Announcing a “Call for Submission of Abstracts” for the 7th Annual AITNER International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World

Dates: 03–06 January 2020

Location: Athens, Greece

Sponsoring organization: Athens Institute for Education and Research (AITNER)/Athens Journal of Humanities Arts

Abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2019
See this link for submission details:
You may also send a stream proposal to be organized as part of the conference. If you need more information please indicate this to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, U.K. via contact information in the above link. AITNER’s administration will send the requested information to you, including the abstract submission form.

● Announcing a “Call for Papers” for the International Journal of Philosophy and Theology
ISSN: 2333-5750 (Print) 2333-5769 (Online)

International Journal of Philosophy and Theology is an international journal that addresses all areas of interest to both philosophy and theology. The Journal publishes original research and review articles. It strives to strengthen connections between research and practice, so enhancing professional development and improving practice within the field of philosophy and theology. Papers accepted for publication are double-blind refereed to ensure academic integrity.

The Journal is published by the American Research Institute for Policy Development, which serves as a focal point for academicians, professionals, graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, and associates pursuing research throughout the world.

Interested contributors are highly encouraged to submit their manuscripts/papers to the executive editor via e-mail at

Please indicate the name of the journal (International Journal of Philosophy and Theology) in the cover letter or simply put ‘International Journal of Philosophy and Theology’ in the subject box during submission via e-mail.

The journal is Abstracted/Indexed in CrossRef, CrossCheck, Cabell's, Ulrich's, Griffith Research Online, Google Scholar,, Informatics, Universe Digital Library, Standard Periodical Directory, Gale, Open J-Gate, EBSCO, Journal Seek, DRJI, ProQuest, BASE, InfoBase Index, OCLC, IBSS, Academic Journal Databases, Scientific Index.

E-Publication FirstTM

E-Publication FirstTM is a feature offered through our journal platform. It allows PDF version of manuscripts that have been peer reviewed and accepted, to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final printed journal. Readers can freely access or cite the article. The accepted papers are published online within one week after the completion of all necessary publishing steps.

DOI® number

Each paper published in International Journal of Philosophy and Theology is assigned a DOI® number, which appears beneath the author's affiliation in the published paper.
IJPT is inviting papers for Vol. 7, No. 1. The online publication date is June 30, 2019.

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019.

For any additional information, please contact with the executive editor


Dr. Christopher R. Trogan, United States Merchant Marine Academy, USA.
International Journal of Philosophy and Theology

● Announcing a “Call for Papers” for the 12th East/West Philosophers’ Conference

Topic: “Walls: Thinking through Insularity”

Dates: 22–29 May 2020

Location: University of Hawaii, Honolulu

Co-sponsoring organizations: The East/West Center and the University of Hawaii

Conference co-directors: Roger T. Ames, Peter D. Hershock, and Tamara Albertini
Paper and panel submission details:
Proposals are invited for individual papers and panels. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to the Conference organizers via:
Submission timeline: 01 November 2019

Notifications of acceptance for abstracts and panel proposals received by the November 1 will be sent out by December 15, 2019. An early submission timeline has been established to facilitate faculty applying to their own institutions for travel funding.

Abstracts received after November 1, 2019 will be vetted as received, taking into consideration the late submission. The absolute deadline for abstract submissions is March 15, 2020. After this, we will not be able to accommodate additional proposals.

Final papers due: 15 April 2020

For more information about the conference, go to:

● Announcing “Call for Papers” for 2019 Minneapolis, MN, ACPA satellite sessions for the International Étienne Gilson Society

Topic: “Gilson and Schall”

Topic: Open to Suggestions

Contact Information and Submission Date:  Please address inquiries by 15 May 2019 to this year’s session organizer, Richard Fafara, at:

● Announcing a “Call for Papers” for the Journal Open Theology that may be of interest to friends of Marcel, and those interested in Existential Philosophy

Topic: “Existential Conceptions of the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology

 Edited by:
Steven DeLay (Wake Forest University)
Nikolaas Deketelaere (University of Oxford)
Elizabeth Li (University of Oxford)

Description given by editors:

We invite submissions for the topical issue of "Open Theology" ( entitled “Existential Conceptions of the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology.” This issue is prepared in connection with the conference “Figuring Existence” held in collaboration with the Centre of Theology and Modern European Thought, University of Oxford.

This special issue aims to explore and reflect on the ways in which the relationship between philosophy and theology is conceived, problematised, and illuminated in existential or existentialist thought. In contributing to this discussion, papers could for example address the relationship between philosophy and theology through existential analysis of philosophically and theologically significant themes, such as freedom, paradox, sin, salvation, grace, reason and more; papers could also address this relationship by discussing the positions of specific existential or existentialist thinkers on this issue (we understand this group of thinkers broadly, so as to include for example Augustine, Pascal, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Jaspers, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Tillich, Bultmann, Falque and others); or papers could sketch what the very notion of existential analysis might tell us about philosophy and theology today.
This issue thus seeks to address the complex and long-contested question of philosophy and theology’s relationship through an existential lens and thereby shed further light on the possible points of interaction and conflict between philosophy and theology as academic disciplines and modes of reflection.

We invite submissions from the conference presenters and also from the authors who will not attend the conference.


Submissions will be collected by May 10, 2019 via the on-line submission system at:

Choose as article type: “Special Issue Article: Oxford Conference"

All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.

Before submission please read the Instruction for Authors:

Because Open Theology is published in Open Access model, as a rule the publishing cost should be covered by Article Processing Charges (APC) paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. However, for the conference presenters who will not be able to obtain the funds, the charge will be waived.

For further information please email Nikolaas Deketelaere ( or Elizabeth Li (

In case of technical or financial questions, please contact the journal’s Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk (

Best regards,

Lucas Gworek
Assistant Editor

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● Announcing final “Call for Papers” on the topic “A Return to Pre-Modern Principles of Economic Science

Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2019

Word limit: 7,000 words

Journal and target publication date: Studia GilsonianaA Journal in Classical Philosophy (Oct.-Dec., 2019)



Advisory Editors:

Dr. Peter A. Redpath, CEO, Aquinas School of Leadership (ASL)
Marvin B. Daniel Peláez, Fellow, ASL School of Economics
Jason Morgan, Fellow, ASL School of Economics

Authors are encouraged to consult the guidelines “For Authors” at:

Please direct any questions and submissions to Jason Morgan ( and Marvin B. Daniel Peláez (

All papers will be anonymously peer reviewed under the direction of Studia Gilsoniana Editor-in-Chief, Pawel Tarasiewicz:

Themes and Topics:

Contemporary “Economic science” emerged out of the Neoclassical tradition in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The meaning of the term is a product of its time because of its strong mathematical orientation and assumptions about the rational nature of human beings and our behavior in the marketplace. In recent decades, economists have come to realize that modern economics can benefit from broader assumptions from other disciplines about the human person. In October 2017, for example, Professor Richard H. Thaler from the University of Chicago received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science for his work in behavioral economics, a discipline that seeks to incorporate more aspects of human psychology to increase the predictability of economic models.

Taking “economic science” as two separate terms, the pre-modern understanding of “economy” derives etymologically from a Greek word meaning household management, wheremanagement involved the ordering of domestic affairs. The classical, and later medieval, understanding of “science” (or scientia in Latin) is knowledge of causes. According to James Weisheipl in his “Classification of the Sciences in Medieval Thought,” scientia “was used to designate a discerning, penetrating, intellectual grasp of a situation or of a given subject,” which required principles, or starting points. Thus, economic science, like all other sciences, must have principles. Some economists, however, object to attempts at understanding modern economics from the contributions of the past because, they say, doing so is anachronistic. These objections are correct when it comes to economic assumptionsborn in their respective times, but not when it comes to principles. Scientific principles are perennial, and modern economics can benefit from the principles of pre-modern sciences or philosophy. 

Some motivating questions:

A special issue of Studia Gilsoniana (celebrating founding of the Aquinas School of Leadership School of Economics) calls for a renewal of pre-modern scientific principles in a contemporary economic context.  

From this understanding of pre-modern economic science, we entertain some of the following questions: How can principles of pre-modern economics, or science, provide insight about the management, or organization, of modern economic affairs? Do the pre-moderns have anything to say about virtue and the political community and its economic institutions? Does a pre-modern understanding of psychology play a role in economic activity by the human person? Can a pre-modern understanding of philosophy of science provide insight into what economists today understand by the ontology of economics? Finally, can a pre-modern understanding of morality inform economic policy?

● Go to the following link ( for a “Call for Abstracts” from Ave Maria University and the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies for a 07 to 08 February 2020 conference on:

“Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology”

 See the link immediately below for an all-access pass to Institute of Catholic Theology spring 2019 lectures:

● Announcing “Call for Papers” from the Metaphysical Society of America for 2020 annual conference

Theme: “Nature and its Meanings”

In 2020, the 70th anniversary of its founding, the theme of the Metaphysical Society of America’s annual meeting will be “Nature and its Meanings.”  Papers treating any aspect of this wide issue, whether thematic or historical, are welcome. The following questions are some examples of what proposed papers might address.

What is nature? How is nature to be understood metaphysically?  What is the history and analysis of the concept of nature? What are “natures”? What is “non-natural” – the artificial, the cultural, the normative, the transcendental, the divine?

What is naturalism? What are the kinds of naturalism, their virtues and their vices? What is (or are) the opposite(s) of naturalism? How is modern naturalism different from ancient and medieval naturalism? Is naturalism kin to atheism, materialism, physicalism, atomism, empiricism, nominalism, and positivism, and incompatible with theism, idealism, panpsychism, holism, rationalism, realism, and phenomenology? Or are those lists too simple? On which side would humanism go? What are the major disagreements among prominent naturalistic thinkers, from Aristotle to Hobbes, Mach to Quine, Whitehead to Santayana? Must naturalism be “reductive,” or can “non-reductive” approaches (e.g. Peirce, Bergson, Dewey, Teilhard De Chardin) be truly naturalistic? Can naturalism be found in putatively non-naturalistic thinkers, e.g., Plotinus, Spinoza, Leibniz, Schelling, Royce, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze?

* What is the relationship of metaphysics and modern natural science? What was the metaphysical view of nature bequeathed us by the 17th century scientist/philosophers? What are its merits and demerits today? What ought to be the role of the results of scientific inquiry in metaphysical speculation, if any? How has the science of the last century and a half, from biological evolution to relativity and quantum mechanics, altered the early modern picture? How have metaphysics and science altered each other – e.g. ethologist Lloyd Morgan’s impact on Samuel Alexander, biologist Jacob Von Uexküll’s on Heidegger, Whitehead’s influence on Conrad Waddington’s epigenetics? Ought recent work on “emergence,” the “disunity” of science, evolutionary biology, and complexity, systems, and hierarchy theory – associated with names like  Donald Campbell, John Duprė, J. J. Gibson, Marjorie Grene, Stuart Kaufman, Ilya Prigogine, William Wimsatt – recast our metaphysical appraisal of natural science yet again?

* Can nature be conceived in ways that are compatible with mindpurpose, self, and free will? Is a naturalistic conception of human nature incompatible with, or uninformative for, understanding intentionality, meaning, experience, sociality, knowledge, or art? Can naturalistic approaches to human mind – for example in neuroscience and cognitive science – be incorporated into an adequate metaphysics of mind?

* Is modern naturalism, or any metaphysics rooted in the modern conception of nature, incompatible with normativity or the Good? Does the naturalistic fallacy in ethics still hold? Are naturalistic and evolutionary approaches to epistemology and logic plausible? Can “natural law” in political theory be compatible with scientific natural law? What is the relation of nature to aesthetic beauty?

* Do non-Western metaphysical traditions – e.g. Orthodox Christian, Chinese, Japanese, South Asian, Islamic, African, Indigenous American – present novel conceptual and cultural resources for understanding nature? Where does Western naturalism, and particularly modern Western naturalism, fail by their standards?

Must naturalism reject God? Is it inherently anti-supernatural, or incompatible with divinity and religion? Must the divine, the transcendent, or the sacred be external to nature? (Or, if nature and God are synthesized, must pan(en)theism endorse a very un-naturalistic notion of nature?) Which conceptions of God or gods are compatible, and which incompatible, with modern naturalism? What relation can be asserted between the eternal and the temporal?

* Do ecology and environmental studies suggest a novel metaphysical perspective? What metaphysics is most appropriate for an ecologically concerned philosophy? What is the place of animal “values,” “goods” or “rights” in a naturalistic account of the world?

* Can metaphysics recast or repair the methodological conflict of the humanities and social sciences with the natural sciences? Is the continuing division of inquiry into C.P. Snow’s “the two cultures,” and with it the century-long battle in the social sciences between the adoption of natural scientific versus “humanistic” or “hermeneutic” methods, unavoidable? Can the metaphysics of nature put this conflict in another light?
* Must current political conceptions, such as feminism, critical race theory, and queer theory, find biological or naturalist theories of human being antithetical? Or is that opposition mistaken? Can the notions of the human person characteristic of these views be compatible with a naturalistic, e.g. biological and evolutionary, context?

Location: College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts

Dates: 19 to 22 March 2020

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