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Friday, January 31, 2020

Aquinas Leadership International Update - January 2020

Dr. Peter Redpath writes to update about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI) group, our affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work, including the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas.


Congratulations to our colleague, Des FitzGerald, who celebrated his 96th birthday on 18 January 2020! if you would like to send Des a personal birthday greeting, email it to me at: with your email address. I will forward both to him.
  • With great sadness, we moun the passing of Czeslaw Jaroszyński, Father of our colleague Piotr Jaroszyński. Please remember him in your prayers.
  • The Philosophy Department of the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce: 
Inauguration of the History of Philosophy Forum for the purpose of facilitating research and collaboration among scholars working in the history of philosophy. To that end, the History of Philosophy Forum (1) organizes an annual colloquium examining a philosophical theme across different periods in the history of philosophy, (2) hosts a Distinguished International Visitor each year, and (3) operates a “Small Grants Program,” supporting international scholars with research projects in the history of philosophy that could benefit from a short stay at the University of Notre Dame.
The 2020-2021 Call for Applications is now open for our Small Grants Program!  The program is open to all scholars working in the history of philosophy with primary affiliation at an institution outside the US. A poster is attached.  More information about the program, as well as a link to submit the online application, can be found at Submission deadline is February 7th, 2020.  
More information about the History of Philosophy Forum and its activities, including the inaugural colloquium on the theme “Philosophy Throughout Its History” (April 2021) can be found at our website:
Also, contact:
Therese Scarpelli Cory
Director, History of Philosophy Forum
John and Jean Oesterle Associate Professor of Thomistic Studies
Philosophy Department
University of Notre Dame.

  • Go to the link immediately below to listen to the recent "Open Door" Podcast discussion about the "Nature of Public Philosophy" led by our colleague Jim Hanink with Mario Ramos-Reyes, Christopher Zendhner, and Peter A. Redpath:
  • Check out recent radio interviews by our colleagues James Hanink and Mario-Ramos Reyes on the En Route Media WCAT radio show, “The Open Door” at:
  • Ave Maria University makes 2 announcements:  
1) Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, will be giving a keynote address for the Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology Conference. His paper is titled “The Trinitarian Consciousness of Christ.” Fr. Thomas Joseph is scheduled to speak on Saturday, 08 February 2020.
For more information about this talk, go to:

2) For priority consideration for scholarships and for housing at the Ave Maria University Graduate Theology Department, M.A. applications should be received by February 1st. Later applications, however, will still be accepted.

Ph.D. applications are due by February 1st!

  • The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas proudly announces publication by Center Senior Fellow, technology entrepreneur and copyright attorney Bob Kohn, of How to Build a Friendly Robot A philosophical Novel, especially dedicated to Mortimer J. Adler
Book description:

Bob Kohn has written a tight, energetic novel that brings to the forefront the joy of reading Issac Asimov. Not only does “How to Build A Friendly Robot,” thoroughly entertain, but it educates and raises important philosophical, technical and legal issues regarding artificial intelligence and how these future beings will interact with humans.
Bob has done his homework. Check out the bibliography and you’ll understand the value of his novel that is centered around the drama of the awakening of consciousness in a new being, and philosophy and technology. The fact that Bob is a legal scholar only adds to the logic and legal consequences of dealing with artificial intelligent beings when they become aware of themselves and the inconsistencies of humans.
        This book needs to be read by those who want to be part of the discussion of how we, as a species, are going to deal with beings who can out think and perform us, and what rights, if any, they will have. And, what we’re going to do when they demand those rights. Pulling the plug will neither work nor be an option.

For more information about this book based upon work for which Mortimer Adler had presented Bob Kohn with a top prize for his solution to a philosophical problem that lies at the heart of this philosophical novel, go to:
  • Co-authors, and colleagues, Thomas L. Spalding, James M. Stedman, Christina L. Gagné, and Matthew Kostelecky announce publication of:
The Human Person: What Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas Offer Modern Psychology
Book description: This book introduces the Aristotelian-Thomistic view of the human person to a contemporary audience, and reviews the ways in which this view could provide a philosophically sound foundation for modern psychology. The book presents the current state of psychology and offers critiques of the current philosophical foundations. In its presentation of the fundamental metaphysical commitments of the Aristotelian-Thomistic view, it places the human being within the broader understanding of the world.
For more information about this work in Kindle and hardcover editions, go to:
  • The International Society for Biosemiotic Studies announces:
Publication of a virtual issue of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies in honor of Jesper Hoffmeyer is now available for download at:
  • The Institute of Catholic Theology and the Franciscan University of Steubenville announces:
Applications are now open for undergraduate and graduate certificates in apologetics at:
  • The International Institute for Culture announces that its Winter session of Latin Lives at Ivy Hall, are being conducted by Stephen C. Córdova

About the instructor:

Stephen C. Córdova is a Latin instructor at the International Institute for Culture. He did his graduate work at the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. An expert Latinist with more than two decades of teaching experience, he brings an enthusiastic approach to the marvels of the Latin language.

To apply for the classses, please contact Miss Rebecca Haas at 215-877-9910 or write her at and copy Stephen C. Córdova at
  • Peter A. Redpath announces his return to work with Brill Publishing as a member of the Editorial Board in the Philosophy and Religion (PAR) Special Series
For information about the PAR series with Brill go to:
Anyone interested in submitting a manuscript for publication in the PAR Special Series should email a letter of inquiry to:
  • Under the honorary presidency of His Eminence Rev. Luis Cardinal Ladaria Ferrer (Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Thomistic Institute of the Angelicum announce the Eleventh International Thomistic Congress: 
Congress theme: "Vetera novis augere: The resources of the Thomistic tradition in the current context"
Dates: Monday, 21 September–Friday, 25 September 2020
Location: Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, in Urba
Congress details:
Anyone wishing to take part in the work of the Congress (teachers, researchers, doctoral students) is cordially invited to propose a paper (25-30 minutes maximum, strictly). The full text or an expanded abstract of the presentation (between 1500 and 2000 characters, spaces included) should be sent to the following address: before April 15, 2020. Please indicate the workshop (session section) in which this communication could take place (see the lists above under Afternoon Workshops, for each day). The response (acceptance/refusal) of the organizers will be communicated before 30 June 2020. The text of the accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of the Congress.
  • Announcing a "Call for Papers" for 2 official University Journals at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL)
1) Roczniki Kulturoznawcze (Annals of Cultural Studies) is a quarterly, interdisciplinary, cultural journal
For more information, see:
Also, contact the Editor, Prof. Imelda Chłodna-Błach at:
2) Zeszyty Naukowe KUL (Kul Scientific Notebooks) is an interdisciplinary, scientific journal specializing in the role of values, conflict of values, and their transformations and impact on multicultural societies of Central and Eastern Europe. The main purpose of the Journal is to present research about the identification and description of values as factors of fundamental importance for the functioning of modern societies, their legal and political systems, and their impact on social communication.
For more information, see:
Also, contact the Editor, Prof. Robert Kryński at:
  • Our colleague Fran O'Rourke announces that the website for the Symposium Thomisticum V is now up at:
Topic: "Aquinas on Action"
Dates: 04–06 June 2020
Location: Cracow, Poland
Abstracts are due by: 31 January 2020; completed papers are due by: 01 May 2020
For more information, contact Fran O'Rourke at:
Also, see the following link for information about 2 recent publications by Symposium authors:
  • The Institute of Catholic Theology in Phoenix, AZ, announces that its Spring 2020 All-Access Pass is now available at the link immediately below:
  • Announcing the 12th Annual St. John Bosco Schools Gala and Silent Auction
Dates: 01 February 2020
Location: Locus Hill Country Club, 2000 Jefferson Road, Pittsford, NY (Black tie optional)
For further information about these events, phone: 585-348-9401. Obtain tickest here:
  • A reminder from the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy for the SMRP 2020 Inaugural Conference: Presentations and session proposals are due by 01 February 2020
Dates: 30 September–October 2020
Location: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.
For more conference information, go to:
 Submit proposals to John Peck at:
  • The Thomistic Institute in Washington, D.C. announces:
Registration is now open for its five major summer conferences of 2020 (details and registration links for each are below):
1. The TI’s oldest and biggest event: Thomistic Philosophy Workshop– this year’s theme is Aquinas on Knowledge, Truth and Wisdom
2. The Civitas Dei Summer FellowshipFaith, Reason, and the State
3. The Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science Symposium: Chance and Indeterminacy in the Natural World
4. 2020 Student Leadership Conference will gather the leaders of our campus chapters, on The Catholic Intellectual Vocation
5. Annual Conference for Priests: The Future of Marriage
  • Our colleague Aaron Martin, Chair of the Diocese of Phoenix’s Ethics in Ministry Board, announces a new practice area for his Martin Law & Mediation firm to handle investigations for dioceses, schools, and religious orders. For more information about the scope of this practice, see:
  • The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) is pleased to announce:
Associate Professor Laura Rudolph Cloud (Michigan State University, USA) and Professor Jorge Sidney Coli (Universida de Estadual de Campinas [UNICAMP], Brazil) have accepted our invitation to speak at the 11th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, 8-11 June 2020, Athens, Greece.
For more information about this and other ATINER conferences, go to:
  • Announcing a "Call for Papers" for the 13th Global Studies Conference
Location: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Dates: 04–05 June 2020
Special 2020 Conference theme focus: "Globilization and Social Movements: Familiar Patterns, New Constellations?"
Submission deadline: 19 February 2020
For more information, go to:
  • Announcing the 17th annual Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Gala honoring Gretchen Carlson and Hideki Matsui, joined Bob Costas and musical entertainment by Ted McGraw
Location: Cipriana Restaurant, 25 Broadway, NYC
Dates: 15–16 February 2020
Time: 6:00 P.M.
For more information, contact: or at 212-880-7360
  • Vrin Publishers announces that the first volume of the edited Oeuvres Completes of Étienne GilsonUn Philosophe Dans La Cite. 1908-1943 (Bibliotheque Des Textes Philosophiques) (French Edition) (French) Paperback–as of 26 November2019
by Etienne Gilson (Author), Florian Michel (Editor)
Volume description:
Ce premier volume des OEuvres completes rassemble plus de cent-quinze textes publies par Etienne Gilson entre 1908 et 1943, afin de presenter l'ensemble des prises de parole du philosophe sur son actualite. Il comprend le volume Pour un ordre catholique (1934), les articles politiques que Gilson redige dans la presse nationale et confessionnelle, les entretiens, les conferences pedagogiques, les interventions publiques sur les intellectuels, les professeurs d'Universite ou les hommes de lettres contemporains. On trouvera egalement le cours ou Gilson examine avec acuite le phenomene totalitaire (automne 1933), ouvrant la voie au volume sur Les metamorphoses de la Cite de Dieu de 1952. Ce n'est qu'en filigrane que l'on percevra dans ce volume l'erudition du professeur de philosophie medievale. Ces opera minora ne sont pas secondaires cependant: nombreuses, precises et riches, comme des miniatures, elles dessinent un portrait neuf et revelent un itineraire intellectuel singulier et meconnu.
See, also, these recent works related to Gilson published by Vrin: 
1) Étienne Gilson, Une biographie intellectuelle et politique, byy Florian Michel, at:
2) L'esprit de la philosophie médiévale, at:
3) Le thomisme. Introduction à la philosophie de saint Thomas d'Aquin, at:
4) Introduction à la philosophie chrétienne, at:
  • The International Society of Military Ethics announces its upcoming conference on "Military Ethics in a Grave New World"
Conference theme description:
Increasingly, states are finding ways to use force to achieve strategic goals while staying below triggers for traditional war. The rapidly increasing military capabilities in the areas of cyber warfare, autonomous weapons systems, the application of artificial intelligence to military force, and new weapons such as hypersonic missiles, pose novel ethical challenges addressed poorly at best by previously settled frameworks for military ethics.
ISME 2020 invites paper proposals that address any aspect of this changing environment:  e.g., the restructuring of the international system, new weapons and tactics, war in the gray zone of “little green men,” the building of artificial islands in the South China Sea, other jus ad vim issues, employment of "lawfare," strategic encouragement of irredentist aspirations, internment and “re-education” of cultural and religious minorities on vulnerable flanks, interference in elections, and the impact of these phenomena on the health and well-being of military members, veterans, and other citizens.
As always, ISME continues to encourage proposals on any topic in military ethics, even if not directly related to this year's conference theme.
Papers for the International Society of Military Ethics are invited to explore the issues surrounding these topics.  Send one-page abstract proposals for papers or suggested panels to program chair Lt Col. Joel Brown, PhD (USAF) at   
Dates: 29–30 July 2020

Location: Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; USAF Academy
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Proposals/abstracts are due by 31 January 2020.  Participants will be notified before 1 March 2019.
  • Announcing the 7th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World
Dates: 03–06 January 2020
Location: Athens, Greece
Sponsoring organization: "Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts" 
For more Conference information, see:
  • Announcing the 2020 Annual Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference
Topic: “After the Welfare State: Reconceiving Mutual Aid”
Keynote speaker: Catherine Malabou, Kingston University and University of California, Irvine
Dates: 15–16 February 2020

Location: Deutsches Haus at New York University
New York, NY

For more Conference information, see:
  • Announcing 3 upcoming conferences at Marquette University:
1) Topic: "Themes in the Work of Sarah Brodie"
Dates: 20–21 February 2020
Location: Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
For more information,; phone: 414-288-5949.
2) Annual Aquinas Lectureship at Marquette
Speaker: Sarah Brodie, Professor of Moral Philosophy and Wardlaw Professor at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Topic: "Plato"
Date: 23 February 2020
Location: Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3) Annual Aristotle Conference
Topic: "Causality and Causation in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition"
Dates: 22–24 June 2020
Location: Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
For details about any of the above conferences, contact Professor Goldin
  • The American Maritain Association announces its 43rd annual conference
Topic: "Whose Thomism? Which Tradition?"
Dates: 05–24 March 2020
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Co-sponsoring organizations: Franciscan University and the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius
For more Conference information, go to:; also see,
  • Announcing the Metaphysical Society of America 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.”
Location: College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts)
Dates: 19 to 22 March 2020
Please register by 01 March 1, especially if you wish to guarantee your banquet reservation. It will be a buffet with a meatless option. If, for dietary reasons, you require a special meal, please email our presiding President, Larry Cahoone,
Membership payments and registration for the conference can be done on the website:
For more Conference information, see:
  • Announcing a “Call for Papers” for the Mount Holyoke Summer Philosophy Conference
Details: The MHSPC is a three-day, pre-read, workshop-style conference on the Mount Holyoke College campus in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
Everyone in the world is invited to submit a paper, or to volunteer to be a commentator or session chair, but conference attendance is limited to those on the conference program (and also to members of the conference program committee, the assistant conference organizers, and members of the MHC philosophy department). This is partly due to funding and logistical constraints, and partly due to the fact that the MHSPC is a workshop-style conference that involves in-depth discussions of works-in-progress.
Dates: 21–21 June 2020
Location: Department of Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
For more information: See the MHSPC Call for Papers at:
  • See the link below to recently-published book by our colleague Jorge J. E. Gracia:
*Title:  With a Diamond in My ShoeA Philosopher's Search for Identity in America
The intellectual autobiography of a leading figure in the field of Latin American philosophy
Author: Jorge J. E. Gracia
Publisher: SUNY Series: Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture
  • See the link below to a soon-to-be available book by our colleague Jason Morgan:
*Title:  Law and Society in Imperial Japan: Suuhiro Izutaro and the Search for Equity
Publisher: Cambria Press
  • See the links immediately below for the C.S. Lewis Society of California, its Book and Film Club Schedule, and its Logos eNewsletter
  • Go to this link for upcoming Philadelphia-area events sponsored by the International Institute for Culture:
  • Divine Mercy University, Washington, D.C. announces scholarships available for graduate courses in:
Clinical Paychology, and Counseling
For more information, go to:
  • Listen to Joseph Fessio, S.J.' s announcement at about the REVOLUTIONARY Angelicum Academy Great Books Program:
             "Angelicum Academy at Holy Apostles College"
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:
  • Announcing CEINDO international doctoral collaboration scholarships
CEINDO collaboration scholarships aim to reward academic achievement and active collaboration with a CEINDO doctoral institution. For these purposes, a tuition scholarship is being offered for each of official doctoral program of CEINDO. CEINDO, or CEU,International School of Doctoral Studies brings together research groups made up of doctors with proven track records in research.
CEINDO’s teaching project focuses on training large groups of researchers specializing in the diverse programs offered by the School. The main goal is to establish a network of internationally renowned researchers. To these ends, all three CEU Universities promote inter-university doctoral programs and foster collaboration among the most prestigious university institutions, enabling trainee researchers to participate in research projects of European and international repute.
For more information about CEINDO, see:
The doctoral program in Humanities for the Contemporary World has three lines: Philosophy, History, and Literature. It is possible to follow this program online with the University Abat Oliba in Barcelona, but knowledge of the Spanish language is required.
For more information about CEINDO, or CEU, doctoral program in Philosophy at the University Abaat Oliba, in Barcelona, Spani, contact Prof. Enrique Martinez at:
  • The Clarity Fund for the Study of Reason, Moral Law, and Culture, announces its formation and activities here:
  • 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:
  • Check out the following terrific links for locating works by St. Thomas Aquinas:
  • Follow the progress of, and help to complete, the Latin-English edition of the Opera Omnia of St. Thomas Aquinas by going to:
You can download scholarly works to your computer, bookmark them, read them from the computer, send them to a printer, etc.
For example, immediately below are offerings related to Mortimer J. Adler and St. Thomas Aquinas:
Adler offerings:[]=author
Aquinas offerings:
You can download them to your computer, bookmark them and read them from the computer, send them to a printer, etc.
● Some YouTube Videos from past annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congresses are available for viewing
To view these videos, go to the following link on the Aquinas School of Leadership's "Events" menu:
●  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:
  • Support the work of the Benedict XVI Institute here:
  • Check out the following link for latest offerings from the Liberty Fund:
  • Check out the following link for Journey Film's "An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story"
  • 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 latest issues for 2019:,145,149
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
  • Check out new publications from Public Philosophy Press:
  • Check new publications from En Route Books & Media, St. Augustine's Press, and Ignatius Press at:
Ignatius Press announces a special screening of: The Divine Plan (an incredible true drama involving the assassination attempts of President Reagan and Pope John Paul II, KGB scheming, and CIA intrigue that became the final act to topple the Soviet Empire).
For more information about bringing The Divine Plan to your church, school, of hall, go to: or contact Diane Hanson toll free at: 1-866-431-1531, ext. 5; or, directly at: 734-435-1973; or email
● Check out the Jason Morgan website for news about public appearances, book publications, and reviews:
  • From The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas to 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:

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