About Our Founding




Peter Redpath (Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University, New York, from 1979 to 2010) is author /editor of 11 philosophical books and many dozens of articles and book reviews. An internationally recognized scholar, since 1980 he has given over 200 invited guest lectures nationally and internationally. Among his many accomplishments, he is Senior Fellow Center for the Study of The Great Ideas; co-founder of the Gilson Society (USA) and The International Etienne Gilson Society; former vice-president of the American Maritain Association; Founding Chairman of the Board of the Angelicum Academy; Member of the Board of the Great Books Academy; member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Philosophic Research; member of Board and Executive Committee of the Catholic Education Foundation; Academician of The Catholic Academy of Sciences (USA); former member of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs; former executive editor of Value Inquiry Book Series, the Studies in the History of Western Philosophy (SHWP), and current editor of the Gilson Studies (GS) special series for Brill Publishing; former associate editor, and current advisor to the journal Contemporary Philosophy; a member of the original editorial board of the political journal Telos; former member of the New York Press Club; recipient of St. John’s University’s Outstanding Achievement Award, and Socratic Fellowship Award from the Great Books Academy; inaugural inductee as distinguished alumnus of Xaverian High School; and former Graduate Fellow of SUNY at Buffalo.

Peter is presently Rector and Senior Fellow of the Adler-Aquinas Institute, whose Chancellor is Fr. Joseph Fessio, founder and publisher of Ignatius Press. He is also Chair of a recently-established graduate concentration in Thomistic Studies at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, and a contributing scholar in the Thomistic Studies graduate program at the University Abat Oliba in Barcelona, Spain.

Throughout his career, Peter has appeared on panels with, among others, Daniel Bell, Russell Berman, Sissela Bok, Robert Bork, John N. Deely, Jude P. Dougherty, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Amitai Etzione, Thomas Franck, John Lewis Gaddis, William Galston, Robert George, Mary Ann Glendon, John and Russell Hittinger, Paul Oskar Kristeller, Anthony Lewis, Herbert I. London, David Little, John Lukacs, Alasdair MacIntyre, Ralph McInerny, Eric McLuhan, Richard John Neuhaus, Michael Novak,  John O’Sullivan, Paul Ricour, Joel Rosenthal, Robert Royal, Oscar Schacter, James V. Schall, Richard Schoeck, Donald Schriver, Jr., Paul Sigmund, James Weisheipl, Ken Woodward, and Daniel Yankelovich.

Over the years, his scholarly research has been praised by thinkers such as Frederick C. Copleston, Michael Novak, Henry B. Veatch, Ralph M. McInerny, and Jude P. Dougherty.

Regarding one of Peter’s works Dean Emeritus of the Catholic University of America’s School of Philosophy Jude P. Dougherty has said:

“Given the breadth of his historical survey and his analytic power, he is reminiscent of Hegel at his most sweeping. This is obviously the work of a mature scholar, the reflections of a learned and serious philosopher who shows clearly that ideas have consequences, even when they are of the most removed and metaphysically abstract. . .. To open this book is to be captivated by Redpath's unconventional view of modernity. One puts it down with the conviction that one has encountered a profound thinker at work.”

In 2014, Redpath's book A Not-So-Elementary Christian Metaphysics was listed by Mark Brumley, CEO of Ignatius Press, and James V. Schall, S.J. as among "The Best Books I Read in 2014" for The Catholic World Report:


In 2010, Dr. Redpath moved to Cave Creek, AZ, in part to devote his time to developing organizations focused on applying the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas to solving local, national, and international problems.