INTERNATIONAL ÉTIENNE GILSON SOCIETY MEMBERS TO BE HONORED DURING
ÉCOLE PRATIQUE DES HAUTES ÉTUDES ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AT THE SORBONNE
- As part of the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, Drs. Piotr Jaroszyński and Richard Fafara will be Presented with the Prestigious Aquinas Medal for Excellence in Christian Philosophy during a Special IPHE-Sponsored International Colloquium on:
"Étienne Gilson (1884–1978), Medievalist and Philosopher, Man of Faith and Man of Action"
Dates: 19 and 20 September 2018, 9:30 am-7:00 pm
Location: The Sorbonne (Liard Amphitheater).
Organized by: Michel Cacouros (firstname.lastname@example.org), Maître de conférences Habilité, Sciences Historiques et Philologiques
Scientific Committee: Michel Cacouros, EPHE, PSL; Patrick Henriet, EPHE, PSL; Christophe Grellard, EPHE, PSL.
Honorary Committee: Hubert Bost, President of the EPHE; Olivier Boulnois, EPHE, PSL; James K. Farge, CSB, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto; Ruedi Imbach, Univ. Sorbonne Paris 4; Thierry-Dominique Humbrecht, op, Catholic Institute of Toulouse; Gilles Pécout, Rector of the Île-de-France Academic Region, Rector of the Paris Academy, Chancellor of the Universities of Paris.
Participants : I. Agostini (Centro Internazionale di Ricerca su Descartes and Il Seicento, Lecce, Italy); J. Chr. Bardout (University of Rennes 1); Mr. Borghesi (Università di Perugia); O. Boulnois (EPHE, PSL); Mr. Cacouros (EPHE, PSL);H. Donneaud op (Catholic Institute of Toulouse); RJ Fafara (International Étienne Gilson Society, USA); JK Farge CSB (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto); Mr. Fourcade (Univ Paul-Valery Montpellier 3); Ch. Grellard (EPHE, PSL); P. Henriet (EPHE, PSL); Th.-D. Humbrecht, op (Catholic Institute of Toulouse); F. Jacquemain (Paris); P.-Ph. Jandin (International College of Philosophy, Paris); J. Lagouanère (Univ Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3); P. Jaroszynski (International Étienne Gilson Society, Poland; University of Lublin, Poland); F. Michel (Panthéon-Sorbonne University Paris 1); FA Murphy (Indiana University, USA); J. Prévotat (Univ Charles de Gaulle Lille 3); P. Redpath (International Étienne Gilson Society, USA); Mr. Veuille (EPHE, PSL).
For more information about this international colloquium, see:
- Copy of Richard Fafara's 2017 Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Étienne Gilson Lecture Now Available
- 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: http://www.angelicum.net/degree-program/
- 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: http://www.aquinasschoolofleadership.com/events
- The Institute of Catholic Theology Announces a New "All Access Pass" Call for Fall Programs
The theme for this semester is Liturgy and will feature presentations by Fr. Keith Kenney, Fr. Daniel Cardó and Fr. Robert Bolding. The All Access Pass includes admission to the September and October Saturday Lectures Series, the new Tuesday night Seminars in Catholic Theology, First Saturdays with the Saints, as well as the November Southwest Biblical Conference.
For more information about this program, see: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/16539aa88069a5a0
- See the Following Link for a List of Fall Events Offered by the Thomistic Insititute:
- Call for Papers for Medieval Philosophy at the 2019 Saint Louis Annual Symposium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Dates: June 17–19, 2019
Location: St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
Organizers and Contact Information: Susan Brower-Toland (email@example.com) Jenny Pelletier (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Conference Details: Every year, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University (https://www.slu.edu/arts-and-sciences/medieval-renaissance-studies/index.php) 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 We welcome abstracts 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 2019 Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference
Topic: “Political Theology Today as Critical Theory of the Contemporary: Reason, Religion, Humanism”
Dates: February 15–17, 2019
Location: New York, NY
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
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 email@example.com 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.
- Call for Papers on Biblical Theology before 15 September 2018
Topic: “Aquinas the Biblical Theologian"
Co-sponsoring Organizations: The Henkels Lecture Fund, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and the Aqunas Center of Ave Maria University
Date: February 08–09, 2019
Location: Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Florid, USA
Conference Details: Through plenary and non-plenary addresses, the Conference seeks to bring together biblical and Thomistic scholars to foster genuine speculative engagement in discussion of theological realities. The Aquinas Center invites scholars to submit abstracts for a 20-minute presentation. For more information about suggested themes for papers and the Conference, contact:
- Request from Ed Macierowski to Form Reading Group