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STARTING 15 SEPTEMBER 2021

THE AQUINAS SCHOOL OF LEADERSHIP (ASL)            

COMMONSENSE WISDOM LIBERAL ARTS ACADEMY (CWLAA)

CALLS EVERYONE SEEKING REST FROM MODERN MADNESS TO  

EXPERIENCE THE UNCOMMON COMMONSENSE HISTORICAL WISDOM OF

JOHN C. RAO (OXFORD PH.D.) AS HE EXAMINES

The Attack on Faith, Reason, and Common Sense: Historical Roots of the Modern Assault on Catholic Christianity           

1) Course Number: MHis 101 A

Course Description: Part 1 (15 Lessons) of a two-part (30 Lessons) online course tracing development of the modern naturalist assault on Catholic Christianity intellectually, culturally, and politically. Beginning with a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the Tridentine Reform, it deals with internal battles, such as those over the relationship of free will and grace, and external pressures coming from the Enlightenment and the State, all of which worked towards undermining the idea of the supernatural and creating modern secular society. Part 1 of this course ends with the assault on the rights of the Roman Church beginning with the secularizing changes already beginning with the end of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–1748).

2) Course Number: MHis 101 B

Course Description: This second part of the course ends with the assault on the rights of the Roman Church presaged by secularizing changes already beginning with the end of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–1748) and becoming more intense from the outbreak of the French Revolution in1789. It ends with the period of violence characterizing the radical stage of that Revolution between 1792 and 1794.

Cost for Part 1: $395 for class of 1 to 10 students. Cost reductions considered for classes of more than 10 students. For more information, contact Dr. Rao at the Aquinas School of Leadership at:

[email protected]

See immediately below other courses in uncommon commonsense wisdom being offered by CWLAA starting in September 2021; their educational consultants may be contacted through the Aquinas School of Leadership at: 

[email protected]

Syllabi for other courses are presently being prepared. As they start to near completion, their course descriptions will be added to this catalogue.

NOTE: To make more accessible direct contact between talented students and talented educators, as far as possible to remove administrative interference between these individuals, CWELLA/CWECA courses are not designed according to the standard Enlightenment Western college and university 15-week format of semesters and weekly lectures, which include mandatory final exams, term papers, and final grades. They are designed according to an Eastern Martial Arts format of 15 Lessonswhich, according to the level of advancement of the student and permission of the instructormay be done in 15, or more or less, consecutive days or weeks. With the permission of the educational consultant, students in the same class can complete the same course asynchronously. The same class may also have rolling enrollment for the same class, or the educational consultant may continuously open one or more other section(s) throughout the year.

Once a student completes the 15-Lesson course, the educational consultant will meet via email, phone, or in some other online manner, to provide the student with an assessment of the level of development in mastery of the subject the student has achieved. He or she is not required to give the student a final exam, term paper, or a formal grade. He or she may do so if he or she wishes. Instead, if he or she wishes to do so, the consultant will tell the student the grade the consultant would have given had this class been a college or university course. As in Martial Arts, the educational consultant will tell the student whether he or she is ready for advancement to another course within the CWLAA or CWECA curriculum. If a student wants a final exam or to do a term paper and the consultant has not assigned one as a course requirement, the consultant and student may enter into a separate agreement for those activities for which the consultant will be financially remunerated.

Once a student acquires the equivalent of 60 college or university credits (completion of 20 CWLAA courses, including required course Ph 101), the student will be eligible to apply for a Certificate of Completion in the CWLAA part of the CWLAA/CWECA program. At present, no higher level CWECA courses are being offered.

Ph 101 is the orientation course for the CWLAA/CWECA program. Taking it is not required before enrolling in other classes. It explains in detail the nature and rationale for creation of this program. For this reason, only those students who have taken this course will be granted a CWLAA Certificate of Completion, which is required to be admitted to Level 2 (and beyond): Global Leadership and Executive Coaching courses to be taught in CWECA.

Finally, the date of 15 September 2021 does not indicate the start of a new semester. It marks the formal start of the CWLAA/CWECA academies as open to the general public for enrollment in courses, for which they can pre-register. Also, this date does not indicate the first day of classes for any course; although it might be the start date for this or that course, if students have registered for a course before 15 September 2021. Educational consultants decide the  start and end dates for their respective courses. These do not necessarily run consecutively with other courses in the program.

The concept for these academies grew out of an idea related to teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, which he inherited from Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle: that the intellectual virtue of docilitas (docility/teachability) is a necessary condition for being educated. St. Thomas maintained that the moral virtue of prudence, which, he held, is a species of common sense, causes docilitas.

Before being taught outside the home, children generally learn some docility from parents and from their individual conscience, which, according to Aquinas, is the habit of prudence acting as judge, jury, witness, and prosecution of personal choices. In learning docility, we all acquire some common sense.

Common sense is simply some understanding of first principles that are causing some organizational whole to have the unity it has that causes it to tend to behave the way it does. It is an understanding common to anyone who intellectually grasps the nature of something, the way the parts (causal principles) of a whole incline to organize to generate organizational existence and action. Strictly speaking, common sense is the habit of rightly applying first principles of understanding as measures of truth in immediate and mediated judgment, choice, and reasoning! Considered as such, it is the first measure of right reasoning!

Contemporary Enlightenment colleges and universities are essentially designed to drive out common sense from the psyche of students, convince them that the only species of understanding (common sense) is mathematical physics. In doing this, it causes students to become anarchists, unteachable, people out of touch with reality who cannot tolerate to listen or to speak to or with anyone who disagrees with them.

The only method that can possibly work to correct this problem is the one these academies essentially use. This is not because these academies are proposing them, but because they  are evidently true to anyone with common sense about human education: such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas.

Welcome to the educational academies most capable of generating tomorrow's world-class colleges and universities! 

Peter A. Redpath

CEO, Aquinas School of Leadership

3) Course Number: CLM (Commonsense Literary Masterpieces) 101

Course Title: The Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy         

Course Description: Through an original translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy as a narrativization of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, this course articulates the relationship between faith and reason being like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.

Educational Consultants: This course will be co-conducted by Daniel Fitzpatrick and Sebastian Mahfood

4) CLM (Commonsense Literary Masterpieces) 102

Course Title: The Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy         

Course Description: Through an original translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy as a narrativization of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, this course articulates the relationship between faith and reason being like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.

Educational Consultants: This course will be co-conducted by Daniel Fitzpatrick and Sebastian Mahfood

5) CLM (Commonsense Literary Masterpieces) 103

Course Title: To Be or Not to Be: Discovering the Uncommon Commonsense Aristotelian-Thomistic Influence in the World of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Course Description: This course takes students into the world of Shakespeare’s Elsinore Castle where they will discover how arguably the most famous play ever written and staged has the power to speak commonsense truths today, deriving from the uncommon commonsense Aristotelian-Thomistic wisdom tradition pervading this great work. Of special emphasis will be Saint Thomas Aquinas’s teaching about the metaphysical problem of the opposition between unity and multiplicity, or between the “One and Many.”

This course will follow Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, in his relations with other characters to chart how his own growing recognition of his place within the real genus, or enterprise, known as Elsinore, hints to a microcosm of a much larger genus he comes to acknowledge as “This godly frame,” or territory.  Students will discover anew how this play transcends the ages with timeless teachings Shakespeare drew from the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition in particular. The discoveries should be especially enriching for contemporary leaders and managers who often find themselves confronting ever-growing challenges of oppositions in strange surroundings and the need to resolve them.      

Educational Consultant: Raymond Watkins

6) Course Number: Ph 101

Course Title: Philosophy/Science as Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom    

Course Description: This course is a study of the nature of common sense and how philosophy and science, when properly understood, are identical: are simply a species of common sense—an uncommon commonsense enterprise in the best of individual and transcultural/transgenerational commonsense wisdom.

Educational Consultant: Peter A. Redpath

7) Course Number: Ph 102

Course Title: Introduction to the Uncommon Commonsense Liberal Art of Philosophical Reading           

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the lost art of uncommon commonsense, or philosophical, reading. Its chief aim is to improve a student’s ability to understand how to read a difficult book of any kind, especially a difficult philosophical, or science, book.

Educational Consultants: This course will be co-conducted by Peter A. Redpath and Kelly Fitzsimmons-Burton

8) Course Number: Ph 103

Course Title: Listening to and Reading Platonic Dialogues: Ion, Euthyphro, and Apology    

Course Description: This course is an introduction to application of the lost liberal art of philosophical, or uncommon commonsense, listening and reading for the chief aim of achieving a meeting of understandings between a listener, or reader, and the philosopher Plato related to the meaning of these dialogues considered: 1) as whole conversations, and 2) in their different conversational parts. By a meeting of understandings is meant that the reader’s understanding of what Plato is saying in these dialogues considered as whole conversations, and as conversational parts, will totally, or almost totally, agree with, match, what Plato understood himself to be saying to his listening and reading audience when he composed these works, or talked about them, in Ancient Greece in the 4th century BC.

Educational Consultants: This course will be co-conducted by Peter A. Redpath and Kelly Fitzsimmons-Burton

9) Course Number: Ph 104

Course Title: Introduction to the Uncommon Commonsense Liberal Art of Philosophical Reading     

Course Description: This course is an introduction to application of the lost liberal art of philosophical, or uncommon commonsense, listening and reading for the chief aim of achieving a meeting of understandings between a listener or reader and the philosopher Plato related to the meaning of these dialogues considered as a whole conversations, and in their different conversational parts. By a meeting of understandings,we mean that the reader’s understanding of what Plato is saying in these dialogues considered as whole conversations, and as conversational parts, will totally, or almost totally, agree with, match, what Plato understood himself to be saying to his listening and reading audience when he composed these works or talked about them in Ancient Greece in the 4th century BC.

Educational Consultants : This course will be co-conducted by Peter A. Redpath and Kelly Fitzsimmons-Burton

10) Course Number: Ph 105

Course Title: Listening to and Reading Platonic Dialogues: Meno and Gorgias       

Course Description: This course is an introduction to application of the lost liberal art of philosophical, or uncommon commonsense, listening and reading for the chief aim of achieving a meeting of understandings between a listener or reader and the philosopher Plato related to the meaning of these dialogues considered as a whole conversations, and in their different conversational parts. By a meeting of understandings, we mean that the reader’s understanding of what Plato is saying in these dialogues considered as whole conversations, and as conversational parts, will totally, or almost totally, agree with, match, what Plato understood himself to be saying to his listening and reading audience when he composed these works or talked about them in Ancient Greece in the 4th century BC.

Educational Consultants: : This course will be co-conducted by Peter A. Redpath and Kelly Fitzsimmons-Burton

11) Course Number: Ph 106

Course Title: The Uncommon Commonsense Metaphysical Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Age-old Problem of the One and the Many

Course Description: This course is an introductory study of the uncommon commonsense metaphysical teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas concerning the nature of the metaphysical principles of unity and multiplicity and the essential role that these principles play in the existence of things and all other uncommon commonsense principles of being, becoming, and knowing, including those of experience, art, philosophy, science.

Educational Consultants: This course will be co-conducted by Peter A. Redpath and Eduardo Bernot

12) Course Number: Ph 107

Course Title: The Commonsense Moral Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas about the Good, the Bad, the Beautiful, and the Ugly

Course Description: This course is a study of the commonsense metaphysical and moral wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas as a commonsense organizational psychology concerning the nature of the moral principles of the good, bad, beautiful, and ugly and how these relate to his uncommon commonsense metaphysical teachings about, being and non-being, truth and falsity, and the one and the many.

Educational Consultants: This course will be co-conducted by Peter A. Redpath and Eduardo Bernot

13) Course Number: Ph 108

Course Title: Aristotle’s Commonsense Politics: Modern Perspectives       

Course Description: This course is a study of the Politics of Aristotle both in itself but more importantly with reference to present experience and practice. Aristotle’s approach to political things is very different from ours, but is not thereby worse; indeed it may be better and more perceptive. As an illustration of the fact, the course begins with a spoof piece I wrote called ‘Aristotle’s Regime of the Americans’. It is based on passages and themes from Aristotle’s Politics, but as directed toward characteristic commonsense features of American political theory and practice. This spoof piece will help to focus the course and set the scene for the systematic examination of Aristotle’s own writing. Topics include especially the rationale or origin of political life in the fact and pursuit of moral virtue (as detailed at the end of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics which leads directly into the Politics); the pursuit of the best life within the city (the aboriginal form of human political life); the nature of the city and of the regime or the political arrangement of the city; the best way to arrange rule in the city; the different ways in fact that people arrange their cities, from good to bad; the several kinds of cities; the stability and precariousness of cities (relative to the idea of revolution and political overthrow); and ways to organize actual cities, or political associations, to promote the good and to mitigate the evil.

14) Educational Consultant: Peter L. P. Simpson

Course Number: Ph 109

Course Title: Aristotle’s Uncommon Commonsense Waking Realism: Physics and Metaphysics

Course Description: This course is a study of the uncommon commonsense realism, or waking realism, as one may call it, of Aristotle as found in his writings on the nature of our world. Waking realism is the realism about the world that we all espouse as a matter of course in our day to day lives. It contrasts with the picture of this world promoted (not altogether consciously) by modern science or more properly by modern physics. Themes include the difference between waking and dreaming; between the world as we directly perceive it and the world as modern science describes it (e.g., the difference between seen colors and frequencies of light waves); the question of matter and form and what constitutes or is reducible to what; the nature of motion, especially the motion of living things; mind, body, speech, thought; goodness and God.

Educational Consultant: Peter L. P. Simpson

15) Course Number: Ph 110

Course Title: Introduction to the Liberal Art of Uncommon Commonsense Logic  

Course Description: This course is a study of the first act of the intellect, simple apprehension, the act by which we know the essence of things. The traditional term for this discipline is 'material logic' because it treats of the building blocks of thought: concepts. Most logic courses skip over material logic, begin and end with formal logic: the study of the third act of the mind: reasoning. The first act of the mind begins with the formation of the concept of a being from sense perception and culminates in the propositional expression of the essence of the being in definition.

To be able to define things, we need to know the ways “being can be said,” as Aristotle puts it, which are the Categories; and the ways that concepts can be related to each other, which are the Predicables. To understand these, comprehending the following is helpful: 1) the relation of logic to grammar in the parts of speech (the categories) and syntax (the predicables); 2) the process by which a concept is formed from sense perception (abstraction); 3) the natural of the concept and its relation to real beings (comprehension and extension); 4) the fundamental components of all material beings (form and matter); 5) why things are the way they are (Aristotle's famous four causes); and 6) seeing the first act in relation to the other two acts, especially judgment, the act by which we apprehend existence and, hence, truth. This course will treat all these topics. The book for this course was written for teenagers, but it is profitable for adults, and my lectures will be geared for adults.

After going through these fundamentals of material logic, we shall examine how Aristotelian/Thomistic moderate realism, in which reality and the human soul are capable of intimate union, enables us most effectively both to understand and engage with pressing cultural, anthropological, political problems and issues. To this purpose, we shall read and discuss selected chapters from my book Modernity as Apocalypse.                       

Educational Consultant: Thaddeus Kozinski

16) Course Number: Ph 111

Course Title: Thomistic Uncommon Commonsense Exemplar Leadership 

Course Description: This course, which will be conducted online and asynchronously, is a study and application of Thomistic exemplar, soulful organizational leadership based on a metaphysics of organization and a faculty-behavioral-psychology. It applies to a broad definition of organizations, i.e. profit, nonprofit, government, religious and volunteering. Since our study of exemplar soulful leadership is of an organizational context, the course focuses largely on the executive function of organizational leadership. The primary reason for a study of soulful organizational leadership is to comprehend and apply the executive function and diffusion of leadership powers at work in a soulful organization. Therefore, it is essential to our Thomistic uncommon commonsense exemplar organizational behavioral study that we must initially focus on the function of the executive and his/her character as a wise and prudent leader.

We stress that this course is chiefly a study of the practical function of the executive exemplar soulful leader and the diffusion and emulation of uncommon commonsense soulful exemplar leadership throughout an organization. Fundamentally, it is a study of the executive function as a practice of exemplar virtuous habits of character. We argue that exemplar leadership is best comprehended and practiced from the perspective of a Thomistic practical understanding of a faculty-behavioral-psychology.

Educational Consultant: A. William McVey

17) Course Number: Ph 112

Course Title:  The Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the True, the False, the Lie, and the Fake  

Course Description: This course is a study of the uncommon commonsense metaphysical and moral wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas about the nature of truth and its opposites (the false, the lie, and the fake) in relationship to unity and multiplicity, being and non-being, and good and evil; and different kinds of falsehood, considered in themselves and in relation to their existence within human knowing faculties, appetites, and in relationship to God.

Educational Consultant: Eduardo Bernot

18) Course Number: Ph 113

Course Title:  The Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom of Marcus Tullius Cicero in De amicitia (On Friendship)

Course Description: This course will examine in detail the uncommon commonsense wisdom in Cicero's celebrated dialogue on the nature of friendship, including that of a perfect friend, addressed to his close friend Titus Pomponius Atticus, which occurred shortly after the suspicious and sudden death of the younger Scipio Africanus (Scipio the Younger) in 129 B.C.. A close friend of Scipio, Gaius Laelius and his two sons-in-law (Gaius Fannius [a historian] and Quintus Mucius Scaevola [an Augur]) are the interlocutors. 

This examination will include discussion of the Laelius' eulogy about the virtues of Scipio, and the discussion in which he and Fannius engage regarding the nature of Laelius' friendship with Scipio and 'the nature and laws of friendship' in general.

19) Course Number: Ph 114

Course Title:  The Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom of Marcus Tullius Cicero in De officiis (On Duties) 

Course Description: This course will study in detail Cicero's 44 B. C. personal letter to his son Marcus shortly before Cicero's death a year later. It will do so according to the order of his 3 books of moral obligations related to the best way to live, act, and to observe moral duties, or obligations, in which he discusses the nature of the honorable (Book 1); the personally advantageous (Book 2); and how to behave when the honorable and the personally advantageous appear to conflict Book 3).

Educational Consultant: To be announced

20) Course Number: Ph 115

Course Title: The Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom of the Confessions of St. Aurelius Augustine

Course Description: In this course on Augustine's Confessions, we begin where St. Augustine did: with God and man. We find at the beginning the knowledge of God and
the knowledge of the human condition. The Confessions represent one of the great accounts of a Christian struggling from unbelief to belief, filled with common and uncommon commonsense wisdom.

From the opening, and through the entire book, we find Augustine recounting the clarity of the knowledge of God and contrasting this with the sinful unbelief and willfulness of man.
This course goes book by book through the Confessions as Augustine recounts the stages of his own life and his move to Christian belief. There we will find Roman polytheism, Manichean dualism, Platonism, and finally Christianity. There we will also find the most common struggles with ordinary sins and the moral conscience wrestling with
the implications of such a life. Our own attention will be drawn to the revelation of God in all of his works including the work of redeeming a willful sinner.

Educational Consultant: Owen Anderson

21) Course Number: Ph 116 A

Course Title:  The Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom of Augustine's On the City of God against the Pagans (De civitate Dei contra paganos), Part 1

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the uncommon commonsense wisdom of St. Augustine of Hippo's early 5th-century theological-philosophical masterpiece, which responds to claims that Christianity was the chief cause of Rome's decline and sacking by the Visigoths in 410 A. D.. Consisting of 2 Parts and 22 Chapters, this book is a keystone of Christian philosophy and theology.

Part 1 of this course will examine in detail Augustine's Chapters 1 through 10, in which he critiques pagan religion and philosophy, and argues against the pagans who attributed the sack of Rome to Christianity, claiming, instead, that progressive Roman moral corruption, abandonment of the classical virtue of its ancient leaders, led to Rome's decline. In so doing, it will also consider: (1) arguments Augustine offers that Christianity was actually responsible for Rome's longstanding political power and existence; (2) his criticism of pagan religion's teaching about Fate; (3) his explanation of Christian teaching about free choice of the will and how it does not contradict divine omniscience; (4) Augustine's interpretation of human history as a political conflict between the Earthly City (the City of Man) and the Heavenly City (the City of God), and arguments he presents as to why this conflict is destined to end in victory of the City of God; and (5) his description of the nature of the citizens of these two cities.

Educational Consultant: To be announced

22) Course Number: Ph 116 B

Course Title:  The Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom of Augustine's On the City of God against the Pagans (De civitate Dei contra paganos), Part 2

Course Description: Part 2 of this course continues our introduction to the uncommon commonsense wisdom of St. Augustine of Hippo's City of God.

In it, we will examine in detail Augustine's Chapters 11 through 22 of his masterful City of God, in which he discusses: (1) the origin of these two cities and its relationship to the separation of good and bad angels, as explained in Genesis, Book 1; (2) why some angels are good and others bad; (3) creation of Adam and Eve; (4) the origin of death being a penalty for Adam's sin; (4) the nature of original sin and it relationship to lust and shame; (5) the history of the two cities, including first principles of Jewish theology; (6) events in Genesis between the time of Cain and Abel to the time of the Flood; (7) progress of the two cities from Noah to Abraham and of the heavenly city from Abraham to the kings of Israel; (8) history of the city of God from Samuel to and Christ; (9) Christological interpretations of the prophecies in Books of Kings and Psalms; (10) the parallel history of the earthly and heavenly cities from Abraham to the end; (11) doctrine of Witness, that Jews received prophecy predicting Jesus, and, to provide independent testimony of the Hebrew Scriptures, that Jews are dispersed among the nations; (12) the deserved destinies of the two cities; (13) the end of the two cities, and the happiness of the people of Christ; (14) prophecies of the Last Judgment in the Old and New Testaments; (15) eternal punishment for the City of the Devil; and (16) eternal happiness for the saints and explanations of the resurrection of the body.

Educational Consultant: To be announced

  • With utmost delight, we are pleased to inform our readers of the following recent news from Dr. Sebastian Mahfood about our colleagues Daniel Fitzpatrick and Timothy Schmalz: 

Good morning, friends, 

Daniel Fitzpatrick, one of our recent alumni who graduated with his MA in Philosophy on May 8, 2021, worked with me and Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz between March 25, 2020, and March 25, 2021, on a project to help  the Cardinal Czerny's secretariat for migrants and refugees of Italy who were suffering from COVID19. 
Over the course of the project, Daniel produced a translation of all three canticles of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Timothy Schmalz produced a sculpture for each of the 100 cantos. See HOME | danta sculptures (dantesculpture.com) These were brought together in a series of books currently available at the project website - http://www.helpdantehelpitaly.com
On March 25, 2021, at the formal close of the translation and sculpting project, Daniel began preparing audio reads of his translation and has just this past week finished his reading of the Inferno, which is available here on WCAT Radio - Dante Alighieri's Inferno (spreaker.com) He is scheduled to complete his readings in time for the celebration of the third Italian Dantedi on March 25, 2022.
To commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, which will take place on September 14, Timothy has sent his sculptures to Florence for the establishment of a sculpture park. The first one will be personally blessed by Pope Francis on September 8 while it is on display in Rome before it's transported up to Florence. Timothy will resculpt Canto 100 on location in Florence. Party of the century if you can make it, AND Holy Apostles is named as a co-sponsor of the project, so the papal blessing extends to us!
More to come as the date gets closer!
--
Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP
  • For those of you who missed it, we pass along the news report from Fordham University that rightly eulogizes the great life of our colleague and friend for many decades, Fr. Joseph Koterski, who died of a heart attack suddenly on 09 August, 2021: Fordham University Fr. Koterski eulogy
  • Go to the following link to see Chicago's Catholic Art Institute's Announcement of Its 24 October 2021 Return to Beauty Conference and Gala:

https://www.catholicartinstitute.org/so/8eNgJ8VSr?languageTag=en#/main

Art Critic for The Federalist William Newton will, once again, moderate this year's panel discussion.

This organization and event are a great help toward the complete antidote to what Victor Davis Hanson has recently and aptly described in general as "The American Descent into Madness"; see:

The American Descent into Madness, especially related to what Hanson reports immediately below about American universities:

The universities over the past 40 years were intolerant, hard Left, and increasingly anti-constitutional. But they also fostered a golden-goose confidence scheme that administrators dared not injure, given the precious eggs of federally guaranteed student loans that ensured zero academic accountability and sent tuition costs into the stratosphere. There was an unquestioned supposition that a degree of any sort, of any major, was the ticket to American success. In cynical fashion, we shrugged that most prestigious institutions were little more than cattle branders that stamped graduates with imprints that gave them unearned privilege for life.

Yet universities now have both hands around their golden goose’s neck and are determined to strangle it. The public is becoming repulsed at the woke McCarthyite culture on campus, and will be more turned off when campuses open in the fall in 2019-style. At the Ivy League or major state university campuses, admissions are no longer based on proportional representation in the context of affirmative action, but are defined increasingly by a reparatory character.

Grades, test scores, and “activities” of the white and Asian male college applicants are growing less relevant. Only “privileged” white males with sports skills, connections, or families who give lots of money are exempt from the new racial reparation quotas. The new woke admission policy ironically is targeting the liberal suburban professional family, the Left’s constituency, whose lives are so fixated on whether children graduate from Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, or like campuses.

Given the radical change in incoming student profiles, the faculty increasingly will have to choose between accusations of racism, or grading regardless of actual performance, given thousands of new enrollees do not meet the entrance standards of just two or three years ago. Remember that since wokeism was always a top-down elite industry, minority progressives still will fight it out with white leftists in intramural scraps over titles, salaries, and managerial posts.

The public has had enough. For the first time, people will ask why are we subsidizing student loans, why are multibillion-dollar endowments not taxed, and why do we think a B.A. in sociology or psychology or gender studies is an “investment” that prepares anyone for anything?

  • Go to the following link for latest information from The Provincial Emails, the blogspot of our colleague Terry Berres: Provincial Emails
  • Go to the following link to find the August 2021 edition of The Postil Magazine, and, in a few days, check out its exciting September 2021 issue: Postil Magazine August 2021
  • Those looking for a more complete remedy to the contemporary American and Global Descent into Madness can do no better than to understand its chief cause as, centuries ago, St. Thomas Aquinas had precisely described it:

"According to Aquinas, while both the morally vicious and virtuous person may be shrewd, within even the viciously shrewd person, 'moral vice perverts the judgment of reason and causes deception in the conception of practical principles, doable deeds, on the level of universal and particular reason. Since we cannot reason well when we are mistaken about principles, the moral psychology of imprudent, vicious people prevents them from being able habitually to reason well in practical matters. Their unhealthy moral psychology prevents them from being able habitually and precisely to conceive the human good, the good doable deed, or the means to it, in the individual circumstance.'" (Peter A. Redpath, The Moral Psychology of St. Thomas Aquinas (St. Louis, MO: En Route Books & Media, 2017, pp. 370–371, and St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle, bk. 6; cited after Peter A. Redpath, How to Listen and How to Speak: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants to Renew Commonsense and Uncommonsense Wisdom in the Contemporary World, En Route Books & Media, 2021, p. 362.)

In short, consistent application of unhealthy psychological principles derived from the misnamed Western 'Enlightenment' to direct human behavior is a chief cause of contemporary American and Global Madness and impending, widespread, higher educational collapse. For more information about the nature of this psychological pathology and how to escape from it, readers might find helpful the two following interviews at the site below:

How to escape from modern madness

  • As part of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the start of the Great Ideas/Great Books Movement with John Erskine's General Honors Course at Columbia University, and to help escape from modern madness, see: 

Birth of the Great Ideas Great Books Movement

and 

John Erskine Great Books and Great Ideas

Further aid to help restore American and Global common sense consists in publication as of 29 July 2021 of The Great Ideas of Religion and Freedom: A Semiotic Reinterpretation of The Great Ideas Movement for the 21st Century, co-ed. Peter A. Redpath, Imelda Chłodna-Błach, Artur Mamcarz-Plisiecki (Leiden [The Netherlands], 2021):

The Great Ideas of Religion and Freedom

  • Throwing down the gauntlet: A Philosophical Manifesto to Renew American and Global Culture articulating the current need to have uncommon common sense explicitly guide future development of the Great Books, Great Ideas, Movement 

Evident to anyone with even slight awareness of Western intellectual history is that, since the start of the twentieth century, contemporary, land-based, Western institutions of higher learning have been increasingly collapsing underneath consistent application to Western culture of flawed educational principles lacking common sense. The last-ditch effort of Enlightenment intellectuals to enter and control the homeschool market to save them will also fail.

Twenty-one years ago, with the help of the Mortimer J. Adler, colleagues of mine and I started the online Great Books, Great Ideas, Homeschool Movement. At the start of this Movement, I issued a Homeschool Manifesto in the form of a Philosophical Call to Renew American Culture through a Homeschool Renaissance. I entitled that manifesto, The Homeschool Renaissance and the Battle of the Arts. Evident to anyone who has read my work since 2014 is that this philosophical call was a signal I was making to contemporaries to renew Western culture by renewing common and uncommon commonsense wisdom, including moral prudence.

Those who have not read the above article, but wish to restore commonsense to contemporary culture, need to do so. Within its 15 pages I present my understanding of the more-or-less precise general intellectual history of Western culture from the Ancient Greeks to present time. My historical account radically differs from historical accounts to which contemporary college and university students are most often presented, if they are exposed to any such accounts at all. This includes historical accounts of eminent intellectual historians like Etienne Henri Gilson.

I welcome anyone who reads this article to show me where it is flawed. Historical research over the past twenty years could well show that, in some way, my general historical account is inaccurate. Hence, I encourage readers to prove me wrong. Doing so will help improve the West and the World escape from contemporary madness.

Beyond classically rooted homeschool movements, culturally to renew the West and the World, a crucial need exists today to establish commonsense academies teaching intellectual and moral virtues as fundamental principles of speculative and practical common sense. A chief reason for this is because intellectual and moral virtues are the chief, proximate principles of all human leadership that is rooted healthy psychological behavior. If we want to extricate the contemporary world from being directed by leadership principles of madness, a crucial need exists to support the work of my colleagues and me as we continue to build our Commonsense Wisdom Liberal Arts Academy (CWLAA) and our Commonsense Wisdom Executive Coaching Academy (CWECA).

If you would like to join us in this venture, in addition to reading the above article, I strongly encourage you to read my recently published book entitled How to Listen and How to SpeakStanding on the Shoulders of Giants to Renew Commonsense and Uncommonsense Wisdom in the Contemporary World. It contains the educational first principles out of which, through application to student behavior, both these academies will eventually grow into future great educational institutions.

Redpath How to Listen and How to Speak

  • Below is a list of a few courses, followed by brief course descriptions, for CWLAA classes starting in September 2021 for which syllabi currently exist and courses in preparation:

1. Introduction to the Uncommon Commonsense Liberal Art of Philosophical Reading

This course is an introduction to the lost art of uncommon commonsense, or philosophical, reading. Its chief aim is to improve a student’s ability to understand how to read a difficult book of any kind, especially a difficult philosophical, or science, book.

2. Philosophy/Science as Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom

This course is a study of the nature of common sense and how philosophy and science, when properly understood, are identical: are simply a species of common sense—an uncommon commonsense enterprise in the best of individual and transcultural-transgenerational commonsense wisdom.

3. Listening to and Reading Platonic Dialogues: Ion, Euthyphro, and Apology

This course is an introduction to application of the lost liberal art of philosophical, or uncommon commonsense, listening and reading for the chief aim of achieving a meeting of understandings between a listener, or reader, and the philosopher Plato related to the meaning of these dialogues considered: 1) as whole conversations, and 2) in their different conversational parts. By a meeting of understandings I mean that the reader’s understanding of what Plato is saying in these dialogues considered as whole conversations, and as conversational parts, will totally, or almost totally, agree with, match, what Plato understood himself to be saying to his listening and reading audience when he composed these works, or talked about them, in Ancient Greece in the 4th century BC.

4. The Uncommon Commonsense Metaphysical Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Age-old Problem of the One and the Many

This course is an introductory study of the uncommon commonsense metaphysical teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas concerning the nature of the metaphysical principles of unity and multiplicity and the essential role that these principles play in the existence of things and all other uncommon commonsense principles of being, becoming, and knowing, including those of experience, art, philosophy, science.

5. The Uncommon Commonsense Moral Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Great Ideas of the Good, the Bad, the Beautiful, and the Ugly

This course is a study of the commonsense metaphysical and moral wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas as a commonsense organizational psychology concerning the nature of the moral principles of the good, bad, beautiful, and ugly and how these relate to his uncommon commonsense metaphysical teachings about, being and non-being, truth and falsity, and the one and the many.

Other syllabi exist, and are in preparation, for other CWLAA courses. For example, existing syllabi by Peter A. Redpath exist on the uncommon commonsense wisdom of Plato and his dialogues 1) Crito and Phaedo;and 2) Meno and Gorgias. In preparation are syllabi on: 3) The Uncommon Commonsense Catechetical Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas and Leading a Happy Human Life, by Peter A. Redpath; 4) The Uncommon Commonsense Historical Wisdom of Dr. John C. Rao (Oxford, PhD: John C. Rao); 5) The Uncommon Commonsense Soulful Organizational Leadership of Arthur William McVey; 6) The Commonsense Logic of Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski; 7) The Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom of Marcus Tullius Cicero, by Dr. Owen Anderson; 8) The Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom of Matthew Lipman: How to Teach Philosophy to Children, by Peter A. Redpath; 9) Samurai Thomism: The Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom of Miyamoto Musashi, by 9th Degree/9th Dan Taekwondo Grand Master and founder of the contemporary Boethian Renewal Movement, Sensei Marvin Pelaez: Boethian Renewal Movement; 10) John Ghostley indicates he is working on syllabi related to the uncommon commonsense wisdom of James V. Schall; and 11) Finally, the great, contemporary Aristotle scholar, Peter Simpson, has expressed an interest in developing courses on the uncommon commonsense wisdom of the Stagirite. 

Registration for courses in these programs has already started.

Still other syllabi are in preparation for other courses to be taught in the fall as part of CWLAA and the Commonsense Executive Coaching Academy (CWECA).

More information about the above courses and future fall offerings will be continue to given in monthly email updates. In the interim, if you would like to know more about the CWLAA and CWECA programs and course offerings, email Peter A. Redpath at: [email protected].

  • Go to the following link for updates related to job openings, upcoming grant applications, recent publications by colleagues, CFPs, upcoming conferences and meetings, and a host of other information you might find of interest: 

ASL Announcements

  • For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Aquinas School of Leadership, LLC (ASL) and its work, since its start in the spring of 2014, its main mission has been to inculcate as widely as possible 15 commonsense founding principles to carry out its mission to renew commonsense and uncommonsense wisdom and prudence within the West and the contemporary world. Go to the following links to learn about this mission and principles:

Aquinas School of Leadership's Mission Statement 

Aquinas School of Leadership's 15 Commonsense Founding Principles

Aquinas School of Leadership's Motto

This start, 7 years ago, has put ASL far ahead of those presently trying to catch up in understanding how and why loss of commonsense, and especially common and uncommon commonsense wisdom in the form of philosophy and science properly understood, are among the chief, essential causes of the cultural collapse we are presently witnessing in all the Modern and Enlightenment institutions that surround us nationally and internationally. For those of you who would like to come up to speed with some of this earlier work of the ASL, go to:

Some earlier work of the Aquinas School of Leadership since 2014

  • Contact Nicole Rizkallah at the following link for job openings in multiple locations with American Philanthropic: [email protected]
  • Go to the link immediately below for information about upcoming funding from the John Templeton Foundation: 
  • Go to the link immediately below for information about Dr. Cynthia Toolin's recent publication entitled: 

SurvivorA Memoir of Forgiveness

Cynthia Toolin-Wilson: Survivor, A Memoir of Forgiveness

and

Dr. Arthur William McVey's monograph

Soulful Organizational Leadership

Arthur William McVey: Soulful Organizational Leadership

Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski's

WordsConcepts, RealityAristotelian Logic for Teenagers

Kozinski: Words, Concepts, Reality

All published by En Route Books & Media

  • Go to the following link to see Fr. Peter Stravinskas's announcement about the online Master's of Education (M.Ed.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Catholic School Administration with Pontifex University:

Pontifex University Online Master and Doctoral Degrees in Catholic School Administration

In addition, our colleague Dr. Mahfood has established a Go-Fund-Me page at the link immediately below to help Fr. Peter Stravinskas and the Catholic Education Foundation the great work in promoting Catholic education that our colleague Joe Indelicato started decades ago. Please donate as to this most worthy cause at: Help the CEF

  • Go to the following link for an invitation and CFP information from St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry about a 17 to 19 September 2021 Conference in Rochester, NY, on "Interpretation of Scripture and Ecclesial Exegesis: A Search for Integrated Theology":

St. Bernard's School of Theology September 2021 Conference

  • Our colleague Brendan Sweetman reports the following information related to the Marcel Society:

Dear Members of the Gabriel Marcel Society and Friends of Marcel:

I am very happy to announce that the Fifth Issue of Marcel Studies, our on line, peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal, has been released.

You can read the Journal here: https://www.neumann.edu/marcelstudies/current-issue.asp

I hope you find the Journal interesting, and stimulating for your own work and ideas.  Please consider a submission for a future issue, and please forward this message to anyone who you think may be interested in Marcel.

CALL FOR DUES: This email message is also our annual call for dues! The annual dues rate is a very modest $15, which can be sent in the form of cash or (preferably) check. Send cash or checks (payable to Gabriel Marcel Society) for Society membership for 2021 to:

Dr Brendan Sweetman, Department of Philosophy, Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Road, Kansas City, M0 64110.

PAYPAL: It is also possible to pay dues, or to make a contribution, by means of PayPal. Just send your payment to my email address: [email protected] Add a note that it is for the Marcel Society. I will send all receipts by email.

Dues are used to help defray the expenses of the Society with regard to production of the Journal, conferences, research support, website maintenance, etc.

With best wishes,

--Brendan

____________________

Prof. Dr Brendan Sweetman, Fellow, ISSR

Chairman, and Professor of Philosophy,  

Sullivan Chair in Philosophy,

ROCKHURST UNIVERSITY,

1100 Rockhurst Road, Kansas City, MO 64110. USA.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 816-501-4681

WEBPAGE:

http://rockhurst.academia.edu/BrendanSweetman

FELLOW, ISSR: https://www.issr.org.uk/fellows/user/284/

New book!: https://www.staugustine.net/our-books/books/theinvisiblethreshold/

Marcel Studies:

https://www.neumann.edu/marcelstudies/default.asp

  • Go to the following link for information about:

How to Read a Difficult BookA Beginner's Guide to the Lost Art of Philosophical Reading

Public Philosophy Press How to Read a Difficult Book

Now available in Kindle Edition!

Blurb from the back cover: "How to Read a Difficult Book goes well beyond Mortimer J. Adler's classic How to Read a Book. It should be mandatory reading for every college student."

Herbert I. London (R.I.P.), Former Dean, Gallatin Division, NYU and Olin Professor of Humanities NYU

  • The Metaphysical Society of America announces September resumption of monthly MSA ZOOM Seminars in Metaphysics and reminds members to pay dues: 
For more information, email Tyler Tritten at: [email protected], or phone him at: 509-3313-4330
  • Check out recent WCAT, "Open Door" radio interviews by our colleagues James Hanink and Mario Ramos-Reyes at: WCAT RADIO OPEN DOOR
  • Go to the following link to find out how to acquire a Master's Degree in Theology through the Institute of Catholic Theology and Franciscan University of Steubenville: Master's Degree in Theology ICS and FUS
  • Go to the following link for information about a CFP for a 10 to 12 February 2022 Conference Co-sponsored by the Aquinas Center at Ave Maria University and the Pontifical Faculty at the Dominican House of Studies on the topic: "St. Thomas Aquinas as Spiritual Teacher: Theology in a Culture of Grace":

St. Thomas Aquinas as Spiritual Teacher

  • For those who might have missed it last month, the Aquinas School of Leadership repeats AND ADDS TO ITS announcement of its mid-September 2021 Start of the Commonsense Wisdom Liberal Arts Academy (CWLLA), which will offer the required core curriculum for the upper level Commonsense Wisdom Executive Coaching Academy (CWECA)

Dear Friends, Colleagues, 

Coinciding with the fall start of the Commonsense Wisdom Executive Coaching Academy (CWECA), the Aquinas School of Leadership (ASL) announces the September 2021 start of a preparatory school (The Commonsense Wisdom Liberal Arts Academy [CWLAA]) that will offer the required core curriculum courses for upper-level CWECA courses.

Evident is that the highly centralized, heavily bureaucratic colleges and universities born during the Western Enlightenment's Mechanistic Age are increasingly proving themselves incapable of financially remaining in existence and of producing leaders capable of commonsense understanding and prudently and wisely directing the new hierarchical/heterarchical organizations generated by the highly disruptive organizational, cultural psychology of the contemporary Digital Age. 

As these overspecialized, administratively centralized and overbearing Enlightenment colleges and universities start to fall like dominoes, they are leaving in their wake a cultural, psychological vacuum in the form of widespread lack of cultural common sense, understanding, wisdom, and prudence; and an inability on the part of many people commonsensically to listen to and/or converse with anyone with whom a person psychologically disagrees.

Filling that immediate gap demands more than creation of an upper-level educational academy (CWECA) to prepare specialists in generalization for cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue and leadership. It requires that such leaders first be rigorously trained in uncommon commonsense understanding, wisdom, and prudence in liberal arts activities of listening and speaking; conceiving, judging, and reasoning; note-taking and outlining, writing and reading. Only such psychologically trained liberal arts behavioral specialists, intellectually and morally immersed in such an uncommon commonsense communications background in understanding, wisdom, and prudence, can help give birth to tomorrow's cultural and global leaders capable of securing local, national, and international peace and civilizational development.

To some extent, alternative forms of primary and secondary education that have come into existence over the past couple of decades and a few remaining, relatively good educational institutes and centers, high schools, colleges, and universities can assist in this effort. However, pretty much globally, widespread complaints exist within and outside of contemporary cultural organizations that, for the most part, we human beings today have lost much of our traditional common sense. I concur.

Such being the case, these new forms of education and somewhat healthy educational institutions are not enough. Nothing short of a swift, widespread, total, liberal arts educational immersion in commonsense, and uncommon commonsense understanding, prudence, and wisdom can get us out of the cultural and civilizational mess we are in. The Commonsense Wisdom Liberal Arts Academy (CWLAA) will serve as the gateway, preparatory school, for this educational immersion.

Immediately below I refer to contributions currently being made in the form of course offerings and books related to the work of this Academy. If you think everything is fine with the contemporary world, no need exists for you to check these out. If, on the other hand, you agree with me, I invite you to check out the information below and to contact me and join my colleagues and me as we start building the groundwork for the uncommon commonsense educational institutions of the future.

Best wishes,

Peter A. Redpath

CEO, Aquinas School of Leadership, LLC

[email protected]

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  • Go to the following link for information about Cluny media and their work:

Cluny Media

  • Go to the following link for the Institute of Catholic Theology's events, and offerings in apologetics: ICT Events
  • Go to the following link for information about the latest articles appearing in the Postil Magazine: The Postil Magazine
  • Immediately below, the Studia Gilsoniana Journal announces a CFP for articles related to "The Relationship, If Any, Between Religion and Economics (Religion as the Basis and Measure of Economics)":

In her novel Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand famously, and provocatively, upended the Gospel teaching about the love of money being the root of evil to assert that morality was the root of money. In a speech in that novel put into the mouth of fictional character Francisco d’Anconia, Rand outlines her theory that trust among market participants is what gives the medium of exchange, money, its value.

Rand was an atheist, and, in her other works, she dismissed any religious component to the
morality in which she rooted her Objectivist philosophy, the grounding for the morality-as underpinning-of-money theory she advances in Atlas Shrugged. However, a deeper study of economics, morality, and religion—as well as of history, culture, and philosophy—reveals that the question may be more complicated than Rand assumed.

For example, the late Prof. Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School argued, such as in the short lecture linked below, that religion was indispensable to capitalism. To press the argument farther, it might also be said that religious beliefs are foundational to morality in any market—that, without religion, which teaches the dignity of the human person and the need to view others as deserving of fair-dealing and respect, there can be no viable economic activity of any kind (Clayton Christensen article)

Despite the wide circulation of views similar to those expressed by Prof. Christensen,
modern economics is viewed as a positive scientific discipline whose material aspects, and more recently psychological aspects, are measurable. Thus, how could religion be indispensable to capitalism as an economic system designed to create material wealth? Prof. Christensen seems to suggest that the normative aspects of economic activity are perhaps even more important than the science of economics
today.

Is this a proper role for religion to play? How can the philosophical materialism of economics be squared, if at all, with religious beliefs? In the spirit of Prof. Christensen’s bold vision for a religiously-grounded capitalism, and in light of Pope Francis’ Fratelli tutti and other pronouncements on the nature of shared human endeavor, in this volume we invite scholars to contribute papers on the relationship, if any, between economics and religion.

Does religion bolster markets? Do religious people behave more morally in business? Is it
possible to have a purely secular morality govern economic exchange? Thinkers as diverse as Thomas Aquinas, Max Weber, Ludwig von Mises, Uzawa Hirofumi, Giorgio Agamben, and Francisco Suarez have pondered the question of religion and economics. Do their arguments, or the teachings of any religious tradition, help frame counter-positions for thinking beyond Rand’s anti-objectivist Objectivism. Thereby, do they help recovering a healthy understanding of the human person as economic agent?

Papers of around 8,000 to 10,000 words are welcome. Please submit to Marvin Peláez
([email protected]) and Jason Morgan ([email protected]) by December 1, 2021 for consideration for inclusion in the special edition of Studia Gilsoniana on religion and economics.

  • Click on the following link for information about "Sound of Freedom–
    The Real Life Fight to End Child Trafficking":

https://liberatechildren.org/blog/sound-of-freedom

  • See the recent email below from our colleague Richard Taylor about new events involving the "Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group (AAIWG)":

Dear Colleagues,

Please share this widely with interested colleagues and students.
The Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group (AAIWG) now provides lists of Current Events relevant to the study of philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions with updates every month on the 1st and the 15th of the month.
One set of events concerns Philosophy in the Lands of Islam: Events. This is maintained and edited by AAIWG graduate student members Nicoletta Nativo and Seth Kreeger. To contribute notices, email: [email protected].
Another set of events concerns Philosophy & Theology in Medieval Europe: Events. This is maintained and edited by AAIWG graduate student members Esra Isik and Abdussamet Özkan. To contribute notices of events, email them at [email protected].
Links to both lists are available at http://richardctaylor.info/external-events/.
Monthly notices of these listings of events on philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions are sent by AAIWG graduate student member Nathaniel and by AAIWG Dr. Ismail Kurun. To be removed or to be added to notifications, email them at [email protected].
Regards, Richard Taylor, AAIWG
Marquette University & KULeuven
  • Go to the link immediately below for many other announcements about interviews, upcoming conferences and CFPs, publications, and different society and organization events:

Aquinas School of Leadership Announcements

  • Go to the following link for the CFP for the Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 2 July 2021 "Information, Medium & Society: Nineteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies" online conference:

CFP International Medium and Society July 2021 conference

  • Go to the following link for information from Thomisitca about the Thomistic Institute in Warsaw decision to publish St. Thomas's Opera Omnia in Polish:

https://thomistica.net/news/https/thomisticanet/quaestiones-url/new-post-title-2

  • The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies announces publication of a revised edition of Etienne Gilson’s Reason and Revelation in the Middle Ages

Edited by James K. Farge

116 pp. • ISBN 978-0-88844-428-8 • Paper • $20

For more information, go to:

https://pims.ca/publication/isbn-978-0-88844-428-8/

  • The Coalition for Jewish Values seeks support at:

https://secure.anedot.com/coalition-for-jewish-values/41649

  • Acquisitions Editor with Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Sue Saad, announces:
Kendall Hunt Publishing is an innovative publishing company with 75 years’ experience that focuses on developing publications that effectively integrate materials, technology and content specifically aligned with course objectives.

I am contacting you today because we are in the process of identifying candidates to author and/or partner with us to create new publications.

We are on a mission to increase student engagement and save students money by enabling professors to create course content tailored to their specific needs. Whether you’ve considered publishing your own work or would simply like to customize your current content to meet the needs of your course, we may be able to help.

If you have interest in learning more, please respond to this email or reach out with the information below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,
Sue

Sue Saad
Acquisitions Editor
Kendall Hunt Publishing Company
732.985.2244 | [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>
  • See the announcement at the link below of a CFP for an international conference, 04 to 05 November 2021 in Toruń, Poland, on Challenges between art and medicineto religious identity in public life
  • Go to the link immediately below to listen to WCAT TV's presentation of Daniel Fitzpatrick speaking about his recent translation of Dante:

Daniel Fitzpatrick talking about Dante

Listen, also, to recent webinar discussing the work of Daniel and sculptor Timothy lSchmalz in one or both the two links immediately below:

Check out the following link for information about Tim's sculptures related to Dante:
See the following link related the connection between the preceding work by Daniel and Timothy and the 600th-year celebration of Dante's birth:
  • While you are saying a rosary for Ray, and reflecting on Dante, you might want to say a rosary for our colleague, Jim Hanink, who has decided to run for Governor of California:
  • See the letter below from our colleague, Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz, inviting articles in theology for possible publication in a renowned Polish journal:

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inquire whether you know anyone who would be interested in publishing in Studia Elckie (a journal of Catholic theology, with which I am cooperating as a member of the academic council; please visit it at: http://www.studiaelckie.pl/en/). In my opinion, it is an excellent platform for promoting Catholic theologians on an international level. So, please do not hesitate to recommend it to all your colleagues and fellows looking for a venue for publishing their papers. I encourage all interested to contact Fr. Marcin Sienkowski, the editor-in-chief of Studia Elckie ([email protected]).

Blessings and regards,

Fr. Pawel

P.S. The list of those who have already published papers in English in Studia Elckie can be found at: http://cejsh.icm.edu.pl/cejsh/search/page.action?qt=SEARCH&q=c_0language_0eq.EN*sc.article*c_0journalNames_0eq.e%25C5%2582ckie*l_0*c_0fulltext_0eq.all

 

  • Immediately below, the Studia Gilsoniana Journal announces a CFP for articles related to "The Relationship, If Any, Between Religion and Economics (Religion as the Basis and Measure of Economics)":

In her novel Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand famously, and provocatively, upended the Gospel teaching about the love of money being the root of evil to assert that morality was the root of money. In a speech in that novel put into the mouth of fictional character Francisco d’Anconia, Rand outlines her theory that trust among market participants is what gives the medium of exchange, money, its value.

Rand was an atheist, and, in her other works, she dismissed any religious component to the
morality in which she rooted her Objectivist philosophy, the grounding for the morality-as underpinning-of-money theory she advances in Atlas Shrugged. However, a deeper study of economics, morality, and religion—as well as of history, culture, and philosophy—reveals that the question may be more complicated than Rand assumed.

For example, the late Prof. Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School argued, such as in the short lecture linked below, that religion was indispensable to capitalism. To press the argument farther, it might also be said that religious beliefs are foundational to morality in any market—that, without religion, which teaches the dignity of the human person and the need to view others as deserving of fair-dealing and respect, there can be no viable economic activity of any kind (Clayton Christensen article)

Despite the wide circulation of views similar to those expressed by Prof. Christensen,
modern economics is viewed as a positive scientific discipline whose material aspects, and more recently psychological aspects, are measurable. Thus, how could religion be indispensable to capitalism as an economic system designed to create material wealth? Prof. Christensen seems to suggest that the normative aspects of economic activity are perhaps even more important than the science of economics
today.

Is this a proper role for religion to play? How can the philosophical materialism of economics be squared, if at all, with religious beliefs? In the spirit of Prof. Christensen’s bold vision for a religiously-grounded capitalism, and in light of Pope Francis’ Fratelli tutti and other pronouncements on the nature of shared human endeavor, in this volume we invite scholars to contribute papers on the relationship, if any, between economics and religion.

Does religion bolster markets? Do religious people behave more morally in business? Is it
possible to have a purely secular morality govern economic exchange? Thinkers as diverse as Thomas Aquinas, Max Weber, Ludwig von Mises, Uzawa Hirofumi, Giorgio Agamben, and Francisco Suarez have pondered the question of religion and economics. Do their arguments, or the teachings of any religious tradition, help frame counter-positions for thinking beyond Rand’s anti-objectivist Objectivism. Thereby, do they help recovering a healthy understanding of the human person as economic agent?

Papers of around 8,000 to 10,000 words are welcome. Please submit to Marvin Peláez
([email protected]) and Jason Morgan ([email protected]) by December 1, 2021 for consideration for inclusion in the special edition of Studia Gilsoniana on religion and economics.

  • Roger R. Ream, President for the Fund for American Studies Announces:
The Fund for American Studies’ latest Teaching Freedom eBook titled, "The Legitimate Role of Government in a Free Society".

It’s written by my dear friend, the late Walter E. Williams. Walter was a highly respected American economist, commentator, and academic. He was also the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author.

In this new Teaching Freedom eBook, Walter answers the following questions (and many more):

  • What was the original idea for the role of government in a free society?
  • Was the United States of America founded to be a Democratic country or a Republic and what is the difference?
  • How has the explosion of the size of government been justified through the years by politicians?
  • Does the Constitution explicitly state the role of the federal government?
  • What is the primary mechanism for the government to manage the expansion or shrinking of your liberty?
  • What is the eventual conclusion of an ever-expanding government?
You can claim your free copy of this eBook by using the secure link below:

https://tfas.org/legitimate-role-of-government/

Thank you for your time and consideration of teaching freedom and America’s founding principles to future leaders.
  • By using code JOFN25 at the link immediately, Ignatius Press announces a 25% discount on a mesmerizing new book about Jesus of Nazareth and related titles: Ignatius Press Special Discount
  • Our colleague Ken Bryson announces recent publication of a new book entitled: What do We Know About God?: Theological, Philosophical, and Existential Arguments Concerning the Nature of God 

For more information, go to:

https://www.amazon.com/What-Know-About-God-Philosophical/dp/B08CMYCGGH

  • The Catholic Theological Faculty, Univerzita Karlova, Prague, Czech Republic announces a conference honoring prof. PhDr. Stanislav Sousedík, CSc. on his 90th birthday

Dates: 2729 October 2021  

For more information, go to: http://www.skaut.org/s-conf/

  • The Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland announces a CFP for its 28th international conference on Learning

Dates: 07-09 July 2021

For more information and to submit a proposal by the 07 February deadline, go to: 

  •  Bishop Barron's Word on Fire Institute announces: 

Word on Fire Academic, a new publishing imprint for scholarly publications—from textbooks, to published dissertations, to academic volumes—that contribute to the "great conversation" by embarking upon original research and meticulous intellectual investigation.

This new publishing line is the fourth for Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, which also continues to release books through the Word on Fire Institute, its Word on Fire Classics line, and the original Word on Fire imprint.

The first Word on Fire Academic book, Holly Ordway’s Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages, was just released a few days ago!

Tolkien's Modern Reading challenges the widely accepted view that J.R.R. Tolkien was dismissive of modern culture. Drawing on meticulous archival research, Ordway shows how Tolkien’s genius was intimately connected with the literature of his own time and concerned with the issues and crises of the modern world.

Watch the video and learn more right here: https://videos.wordonfire.org/word-on-fire-academic

See the note immediately below from Jude P. Dougherty (R.I.P.) about the Aquinas School of Leadership Commonsense Wisdom Executive Coaching Academy (CWECA): 
Dear Peter,
Permit me to express my amazement as your new academy takes shape. You have brought together an outstanding group of Catholic scholars to discuss the fundamentals of Western culture.The ten courses that I have examined are a virtual encyclopedia. The Catholic faith is under attack by a hostile media that is not even pagan. The pagans did not reject Christ, they did not know Christ. Modernity rules the air waves and the visual media. The Church needs the philosophical defense of its word and culture. Obviously, to defend the Church is to defend Western culture, but readers need to be made aware of the treasure they have in this culture. If I read your intent correctly, it is to make all who are interested understand that treasure. I heartily endorse your efforts.  May you succeed beyond all expectations. That is my prayer.
Jude  
Jude P. Dougherty
Dean Emeritus
School of Philosophy
Catholic University of America
Washington, DC
USA
  • Go the recent press release from Pace University Press regarding the Lex Naturalis journal

12 December 2020: PACE UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASES THE LATEST VOLUME OF LEX NATURALIS Peer-Reviewed Journal Continues the Debate on Natural Law NEW YORK, NY –

Pace University Press is pleased to announce the release of its annual journal Lex Naturalis – A Journal of Natural Law. Now in its fifth volume, this peer-reviewed journal features articles on subjects ranging from Aquinas on the freedom of the conscious to the future of American democracy. Articles include: “MacIntyre, Natural Law, and Natural Rights” by Joseph Trabbic looks at MacIntyre’s concept of natural rights, such as his claim that all rights are institutional facts, and how Macintyre’s ideas compare to Thomistic natural law. “The Future of American Democracy: Personalist Natural Law” by R. Mary Hayden Lemmons, addresses the argument that the Constitution serves as a specification of American natural law that presents key objective and universal truths justified by a natural law tradition reaching back to ancient Greece. These and other articles provide a timely resource for current-day discussions going on around the world.

For a complete Table of Contents or to place an order, visit press.pace.edu.

Go here for more information about the Lex Naturalis journal:

http://press.pace.edu/lex-naturalis/

ISBN: 978-1-935625-56-8 Price: $40

ABOUT PACE UNIVERSITY PRE3SS: A small dynamic academic press with wide-ranging interests, Pace University Press currently publishes seven journals. From the prestigious Woolf Studies Annual to the more recent The Journal of Comics and Culture, their publications make peer-reviewed research both available and accessible.

  • Our colleague Ed Macierowski shares an important message with us immediately below:

Dear Colleagues,

Permit me to share with you this collection of articles from the forthcoming English version of The Universal Encyclopedia of Philosophy: UniversalEncyclopediaOfPhilosophy

This project, stemming from the work of philosophers at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin in Poland, will doubtless be of interest to you and to our students here at Benedictine College. The scholars at Lublin constituted a voice in the wilderness of Soviet domination to express and enculturate the truth found in the classical philosophical tradition.

Our recent efforts to restore the classics major here with the study of Greek and Latin and that of our colleagues in theology to enable interested students to begin the study of Hebrew are steps we are taking to advance the intellectual life in America, where our culture is sometimes also submerged under an instrumentalist and utilitarian spiritual horizon.

Please do look over these encyclopedia articles. I believe it will be to our advantage to help amplify the voice of the Lublin school of Thomism in this country and to help our students to grow in intellect, character, and grace to find, to meditate upon, and to communicate the truth. As I learn more about Catholic culture in Poland, I find many treasures that may well be adaptable to and fruitful for our life here in the States.

Perhaps we can turn the restrictions imposed by the current pandemic into an opportunity for interior, spiritual growth. This Universal Encyclopedia of Philosophy can provide one avenue for such growth. In my view we should subscribe to the project and lend any other help we can to help speed up its accessibility in English.

Best wishes for a happy and holy Christmas,

Ed

E. M. Macierowski

  • Go to the link immediately below to view information from Hillsdale College about its free online courses:

Hillsdale College Free Online Courses

  • Go to the following link to find ways to help the Daughters of St. Paul:
  1. A financial offering. Donate safely online: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/OTM3NjA= OR by check to "Daughters of St. Paul" (memo: "pandemic fund"): Sr. Patricia Mary Maresca, FSP / Daughters of St. Paul / 50 Saint Paul's Ave. / Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
  2. Sign up HERE for a huge Nov. 13-15, 2020 CATHOLIC MOM'S VIRTUAL SUMMIT (a percentage of your entrance fee goes to Daughters of St. Paul): choose "all access pass" where you can access all the talks even after Nov. 15 before the price goes up: https://www.cardinalstudios.org/moms-summit-home?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cardinalstudios.org%2Fa%2F34145%2FGoeb5nXt
  3. Pray! Commit to pray for vocations to the Daughters and for our mission of spreading the Gospel through media.
  • See the information immediately below from Lewis Talbot City Internships, Founder & CEO:

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About CI

CI creates globally engaged, career-ready graduates.

We partner with traditional educators and leading employers across the globe to help close the skill and knowledge gaps that leave almost half of recent college graduates un- and under-employed.

Our experiential education programs, which combine a proven blend of work-based training, cohort-based classes and workshops, and on-the-ground coaching, held in immersive and inspirational settings, dramatically enhance career outcomes.

Our track-record speaks volumes. CI alumni secure graduate-level employment three-times more quickly, and starting salaries 30% higher, than their peers.

CI was founded in London, England in 2011. 

Today, from its HQ in Los Angeles, CA and in partnership with leading employers across the globe, CI provides immersive and transformational experiences for students and recent graduates.

CI work-based learning programs may be undertaken in-person or remotely, and during the summer or semester, with work placements with leading employers in 9 industries and 20 locations globally.

Summer 2021 programs

Admissions for our summer 2021 programs have now been open for several weeks, and we have received 600% more applications compared with the same period last year.

Accordingly, I encourage students interested in joining a summer 2021 in-person program to apply sooner rather than later here: 

www.city-internships.com/apply

Student aid for 2020/21

Correspondingly, we also anticipate our 2020/21 Student Aid fund to be drawn down earlier than any previous year.

And so, as well applying sooner than later, I also encourage interested students to review and secure their CI student aid awards as early as possible here:

CI Student Aid Calculator

(Our student aid, tuition rebate, and ambassador schemes, which provide non-repayable financial assistance of up to $2,013, $2,500, and $1,250 respectively, and may be combined, are applicable to all 2020/21 in-person and remote programs.)

Remote programs

The SemesterAccelerator Program is best suited to current students (though those graduating in the Spring may also want to review the GradLaunch Program). 

In brief, the SemesterAccelerator Program provides students a part-time, semester-length remote work placement with a leading employer completed in tandem with our Future Leader and Career Navigator courses. 

Together, these provide students with the necessary practical experience, in-demand skills and commercial awareness training, and professional networks and job seeking know how to launch successful careers. 

And, critically, the SemesterAccelerator Program is designed and paced so students may undertake it as they study from campus or home. 

Admissions are open now, with start dates commencing on a rolling basis. Naturally, places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis (as is CI Student Aid). Early application is advised.

www.city-internships.com/apply 

In-person programs

Predictably, recent vaccine news has led to interest in our summer 2021 in-person programs increasing further still. 

Though we continue to work to increase capacity for summer 2021, especially for our two most popular programs, the Global Accelerator Programs in London and New York, we anticipate closing them to new applicants early in the New Year.

Again, admissions are open now (with our guarantee of enhanced flexibility that has been available throughout the pandemic). And again, early application is advised:

www.city-internships.com/apply 

I'd be very grateful if you can share this information with your students, and I hope it helps with understanding the options with City Internships this year a little better.

Best wishes,

Lewis

  • Go to the link immediately below to view the Acton Institute's recent announcement of US and Canadian mini-grants for research and teaching in free market economics:
  • Go to the link immediately below to see the Trinity Forum's announcement of readings featuring selections from the gripping Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass:

https://www.ttf.org/product/frederickdouglass/?mc_cid=3cb97250c8&mc_eid=445ac55ca4

  • See link below for free online course being offered by Dallas Theological Seminary on Revelation:

https://courses.dts.edu/register/revelation/?utm_source=prospecting&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=revelation&utm_content=AE_1600Daily11112020

A man who has never feared going into the lion's den!

  • For information about a Call for Papers for the 12th International Conference on The Image, at the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, School of Education, Lisbon, Portugal 13–14 September 2021, go to:

https://ontheimage.com/2021-conference/call-for-papers

  • Go to the link immediately below for latest news about Ave Maria University's theology programs:

https://mailchi.mp/avemaria/october-amu-graduate-theology-e-newsletter-hzr38bvezc?e=9644eacfe5

  • Go to the links below from American Philanthropic regarding job openings, grantwriting, foundations, and much more:

https://www.americanphilanthropic.com/

and

https://giversdoersthinkers-podcast.buzzsprout.com/

  • Public Philosophy Society announces new posts, reading groups, and other events at:

https://www.patreon.com/pubphisociety

  • Go to the following link to for information about a new media launch by the Daughters of St. Paul:

https://twitter.com/MargaretSatoFSP/status/1303515316518035456

  • Go to the following link for information about how to register for upcoming events at the Institute of Catholic Theology:

http://ictphx.org/event

  • The Lyceum Institute announces new educational opportunities at the following links:

https://cp-insight.com/services/lyceum/

and

https://lyceum.institute/

  • Go to the following link for information about the Thomistic Institute's Fall Thomistic Circles Conference and the Summa theologiae student reading group:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?

  • Go to the following link to join the Ignatius Press new Formed Book Club:

https://formedbookclubforum.ignatius.com/c/the-sound-of-beauty?utm_source=Ignatius+Press&utm_campaign=749541f4ca-FORMED+Book+Club+Invite-Full+List-+Sept2020+1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_60b0d982b1-749541f4ca-176239909&mc_cid=749541f4ca&mc_eid=ca4a067738

  • Announcing the 16th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Conference special focus: "Considering the Opportunities of Crisis: Resilience and Change in World History"

Location: Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Oxford, UK

Dates: 21–23 July 2021

For further information about this meeting, go to: 

https://thesocialsciences.com/2021-conference/call-for-papers

  • Go to the following link to help publicize and end current-day Nigerian genocide:

https://www.faithwire.com/2020/09/17/nigerias-silent-slaughter-gabbard-watson-and-others-call-for-us-to-help-end-genocide-trafficking-and-persecution/

  • Fr. Joseph Fessio announces Theology online courses:

He will be offering online theology courses with lectures on each book chapter, study questions, and video clips with the answer to each of the study questions, and exams.

For more information, go to: https://www.angelicum.net/theology-online

  • Our colleague Brian Kemple announces formation of the Lyceum Institute:
The Lyceum Institute, which provides a flexible, classical, Thomistic, and semiotic approach to continuing and continual digital education.  For more information, go to: https://lyceum.institute
  • Ignatius Press announces daily snippets of receive a snippet of Catholic wisdom 

Get these every morning from literary giants, beloved saints, and relevant voices from today. Read them in 60 seconds, live it out the rest of the day. Plus enjoy exclusive discounts on the products Ignatius Press feature every day!

To start receiving these every day, go to:

https://www.catholicwisdom.org/?utm_term=0_60b0d982b1-9ee51cf625-176239909&mc_cid=9ee51cf625&mc_eid=ca4a067738

  • Announcing a new book publication by our colleague Ken Bryson:

What do We know about God?

Book description: There are few subjects known to mankind that has drawn more interest, exploration, and publication than the nature of God and our relationship to Him as human beings. Many approaches to the study stand wholly on a platform of religious doctrine and dogma. Other approaches are secular in nature and rely solely on rational and philosophical arguments. Dr. Ken Bryson brings to the field an approach that applies a balance between these two extremes. As a Christian, Ken bases his arguments in biblical theology and then builds upon this foundation with reason and philosophy drawn from many of the most prominent thinkers in both ancient and modern history.

For more information about this work and best link for lowest prices in Kindle and paperback editions, go to:

https://www.amazon.com/What-Know-About-God-Philosophical/dp/B08CMYCGGH/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=kenneth+a+bryson&qid=1595778618&sr=8-2#reader_B08CMYCGGH

and

http://www.biblicaltheology.com/bookshelf_Other.html

  • In celebration of the septuacentennial of Dante Alieghieri's Divine Comedy, En Route Books & Media announces a beautiful, new translation of his Inferno by Daniel Fitzpatrick and illustrated by sculptor Timothy Schmalz

For more information about how to obtain a copy of this work, go to:

https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/helpdantehelpitaly/

  • Editor of The Journal of Moral Philosophy, Christian Miller, announces that he looking for reviewers for recently published books dating from 2017 to present; anyone interested in writing a review should contact him at

[email protected]

  • The Renaissance Society of America announces Call for Papers and Lightning Talks from several organizations for its 2021 International Congress

Location: Dublin, Ireland

For more information, go to: https://www.rsa.org/blogpost/1860861/RSA-Dublin-2021-Calls-for-Papers

  • Announcing the 19th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities 

Location: Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Date: 30 June to 02 July 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: "Critical Thinking, Soft Skills, and Technology

For more information and to submit a proposal, go to:

https://cgscholar.com/cg_event/events/H21/proposal/new

  • Announcing links to the 4th episode of "The Absolutes," hosted by our colleague Greg Reichberg

Topic: "The Absolutes in Moderation"

Episode description: This episode features podcast host Greg Reichberg who explains why, in some areas of human life, going to the extreme is good, and bad in others. Wisdom consists in knowing the difference.

To find the 4th episode, go to:

You can also follow the podcast on Instagram for frequent updates and reflections (@the.absolutes)
  • Go to the following links for information from Carmelite Monks in Wyoming about their new ventures:
  • Click on the following link for a topical index to the works of Mortimer J. Adler:

Location: University of Córdoba, Córdoba Spain

Dates: 03–04 June 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: "Modeling Traditions from the Margins: Non-Canonical Writings in Religious Systems"

For more information, go to: 

http://www.newsletter.illinois.mx3a.com/vo/religion_N21AUNVg.html?&utm_source=N21A_danUNV&utm_medium=N21A_danUNV&utm_campaign=N21A_danUNV

Location: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Dates: 05–06 June 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: "Life after Pandemic: Towards a New Global politics."

For more information, go to: https://onglobalization.com/2021-conference/call-for-papers

Location: The University of Western Australia, School of Design in Perth, Australia

Dates:: 16–18 June 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: "Voices from the Edge: Negotiating the Local in the Global."

For more information, go to: 

http://www.newsletter.illinois.mx3a.com/vo/art_A21AUNVg.html?&utm_source=A21A_DanUNV&utm_medium=A21A_DanUNV&utm_campaign=A21A_DanUNV 
  • WCAT Radio announces its HELP DANTE HELP ITALY PROJECT at:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/dantedi-a-newly-translated-and-illustrated-comedy

Good day, friends, 

Next year in 1321, we'll be celebrating the septuacentennial anniversary of publication of Dante's the Paradiso and of the death of its author. To participate in this celebration, Holy Apostles philosophy student, Daniel Fitzpatrick, has teamed with Vatican sculptor, Timothy Schmalz, to create a new illustrated translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. 
See http://enroutebooksandmedia.com/helpdantehelpitaly/ for the first canto of the Inferno
The two have also taken this opportunity to partner with WCAT Radio with the blessing of the administration at Holy Apostles College & Seminary to sponsor a fundraiser for the sick and dispossessed in Italy.
See http://www.helpdantehelpitaly.com to participate. A minimum donation of $5 will get you in your email twice a week a newly translated and illustrated canto and help you help Dante help Italy to restore stability to his homeland. 
Many blessings, and stay safe out there!
--
Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP
Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Vice-President of External Affairs
Africa LIFE Runners Coordinator
Holy Apostles College & Seminary
  • The Reality Journal announces publication of its first issue:

Dear Friends of Reality,

I am pleased to announce that the first issue of Reality has been completed and is now available in both a free digital, PDF format as well as in a paperback through Amazon’s print-on-demand service, at a modest price.  I am pleased with the paperback’s quality: it is an attractive, readable volume—and not bad for our first attempt, I might add!  Further details about the issue can be foundhere (as well as links to both formats).

This issue comprises an editorial introduction and four articles, each paired with a peer-review response or comment.  While I believe that each contribution is worthy of consideration on its own, together they form something I think both rare and needed in our current philosophical environment: a cohesively-themed volume that engages in genuine discourse about a topic sorely in need of discussion.  I am proud of the quality of writing, scholarship, and philosophical insight we have managed to combine in the span of a few hundred pages, and optimistic about the future of our journal.  To that end, I have attached a few calls for papers: for both the upcoming issues of Reality and a general call for essays and book reviews.  If you know of anyone who would be interested in submitting (professors, graduate students, or other well-qualified authors), please send them along.

Thank you for your time and your interest, and please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions (or to ask for removal from this list if you want no further notifications).

Best,

Brian Kemple, Ph. D.

Executive Editor, On behalf of the Reality Editorial Team

[email protected]

https://realityjournal.org

  • "La Civiltà Cattolica" journal announces launch of new edition in simplified Chinese:

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-04/civilta-cattolica-new-simplified-chinese-edition-parolin.html

  • 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:

https://www.amazon.com/Human-Person-Aristotle-Aquinas-Psychology-ebook/dp/B082YY6K41/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+human+person%3B+what+aristotle&qid=1578000618&s=books&sr=1-1

  • 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: https://brill.com/view/serial/PAR

Anyone interested in submitting a manuscript for publication in the PAR Special Series should email a letter of inquiry to: [email protected]

  • 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: https://ojs.tnkul.pl/index.php/rkult/issue/view/453

Also, contact the Editor, Prof. Imelda Chłodna-Błach at: [email protected]

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: 

https://ojs.academicon.pl/index.php/znkul

https://ojs.academicon.pl/index.php/znkul/about

Also, contact the Editor, Prof. Robert Kryński at: [email protected]

  • The Institute of Catholic Theology and the Franciscan University of Steubenville announce:

Applications are now open for undergraduate and graduate certificates in apologetics at: http://ictphx.org/apply

  • Vrin Publishers announces that the first volume of the edited Oeuvres Completes of Étienne Gilson: Un Philosophe Dans La Cite. 1908-1943 (Bibliotheque Des Textes Philosophiques) (French Edition) (French) Paperback–as of 26 November 2019
  • 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

Link: https://www.sunypress.edu/p-6840-with-a-diamond-in-my-shoe.aspx

  • 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: http://www.iiculture.org/
  • Divine Mercy University, Washington, D.C. announces scholarships available for graduate courses in:

Clinical Psychology, and Counseling

For more information, go to: https://divinemercy.edu/ 

  • Listen to Joseph Fessio, S.J.' s announcement at https://vimeo.com/348653386 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: http://www.angelicum.net/degree-program

  • 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:

[email protected]

  • Announcing CEINDO internationaldoctoral 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:

https://www.escueladoctorado.ceu.es/blog/i-convocatoria-de-becas-de-colaboracion-ceindo/

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: [email protected]

  • The Clarity Fund for the Study of Reason, Moral Law, and Culture, announces its formation and activities here:

https://clarityfund.org/

  • 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:

http://apcz.umk.pl/czasopisma/index.php/SetF/index

  • Check out the following terrific links for locating works by St. Thomas Aquinas: 

https://aquinas-in-english.neocities.org/

http://www.aquinasonline.com/Texts/

https://thomistica.net/news/2017/12/11/a-new-approach-to-accessing-aquinas-online

  • Follow the progress of, and help to complete, the Latin-English edition of the Opera Omnia of St. Thomas Aquinas by going to:

https://aquinas.institute/

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:

http://gen.lib.rus.ec/search.php?req=Mortimer%20J.%20Adler&column[]=author

Aquinas offerings:

http://gen.lib.rus.ec/search.php?req=aquinas&open=0&res=25&view=simple&phrase=1&column=def

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: http://www.aquinasschoolofleadership.com/events

●  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:

http://www.aquinasphilosophy.com/

Also, see a list of thought-provoking articles by Aquinas School of Philosophy founder Dr. Dennis Bonnette at this site:

https://strangenotions.com/author/dr-dennis-bonnette/

  • Support the work of the Benedict XVI Institute here:

https://www.benedictinstitute.org/donate/?mc_cid=e7e21e0afc&mc_eid=76a613a3b7

  • Check out the following link for latest offerings from the Liberty Fund:

https://www.libertyfund.org/

  • Check out the following link for Journey Film's Streaming titles:

http://journeyfilms.com/

  • Check out new publications from Public Philosophy Press:

https://publicphilosophypress.com/

  • Check new publications from En Route Books & Media, St. Augustine's Press, and Ignatius Press at:

https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/academic-books/

http://www.staugustine.net/

https://www.ignatius.com/

● Check out the Jason Morgan website for news about public appearances, book publications, and reviews:

https://jasonmorganjapan.wordpress.com/

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