• Our condolences go out to our colleagues at the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies upon the death of Jesper Hoffmeyer:

    Dear Members,

    It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that ISBS founding member and spiritus rector of our community, Jesper Hoffmeyer, passed away on 25 September 2019 at age 77.

    We may be soliciting your tributes and testimonials about Jesper and his work at some time in the future. But, for today, the most fitting tribute that Jesper would have wanted, we think, is that you read some of his writings and continue his work in biosemiotics.

    Kalevi Kull, President

    Don Favareau, Vice-President

    Paul Cobley, Secretary


  • See the link below to our colleague Kelly Fitzsimmons-Burton's 19 September 2019 Paradise Valley Community College Public Philosophy Lecture Series Presentation:

Topic:  "What is Public Philosophy and Why do We need it?"


  • Check out recent radio interviews by our colleagues James Hanink and Mario-Ramos Reyes on the En Route Media WCAT radio show, “The Open Door” at:

  • Announcing a “Call for Papers” for the 7th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World

Dates: 03–06 January 2020

Location: Athens, Greece

Sponsoring organization: "Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts"

Abstract submission deadline:  

For abstract submission, and other, conference details, see: 

  • Announcing a “Call for Papers” for the 2020 Annual Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference

Topic: “After the Welfare State: Reconceiving Mutual Aid”

Keynote speaker: Catherine Malabou, Kingston University and University of California, Irvine

Dates: 15–16 February 2020

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

Abstract submission information and guidelines: 

Abstracts for this conference will only be accepted from current Telos-Paul Piccone Institute members. To become a member, please visit the membership enrollment page. Telos-Paul Piccone Institute memberships are valid until the end of the annual New York City conference.

Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit 250-word abstracts along with a short c.v. to by 30 September 2019. Please place "The 2020 Telos Conference" in the email's subject line.

For more Conference information, see:

  • Announcing 3 upcoming conferences at Marquette University:

1) Topic: "Themes in the Work of Sarah Brodie"

Dates: 20–21 February 2020

Location: Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Submission of abstracts, and other details: No later than 01 October 2019, send a paper title and detailed, maximum of 1000 words, abstract along with author name and institutional affiliation to:; phone: 414-288-5949. Preference will be given to papers that substantially engage with Professor Brodie's writings.

2) Annual Aquinas Lectureship at Marquette

Speaker: Sarah Brodie, Professor of Moral Philosophy and Wardlaw Professor at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Topic: "Plato"

Date: 23 February 2020

Location: Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

3) Annual Aristotle Conference

Topic: "Causality and Causation in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition"

Dates: 22–24 June 2020

Location: Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

For submission of abstracts, and other details about any of the above conferences, contact Professor Goldin 

  • The American Maritain Association announces a "Call for Papers" for its 43rd annual conference

Topic: "Whose Thomism? Which Tradition?"

Dates: 05–24 March 2020

Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Co-sponsoring organizations: Franciscan University and the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius

For further information and to download its detailed "CFP," go to:; also see, 

:Submission details: By 15 December 2019, send a proposal of up to 500 words that explore topics related to questions asked in the above-refernced downloadable CFP to Dr James M. Jacobs at:

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

Theme: “Nature and its Meanings”

In 2020, the 70th anniversary of its founding, the theme of the Metaphysical Society of America’s annual meeting will be “Nature and its Meanings.”  Papers treating any aspect of this wide issue, whether thematic or historical, are welcome. 

Location: College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts

Dates: 19 to 22 March 2020


500-word abstracts should be sent electronically by 01 September 2019 to Lawrence Cahoone, Professor of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross at: The Program Committee will then select the conference papers. Those whose abstracts are chosen should submit completed papers by 15 January 2020 to allow review by commentators and publication of the program.  Further information on the conference will become available at:

Aristotle Prize: Papers submitted by persons who have not yet earned a Ph.D. or who have received a Ph.D. within five years of the submission date will be considered for the Aristotle prize, if the Program Committee is made aware of their eligibility.  The prize carries a cash award of $500, inclusion in the program, and assistance with the costs associated with attending the meeting.  Graduate students and recent Ph.D.s are encouraged to apply.  Full papers must be submitted for the prize by September 1, 2019.

Travel Grants for Graduate Students: Thanks to the generous support of past presidents of the MSA and a grant from the Hocking-Cabot Fund for Systematic Philosophy, we are pleased to offer travel grants to graduate students whose papers are selected for the program for our annual meeting.  More information and an application can be found on the Society’s website.

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

 Topic: “Walls: Thinking through Insularity”

 Dates: 22–29 May 2020

Location: University of Hawaii, Honolulu

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

Conference co-directors: Roger T. Ames and Tamara Abertin and Peter D. Hershock

Paper and panel submission details:

Proposals are invited for individual papers and panels. By 01 November 2019, please submit a 250-300 word abstract to the Conference organizers via:

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

Abstracts received after 01 November 2019 will be vetted as received, taking into consideration the late submission. The absolute deadline for abstract submissions is 15 March 2020. After this, we will not be able to accommodate additional proposals.

Final papers due: 15 April 2020

For more information about the conference, go to:

  • Catholic Education Foundation makes announcement about addition of new Board members

To add to the already impressive board, Father Peter Stravinskas was pleased to announce a slate of newly elected members: Mary Pat Donoghue (executive director, Catholic Schools Office, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops); Kevin Kijewski (superintendent of schools, Archdiocese of Detroit); Monsignor Sabato Pilato (former superintendent of secondary schools and present pastor, Archdiocese of Los Angeles); Mario Enzler (director of clergy formation, Busch School of Business, Catholic University of America); Father Christopher Peschel (Catholic Identity Committee, School Office, Diocese of Fall River); Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP (vice-president, Holy Apostles College and Seminary).

The Catholic Education Foundation will continue its highly successful Catholic identity assessment for schools, the annual seminar for priests on their role in today’s Catholic schools, production of its online journal, The Catholic Educator, and making available resources for faculty and administrator workshops.

Further information can be obtained by visiting our website:

  • In honor of the upcoming canonization of John Henry Cardinal Newman, the Catholic Response journal announces:

1) A special issue devoted to his writings.

2) A price of $5.00 dollars per copy and a discounted price for orders of 10 or more copies.

To order a copy, or copies, write to:

Fr. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Newman House, 600 Butler Court, Pine Beach, N.J. 08741

  • Ignatius Press invites you to help bring Flannery O'Connor's literary work to television and movies. For more information, see:

  • Announcing the 17th annual Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Gala honoring Gretchen Carlson and Hideki Matsui, joined Bob Costas and musical entertainment by Ted McGraw

Location: Cipriana Restaurant, 25 Broadway, NYC

Dates: 15–16 February 2020

Time: 6:00 P.M.

For more information, contact: or at 212-880-7360 

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

  • Divine Mercy University, Washington, D.C. announces scholarships available for graduate courses in:

Clinical Paychology, and Counseling

For more information, go to: 

  • The International Institute for Culture announces its 18th annual Oktoberfest

Date and time: 09 October 2019, 5:00 PM–11:00 PM

Location: Ivy Hall, Philadelphia, Pa.

For more information, see: 

  • Listen to Joseph Fessio, S.J.' s announcement at about the REVOLUTIONARY Angelicum Academy Great Books Program:

             "Angelicum Academy at Holy Apostles College"

1) It enables students to acquire an Associate's degree in the Great Books totally online by the end of 12th grade and a Bachelor's degree as little as two years later.

2) Thanks to the agreement between the Angelicum Academy and Holy Apostles College, total tuition cost for the BA degree is under $30,000, while the average total cost of a four-year BA in private colleges is $180,000+.

3) It includes 12 credits of online Theology courses developed for the Angelicum Academy by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.

COLLEGE CREDITS: Angelicum Academy students may earn from 1-75 college credits while home schooling (in grades 9-12) or while in high school, or later. They may earn their accredited Associate’s degree (from Holy Apostles College -requires 60 credits) while in high school or home school (grades 9-12, or later), or they may take individual college-level courses for transfer elsewhere – to other of the hundreds of colleges and universities that accept ACE recommended credits. Students who earn their Associate’s degree while in home school (grades 9-12) or high school, may earn a further 15 credits then as well, enabling them to complete 75 credits towards their accredited bachelor’s degree (requires 120 credits) – that is nearly 2/3rds of their bachelor’s degree, for a fraction of the cost elsewhere.

For more information about this program, see:

  • The University of South Africa and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin Thomistic Studies Research Doctoral Programs:

The University of South Africa in Pretoria has an online research doctoral program (PhD) in Philosophy that includes Thomistic studies. The Aquinas School of Leadership in the US is helping to promote this program for students contemplating, or currently, pursuing a graduate Master’s degree in Thomistic Studies and link this degree from the University of South Africa to  a follow-up, second Ph. D. degree from the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.

The costs of the program include 7,840 South African Rand for the research proposal, which equals $643 US Dollars, then, 15,400 South African Rand per year, which equals $1,263 US Dollars per year. The time limit for completion of the Pretoria program is 6 years.

For information about this program, contact Dr. Peter A. Redpath at:

  • Announcing CEINDO 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:

The doctoral program in Humanities for the Contemporary World has three lines: Philosophy, History, and Literature. It is possible to follow this program online with the University Abat Oliba in Barcelona, but knowledge of the Spanish language is required.

For more information about CEINDO, or CEU, doctoral program in Philosophy at the University Abaat Oliba, in Barcelona, Spani, contact Prof. Enrique Martinez at:

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

  • Go to the following link to get latest updates from the Benedict XVI Institute:

  • 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:

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:

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Aquinas offerings:

You can download them to your computer, bookmark them and read them from the computer, send them to a printer, etc.

● Our colleague Nick Capaldi announces publication of his newest book, entitled The Anglo-American Conception of the Rule of Law! For more information, see:

● Copy of Richard Fafara's 2017 Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Étienne Gilson Lecture Now Available

To obtain a copy of Richard Fafara's 2018 PIMS Gilson Lecture, please email Megan Jones ( at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval studies in Toronto. For more information about the lecture and publication, see:
● Some YouTube Videos from past Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress Available for Viewing

To view these videos, including the Memorial Tribute to Our Colleague Eric McLuhan, go to the following link on the Aquinas School of Leadership's "Events" menu:

● See the Inaugural Volume of Public Philosophy Press by Kelly Fitzsimmons-Burton and Review of the Monograph at:


- "I wholeheartedly recommend this book by Kelly Fitzsimmons-Burton. It continues, but moves in a much-needed different direction of "public philosophy," defense of the classical Western philosophical tradition of Socratic sense rationality. If your library already includes books by intellectuals like Chesterton, Lewis, Adler, Gilson, Maritain, and Schall, add this work to it. You will not regret doing so."

Peter A. Redpath

Senior Fellow

Center for the Study of The Great Ideas

- "'They will love what you love" and take it further. Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton, a former student and now colleague, has retrieved the logos doctrine from Plato's Theaetetus and applied it to post-modern skepticism originating in Nietzsche. She is opening the door out of the current impasse in philosophy. The light of reason/logos shows the way out."

Surrendra Gangadean

Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, Paradise Valley Community College

- "Contemporary philosophy works in the futility of skepticism and fideism. This false dichotomy leads to meaninglessness as knowledge of basic things is left unanswered. Dr. Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton is a friend and colleague that has provided us with a work addressing this problem. By retrieving the concept of the logos and applying it to contemporary epistemology she points us toward the role of reason in knowledge and especially in knowing what is clear at the basic level. Retrieving Knowledge illuminates for us the dire consequences of skepticism on our culture and our need to answer basic questions. This is a unique and grounding breaking work doing what needs to be done in our day and is therefore indispensable for all interested in philosophy."

Owen Anderson

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Arizona State University

- "Retrieving Knowledge is a prime example of what it means to regard work in the history of philosophy and the doing of philosophy as parts of a "seamless whole," as the author invokes the ideas and arguments of the ancients--Socrates, in particular--to address critical philosophical concerns of our own day."

Mark D. Linville
Senior Research Fellow and Philosophy Tutor, Department of Humanities Ph.D. Program, Faulkner University

● See the Links Immediately Below for the C.S. Lewis Society of California, its  2019 Book and Film Club Schedule, its Winter 2019 Logos eNewsletter, and its Show, "An Evening with C. S. Lewis, Starring David Payne":

●  Aquinas School of Philosophy Site: Rich in Resources Related to St. Thomas

For anyone interested in studying, or teaching courses on, St. Thomas, the Aquinas School of Philosophy site offers a wealth of educational information you might want to check out. See:

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

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

  • The International Étienne Gilson Society, Studia Gilsoniana

The IEGS again congratulates Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz and his Editorial Staff for the exceptionally high quality of the recent issue of the Studia Gilsoniana journal. Go to this link to see the latest issue for 2019:,145  

If you are not yet a member of the IEGS, please consider joining to support our ongoing work. If you are a member and have not yet paid your annual dues, please do so.

See the following link to join or pay dues:,4

See the following link to make a donation to the work of the IEGS:,2

  • Check out new publications from Public Philosophy Press:

  • New publications from Telos Press can be found at:
  • Go to the following links to see new titles from En Route Books & Media, St. Augustine Press, and Ignatius Press:

●  Go to the following links to see new titles from from En Route Books & Media, St. Augustine Press, and Ignatius Press:

● Our colleague Brian Kemple announces publication of a short Introduction to Philosophical Principles

Book details:

This book aims principally at introducing the habits of philosophical reflection for those who cannot or do not want to enroll in university classes, but who want a systematic approach to philosophy nonetheless. This work is being offered as a free e-book and as an inexpensive paperback via Amazon. The author thinks—or at least hopes—it will help fill a growing need.


Founding of the open access philosophy journal with roots in the Thomistic tradition: Reality

Go her for more information:

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

  • From The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas to give someone a present of a membership in the Center, see:

Contact Peter Redpath 


to post information on the Center’s blogspot:

  • Aquinas and “the Arabs”

For information about Richard Taylor's "Aquinas and the 'Arabs'" International Working Group and upcoming conferences and seminars hosted by this organization, see: