In light of the recent letter sent to them from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò:

And extend a similar discount to the presidents and upper-level administrators at Georgetown, Notre Dame, and St. John's (NYC) Universities, similar institutions worldwide; and free tuition to:

His Holiness, Pope Francis!

Commenting on the USCCB's recognition of Joe Biden being elected as "the second president of the United States to profess the Catholic faith," Dr. Peter A. Redpath, CEO of the Aquinas School of Leadership, LLC remarked:

"As C.S. Lewis, Étienne Gilson, and James V. Schall, S.J., had well understood, just as science as a real genus chiefly exists in the scientific soul (psychology, psychological quality of habit/habitus and freely chosen actions of the scientist), as a real genus, the Catholic faith chiefly exists in the Catholic soul (psychology, psychological quality, habit/habitus and freely chosen actions of the Catholic soul: in that psychology).

In addition, since habits are specified by their acts, to be a Catholic president, a person would have to display in his prior political behavior: 1) a habitual tendency freely to choose to do commonsense, morally good political acts and avoid commonsense, morally evil political ones; 2) not seek to implement into social behavior activities that essentially incline to destroy, really undermine Christian/Catholic action in conformity with common sense and essential principles that enable really Christian/Catholic and common sense action to come into being, grow, and flourish in political existence, not destroy the essential principles and behavioral psychology of the very organization to which a person repeatedly and publicly celebrates being a member.

A house divided against itself cannot stand. And no organization (social, political, business, or any other) can operate at all, much less in a harmonious and healthy way, when its members mistakenly think they can really be members of this or that organization and apply in their organizational behavior contradictory opposite principles of organizational actions. Believing this can really happen defies common sense. To paraphrase Gilson, "Common sense wisdom (philosophy) always buries its undertakers." And this is the case whether these undertakers be ordinary people, people who purport to be religious leaders, or the organizations they purport to lead, like the Catholic Church!

To most self-defined, commonsense Christians/Catholics, and Americans with political common sense, the close-to-50-year political behavior of Joe Biden has manifested glaringly habitual tendencies toward acting politically like a neo-gnostic spiritualist, neo-Pelagian, and neo-Averroist self-promoter: someone who, when politically- and personally-expedient, wears his faith on his sleeve; but actually, in his daily political life, evinces the habitual behavior of someone out for personal and political gain who hates the real Catholic Church and real Christians. Ask the Little Sisters of the Poor who, he says "inspire him" to run politically and who, simultaneously he says, politically he "plans to sue."

Apparently, some members of the USCCB and even Pope Francis find no difficulty in the Catholic faith simultaneously co-existing together with neo-gnositc, neo-Pelagian, neo-Averroistic double-truth principles in the soul of Joe Biden, and being the predominant proximate principles of his lifelong professional political behavior.

Biden's professional political life displays that of a man who: 1) believes that two truths exist: a public, psychologically Enlightened and progressive, scientific, political one, and a private and psychologically and scientifically backward, religious one; 2) that these two truths can essentially and simultaneously contradict each other and exist as such in his soul; and 3) when and if they do conflict in really possible choices, he must always side with psychologically Enlightened, public, scientific political truth over psychologically backward, unscientific, religious truth. His essentially irrational and psychologically unscientific and backward faith can never influence his essentially rational and psychologically scientific and political reason.

In some miraculous way, apparently, some Eminences who glory in the name Catholic Bishops and His Holiness find no rational absurdity in such a Catholic political and individual psychology, anymore than they do maintaining the false claim that Biden was actually recently elected president of the United States. Could the reason for this nonsensical claim chiefly be that, with all due respect, this inclines to be the psychological constitution of some Eminent Catholic Bishops and His Holiness themselves? Could Eminent Catholic Bishops, even His Holiness, be that lacking in Catholic/Christian, even ordinary human religious and political, common sense?

Impossible, you say? Who could dream of such a reality? How about James V. Schall, who, shortly before he died in 2019, sent me this short email message:

"Trump is so much smarter and shrewder than his critics. No wonder he is enjoying it all."

And who, when I asked him what, more than anything else, could fix the problems in the US Catholic Church, gave me this immediate reply:

"All we need is one good bishop."

And who (given the fact that most of them have been educated at Catholic universities like Georgetown, Notre Dame and St. John's [NYC]) should be surprised that this might really be the prevailing psychology of these religious leaders?

Not Fr. Schall, I surmise, who, I suspect, would agree that the US finally has had that one good bishop he spoke about: Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

And not my former parish priest, and still friend, Fr. Frank Pavone, someone (as the link immediately below indicates) like Fr. Schall, is one good priest steeped in commonsense wisdom:

I urge some USCCB members, upper-level Catholic university administrators worldwide, to take advantage of this CWECA discount, and Pope Francis the free tuition offer, while they are still available; and I thank them for everything they have done in the past and continue to do to guarantee that the CWECA program cannot help but prosper and grow by leaps and bounds in the near and distant future: Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat!

  • From a commonsense wisdom perspective, which makes more common sense: that the sort of behavior of Pope Francis toward American Catholics described above  and recent behavior toward Chinese Catholics and Cardinal Joseph Zen are acts conceived 1) by an ex-Bueonos Aires Bar Bouncer and janitor, or 2) a career Deep State Vatican bureaucrat? 












In light of a report from trusted sources in NYC that, due to a dramatic drop (reportedly around 30%) in fall semester 2020 enrollments, one of the most well-known self-identified Catholic universities in the US told its faculty and administrators that a need exists to declare a state of "financial exigency" (including a reduction of salary and University contribution to retirement accounts), Peter DeMarco, CEO of the Priority Thinking Institute, LLC (PTI: and Peter A. Redpath, CEO of the Aquinas School of Leadership, Management, and Organizational Development, LLC (ASL: say they have moved up to 11 January 2021 launch of a joint affiliation they have been planning for several years. DeMarco explained this decision by saying:

"Peter Redpath and I see the Covid-19 pandemic to be a sign of the straw that broke the famed Camel's back. For over 20 years, Dr. Redpath and some of our colleagues have been predicting that the Industrial Age, administratively top-heavy and commonsense-impoverished college and universities in the West would soon start to fall like dominoes. The analogy Dr. Redpath once gave me was that their collapse would resemble US military scrambling to board helicopters to get out of Saigon at the conclusion of military involvement in the Vietnam War. As a West Point graduate, that image has stuck with me since I first started to study under Dr. Redpath to apply philosophical principles he has derived mainly from St. Thomas Aquinas to build my executive coaching business across the globe. In doing this, I have discovered that great, contemporary business leaders all over the world are desperate to hire commonsense leaders who can think and reason prudently, courageously, and wisely through today’s challenges. Sadly, most, college and university administrators and faculty, like most contemporary politicians, are sorely lacking in common sense. Even in China—my last international trip in January, 2020, before the Covid travel restrictions were implemented— I found within top business leaders with whom I met a hunger to apply to their leadership teams the concrete and fertile, Thomistic psychological principles I use instead of the abstract and sterile concepts that infect contemporary graduate business schools. 

Redpath remarked: "Simultaneous arrival on the international scene of the joint Tsunamis of Covid-19 and Donald Trump have obscured to much of the world the reality of the chief causes of the contemporary chaos and anarchy we are presently witnessing on a global scale: The largely parasitic metaphysical and moral principles that generated the modern and Enlightenment, Industrial Age, administratively centralized, colleges and universities have exhausted the host of classical wisdom that had enabled these institutions to survive for centuries. Like the world-historical events of the educational collapse that befell the great Medieval universities after the Bubonic plague hit Europe in the mid-fourteenth century and the fall of Constantinople about 100 years later (in 1453) that helped usher in Marsilio Ficino's famed Platonic Academy, fall of contemporary Enlightenment colleges and universities as a result of the coincidence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the presidency of Donald Trump is a sign that these institutions have spent whatever metaphysical and moral capital they had: (1) inherited from the wisdom and prudence of antiquity and (2) added to it on their own. Just as the commonsense, land-based, Florentine, Platonic Academy was needed to help issue in the Italian renaissance and, as an unforeseen reaction against it, the later, centralized, administratively top-heavy Enlightenment colleges and universities of the Industrial Age, a common sense, online international academy is now needed at this world-historical moment to generate a new, administratively decentralized, global, higher educational renaissance properly suited for the digital age. As our friend, Professor Curtis L. Hancock once sagely observed, looking to contemporary college and university administrators and most of the faculty members at these institutions to fix this mess 'is like looking for help from arsonists to extinguish a forest fire.'"

According to DeMarco and Redpath, to avoid as much administrative interference from such individuals in delivering internationally for the new digital age the highest quality of academic excellence at lowest cost to as many students as possible, this renaissance, totally-online and asynchronous, Commonsense Wisdom Executive Coaching Academy (CWECA) will be proudly totally non-accredited, and totally free of foundation and governmental support of any kind! In addition, it will start by offering 5 completely different types of advanced degrees, based upon a model that harmonizes into a genus unto itself the excellence of soul generated by the commonsense, metaphysical and moral leadership teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas and the excellence of soul produced by analogous commonsense metaphysical and moral teachings within Asian institutions of wisdom and martial arts traditions. Achievement of these degrees will not be time-bound by the traditional Western college and university semester model. Instead, degrees will be awarded based upon mastery of academic material.

Already in place, they say, are the faculty and curriculum for the CWECA's first two degrees that include: (1) required courses in the commonsense wisdom within the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, Confucius, Hinduism, and Mortimer J. Adler, and others; and (2) some elective courses based upon the commonsense wisdom of great educational leaders like James V. Schall, S.J., Etienne Gilson, and Marshall McLuhan. An initial, required 15-lesson orientation course for the fall start of the CWECA is scheduled to begin on 11 January 2021.

Anyone interested in further information about studying at, or offering elective courses on some great, commonsense leader from within a wisdom tradition for, the CWECA should contact:

John Lyle, Esq., at:


Dr. Peter A. Redpath at:

  • See the note immediately below from Jude P. Dougherty 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, bur 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 P. Dougherty
Dean Emeritus
School of Philosophy
Catholic University of America
Washington, DC
  • New information about CWECA:

(1) To date, 30 scholars have started to develop syllabi and/or programs to offer courses at CWECA

(2) Some of these courses are required for those pursuing a degree. Others are electives for those pursuing a degree OR not pursuing one. All deal with commonsense wisdom of exceptionally wise human beings from different well-known wisdom traditions.

(3) Jude Dougherty's note refers to his examination of some of these syllabi and programs developed by scholars from the Western Catholic wisdom tradition, including pagan Greek and Roman philosophers.

(4) CWECA courses include exceptional works of wisdom from well-known global wisdom traditions.

(5) Students who wish to enroll in courses to pursue a degree and a certificate will need to take a 15-lesson orientation course that discusses Mortimer J. Adler's masterful monograph:How to Speak. How to Listen. Students not pursuing a degree may also take this course. Whichever option a student chooses, completion of this course may later be used toward completion of degree programs, and taking it is not a mandatory requirement for taking courses within CWECA.

(6) The first orientation course will be offered asynchronously, and on a rolling basis.

(7) Announcement of September 2021 course offerings and faculty names.will appear in next month's Aquinas Leadership International email update.

  • Go to the link immediately below to view Fr. Peter Stravinskas's announcement about the Catholic Education Foundation's new graduate degree program for Catholic school administrators:
  • See the information immediately below from Lewis Talbot City Internships, Founder & CEO

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  • 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 apply for a December 2020 Thomistic Institute Symposium on St. Thomas Aquinas's 5 Ways of demonstrating God's existence:
  • Vatican announces joint award of 2020 Ratzinger Prize to Jean-Luc Marion and Tracey Rowland

For more information about this event, go to:

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

  • Donations Sponsorships for the Daughters of St. Paul annual Christmas concert requested to be given at:

Go to the following link to find other ways to help the Daughters of St. Paul:

  1. A financial offering. Donate safely online: 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:
  3. Pray! Commit to pray for vocations to the Daughters and for our mission of spreading the Gospel through media.
  • Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., reports he has great news, but asks for help:

The  great news is that the Thomistic Institute's Aquinas 101 course consisting of a series of short YouTube videos that introduce the classic truths of the Catholic tradition have  had over 40,000 people sign up and over 1.3 million views!

His problem is that the TI needs to film more of them. While they do not yet have the money to do so, they have received a generous pledge to match every dollar given to this project before November 14th.

He requests we help out by going to the following link to donate to this great work:

  • 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:

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

  • The Department of General Linguistics at Palacký University announces a Call for Papers for the 20th annual meeting of the Gatherings in Biosemiotics (GIBS): 

Location: Palacký University (the second oldest university in the Czech Republic [1573] and one of the main centers of research in Moravia], Olomouc, Czechia/Czech Republic

General theme: "Zoosemiotics"

Dates: 24–28 November 2020

Go here to read the CFP:

For further information about this meeting, go to: or

  • Go to the following link to find information about and join the Ignatius Press new Formed Book Club:

  • Announcing the 7th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society

Conference theme: "Considering Viral Technologies: Pandemic-Driven Opportunities and Challanges"

Location: University of Melbourne (Parkville Campus), Melbourne, Australia

Dates: 08–09 April 2021

For further information about this meeting, go to:

  • Go to the link below to listen to a recent talk by Fr. Peter Stravinskas, President of the Catholic Education Foundation regarding the relevance of Catholic education today:

Also, go to the following link for recent issues of the Catholic Educator magazine:

Go to the following link to donate money to the CEF. Fr. Peter says the well is running dry:

  • American Philanthropic is pleased to announce that:

Together with Philanthropy Daily, they have launched “Givers, Doers, & Thinkers,” a new podcast exploring the intersection of philanthropy and civil society.

For further information about this podcast and other work American Philanthropic is doing to strengther civil society, go to:


  • 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:

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

  • Announcing the 14th International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies

Conference special focus: "Transcending Social Distance: Emerging Practices in e-Learning"

Location: University of the Aegean (Rhodes Campus), Rhodes, Greece

Dates: 05–06 May 2021

For further information about this meeting, go to:

  • Announcing a book Ignatius Press reports, "All U.S. Catholics need to read":

 Author: Kevin Starr

Title: Continental Achievement: Roman Catholics in the United States–Revolution and Early Republic

Book description: 

 In Continental Ambitions: Roman Catholics in North America , the first volume of Kevin Starr's magisterial work on American Catholics, the narrative evoked Spain, France, and Recusant England as Europeans explored, evangelized, and settled the North American continent. In Continental Achievement: Roman Catholics in the United States, the focus is on the participation of Catholics, alongside their Protestant and Jewish fellow citizens, in the Revolutionary War and the creation and development of the Republic.

With the same panoramic view and cinematic style of Starr's celebrated Americans and the California Dream series, Continental Achievement documents the way in which the American Revolution allowed Roman Catholics of the English colonies of North America to earn a new and better place for themselves in the emergent Republic.

John Carroll makes frequent appearances in roles of increasing importance: missionary, constitution writer for his ex-Jesuit colleagues, prefect apostolic, controversialist and defender of the faith, bishop, founder of Georgetown, Cathedral developer, archbishop and metropolitan, and negotiator with the Court of Rome. In him, the Maryland ethos regarding Roman Catholicism reached a point of penultimate fulfillment.

Starr also vividly portrays other representative personalities in this formative period, including Charles Carroll, the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence; his mother, Elizabeth Brooke Carroll, Sulpician John DuBois, whose escape from France in 1791 was arranged by Robespierre; convert Elizabeth Bayley Seton, founder of the first American sisterhood, the Sisters of Charity;Stephen Moylan, Muster-Master General of the Continental Army; Polish military engineer Thaddeus Kosciuszko; Colonel John Fitzgerald, an aide-de-camp to General Washington; Benedict Flaget, the first Bishop of Bardstown, Kentucky; merchant sea captain John Barry, who fought and won the last naval battle of the war; and William DuBourg, Bishop of Louisiana, who offered a Te Deum in a ceremony honoring General Andrew Jackson after his victory in the Battle of New Orleans. With his characteristic honesty and rigorous research, Kevin Starr gives his readers an enduring history of Catholics in the early years of the United States.

Use the code STARR25 to receive 25% OFF* the list price

For more information about this work and best link for lowest price for this paperback edition, go to:

  • The Telos Paul Piccone Institute announces a Call for Papers for its annual conference

Location: NYC if conditions permit; otherwise online

Dates: 18–19 September 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: "Civilizational States and Liberal Empire—Bound to Collide?"

For detailed conference description, find more conference details,  go to: 

Some details about submissions: 250-word abstracts along with a short c.v. are required. Email these to by 15 January 2021.

Please place "The 2021 Telos Conference" in the email's subject line. The criteria for selecting abstracts are: 1) relevance to the conference concern with contemporary ramifications; 2) original analysis and argument (not summary or description); amd 3) focus (conference presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes)

  • Go to the link below to hear San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone urging Americans to speak out in defense of the right to worship:

  • Congratulations to our colleague Dr. Eduardo Bernot:

For successfully defending his magisterial, 1400+page dissertation

"The First Principles of Mathematics in the Light of St. Thomas Aquinas"

with highest honors from the Universidad Abat Oliba, CEU (Barcelona, Spain) on 20 July 2020.

Since May 2019, Dr. Bernot is the 3rd student affiliated with the Aquinas School of Leadership and the Holy Apostles College and Seminary (HACS) Thomistic Studies Concentration in Christian Wisdom to have successfully completed his dissertation with highest honors from this prestigious university.

Regarding his thesis, his dissertation director, Peter A. Redpath states: "With publication of this dissertation, in my opinion, Eduardo Bernot has established himself as the greatest Thomistic scholar alive today, and of the twenty-first century. This is the best analysis of the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas that I have ever read. It surpasses anything Etienne Gilson has written about Aquinas. Finally, after 700+ years, some student of St. Thomas has included in one work the myriad of principles Aquinas actually uses and lucidly explains how and why he uses them. Once Dr. Bernot gets this work into multi-volume form with some publishing house, it should become mandatory reading for any student pursuing a graduate degree in Thomistic studies.

  • Announcing a new book publication by and interview with our colleague Robert Reilly:

Title: America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding

Book description: The Founding of the American Republic is on trial. Critics say it was a poison pill with a time-release formula; we are its victims. Its principles are responsible for the country's moral and social disintegration because they were based on the Enlightenment falsehood of radical individual autonomy.

In this well-researched book, Robert Reilly declares: not guilty. To prove his case, he traces the lineage of the ideas that made the United States, and its ordered liberty, possible. These concepts were extraordinary when they first burst upon the ancient world: the Judaic oneness of God, who creates ex nihilo and imprints his image on man; the Greek rational order of the world based upon the Reason behind it; and the Christian arrival of that Reason (Logos) incarnate in Christ. These may seem a long way from the American Founding, but Reilly argues that they are, in fact, its bedrock. Combined, they mandated the exercise of both freedom and reason.

These concepts were further developed by thinkers in the Middle Ages, who formulated the basic principles of constitutional rule. Why were they later rejected by those claiming the right to absolute rule, then reclaimed by the American Founders, only to be rejected again today? Reilly reveals the underlying drama: the conflict of might makes right versus right makes might.  America's decline, he claims, is not to be discovered in the Founding principles, but in their disavowal.

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

To listen to an interview by Mark Brumley with Robert Reilly, go to:

  • Fr. Joseph Fessio announces:

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:

  • Announcing a new translation of Dionysius the Areopagite by our colleague William Riordan:

Title: The Mystical Theologyby Dionysius the Areopagite

Book description: 

The Mystical Theology of Dionysius the Areopagite is one of the greatest classical texts ever written on prayer. The mysterious author, living during the fifth and sixth centuries, most likely in Syria, has been recognized both in the East and the West as a consummate theologian. This volume provides the finest available Greek text along with a facing-page translation as well as an introduction with historical background on Dionysius the Areopagite. Also given is an extended, concise commentary on the text.

This will be an essential volume for readers who wish to engage one of the finest writers of Christian Tradition in his classic work on prayer. This would include not only scholars but others who may seek a deeper understanding of and love for God.

For more information about this work and best link for lowest price for this paperback edition, go to:

  • The Aquinas Center at Ave Maria University announces an Call for Papers:

Location: In-person at Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Florida; and a virtual component

Dates: 11–13 February 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: "Hope and Death, Christian Responses"

To submit proposals online before 01 October 2020 and find more conference details go to:

  • The Thomistic Institute announces the following fall 2020 Summa theologiae student reading groups: 
1) Topic: "St. Thomas Aquinas on Faith: What it is and Why it Matters"

Led by Prof. Reinhard Huetter (Catholic University of America)
Days/Time: Tuesday & Thursdays/7:30pm - 8:30pm EST

Dates: 01-24 September 2020
2) Topic: "The Virtue of Prudence and the Moral Life"

Led by Fr. John Corbett, O.P. 
(Dominican House of Studies)

Days/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays/10:00 am - 11:00 am EST
Dates:  01-24 September 2020
3) Topic: "St. Thomas Aquinas's Commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews"

Led by Fr. Richard Ounsworth, O.P. (Blackfriars, Oxford)

Thursdays/11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Dates: 03-24 September 2020
4) Topic: "Justice and Mercy"

Led by Prof. John O'Callaghan (University of Notre Dame)

Days/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays/9:00pm - 10:00pm EST

Dates: 01-24 September 2020
Registration information: To register for any of these groups, go to: 
  • The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy announces a Call for Abstracts:

John Inglis reports that the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy is seeking abstracts for online paper presentations held the APA-Central 2021 meeting, Feb. 26th to 29th, which will also be held online. They seek abstracts from any area or figure in medieval philosophy in any tradition (Jewish, Christian, Islamic). They encourage submissions from scholars of all ranks, including graduate students.

Please include an abstract of 250 words (or less) with your name and any position and institutional affiliation.
Send all proposals to Stephen Ogden at ogdens[at]
From John Inglis
SMRP Sec. & Treasurer
To renew SMRP membership click on:
  • Our colleague Thomas Ciavatti announces a reading group book club for metaphysicians at Cornell University (via Zoom) for fall 2020
On 07 September 2020, this reading group will start discussing Fr. John Wippel’s master text, The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas, from Finite Being to Uncreated Being. This is a unique opportunity to perfect your knowledge of Thomistic metaphysics in fellowship with other experienced students of Saint Thomas’ metaphysical thought. The weekly meetings will be two hours long and feature guest lectures by Jennifer Frey, Brian Carl, Alexander Pruss and Gaven Kerr. Organized by the Cornell chapter of the Thomistic Institute. If you have any questions, please contact the president, Thomas Ciavatti at
  • 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:
  • Institute of Catholic Theology announces 4 new talks and online graduate Theology credits

Simone Rizkallah gives a look at the heroic life of Edith Stein, a German Jewish philosopher who converted to Catholicism, became a Discalced Carmelite nun, died in Auschwitz-Birkenau during WWII and was canonized as a martyr by St. John Paul II. Listen to Simone as she shares with us about Edith Stein's challenging academic journey as she obtained her doctoral degree in philosophy, her conversion to Catholicism and her heroic witness in the concentration camp before her death. 

To access the talk, click here:

Edith Stein: A Model for Theology Students 

Presenter: Simone Rizkallah

In light of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation that calls us all  "Missionary Disciples" (EG 120), Bill Marcotte examine what St. John Paul II writes in Mission of the Redeemer, “Missionary activity demands a specific spirituality, which applies in particular to all those whom God has called to be missionaries” (RM 87). I explore these attributes which are vital in helping us to grow in our zeal for souls as we develop as Missionary Disciples. 

To access the talk, click here:

Missionary Spirituality - St. Pope John Paul II 

Presenter: Bill Marcotte 

Dr. Eric Westby presents "The Directory for Catechesis", a new publication from the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. Dr. Westby explores how this Directory places catechetical instruction and formation of Catechists in the center of the work of evangelization and shares how this document clarifies the importance of catechetical renewal in Christian Communities. Those of us who are responsible for religious instruction, in dioceses, parishes, and schools will find this directory to be indispensable. 

To access the talk, click here:

The 2020 Directory For Catechesis 
Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization

Presenter: Dr. Eric Westby

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  • Announcing a new book publication by our colleague Sr. Mary Lea Hill, FSP:

Title: Complaints of the Saints

Book description: Saints are human, and humans complain. A lot. How can we reconcile these two facts? Despite the somewhat one-dimensional portraits of sanctity that we find in some devotional material, every saint struggled in his or her life. And it was not always easy for them to handle their struggles gracefully.

Complaints of the Saints by Sr. Mary Lea Hill, FSP, shares some of the saints’ responses to suffering. The witty anecdotes and wisdom Sr. Hill conveys are both consoling and relatable, teaching us that the saints experienced the same emotions we do in the face of hardship. And they complained to God! Complaints of the Saints argues that complaining, while not a good thing in and of itself, is simply a natural human reaction to life’s difficulties. Just as the saints used their human nature, faults, and even complaints as a means for growing closer to God, so what we feel about and how we react to our trials can be a means for drawing us closer to God. As evidenced in Scripture and the life of the saints, God can handle our feelings and complaints.

In 61 short chapters, Sr. Hill relays the stories of a diverse range of holy men and women who reached out to God in times of need—sometimes with an acerbic tongue, as with St. Jerome; sometimes with patience, as with St. Thérèse of Lisieux; or sometimes with a gruff demeanor, as with St. Damien of Molokai. All of these saints enjoyed a close relationship with the Lord, and they were not afraid to reach out to him in their own voice, even with raw feelings. Sr. Hill’s sense of humor and affection for the saints discussed is apparent in her writing, and after reading this book, you’ll feel closer to them as well. Yes, even you can become a saint!

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

  • Ignatius Press announces daily snippets of receive a snippet of Catholic wisdom 

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  • Dr. Nichilas Pappas announces some new initiatives from ATINER below:
Dear Colleague:

I would like to bring to your attention the organization of the two following small academic events: (a) the 8th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World, 4-5 January 2021, Athens, Greece, (b) the 12th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, 7-8 June 2021, Athens, Greece. You are more than welcome to submit a proposal for presentation. ATINER has decided to offer the option of remote (online or pre-recorded) presentation for those who cannot travel for objective or subjective reasons. If you need more information, please let me know, and our administration will send it to you including the meetings’ websites and abstract submission form.

In addition, the October issue (Volume 7, Issue 4, October 2020) of the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts (AJHA) has been uploaded (I paste the table of contents below). I can send you the link if you are interested. You are welcome to submit a paper of publication in the AJHA.


Front Pages i-xiv
The Reel (Re)Presentation of the Artist in Late Twentieth Century American Film
Dena Gilby
“Like a Battering-Ram”: The Place of Language in Levinas’s Thought
Dorit Lemberger
The Importance of Arts Education: Graduation and Dropout Rates at a School of Music in the Bronx, New York (2007-2011)
Nicolás Alberto Dosman
The Power of Greetings in African Christianity
Humphrey Mwangi Waweru

My best regards,
Dr. Nicholas Pappas

Vice President of Academic & Membership, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)
Professor, Sam Houston University, USA.
  • 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:


  • 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:

  • Congratulations to our colleague Romanus Cesario, O.P. for being awarded the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair of Theology at Ave Maria University starting the fall 2020

For more information about this recognition, go to:

  • Kevin Arnold from the John Templeton Foundation announces:

The John Templeton Foundation just kickstarted a new request for ideas series called the Ideas Challenge. The current challenge is aimed at exploring novel scientific and philosophical ideas useful for advancing the study of goal-directed or goal-seeking phenomena in nature.
The Foundation is offering fifty (50) $1000 USD individual awards for the top 50 ideas submitted by U.S. residents. To enter, entrants must provide the Foundation with a one-page (500-word max) concept by August 31, 2020. In addition to the prize, promising ideas from both winners and other entrants will inform future funding initiatives supported by the Foundation in 2020 and beyond.
For more information, go to:

  • 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

  • Announcing a Call for Papers for the 44th annual meeting of the American Maritain Association

Location: De Sales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania

Dates: 18–20 March 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: "Maritain and Questions about Freedom"

Some details about the conference:

As always, the AMA is also interested in papers on any topic relevant to the perennial philosophy!

Please send proposals of up to 500 words that explore any of the above or related questions to Dr. James M. Jacobs at by December 15, 2020. Presentations should be 25-30 minutes in length. There is a $250 prize and guaranteed publication for the best graduate student paper; this paper is to be submitted by January 15, 2021. 

Registration fee is $100 ($50 for students.) Membership in the American Maritain Association is $75. ($35 for students.) We encourage timely online payment. Registration at the conference will be $125 ($60 for students

For more information, contact:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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)
  • Announcing the Nineteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies

Location: Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Dates: 2 July 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: "Information, Medium & Society: Research in the Age of Thinking Machines, Implications for Scholars, Libraries, and Publishers"

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

  • Go to the following links for information from Carmelite Monks in Wyoming about their new ventures:
  • See the Summer Intern Update information below from City Internships: A very limited number of summer places are available on our Los Angeles, New York and London programs*, interested students are advised to apply within a week to avoid disappointment via:

*All program elements, which include program-length (8 weeks or more) work placements and an accompanying schedule of career readiness and skills training classes and workshops, may be attended in-person or remotely (or any combination thereof on a flexible basis) at the student’s discretion.

Critically, students do not need to travel to the cities in which their program/work placement is based for summer, fall and winter 2020 programs.

See our full statement on our COVID-19-related provisions, here.

Thank you for your support this season.

*All program elements, which include program-length (8 weeks or more) work placements and an accompanying schedule of career readiness and skills training classes and workshops, may be attended in-person or remotely (or any combination thereof on a flexible basis) at the student’s discretion.

Critically, students do not need to travel to the cities in which their program/work placement is based for summer, fall and winter 2020 programs.

See our full statement on our COVID-19-related provisions, here.

Thank you for your support this season.

Please let me know if there is any way in which we may be able to help and support your students’ preparation for and, critically, transition into meaningful careers.

I remain slightly more sanguine than most about the job prospects for today’s undergraduates, but the jobs market for today’s new graduates will be unprecedentedly challenging. They’ll need all the help and support we can muster.

Thanks and best wishes


Lewis Talbot
City Internships, Founder & CEO

Please let me know if there is any way in which we may be able to help and support your students’ preparation for and, critically, transition into meaningful careers.

I remain slightly more sanguine than most about the job prospects for today’s undergraduates, but the jobs market for today’s new graduates will be unprecedentedly challenging. They’ll need all the help and support we can muster.

Thanks and best wishes


Lewis Talbot
City Internships, Founder & CEO

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City Internships is a member of the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE), NAFSA: Association of International Educators, The Forum on Education Abroad and the National Society on Experiential Education (NSEE).

  • Click on the following link for a topical index to the works of Mortimer J. Adler:
  • Click on the following link for information about the July 2020 online priest conference sponsored by the Catholic Education Foundation:

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:

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:

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:
  • Molloy College in Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York, has recently announced online teaching openings for adjunct philosophy professors to teach courses in Bioethics and also Business Ethics. Here are direct links to the postings:
  • WCAT Radio announces its HELP DANTE HELP ITALY PROJECT at:

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 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 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
  • Announcing the Thomas Ricklin Book Prize for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

On anniversary of Thomas Ricklin’s death, his wife Sandra Plastina Ricklin, members of family, the head of Cetefil Alessandra Beccarisi and its scientific committee announce a prize in memory of Thomas Ricklin, professor at the Ludwig- Maximilians-Universität (München) and scholar of medieval philosophical culture. The initiative is aimed at supporting the publication of a critical study or annotated edition of a text, in the field of medieval and renaissance philosophy by young scholars. The initiative is sponsored by CETEFIL, the Centre for the editing of philosophical texts of the University of Salento.

Object of the selection: presentation of a monograph or critical edition of a text in the field of medieval and renaissance philosophy, accompanied by an abstract. The study can be written in the following languages: Italian, French, English, Spanish, German.

Requirements for admission: the award is open to Italian and foreign scholars who have held a PhD for no longer than ten years on the date of publication of the announcement.

Sum to be awarded and adjudicating committee: the prize, of 3,000 euros, made available by Ricklin’s wife and family, will be assigned to the winner, selected by a jury, whose decision is final, composed of: the director of Cetefil, Professor Alessandra Beccarisi (Università del Salento), Professor Sandra Plastina Ricklin (Università della Calabria), Professor Ruedi Imbach (Université de Fribourg), Professor Loris Sturlese (Accademia dei Lincei), and Professor Johannes Bartuschat (Universität Zurich).

Applications for participation in the award must be sent by December 30th each year to the following address:

They must contain: 1) personal information including date and place of birth, address of residence and/or domicile, telephone number, e-mail address; 2) photocopy of the candidate’s PhD certificate or equivalent declaration; 3) photocopy of a valid identity document; 4) original critical edition of a currently unedited text in the field of medieval and renaissance philosophical culture; 5) presentation abstract. The subject line must contain “Premio Internazionale Thomas Ricklin – Seconda edizione”.

Outcome of the selection and presentation of the award: The outcome of the selection will be published on the Cetefil website (

The winner will be personally informed. The presentation of the award will take place on the occasion of a public event at a date and in an institutional setting to be announced subsequently.

  • John Inglis, Treasurer of the Society for Medival and Renaissance Philosophy (SMRP), sends along the following announcement from Rob Pasnau:

I am sorry to have to add to your confinement blues, but my annual list of books in medieval philosophy --- below --- comes with two pieces of bad news. First, this is not as comprehensive a list as in previous years. (For various reasons, I was unable to call on the research help that I have previously relied on.) Second, I have decided that this is the last such list I am going to generate. It turns out to be a tedious and unending process to hunt down new books published in the field. Having done it since 2012, I have decided to stop pushing this particular rock up this particular hill. (On to other rocks and other hills!)

If others are interested in taking over this public service, I would of course be delighted to share their work in this forum.

As ever, the list is randomly organized, and begins with some books from 2018 that were left off last year's list.

* * *

Johannes Hiltalingen von Basel, Lectura super quattuor libros Sententiarum: Tomus III, super secundum librum, ed. Venício Marcolino, Monica Brînzei, Carolin Oser-Grote (Cassiciacum, 2018)

Irene O'Daly, John of Salisbury and the Medieval Roman Renaissance (Manchester University Press, 2018)

E. Göransson, G. Iversen, and B. Crostini, eds. The Arts of Editing Medieval Greek and Latin: A Casebook (Brepols, 2018)

Carlos Steel, Steven Vanden Broecke, David Juste & Shlomo Sela (eds.). The Astrological Autobiography of a Medieval Philosopher: Henry Bate’s Nativitas (1280-81) (Leuven, 2018).

Maria-Jesús Soto-Bruna (ed.), Causality and Resemblance: Medieval Approaches to the Explanation of Nature (Olms, 2018)

Alexander Key, Language between God and the Poets: Ma'na in the Eleventh Century (University of California Press, 2018)

Amador Vega, Peter Weibel, Siegfried Zielinski (eds), Dia-logos : Ramon Llull's method of thought and artistic practice (University of Minnesota Press, 2018)

Peter Adamson and Matteo Di Giovanni (eds.), Interpreting Averroes:  Critical Essays (Cambridge UP)

Daniel Schwartz, The Political Morality of the Late Scholastics: Civic Life, War and Conscience (Cambridge UP)

Thomas Williams (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Ethics (Cambridge UP)

Charles H. Manekin and Daniel Davies (eds.), Interpreting Maimonides: Critical Essays (Cambridge UP)

Norman Russell, Gregory Palamas and the Making of Palamism in the Modern Age (OUP)

Robert Grosseteste, Compotus, edited by Alfred Lohr and C. Philipp E. Nothaft (OUP) [Latin edition with facing English translation]

Robert Grosseteste, The Scientific Works, volume 1, edited by Giles Gasper, Cecilia Panti, Tom McLeish, and Hannah Smithson (OUP). [Edits De artibus liberalibus and De generatione sonorum. First of 6 projected volumes, including edition, English translation, and commentaries.]

Daniel Heider, Jesuit Psychology on the Eve of Modernity (Brill)

Bruce Foltz (ed.), Medieval Philosophy: A Multicultural Reader (Bloomsbury)

Stephen Boulter, Why Medieval Philosophy Matters (Bloomsbury)

Simon J.G. Burton, Joshua Hollmann, and Eric M. Parker, Nicholas of Cusa and the Making of the Early Modern World (Brill)

Thomas M. Izbicki, Jason Aleksander and Donald Duclow (eds.), Nicholas of Cusa and times of transition: essays in honor of Gerald Christianson (Brill)

Giannozzo Manetti, On human worth and excellence, edited and translated by Brian P. Copenhaver (Harvard University Press)

Michel Scot, Liber particularis. Liber physonomie, Édition critique, introduction et notes par Oleg Voskoboynikov (SISMEL)

Dominic D'Ettore, Analogy after Aquinas : logical problems, Thomistic answers (Catholic University of America Press)

Nicholas Kahm, Aquinas on emotion's participation in reason (Catholic University of America Press)

Fabio Acerbi and Gudrun Vuillemin Diem, La transmission du savoir grec en Occident: Guillaume de Moerbeke, le Laur. Plut. 87.25 (Thémistius, in De an.) et la bibliothèque de Boniface VIII (Leuven)

Adelardo de Bath, Cuestiones naturales, Spanish tr. José L. Cantón Alonso (EUNSA)

Andrew Lazella, The Singular Voice of Being:  John Duns Scotus and Ultimate Difference (Fordham UP)

Lydia Schumacher, Early Franciscan Theology: Between Authority and Innovation (Cambridge UP)

Gaven Kerr, Aquinas and the Metaphysics of Creation (OUP)

Sophia Vasalou, Virtues of Greatness in the Arabic Tradition (OUP)

Claude Panaccio, Récit et reconstruction : Les fondements de la méthode en histoire de la philosophie (Vrin)

Manuel Lázaro Pulido, Francisco León Florido, Francisco Javier Rubio Hípola (eds.), Pensar la Edad Media Cristiana: San Buenaventura de Bagnoregio (1217-1274) (Sindéresis)

Ruedi Imbach, Minima mediaevalia. Saggi di filosofia medievale (Aracne)

James A. Diamond and Menachem Kellner, Reinventing Maimonides in contemporary Jewish thought (Littman Library Of Jewish Civilization)

Rudolf Schüssler, The Debate on Probable Opinions in the Scholastic Tradition (Brill)

Robert Pasnau, Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy volume 7 (OUP)

Zahra Ayubi, Gendered morality : classical Islamic ethics of the self, family, and society (Columbia University Press)

Bonaventure, Itinéraire de l'esprit jusqu'en Dieu, tr. L. Solignac (Vrin)

Jean-Baptiste Brenet et Olga Lizzini (eds.), La philosophie arabe à l'étude. Sens, limites et défis d'une discipline moderne (Vrin)

Antonia LoLordo (ed.), Persons (Oxford Philosophical Concepts) (OUP) [articles by Scott Williams, Anthony Shaker, Christina Van Dyke]

Etienne Gilson, Studies in medieval philosophy, translated by James G. Colbert (Cascade Books)

Jacob W. Wood, To stir a restless heart : Thomas Aquinas and Henri de Lubac on nature, grace, and the desire for God (Catholic University of America Press)

Taylor Patrick O’Neill, Grace, predestination, and the permission of sin : a Thomistic analysis (Catholic University of America Press)

Petrus Ioannis Olivi, Questions sur la foi, tr. Nicolas Faucher (Vrin)

Alfarabi, Book of Dialectic (Kitāb al-Jadal): On the Starting Point of Islamic Philosophy, translated by David M. DiPasquale (Cambridge UP)

James Carey, Natural reason and natural law : an assessment of the Straussian criticisms of Thomas Aquinas (Resource Publications)

Brian Donaghey, Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr., Philip Edward Phillips, Paul E. Szarmach ; with assistance from Kenneth C. Hawley. Remaking Boethius: the English language translation tradition of The consolation of philosophy (Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies)

Epistles of the Brethern of Purity, On God and the world. An Arabic critical edition and English translation of Epistles 49-51, edited and translated by Wilferd Madelung, Cyril V. Uy, Carmela Baffioni, Nuha Alshaar ; foreword by Nader El-Bizri (OUP)

Joshua S. Nunziato, Augustine and the Economy of Sacrifice: Ancient and Modern Perspectives (Cambridge UP)

David C. Kraemer, A History of the Talmud (Cambridge UP)

Nicolas Faucher, La volonté de croire au Moyen Âge: les théories de la foi dans la pensée scolastique du XIIIème siècle (Brepols)

Christopher Cullen & Franklin Harkins (eds.), The discovery of being & Thomas Aquinas : philosophical and theological perspectives (Catholic University of America Press)

William of Ockham, Dialogus Part 3, Tract 2, edited by Semih Heinen and Karl Ubl (British Academy)

Tom Angier (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Ethics (Cambridge UP)

Elena Băltuță, Medieval Perceptual Puzzles: Theories of Sense Perception in the 13th and 14th Centuries (Brill)

José Maria Silva Rosa & Álvaro Balsas (eds.), Teorias Políticas Medievais (Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia vol. 75.3)

Ibn Ṭumlūs, Compendium on Logic, Arabic text edited by Fouad Ben Ahmed (Brill)

Joël Biard and Aurélien Robert (eds.), La philosophie de Blaise de Parme: physique, psychologie, éthique (SISMEL)

Matthew Levering, Aquinas's eschatological ethics and the virtue of temperance (University of Notre Dame Press)

John Peter Radez, Ibn Miskawayh, the soul, and the pursuit of happiness: the truly happy sage (Lexington Books)

Peter Adamson, Medieval PhilosophyA History of Philosophy without any Gaps, Volume 4 (Oxford UP)

  • The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (SMRP) announces:

Award of an annual prize of $500 for the best paper on Medieval or Renaissance philosophy by a younger scholar. Eligibility is restricted to graduate students and recent Ph. D.s (within the last five years).

The award recipient will be invited to present a paper at a SMRP session at conference of one’s choice in the year of the competition.  The recipient may apply for up to $500 to assist with travel expenses. In recent years, SMRP has sponsored sessions at the annual meetings of the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo), as well as at several other conferences.

Submissions, which should generally be limited to 9,000 words, may include:

- The text of a lecture delivered within the last year or to be delivered (though short, informal talks are not suitable)

- Unpublished Essays

- Articles or chapters submitted for publication or forthcoming but not yet in print.

Entries should be submitted to Dr. Thomas Osborne at by May 1.

In your email, please include your name, affiliation, title of your paper, contact information, and date of PhD.  The file you submit must be prepared for blind review (including the elimination of meta-data from the electronic file) and should include an abstract of not more than 200 words.

  • Go to the link below for videos of the terrific, recent Telos Paul Piccone Institute (TPPI) 2020 Conference:

  • 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:

See Richard Taylor's terrific article on "Maimonides and Aquinas on Divine Attributes: The Importance of Avicenna" at: 

  • The Catholic Education Foundation announces that its annual summer conference on "The Role of the Priest in Today's Catholic School" will now happen via ZOOM conferencing and at a reduced cost!:

Time/Day/Date: From 4:00 p.m., 14 July to 4:00 p.m., 16 July 2020
(with accommodations available a day earlier or later)

Location: Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey (a ten-minute ride from Newark International Airport)

Invited participants: Clergy who are pastors, parochial vicars, or those directly involved in the elementary or secondary school apostolate (or who wish to be), and seminarians.

Registration deadline: Before 31 May 2020

For more information, contact Fr. Peter Stravinskas at:215-327-5754 or email

  • Our colleague Brendan Sweetman makes the following announcement about Marcel Studies and dues:

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

I am very happy to announce that the Fourth Issue of Marcel Studies, our on line, peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal, has been released. You can read the Journal here:

As well as interesting articles and reviews, be sure to check out our “News and Views” section.  This issue features an obituary for Marcel Scholar, K.R. Hanley, and a reflection on attending a lecture by Marcel from Irish poet, Desmond Egan. 

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 2019 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: 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,


  • 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).


Brian Kemple, Ph. D.

Executive Editor, On behalf of the Reality Editorial Team

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

  • 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:

  • Peter A. Redpath announces his return to work with Brill Publishing as a member of the Editorial Board in the Philosophy and Religion (PAR) Special Series

For information about the PAR series with Brill go to:

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

  • Under the honorary presidency of His Eminence Rev. Luis Cardinal Ladaria Ferrer (Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Thomistic Institute of the Angelicum announce the Eleventh International Thomistic Congress: 

Congress theme: "Vetera novis augere: The resources of the Thomistic tradition in the current context"

Dates: 21–25 September 2020

Location: Rome, Italy

For more information, go to:

  • Announcing a "Call for Papers" for 2 official University Journals at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL)

1) Roczniki Kulturoznawcze (Annals of Cultural Studies) is a quarterly, interdisciplinary, cultural journal

For more information, see:

Also, contact the Editor, Prof. Imelda Chłodna-Błach at:

2) Zeszyty Naukowe KUL (Kul Scientific Notebooks) is an interdisciplinary, scientific journal specializing in the role of values, conflict of values, and their transformations and impact on multicultural societies of Central and Eastern Europe. The main purpose of the Journal is to present research about the identification and description of values ​​as factors of fundamental importance for the functioning of modern societies, their legal and political systems, and their impact on social communication.

For more information, see:

Also, contact the Editor, Prof. Robert Kryński at:

  • Our colleague Fran O'Rourke announces that the Symposium Thomisticum V, originally scheduled for June 2020, has been re-scheduled for June 2021; see the information link and details below:

Topic: "Aquinas on Action"

Dates: 03–05 June 2021

Location: Cracow, Poland

For more information, contact Fran O'Rourke at:

Also, see the following link for information about 2 recent publications by Symposium authors:

  • The Institute of Catholic Theology in Phoenix, AZ, announces that its Spring 2020 All-Access Pass is now available at the link immediately below:

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

Applications are now open for undergraduate and graduate certificates in apologetics at:

  • A reminder from the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy for the SMRP 2020 Inaugural Conference: 

Dates: 30 September–October 2020

Location: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.

For more conference information, go to:

  • The Thomistic Institute in Washington, D.C. announces:

Most U.S. universities have sent their students home. Now there's even more need for a forum where students and others can encounter the truth of the Catholic intellectual tradition – and experience a real communion in the truth.
That’s why the TI has been working around the clock to create a new outreach of the Thomistic Institute: Quarantine Lectures, which will launch next week. 
The TI will live 
stream lectures several nights a week, for as long as the coronavirus quarantine lasts.

Participants will be able to watch the live video stream, ask real-time questions by voice from your own webcam, and continue the conversation with students from their campus via live post-lecture video discussion groups at the end of the session.  (Non-students are welcome, too, especially our Aquinas 101 subscribers!) 

The TI now has 52 videos available in its Aquinas 101 video course.  Visit to watch and to find more resources.
The Institute has 716 recorded TI lectures on its iSoundCloud page, which are also available on almost all podcast apps. Search for “The Thomistic Institute” and subscribe. (Over the past year, the TI has
had nearly 1.4 million listens!)

Registration is now open for its five major summer conferences of 2020 (details and registration links for each are below):

1. The TI’s oldest and biggest event: Thomistic Philosophy Workshop– this year’s theme is Aquinas on Knowledge, Truth and Wisdom

2. The Civitas Dei Summer FellowshipFaith, Reason, and the State

Dates: 14–19 June 2020

Location: The Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C.

Featured speakers: Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P. (Dominican House of Studies),Prof. V. Bradley Lewis (The Catholic University of America), and Prof. Adrian Vermeule (Harvard Law School).

For more information, go to:

3. Third annual Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science Symposium: Chance and Indeterminacy in the Natural World

Dates: 16–20 June 2020

Location: Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D. C.

Featured speakers include: John Brungardt (Newman University), Travis Dumsday(University of Edmonton), Michael Gorman(The Catholic University of America), Sr. Stephen Patrick, O.P.(Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist), Jay Pike(Providence College),Valerie Plaus (Franciscan University of Steubenville), Steve Snyder (Christendom College), Peter Ulrickson (The Catholic University of America),Fr. Robert Verrill, O.P. (Baylor University), and Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P.(Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome).

For more information, go to:

4. 2020 Student Leadership Conference will gather the leaders of TI's campus chapters, on The Vocation of the Catholic Intellectual

Dates: 16–20 June 2020

Location: Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D. C.

Featured speakers: Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome), Prof. Jessica Murdoch (Villanova University), Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P. (Dominican House of Studies)

For more information, go to:

5. Ninth annual Conference for Priests: The Future of Marriage

Dates: 21–23 July 2020

Location: Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D. C.

Featured speakers: Fr. Thomas Petri, OP (Dominican House of Studies), Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk (National Catholic Bioethics Center), and Fr. Bill Byrne (Archdiocese of Washington).

See the following link for all upcoming events sponsored by the Thomistic Institute in Washington, D.C.:

  • The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) is pleased to announce:

Associate Professor Laura Rudolph Cloud (Michigan State University, USA) and Professor Jorge Sidney Coli (Universida de Estadual de Campinas [UNICAMP], Brazil) have accepted our invitation to speak at the 11th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, 8-11 June 2020, Athens, Greece.

ATINER is pleased to announce that Dr. Ana Flavia Zuim (Director of Vocal Performance - Music Assistant Professor, New York University, USA) has just accepted our invitation to speak at this meeting. You are more than welcome to participate in the conference with a presentation or as an attendee (entails a registration fee). The scientific conference is sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts (AJHA).

Interested scholars are more than welcome to contribute to the e-Journal with a scientific paper (publication is free of any costs). If you are interested, ATINER's administration would be more than happy to send additional information. The AJHA also sponsors the 8th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World, 4-7 January 2021, Athens, Greece, in which scholars are also invited to submit a proposal for participation.

For more information about this and other ATINER conferences, go to:

Dr. Zoe Boutsioli, Vice President of Publications Athens Institute for Education and Research reports that: 1) 2020 marks the silver anniversary of ATINER: 25 years of non-Euclidean improvement!; 2) many things that can be done. 2547 members from 117 countries and many more academics who volunteered in the reviewing process of ATINER'S 14 e-Journals (started publishing them in 2014) is a good base to build a better publication outlet for the world academic community. Dr. Boutsioli invites contributions to this process by (a) submitting some of your good academic papers to be considered for publication which involves no cost; (b) help ATINER with the review process; (c) contribute to our annual conferences with a presentation (it does involve costs on your part); and (d) inform your colleagues including graduate students about ATINER.

A number of papers are being considered for publication in the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts (AJHA). Below you can find the list of papers and the links where they can be downloaded from. You may review only up to 2 papers. If you are interested, we will send you more information on how to proceed.

  1. Art Studio Supervision with or without Exposure: A Sample Survey of Implementation for Graduate Student Achievement at Altinbas University (Paper Code: 2020-3542-AJHA)
  2. The Apparent Good, Feelings of Pleasure, and Perceptions of Value in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (Paper Code: 2020-3561-AJHA-PHI)
  3. Images of Animals in Neolithic Chinese Ceramic (Paper Code: 2020-3597-AJHA-ARTCUL)
  4. The Power of Greetings in African Chirstianity (Paper Code: 2020-3600-AJHA)
Scholars are also invited to contribute to our e-Journals with an original research paper (journal publication is cost free) and/or to participate at the Athens International Symposium on Education and Research, 20-23 November 2020, Athens, Greece (, or at the 8th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World, 4-7 January 2021, Athens, Greece ( Please note that you do not have to present your paper to have it considered for the Journal.

In addition, this anniversary year ATINER is organizing a Workshop on Democracy (13-14 July 2020).

  • Announcing the 13th Global Studies Conference

Location: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Dates: 04–05 June 2020

Special 2020 Conference theme focus: "Globilization and Social Movements: Familiar Patterns, New Constellations?"

For more information, go to:

Location: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Dates: 11–13 February 2021

Proposal submission deadline: 31 July 2020

For more information, go to:

  • 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
  • The Benedict XVI Institute announces the Funding Patrons Dinner for its TruthBeauty and Goodness Project:

Dates: 17 SeptemberJ 2020

Location: Salesforce Tower, 415 Mission St, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA

 For more information, go to:

  • Announcing a Call for Proposals for the 15th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Dates: 20–22 July 2020

Topic: "Reflecting on Community Building: Ways of Creating and Transmitting Heritage"

Location:National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

For more Conference information, go to:

  • Mount Holyoke College announces upcoming conference

Details: The MHSPC is a three-day, pre-read, workshop-style conference on the Mount Holyoke College campus in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Everyone in the world is invited to submit a paper, or to volunteer to be a commentator or session chair, but conference attendance is limited to those on the conference program (and also to members of the conference program committee, the assistant conference organizers, and members of the MHC philosophy department). This is partly due to funding and logistical constraints, and partly due to the fact that the MHSPC is a workshop-style conference that involves in-depth discussions of works-in-progress.

Dates: 21–21 June 2020

Location: Department of Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts

For more information: See the MHSPC Call for Papers at:

  • See the link below to recently-published book by our colleague Jorge J. E. Gracia:

*Title:  With a Diamond in My ShoeA Philosopher's Search for Identity in America

The intellectual autobiography of a leading figure in the field of Latin American philosophy

Author: Jorge J. E. Gracia

Publisher: SUNY Series: Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture


  • See the links immediately below for the C.S. Lewis Society of California, its Book and Film Club Schedule, and its Logos eNewsletter

  • Go to this link for upcoming Philadelphia-area events sponsored by the International Institute for Culture:
  • Divine Mercy University, Washington, D.C. announces scholarships available for graduate courses in:

Clinical Psychology, and Counseling

For more information, go to: 

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

             "Angelicum Academy at Holy Apostles College"

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

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

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

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

For more information about this program, see:

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

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

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

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

  • Announcing CEINDO 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:

  • The journal Scientia et Fides:

A joint-venture, open-access, online journal published twice a year by the Faculty of Theology of Nicolaus Copernicus University, in Torun, Poland, in collaboration with the Group of Research “Science, Reason, and Faith” [CRYF], at University of Navarra seeks rigorous research works regarding different aspects of the relationship between science and religion. SetF articles are not confined to the methodology of a single discipline and may cover a wide range of topics, provided that the interdisciplinary dialogue between science and religion is tackled. The Journal accepts articles written in English, Spanish, Polish, French, Italian, and German, which will be evaluated by a peer-review process.

For further information about publishing articles in SetF, see:

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

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

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

For example, immediately below are offerings related to Mortimer J. Adler and St. Thomas Aquinas:

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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.

● Some YouTube Videos from past annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congresses are available for viewing

To view these videos, go to the following link on the Aquinas School of Leadership's "Events" menu:

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

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

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

  • Support the work of the Benedict XVI Institute here:

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

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

  • 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 January to March 2020 issue:,154

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

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

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

  • Check out new publications from Public Philosophy Press:

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

● 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: