Announcing September Start of Preparatory School that will offer the Required Core Curriculum for the Commonsense Wisdom Executive Coaching Academy       

Dear Friends, Colleagues, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes,

Peter A. Redpath

CEO, Aquinas School of Leadership, LLC

[email protected]


  • Go to the following links to obtain a copy of Peter A. Redpath's recently republished How to Read a Difficult Book: A Beginner's Guide to the Lost Art of Philosophical Reading:

How to Read a Difficult Book

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

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

Go to the following link to contact Sebastian Mahfood at En Route Books and Media for information about Redpath's monograph currently in press:

How to Listen and How to SpeakStanding on the Shoulders of Giants to Renew Common Sense and Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom in the Contemporary World

How to Listen and How to Speak

Blurb from the back cover: "Revisiting Mortimer J. Adler’s classic book, How to Speak. How to Listen, Redpath transcends the work with penetrating historical, psychological, and philosophical insights with wit and humor on why the arts of listening and speaking are essential for the pursuit of common sense—the first principle of understanding—and commonsense wisdom in promoting world peace. College students to global leaders will benefit immensely from the collaborative efforts of these two commonsense intellectual giants!

Marvin B. Daniel Peláez is the founder of The Boethian Renewal and Co-Director of the Aquinas School of Leadership School of Economics. He is also a Supervisory Economist for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And see the following link for information about the collective volume in press with Brill publishing, co-edited by Peter A. Redpath, Imelda Chłodna-Błach, and Artur Mamcarz-Plisiecki:

The Great Ideas of Religion and Freedom: A Semiotic Reinterpretation of the Great Ideas Movement for the 21st Century

The Great Ideas of Religion and Freedom

"This volume tests a hypothesis—philosophy and science are identical forms of behavioristic, organizational psychology: a psychological habit of wondering about causes of organizational existence, formation, and behavior. Focusing attention on two universal and culturally influential great ideas—freedom and religion—this volume’s array of international scholars demonstrate that leading ancient and medieval philosophers did philosophy in this way. Also, well-known philosophers/scientists like Mortimer J. Adler and John N. Deely practiced philosophy this way. Doing so is precisely what made these philosophers uniquely capable of generating great ideas as motivational principles that dramatically alter cultures. In a nutshell, this work offers significant support for its historically and philosophically ground-breaking thesis."

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

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

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

2. Philosophy/Science as Uncommon Commonsense Wisdom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other syllabi exist, and are in preparationfor CWLAA courses. For example, existing syllabi exist on: the uncommon commonsense wisdom of Plato and his dialogues the Crito, Euthyphro, Meno, and Gorgias; and in-preparation are syllabi on: the uncommon commonsense catechetical wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas and leading a happy human life; the uncommon commonsense historical wisdom of Dr. John C. Rao (Oxford, PhD: John C. Rao); the uncommon commonsense Soulful Organizational Leadership of Arthur William McVey; and the commonsense logic of Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski.

Registration for courses in these programs will start in mid-July 2021.

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

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

  • Go to the link below for information about Dr. Arthur William McVey's monograph, published by En Route Books and Media, entitled: 

Soulful Organizational Leadership

Arthur William McVey: Soulful Organizational Leadership

  • Go to the link below for En Route Books & Media's announcement of, and more information about, Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski's soon-to-be-published monograph entitled:

WordsConcepts, RealityAristotelian Logic for Teenagers

Kozinski: Words, Concepts, Reality

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

Cluny Media

  • Until 30 June 2021, go to the following link to register for Sr. Helena Burns's online Theology of the Bօdy Course!: Theology of the Body
  • Go to the following link for information from the Benedict XVI Institute about James Matthew Wilson: James Matthew Wilson
  • Our colleague Brendan Sweetman reports the following information related to the Marcel Society:

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

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

You can read the Journal here: Marcel Studies

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

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

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

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

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

(On behalf of the Marcel Society), With very best wishes to all of our colleagues and friends around the world after a very challenging twelve months. 



Prof. Dr Brendan Sweetman, Fellow, ISSR

Chairman, and Professor of Philosophy,  

Sullivan Chair in Philosophy,


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

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 816-501-4681


Brendan Sweetman Webpage

FELLOW, ISSR: Fellow International Society for Science and Religion

New book!: The Invisible Threshold St. Augustine's Press

Marcel StudiesMarcel Studies

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

  • 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:
  • The Thomistic Institute makes the following announcements:

-Contact Ms. Katie Brizek at [email protected] or at (202) 495-3862 for information about a full-time, in office job opening with TI in Washington, DC, as Executive Assistant to the Director.

-Go to the following link for recent and upcoming events of the TI: Thomistic Institute

Go to the link immediately below to learn about or apply for the Thomistic Institute's spring semester 2022 Ancient and Medieval Rome study abroad:

TI is now accepting applications for its Juniors Fellow Program!

Being a Junior Fellow is a full-time engagement with the Thomistic Institute and requires residency in Washington, D.C.

For more information about this program, go to:

Also, consider donating to the TI to help send a student on an intellectual retreat:

  • Go to the following link for information about the latest articles appearing in the Postil Magazine: The Postil Magazine
  • Click on the following link for information about "Sound of Freedom–
    The Real Life Fight to End Child Trafficking":

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

Dear Colleagues,

Please share this widely with interested colleagues and students.
The Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group (AAIWG) now provides lists of Current Events relevant to the study of philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions with updates every month on the 1st and the 15th of the month.
One set of events concerns Philosophy in the Lands of Islam: Events. This is maintained and edited by AAIWG graduate student members Nicoletta Nativo and Seth Kreeger. To contribute notices, email: [email protected].
Another set of events concerns Philosophy & Theology in Medieval Europe: Events. This is maintained and edited by AAIWG graduate student members Esra Isik and Abdussamet Özkan. To contribute notices of events, email them at [email protected].
Links to both lists are available at
Monthly notices of these listings of events on philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions are sent by AAIWG graduate student member Nathaniel and by AAIWG Dr. Ismail Kurun. To be removed or to be added to notifications, email them at [email protected].
Regards, Richard Taylor, AAIWG
Marquette University & KULeuven
  • The Metaphysical Society of America announces monthly MSA ZOOM Seminars in Metaphysics: 
For more information, email Tyler Tritten at: [email protected] or phone him at: 509-3313-4330
  • Go to the following link for the Institute of Catholic Theology's events, and offerings in apologetics: ICT Events
  • Go to the following link for the CFP for the Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 2 July 2021 "Information, Medium & Society: Nineteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies" online conference:

CFP International Medium and Society July 2021 conference

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

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

Edited by James K. Farge

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

For more information, go to:

  • The Coalition for Jewish Values seeks support at:

  • Res Philosophical announces a CFP related to the topic "Theological Dogma and Philosophical Innovation in Medieval Philosophy":

Call for papers (

Deadline for Submission: 01 July 1 2021; Prize: $3,000
  • Acquisitions Editor with Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Sue Saad, announces:
Kendall Hunt Publishing is an innovative publishing company with 75 years’ experience that focuses on developing publications that effectively integrate materials, technology and content specifically aligned with course objectives.

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

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

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

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Sue Saad
Acquisitions Editor
Kendall Hunt Publishing Company
732.985.2244 | [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>
  • Go to the following link for details about the Semiotics Society of America's CFP for its 20-23 October 2021, 45th annual meeting concerning the topic: Addressing Precarity: Semiotics, Semiosis, and Semioethics:
  • See the announcement at the link below of a CFP for an international conference, 04 to 05 November 2021 in Toruń, Poland, on Challenges between art and medicineto religious identity in public life
  • Go to the link for additional announcements about interviews, conferences, publications, and different society and organization events:

Aquinas School of Leadership Announcements

  • Go to the link immediately below to listen to WCAT TV's presentation of Daniel Fitzpatrick speaking about his recent translation of Dante:

Daniel Fitzpatrick talking about Dante

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

Check out the following link for information about Tim's sculptures related to Dante:
See the following link related the connection between the preceding work by Daniel and Timothy and the 600th-year celebration of Dante's birth:
  • While you are saying a rosary for Ray, and reflecting on Dante, you might want to say a rosary for our colleague, Jim Hanink, who has decided to run for Governor of California:
  • See the information immediately below for new programs from City Internships:

In response to the increasingly favorable vaccine rollouts in the US and UK, they have today reopened admissions for their mid- and late-summer in-person programs in New York and London only.

  • See the letter below from our colleague, Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz, inviting articles in theology for possible publication in a renowned Polish journal:

Dear Colleagues,

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

Blessings and regards,

Fr. Pawel

P.S. The list of those who have already published papers in English in Studia Elckie can be found at:*sc.article*c_0journalNames_0eq.e%25C5%2582ckie*l_0*c_0fulltext_0eq.all

All COVID-19-related enhanced safeguards will remain in place (including, enhanced program start and end date, program type and location, and placement and class attendance (in-person, remote or any combination thereof) flexibility, and reduced/segmented program cohort sizes).

All remote programs remain open also.

Thank you for sharing.


Lewis Talbot

Founder and CEO of City Internships


[email protected]

+1 310 438 5329

929 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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).


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  • Go to the link immediately below to find information about publications in our colleague Sebastian Mahfood's En Route Books & Media:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your time and consideration of teaching freedom and America’s founding principles to future leaders.
  • By using code JOFN25 at the link immediately, Ignatius Press announces a 25% discount on a mesmerizing new book about Jesus of Nazareth and related titles: Ignatius Press Special Discount
  • Go to the following link to obtain a copy of SPIRITUAL AUDACITY: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story Now Available on DVD!:

The much anticipated documentary film SPIRITUAL AUDACITY: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story is available today on DVD, exclusively at The film is the fourth and final installment in the Prophetic Voices film series that includes profiles of Reinhold Niebuhr, Howard Thurman and Dorothy Day.

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most remarkable and inspiring religious figures of the 20th century. After narrowly escaping the Holocaust in Europe, Heschel came to the United States to start a decades-long career as a prolific and influential writer, as well as a social and political activist. He became a personal mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr and the entire Civil Rights Movement, an early voice of resistance to the Vietnam War and a pioneer in interfaith dialogue.

“It can’t be overstated how courageous Heschel was throughout his life,” says filmmaker Martin Doblmeier. “Again and again, whether it was challenging Hitler while in Germany, risking his life on the front lines during those dangerous Selma marches, or speaking out against the Vietnam War when so few had the courage to do so, Heschel found himself on the right side of history.”

SPIRITUAL AUDACITY: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story is the first full length documentary on Heschel. It features extraordinary archival photographs and film footage, as well as remarkable interviews with Civil Rights icons Andrew Young, late Congressman John Lewis and Jesse Jackson, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch, celebrated Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann, public theologian Cornel West, Heschel’s daughter Susannah Heschel and many others.

  • Our colleague Ken Bryson announces recent publication of a new book entitled: What do We Know About God?: Theological, Philosophical, and Existential Arguments Concerning the Nature of God 

For more information, go to:

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

Dates: 2729 October 2021  

For more information, go to:

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

Dates: 07-09 July 2021

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

  • Go to the following link for information about the 02 July 2021 Nineteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies on "Information, Medium & Society" at Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, including the 02 February deadline for proposals: Information, Medium, & Society
  • Go to the following link for information about the 11-13 February 2021 online Conference on "Cognitive Issues in the Long Scotist Tradition"
  • Go to the following link for information about the 19-21 March 2021 annual conference of the Metaphysical Society of America
  •  Bishop Barron's Word on Fire Institute announces: 

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

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

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

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

Watch the video and learn more right here:

  • Go to the following link to see information about the new Master's of Education in Catholic School Administration program at Pontifex University, geared toward current or aspiring Catholic school leaders: 
  • The Institute for Catholic Theology announces its All-Access Pass for Spring 2021:
  • See the note immediately below from Jude P. Dougherty (R.I.P.) about the Aquinas School of Leadership Commonsense Wisdom Executive Coaching Academy (CWECA): 
Dear Peter,
Permit me to express my amazement as your new academy takes shape. You have brought together an outstanding group of Catholic scholars to discuss the fundamentals of Western culture.The ten courses that I have examined are a virtual encyclopedia. The Catholic faith is under attack by a hostile media that is not even pagan. The pagans did not reject Christ, they did not know Christ. Modernity rules the air waves and the visual media. The Church needs the philosophical defense of its word and culture. Obviously, to defend the Church is to defend Western culture, but readers need to be made aware of the treasure they have in this culture. If I read your intent correctly, it is to make all who are interested understand that treasure. I heartily endorse your efforts.  May you succeed beyond all expectations. That is my prayer.
Jude P. Dougherty
Dean Emeritus
School of Philosophy
Catholic University of America
Washington, DC
  • Go the recent press release from Pace University Press regarding the Lex Naturalis journal

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

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

For a complete Table of Contents or to place an order, visit

Go here for more information about the Lex Naturalis journal:

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

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

  • Our colleague Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. asks that you go to the following link to see an important message from him about Cardinal Pell: Cardinal Pell

Also, go to the following links for Christmas specials from Ignatius Press:

Ignatius Press Christmas Gift Guide

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

Dear Colleagues,

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes for a happy and holy Christmas,


E. M. Macierowski

  • 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:
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  • Go to the following link to find ways to help the Daughters of St. Paul:
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In brief, the SemesterAccelerator Program provides students a part-time, semester-length remote work placement with a leading employer completed in tandem with our Future Leader and Career Navigator courses. 

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

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

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

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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 see the Trinity Forum's announcement of readings featuring selections from the gripping Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass:

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

  • Immediately are names of educational consultants who have started to develop, or have expressed interest in developing, syllabi and/or topics and programs to offer courses in commonsense wisdom at CWECA, followied by the rationale for founding CWECA:

(1) To date, the following are some of the 30 commonsense wisdom educational consultants have started to develop, or have expressed interest in developing, syllabi and/or topics and programs to offer courses in commonsense wisdom at CWECA, including:

Owen Anderson (Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Arizona State University)

Colonel Adam Barborich (South Eastern University of Sri Lanka/Research Scholar, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, specialist in metaphysics/ethics/religious studies/Buddhism/Hinduism)

Eduardo Bernot (as of 01 January 2021, Chair of the Online Graduate Christian Wisdom Philosophy Program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary) 

Scott J. Bloch, P.A. (Former Executive of the Office Special Counsel to the United States)

Robert Delfino (Professor of Philosophy, St. John's University, NYC)

Peter DeMarco (Founder and President of Priority Thinking, LLC, Rochester, NY:  Executive Coach, Organizational, Ethics Facilitator, and Strategy Advisor)

Heather Erb (Professor of Philosophy, Lock Haven State University, Lock Haven, Pa.)

Richard Fafara (President of the Advisory Board of the International Etienne Gilson Society)

Kelly Fitzsimmons-Burton (Professor of Philosophy, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, AZ/Founding Member of the Public Philosophy Society, General Editor of the Journal of Public Philosophy)

Daniel Fitzpatrick (Translator/Editor with Timothy Schmalz of Dante Alighieri's Purgatorio and Inferno)

John Ghostley (Educational Consultant/Author/IT Trainer)

Curtis L. Hancock (Former Joseph M. Freeman Chair of Philosophy at Rockhurst University; former President of the American Maritain Association and co-founder and President of the Etienne Gilson Society [USA])

James Hanink (Former Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University [Los Angeles]/President American Maritain Association/Co-host of WCAT Radio Open Door)

Thaddeus Kozinski (Teacher of Theology at Marin Catholic high school, Instructor of The Great Books at Angelicum Academy, and Teacher of Spiritual Direction at Divine Mercy University)

Rev. Dick Lincoln (Retired Pastor, Shandon Baptist Church, Columbia, South Carolina)

John Lyle, Esq. (Director of Research and Legal Affairs, Priority Thinking Institute/Member of the Board of the Chesterton Academy of Rochester, Rochester, NY) 

Adam Martin (Translator Alabama/Germany Partnership, Birmingham, Alabama)

Andrew McLuhan (Director, The McLuhan Institute, Wellington, Ontario, Canada)

Arthur William McVey (Professor of Philosophy, Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Christian Wisdom Graduate Concentration)

Jason Morgan (Associate Professor, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Reitaku University, Chiba, Japan/Co-director Aquinas School of Leadership School of Economics)

Joseph Pearce (Co-editor, St. Austin Review)

Marvin Pelaez (Founder of The Boethian Renewal/Co-director Aquinas School of Leadership School of Economics)

Angela Puglisi (Artist/Art Historian, Washington, DC)

John Rao (Associate Professor of History, Director of the Roman Forum/Dietrich von Hildebrand Institute, and former Preident of Una Voce America)

Peter A. Redpath (Founder and CEO of Aquinas School of Leadership)

Peter Phillips Simpson  (Full Professor of Philosophy and Classics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York)

Commonsense wisdom of masters proposed to be covered include:

Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Confucius, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, St. Aurelius Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Bonaventure, John Duns Scotus, St. Francis of Assisi, Dante Alighieri, Marsilio Ficino, St. John of the Cross, John Poinsot, St, Ignatius of Loyola, Matteo Ricci, Thomas Reid, Adam Smith, Giambattista Vico, Therese Lisieux, Charles Sanders Peirce, Hilaire Belloc, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Josef Pieper, Mortimer J. Adler, Georges Bernanos, Leon Bloy, Etienne Gilson, Jacques Maritain, Christopher Dawson, Romano Guardini, James Joyce, Rene Girard, Marshall McLuhan, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Merton, J. R. R. Toklien, Singrid Undset, Shudaku Endo, Walker Percy, Dorothy Day, Graham Greene, John Henry Newman, Fulton J. Sheen, Dietrich von Hildebrand, James V. Schall, Raymond Dennehy, Ralph M. McInerny, Alasdair MacIntyre, John N. Deely, W. Edwards Deming, St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI

Commonsense wisdom topics/programs to be covered include: Commonsense Wisdom from the Great Works of Western Literature; Commonsense Wisdom in Western History; Commonsense Wisdom in Papal Encyclicals; Commonsense Wisdom from the Great Works of Eastern Literature; Commonsense Wisdom in Southern U.S. Agrarian Writers; Commonsense Biblical Wisdom; Commonsense Wisdom in Confucianism; Commonsense Wisdom in Hinduism; Commonsense Wisdom in Zen Masters; Commonsense Wisdom in Miyamoto Musashi; Commonsense Wisdom of Great Japanese Catholic Authors; Commonsense Wisdom in: Aesthetics, Economics, Estimative Intelligence, Ethics, Psychology, Social Science, Leadership, Metaphysics, Politics, International Relations

(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) 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.

(5) Immediately below is the rationale for founding CWECA at this time:












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: [email protected]


Dr. Peter A. Redpath at: [email protected]

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

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

  • 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:

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

  • 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:

  • Fr. Joseph Fessio announces Theology online courses:

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

For more information, go to:

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

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

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  • 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:

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

[email protected]

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

Location: Dublin, Ireland

For more information, go to:

  • 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:
  • 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: 
  • 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
  • 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 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

[email protected]

  • "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: [email protected]

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

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

For more information, see:

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

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

For more information, see:

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

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

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

  • Vrin Publishers announces that the first volume of the edited Oeuvres Completes of Étienne Gilson: Un Philosophe Dans La Cite. 1908-1943 (Bibliotheque Des Textes Philosophiques) (French Edition) (French) Paperback–as of 26 November 2019
  • See the link below to recently-published book by our colleague Jorge J. E. Gracia:

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

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

Author: Jorge J. E. Gracia

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


  • 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:

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  • 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: [email protected]

  • 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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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:

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