● Announcing a Final Call for Papers on the Topic "A Return to Pre-Modern Principles of Economic Science"

Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2019

Word limit: 7,000 words

Journal and Target Publication Date: Studia Gilsoniana: A Journal in Classical Philosophy (Oct.-Dec., 2019)



Advisory Editors:

Dr. Peter A. Redpath, CEO, Aquinas School of Leadership (ASL)

Marvin B. Daniel Peláez, Fellow, ASL School of Economics

Jason Morgan, Fellow, ASL School of Economics

Authors are encouraged to consult the guidelines “For Authors” at:,20

Please direct any questions and submissions to Jason Morgan ( and Marvin B. Daniel Peláez (

All papers will be anonymously peer reviewed under the direction of Studia Gilsoniana Editor-in-Chief, Pawel Tarasiewicz:

Themes and Topics:

Contemporary “Economic science” emerged out of the Neoclassical tradition in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The meaning of the term is a product of its time because of its strong mathematical orientation and assumptions about the rational nature of human beings and our behavior in the marketplace. In recent decades, economists have come to realize that modern economics can benefit from broader assumptions from other disciplines about the human person. In October 2017, for example, Professor Richard H. Thaler from the University of Chicago received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science for his work in behavioral economics, a discipline that seeks to incorporate more aspects of human psychology to increase the predictability of economic models.

Taking “economic science” as two separate terms, the pre-modern understanding of “economy” derives etymologically from a Greek word meaning household management, where management involved the ordering of domestic affairs. The classical, and later medieval, understanding of “science” (or scientia in Latin) is knowledge of causes. According to James Weisheipl in his “Classification of the Sciences in Medieval Thought,” scientia “was used to designate a discerning, penetrating, intellectual grasp of a situation or of a given subject,” which required principles, or starting points. Thus, economic science, like all other sciences, must have principles. Some economists, however, object to attempts at understanding modern economics from the contributions of the past because, they say, doing so is anachronistic. These objections are correct when it comes to economic assumptions born in their respective times, but not when it comes to principles. Scientific principles are perennial, and modern economics can benefit from the principles of pre-modern sciences or philosophy. 

Some motivating questions:

A special issue of Studia Gilsoniana (celebrating founding of the Aquinas School of Leadership School of Economics) calls for a renewal of pre-modern scientific principles in a contemporary economic context.  

From this understanding of pre-modern economic science, we entertain some of the following questions: How can principles of pre-modern economics, or science, provide insight about the management, or organization, of modern economic affairs? Do the pre-moderns have anything to say about virtue and the political community and its economic institutions? Does a pre-modern understanding of psychology play a role in economic activity by the human person? Can a pre-modern understanding of philosophy of science provide insight into what economists today understand by the ontology of economics? Finally, can a pre-modern understanding of morality inform economic policy. 

● See the link below to Peter A. Redpath’s 02 May 2019 Paradise Valley Community College Public Philosophy Lecture Series Presentation:

Topic:  “Étienne Gilson as Philosophical Prophet: The Metaphysical Causes of Contemporary Terrorism, and How to Eradicate Them”:

● Our Colleagues James Hanink and Mario Ramos-Reyes are Currently Hosting an En Route Media WCAT Radio Show Called "The Open Door." Go to the link below to listen to the latest interviews: 

Topic:  “Étienne Gilson as Philosophical Prophet: The Metaphysical Causes of Contemporary Terrorism, and How to Eradicate Them”:

● See the link below to Peter A. Redpath’s 02 May 2019 Paradise Valley Community College Public Philosophy Lecture Series Presentation:

● Announcing a “Call for Papers” for the12th East/West Philosophers’ Conference

Topic: “Walls: Thinking through Insularity”

Dates: 22–29 May 2020

Location: University of Hawaii, Honolulu

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

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

Paper and panel submission details:

Proposals are invited for individual papers and panels. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to the Conference organizers via:

Submission timeline: 01 November 2019

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

Abstracts received after November 1, 2019 will be vetted as received, taking into consideration the late submission. The absolute deadline for abstract submissions is March 15, 2020. After this, we will not be able to accommodate additional proposals.

Final papers due: 15 April 2020

For more information about the conference, go to:

● Professor Brendan Sweetman Announces Publication of the Third Issue of Marcel Studies and a Call for Dues

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

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

You can read the Journal here: well as interesting articles and reviews, be sure to check out our new “News and Views” feature!   (This feature will replace our occasional Newsletters.)  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:

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PAYPAL: It is also possible to pay dues, or to make a contribution, by means of paypal. Just send your payment to my email 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 prodution of the Journal, conferences, research support, website maintenance, etc. 

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● Announcing a“Call for Papers” for the Journal Open Theology that may be of interest to friends of Marcel, and those interested in Existential Philosophy

Topic: “Existential Conceptions of the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology

Edited by: 
Steven DeLay (Wake Forest University) 
Nikolaas Deketelaere (University of Oxford)
Elizabeth Li (University of Oxford)

Description given by editors:

We invite submissions for the topical issue of "Open Theology" ( entitled “Existential Conceptions of the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology.” This issue is prepared in connection with the conference “Figuring Existence” held in collaboration with the Centre of Theology and Modern European Thought, University of Oxford.

This special issue aims to explore and reflect on the ways in which the relationship between philosophy and theology is conceived, problematised, and illuminated in existential or existentialist thought. In contributing to this discussion, papers could for example address the relationship between philosophy and theology through existential analysis of philosophically and theologically significant themes, such as freedom, paradox, sin, salvation, grace, reason and more; papers could also address this relationship by discussing the positions of specific existential or existentialist thinkers on this issue (we understand this group of thinkers broadly, so as to include for example Augustine, Pascal, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Jaspers, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Tillich, Bultmann, Falque and others); or papers could sketch what the very notion of existential analysis might tell us about philosophy and theology today. 
This issue thus seeks to address the complex and long-contested question of philosophy and theology’s relationship through an existential lens and thereby shed further light on the possible points of interaction and conflict between philosophy and theology as academic disciplines and modes of reflection.

We invite submissions from the conference presenters and also from the authors who will not attend the conference.


Submissions will be collected by May 10, 2019 via the on-line submission system at:

Choose as article type: “Special Issue Article: Oxford Conference"

All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.

Before submission please read the Instruction for Authors:

Because Open Theology is published in Open Access model, as a rule the publishing cost should be covered by Article Processing Charges (APC) paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. However, for the conference presenters who will not be able to obtain the funds, the charge will be waived.

For further information please email Nikolaas Deketelaere ( or Elizabeth Li (

In case of technical or financial questions, please contact the journal’s Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk (

Best regards,

Lucas Gworek

Assistant Editor

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● Go to the following link( for a “Call for Abstracts” from Ave Maria University and the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies for a 07 to 08 February 2020 conference on:

“Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology”

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

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

Theme: “Nature and its Meanings”

In 2020, the 70th anniversary of its founding, the theme of the Metaphysical Society of America’s annual meetig will be “Nature and its Meanings.”  Papers treating any aspect of this wide issue, whether thematic or historical, are welcome. The following questions are some examples of what proposed papers might address.

* What is nature? How is nature to be understood metaphysically?  What is the history and analysis of the concept of nature? What are “natures”? What is “non-natural” – the artificial, the cultural, the normative, the transcendental, the divine?

* What is naturalism? What are the kinds of naturalism, their virtues and their vices? What is (or are) the opposite(s) of naturalism? How is modern naturalism different from ancient and medieval naturalism? Is naturalism kin to atheism, materialism, physicalism, atomism, empiricism, nominalism, and positivism, and incompatible with theism, idealism, panpsychism, holism, rationalism, realism, and phenomenology? Or are those lists too simple? On which side would humanism go? What are the major disagreements among prominent naturalistic thinkers, from Aristotle to Hobbes, Mach to Quine, Whitehead to Santayana? Must naturalism be “reductive,” or can “non-reductive” approaches (e.g. Peirce, Bergson, Dewey, Teilhard De Chardin) be truly naturalistic? Can naturalism be found in putatively non-naturalistic thinkers, e.g., Plotinus, Spinoza, Leibniz, Schelling, Royce, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze?

* What is the relationship of metaphysics and modern natural science? What was the metaphysical view of nature bequeathed us by the 17th century scientist/philosophers? What are its merits and demerits today? What ought to be the role of the results of scientific inquiry in metaphysical speculation, if any? How has the science of the last century and a half, from biological evolution to relativity and quantum mechanics, altered the early modern picture? How have metaphysics and science altered each other – e.g. ethologist Lloyd Morgan’s impact on Samuel Alexander, biologist Jacob Von Uexküll’s on Heidegger, Whitehead’s influence on Conrad Waddington’s epigenetics? Ought recent work on “emergence,” the “disunity” of science, evolutionary biology, and complexity, systems, and hierarchy theory – associated with names like  Donald Campbell, John Duprė, J. J. Gibson, Marjorie Grene, Stuart Kaufman, Ilya Prigogine, William Wimsatt – recast our metaphysical appraisal of natural science yet again?

* Can nature be conceived in ways that are compatible with mind, purpose,self, and free will? Is a naturalistic conception of human nature incompatible with, or uninformative for, understanding intentionality, meaning, experience, sociality, knowledge, or art? Can naturalistic approaches to human mind – for example in neuroscience and cognitive science – be incorporated into an adequate metaphysics of mind?

* Is modern naturalism, or any metaphysics rooted in the modern conception of nature, incompatible with normativity or the Good? Does the naturalistic fallacy in ethics still hold? Are naturalistic and evolutionary approaches to epistemology and logic plausible? Can “natural law” in political theory be compatible with scientific natural law? What is the relation of nature to aesthetic beauty?

* Do non-Western metaphysical traditions – e.g. Orthodox Christian, Chinese, Japanese, South Asian, Islamic, African, Indigenous American – present novel conceptual and cultural resources for understanding nature? Where does Western naturalism, and particularly modern Western naturalism, fail by their standards?

* Must naturalism reject God? Is it inherently anti-supernatural, or incompatible with divinity and religion? Must the divine, the transcendent, or the sacred be external to nature? (Or, if nature and God are synthesized, must pan(en)theism endorse a very un-naturalistic notion of nature?) Which conceptions of God or gods are compatible, and which incompatible, with modern naturalism? What relation can be asserted between the eternal and the temporal?

* Do ecology and environmental studies suggest a novel metaphysical perspective? What metaphysics is most appropriate for an ecologically concerned philosophy? What is the place of animal “values,” “goods” or “rights” in a naturalistic account of the world?

* Can metaphysics recast or repair the methodological conflict of thehumanities and social sciences with the natural sciences? Is the continuing division of inquiry into C.P. Snow’s “the two cultures,” and with it the century-long battle in the social sciences between the adoption of natural scientific versus “humanistic” or “hermeneutic” methods, unavoidable? Can the metaphysics of nature put this conflict in another light?                                                                                                         

* Must current political conceptions, such as feminism, critical race theory, and queer theory, find biological or naturalist theories of human being antithetical? Or is that opposition mistaken? Can the notions of the human person characteristic of these views be compatible with a naturalistic, e.g. biological and evolutionary, context?

Location: College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts

Dates: 19 to 22 March 2020


500-word abstracts should be sent electronically by September 1, 2019 to Lawrence Cahoone, Professor of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross at:   The Program Committee will then select the conference papers. Those whose abstracts are chosen should submit completed papers by January 15, 2020 to allow review by commentators and publication of the program.  Further information on the conference will become available at:

●  Thomas International Center Announces Recent TIC Events are Now Listed at:

●  See the Following Link for All Upcoming Events Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute in Washington, D.C.:

●  The Catholic Education Foundation Announces an Intensive 4-Day Seminar for Bishops, Priests, and Seminarians:

Location: Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey

Dates: July 16 to July 19, 2019

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

For Further Information Contact Fr. Peter Stravinskas at: 732-914-1222 or

● Check Out the Latest News from Maggie Gallagher about the Benedict XVI Institute at:

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

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

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

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


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

Peter A. Redpath

Senior Fellow

Center for the Study of The Great Ideas

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

Surrendra Gangadean

Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, Paradise Valley Community College

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

Owen Anderson

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Arizona State University

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

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

● See the Links Immediately Below for the C.S. Lewis Society of California, its  2019 Book and Film Club Schedule, its Winter 2019 Logos eNewsletter, and its Show, "An Evening with C. S. Lewis, Starring David Payne":
● The 14th World Congress of Semiotics

Dates:  September 09–13, 2019

Location: National University of Arts (UNA), Buenos, Argentina

Topic: "Trajectories"

For More Information about the Congress, See:

● Announcing a Call for Papers for The 2020 Annual Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference

Dates: February 15–16, 2020

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

Topic: "After the Welfare State: Reconceiving Mutual Aid

For More Information about the Congress, See:

● 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:

●  The Angelicum Academy Great Books Program Announces It is Now Enrolling Students for Its REVOLUTIONARY: 

             "Angelicum Academy at Holy Apostles College"

Among other reasons, this Program is Revolutionary because:

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

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

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

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

For more information about this program, see:

● 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:

●  Check Out the Following Site as a Great Resource Tool: Library Genesis

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

Fore 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.

●  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:

●  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 2019 issues January through June:,135

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.

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

●  New from Telos Press Publishing, go to:

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

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

Book details:

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


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

Go her for more information:

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

●  Our Colleague Ken Bryson Announces Publication of His Latest Book A Systems Analysis of Medicine: Healing Medicine by Ibidem Press/Columbia University Press

For More Information, See:

Also see recent publications by Ken (on the Eucharist; and Compassion) in the Sophia Philosophical Review:

●  Co-founders of American Philanthropic Consulting Firm Announce Publication of New Fundraising Guide

About the Book: In The Forgotten Foundations of Fundraising, Jeremy Beer and Jeffrey Cain, co-founders of American Philanthropic, a leading consulting firm for nonprofit organizations, offer practical lessons and unconventional wisdom for both nonprofit leaders and novices in the art and science of raising money. An entertaining, informative, and eminently useful guide that draws on psychology, data, and real-world experience to explain what really drives successful fundraising.

The book is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million

●  From The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas to Give Someone a Present of a Membership in the Center, See:

Contact Peter Redpath ( to post information on the Center’s blogspot:

●  Aquinas and “the Arabs”

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