Fifth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress

20 to 22 July 2018

Immaculate Conception Seminary

Huntington, Long Island, NY, USA

  • Fifth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress Topic

The chief topic for the ALI 20 to 22 July 2018, 5th annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, Long Island, NY, USA, will be:

“Artificial Intelligence and the Futures of Philosophy, Global Leadership, and World Peace”

This World Congress will celebrate the following 7 anniversaries:

10th Anniversary of the founding of the International Étienne Gilson Society (IEGS) at a meeting sponsored by Civitas Christiana, Warsaw, Poland

10th Anniversary of the death of Mieczysław Albert Maria Krąpiec, O.P.

40th Anniversary of the death of Étienne Gilson

50th Anniversary of publication of Jacques Maritain’s Peasant of the Garonne

70th Anniversary of founding of the State of Israel

100th Anniversary of the end of World War I

200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankensteinor the Modern Prometheus

This World Congress especially welcomes individual papers, or panels, that relate works of the above-mentioned individuals to the Congress main topic.

If you would like to co-sponsor this meeting, prepare a paper, participate in, or organize, a panel related to this topic, contact the Congress Chair, Peter Redpath, at: peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com.

Preparation of the Congress program has already startedIndividual and panel presentations will be held all day Friday  and Saturdayand Sunday morning until 11:30 AMIf you have already had your paperor panelaccepted for the CongressASAP please contact Congress-Chair Peter Redpath at the e-mail address to indicate your day and time preference for presentation. If you want to apply to have a paper or panel accepted for the Congress, ASAP, contact Peter Redpath at the above e-mail address.

The Aquinas Leadership International group is pleased to announce that the American Maritain Association will join our already-existing co-sponsors to help host this meeting!

  • Fr. James V. Schall Reviews A Not-So-Elementary Christian Metaphysics

Immediately below are excerpts from a May 2018 article by Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. entitled “On What is Generated by the Human Intellect.” Full text of the article was published by The New Oxford Review at this link:

http://www.newoxfordreview.org/article.jsp?did=0518-schall

“A Not-So-Elementary Christian Metaphysics is a rich book, and Redpath has a clear style. He breaks complicated issues into short, intelligible units. He repeats difficult points, and then he repeats them again, rephrasing them to make them understandable. This is a book I wish I’d had in my earlier years of studies. In reading it, I found that many notions and points I had often wondered about, or about which I needed more explanation, were much clearer after Redpath dealt with them. For us metaphysicians, this is a book of refreshment and a review of what we thought we knew. . . .

A book is an artifact that, once published, is just out there. It awaits a reader who can understand it, who is capable of seeing what truth or error might be found in it. A Not-So-Elementary Christian Metaphysics is one of those rare, to-the-point books that argues forcefully about the heart of things. The book is remarkably whole. It relates the order of the mind and the order of things in a way we seldom see in a brief space. Yes, it remains a difficult book. We must take time to read it. Philosophy, it is said, is the quest for a knowledge of the whole. It is this knowledge that completes each of us and points us to the reality from which and in which we live.

‘The natural human desire to become happy, in turn, can only be satisfied by generating the sciences of metaphysics and ethics,’ Redpath writes. ‘And of these two, ethical activity can only be completely satisfying to the extent to which we are able intellectually to satisfy ourselves that, in this life, we have achieved the best of human goods: a most perfect contemplative knowledge of the beauty of our own souls, that we possess the highest truth and perfect virtue.’ Redpath is not a utopian and does not think everyone will choose and discipline himself to achieve the highest things in this life. But he is right in telling us what we are about when we know both ourselves and what is out there that is not ourselves.

The advantage of this book is its constant, step-by-step guidance to knowing how to achieve such an end of understanding what is, if we would have it. This is the highest service a professor can perform for those who wonder, for those who seek to know reality. And if he is wrong in any of his argument, Peter Redpath wants to be the first to know it and to know why, if indeed he is wrong.

This is a ‘not-so-elementary’ treatise from a man who wrote about ‘how to read a difficult book.’ If we are careful and persistent, when we come to the end of A Not-So-Elementary Christian Metaphysics, we will see that the difficulty was worth it. We will also see, much to our surprise, that metaphysics is the one discipline we dare not neglect. This is, perhaps, why Redpath calls it a Christian metaphysics.”

See these 2 recently-published books by Fr. Schall:

1) The Universe We Think In Washington, D. C.: The Catholic Univerfsity of America Press, 2018)

2) On IslamA Chronological Record 20022018 (San Francisco, Ignatius Press, 2018)

  • International Etienne Gilson Society to Honor Fr. Andrzej Maryniarczyk S. D. B with Prestigious “Aquinas Medal for Excellence in Christian Philosophy” at June 2018 World Congresses in Poland

As part of the international celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the International Etienne Gilson Society in Warsaw, Poland, in 2008, the International Etienne Gilson Society is pleased to announce presentation of its coveted “Aquinas Medal for Excellence in Christian Philosophy” to Chair of the Department of Metaphysics at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Professor Fr. Andrzej Maryniarczyk, on the occasion of 2 June World Congresses taking place in Lublin (06 June 2018, at KUL) and Warsaw (08 June 2018, at Cardinal Wyszynski University).

For further details about these 2 international congresses, contact Chair of the Department of the Philosophy of Culture, Piotr Jaorszynski at: jarosz@kul.pl.

  • Templeton World Charity, Graduate Theological Union, and Holy Apostles College and Seminary Course Offering
The Templeton World Charity Foundation is working in concert with the Graduate Theological Union to offer a free, six-week course entitled Wisdom from World Religions beginning on June 4. This is a course that I’ve assisted in building to ensure the quality of its content in its explanation of how the other religions of the world work.
You can register now at https://wisdomfromworldreligions.com/
The value of participating in this course is to develop an understanding of what religions other than Christianity are claiming–not only for our work in discussing them intelligently with atheists who use the existence of a plurality of religions as a point of argument against theism, but also in basic apologetics work whenever we encounter adherents of other faith traditions.
You can find a one-hour interview by Holy Apostles alumnus Michael Horn with the course professor, Dr. Kenneth Rose, on WCAT Radio’s “I Thought You’d Like to Know” show. The direct link to the interview is here:
Everyone who signs up will receive two certificates of completion: one from the Graduate Theological Union and another from Holy Apostles.
Please share this information in your social media and with those you think would benefit from a better understanding of the world’s religions, especially those engaged in the work of Catholic apologetics.
  • The Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Cordially Invites You to Celebrate 50 Years of Telos

Day: Friday

Date: 08 June 2018

Time: 5:30 P. M. to 7:30 P. M.

Location: The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 West 43rd St., 17th Floor, NYC, NY, 10036

Comments to be made by: Russell Berman, Tim Luke, David Pan, and Adrian Pabst

Paper Presentation: Jake Siegel will speak on, “Telos, Post-Liberal Politics, and a Veteran’s Reading of Ernst Junger”

Tickets: Now available at: www.telosinstitute.net/telos50

For more information: Contact Mary Piccone at: piccone@telospress.com

  • The Colson Center Announces a New Short Course

The Colson Center announces a 4-week, online course on  “Christian Ethics in the Brave New World”

Speakers: Scott Klusendorf, Emily Colson, C. Ben Mitchell, John Stonestreed (Leader), Warren Cole Smith (Leader)

Date: 05 to 26 June 2018

For more information, go to this site:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christian-ethics-in-the-brave-new-world-tickets-46115529791?utm_source=Colson+Center+Master+List&utm_campaign=ee3f61498c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_CCSC_Reformation_GlennSunshine_COPY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_84bd2dc76d-ee3f61498c-9185693

  • The International Institute for Culture Announces Summer Latin Courses

Go to the links below to see summer Latin courses being offered by the International Institute for Culture:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/international+institute+for+/1631840f5cfb35f9

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/international+institute+/16352b0d331d4425

  • Call for Papers, 10th Beyond Humanism Conference,Wroclaw, Poland

Date: 18 to 21 July 2018

Location: Wroclaw, Poland (Faculty of Social Sciences and Journalism, University of Lower Silesia).

Topic: “Cultures of the Posthuman”

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Steve Fuller, University of Warwick; Prof. Bernard Stiegler, L’Institut de recherche et d’innovation.

For detailed information about the Beyond Humanism Conference Series, see: http://beyondhumanism.org/

English abstracts up to 500 words, to be sent in MS Word and PDF formatto: posthuman.conference@gmail.com

Files should be named and submitted in the following manner:

Submission: First Name Last name. docx (or .doc) / .pdf

Example: “Submission: MaryAndy.docx”

Deadlines: Abstracts should be received by the 01 April 2018.

Acceptance notifications will be sent out by the end of April 2018.

All those accepted will receive information on the venue(s), local attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and planned receptions and events for participants. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes. Each presenter will be given 10 additional minutes for questions and discussions with the audience, for a total of 30 minutes.

Organizing Committee/Beyond Humanism Network:

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, John Cabot University, Rome; Sangkyu Shin, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul; Evi Sampanikou, University of the Aegean; Francesca Ferrando, NYU, New York; Jaime del Val, Reverso-Metabody, Madrid; Jan Stasienko, University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw; Maciej Czerniakowski, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

The following video demonstrates the atmosphere during a Beyond Humanism Conference and exemplifies the diversity of Posthuman Studies. It was shot during the 9th Beyond Humanism Conference which took place at John Cabot University in Rome some weeks ago and during which the launch of the Journal of Posthuman Studies was celebrated:

http://beyondhumanism.org/…/video-9th-beyond-humanism-conf…/

Immediately below you can download the brochure with the detailed CFPs

http://paas.org.pl/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/bhc10-cfp.pdf

Please consider submitting your most treasured reflections to the ground breaking Journal of Posthuman Studies:
http://www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_JPHS.html

Please share this information widely!

Prof. Dr. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
John Cabot University
Via della Lungara, 233
00165 Roma
Italy

Director of the Beyond Humanism Network; Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies; Research Fellow at the Ewha Institute for the Humanities of Ewha Womans University/Seoul; Visiting Fellow at the Ethics Centre of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

www.sorgner.de

Posthuman Studies Hub

The Official Homepage for Beyond Humanism Conference Series

BEYONDHUMANISM.ORG

http://beyondhumanism.org/

  • Conference and Journal Announcements from the Arts and Humanities Division of ATINER

The Arts and Humanities Division of ATINER would like to announce that the 6th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World (https://www.atiner.gr/humanities) has been planned and will take place on 0and 04 January 2019 in Athens, Greece. You are more than welcome to submit a proposal for presentation. If you plan to attend, you may also send us a stream proposal to be organized as part of the conference. If you need more information, please let me know and our administration will send it to you.

You can also always consider the possibility of submitting papers for publication in our academic journals or take part in these publication projects by reviewing papers. Journal publication does not require attendance at our conferences, and it is free of submission and publication charges. For details, see our Journal Policy athttps://www.athensjournals.gr/paper-submission.

Dr. Nicholas Pappas, Honorary President, ATINER & Professor, Sam Houston State University, USADr. David Philip Wick, Director, Arts and Humanities Division, ATINER & Professor, Gordon College, USA

  • International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Call for Papers, 13 to 16 June, 2018

The International Society for Neoplatonic Studies announces that its 16th annual conference will be held in Los Angeles on 13 to 16 June 2018 in conjunction with Loyola Marymount University.

For more information, see: http://www.isns.us/conferences.html

● Two Summer Refresher Courses on Bioethics in Rome, Italy Announced by the:

Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights established at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum Athenaeum and with the Università Europea di Roma: 

1) Topic: “Current Challenges in Bioethics” 

Days: Monday to Friday 

Dates: 02 to 06 July 2018 

2) Topic: “Human Enhancement: Bioethical Challenges of Emerging Technologies” 

Days: Monday to Friday 

Dates: 09 to 13 July 2018 

The Summer and International Refresher Course in Bioethics will take place at our University Campus: Via degli Aldobrandeschi 190 – 00163 Rome – Italy. The courses will be offered in English and Italian. The course is organized by the School of Bioethics with the collaboration of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights established at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum Athenaeum and with the Università Europea di Roma.

30 scholarships available for attending any one-week session are open to university-level students.

This introductory course held from 02 to 06 July is offered for those who would like to have a greater comprehension of bioethics principles and different bioethical issues.

The second week course from 09 to 13 July offers an interdisciplinary study of human enhancement to better understand the techniques, the benefits, and the inherent risks of these technologies. What will be the impact on our understanding of being human—human nature as we understand it today—and what are the possible consequences for future generations?

See the links below for more information:

https://www.upra.org/offerta-formativa/facolta/bioetica/corso-estivo/

http://www.unescobiochair.org/2017/08/16/17th-summer-course-in-bioethics-human-enhancement-bioethical-challenges-of-emerging-technologies/

Practical Information:

The courses begin on Monday 02 July and 09 July 2018 respectively at 9 a.m. (Rome Time)

Via degli Aldobrandeschi 190, 00163 Rome

Room: Aula Master, 1st floor

How to participate in these events:

Registration is necessary to join the courses. For information, email info.bioetica@upra.org

If you are unable to join now, but are interested in these courses, send your e-mail address to info.bioetica@upra.org and you will be updated about future bioethics courses.

For more information, contact Fr. Joseph Tham, L. C, M. D., Ph. D

   Professor, School of Bioethics

   Pontificio Ateneo Regina Apostolorum

   Via degli Aldobrandeschi 190 – 00163 – Rome – Italy

   Italy +39 06 66527698 / +39 3451052662

   Hong Kong +852 64455832

  • Call for Papers,  Scientia et Fides Journal 

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

For further information about publishing articles in SetF, see:

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

  • 19 to 20 September 2018, École Pratique des Hautes Études Celebrates Gilson as Part of Its 150th Anniversary Celebration

The École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris is pleased to announce that it will include a series of events on 19 and 20 September related to the work of Étienne Gilson as part of the celebration of the school’s founding in 1868. For more information about the celebration, contact Coordinateur de l’événement Michel Cacouros, Maître de conférences Habilité, Sciences Historiques et Philologiques at: michel.cacouros@ephe.sorbonne.fr

  • The Catholic Answers 2018 National Conference, San Diego

The Catholic Answers announces that its 2018 National Conference topic will be: “Faith and Science”

Dates: 27 to 30 September, 2018

Location: Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, San Diego, California

For Conference details, contact the link immediately below:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/international+institute+/16352b0d331d4425

  • 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:

peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com

  • Aquinas School of Philosophy Site: Rich in Resources related to St. Thomas

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

http://www.aquinasphilosophy.com/

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

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

  • The International Étienne Gilson Society, Studia Gilsoniana

The IEGS Again Congratulates Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz and His Editorial Staff for recent publications of the Studia Gilsoniana journal. Go to this link to see recent issues: http://www.gilsonsociety.com/?issues,31

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

See the following link to join or pay dues:

http://gilsonsociety.com/?membership,4

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

http://gilsonsociety.com/?donations,2

  • From The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas

Give Someone a Present of a Membership in the Center. See: 

http://www.thegreatideas.org/Membership.htm

Contact Peter Redpath (Peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com

to post information on the Center’s blogspot:

http://thegreatideasfromthegreatbooks.blogspot.com

http://www.ticenter.net/

  • 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:

http://academic.mu.edu/taylorr/Aquinas_and_the_Arabs/Aquinas_%26_the_Arabs.html          

  • En Route Books & Media and St. Augustine’s Press

Check out the following links for recent publications by En Route Books & Media and St. Augustine Press:

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

http://www.staugustine.net/

PLEASE FORWARD THIS ALI UPDATE TO ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT FIND IT OF INTEREST!  

If you would like us to post something related to your organization, please email your request to: peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com 

If you have already contacted us about posting some information, and we have not yet done so, please remind us by contacting us at the above email address.

 Peter

 Peter A. Redpath

ANNOUNCEMENT!

Starting in mid-January, through his Aquinas School of Leadership Center for Leadership Coaching (ASLCLC), Dr. Peter A. Redpath will offer a 15-week, 1-hour, online, international, ASLCLC certificate course on “The Samurai Thomism of Miyamoto Musashi as an Application of the Tao of St. Thomas Aquinas” dealing with the organizational genius of St. Thomas Aquinas.
This course will include a mix of graduate student and executive participants (from business, the military, and institutes [for example, the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas, the Hudson Center for Policy Research, West Point graduates, the Caux Roundtable, the Adler-Aquinas Institute, and other groups]).
The focus of attention of this class will be on Musashi’s short work The Book of the Five Rings and organizational principles of St. Thomas that Dr. Redpath discusses in his HACS PHS 731 graduate courses “The One and the Many” and PHS 761 on “The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful, and the Ugly.” No readings from Aquinas will be required. As content for discussion from St. Thomas, Dr. Redpath will provide from his 2 courses select YouTube URLs and an accompanying transcript, plus suggested downloadable readings.
The chief aim of this course will be to show that what made this 17th-century Japanese Samurai warrior the master Samurai fighter of his time was his consistent application of psychological organizational principles that comprise the organizational genius of St. Thomas Aquinas.
For those who successfully complete this course and later are accepted as students into the Holy Apostles College and Seminary graduate program, Dr. Redpath has asked the HACS administration to allow him to apply participation credit for this ASLCLC certificate class to his PHS 731 HACS Christian Wisdom Concentration Course.

The exact day/date, and start time has not yet been determined. Likely, it will be a Tuesday or Wednesday evening, about 8:30 PM Eastern time, US. The total cost of the seminar, apart from the modest cost of purchase of Musashi’s book, is $295. Class size will be limited to 10 students, and several students have already registered. For further details, please contact Dr. Redpath at

peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com

ASAP, please let me know whether you will be able to join us for this online class.
Best wishes,
Peter
Peter A. Redpath
CEO, Aquinas School of Leadership

Aquinas Leadership International at the THE FIRST ANNUAL AQUINAS LEADERSHIP INTERNATIONAL SUMMER WORLD CONGRESS Island, July 17-20, 2014

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Peter Redpath

Peter RedpathA LETTER FROM THE RECTOR TO PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND OTHERS INTERESTED IN THE WORK OF THE ADLER-AQUINAS INSTITUTE

Much information is posted on the Adler-Aquinas Institute (AAI) about the nature and development of AAI. I write this letter to simplify for prospective students and others the precise nature and aim of AAI and what it can offer you. Precisely speaking, more than anything else, AAI is chiefly an international, online, renaissance academy, designed, in an age of educational, cultural, and civilizational decadence, to help preserve the best of classical learning and Western culture and pass this on to future generations.

While many people mistakenly identify the “renaissance” with a post-thirteenth-century revival of learning that started in Italy and spread, over several centuries, to other European countries, in actuality, Western culture has witnessed at least a half-dozen or more major educational renaissances, starting with the life and death of Socrates, the founding of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum in ancient Greece (that initiated a renaissance in philosophical learning after attacks made on philosophers by ancient poets and sophists), and the neo-Platonic movement spearheaded by Plotinus after atomism and stoicism had weakened classical philosophical learning.

These renaissances were followed by the work of Marcus Tullius Cicero during the decline of ancient Rome and, during the first Christian renaissances, in the work of the Church Fathers, especially St. Aurelius Augustine; the writings of Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, the work of encyclopedists like Isiodore of Seville and Cassiodorus; and the ninth-century Carolingian renaissance under Charlemagne and Alcuin that culminated in the growth of cathedral and monastic schools and the birth of Western universities inhabited by educational giants like Sts. Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, and Bonaventure.

In each instance, these stages of “rebirth” involved development of transitioning individuals and associations (great intellects with providential vision followed by great educational movements that their work tended to generate) that acted as proximate first principles for the growth of a new order of learning that they did not, and could not, precisely envision. While most contemporary Westerners have little to no idea of what the term “principle” chiefly meant for an ancient Greek intellectual, or even what it chiefly means today, in classical Western antiquity, for the leading philosophers it mainly referred to the point from which something started or out of which something grew. In this sense a physical point is the principle of a physical line and, as Aristotle recognized, the natural family is the principle of a clan, the clan is a principle of a village or town, the village or town is the principle of a city. When most of us today think of the main way an institution of higher learning starts and develops, we tend to think of its proximate first principle to be a group of individuals getting together with a precise plan to build a campus, hire faculty and administrators, and develop a curriculum. Such a mode of procedure tends to be followed by individuals who are clueless about the natural order of development of human learning.
Knowledge is the proximate first principle of learning, learning is the proximate first principle of experience; experience is the proximate first principle of art; art is the proximate first principle of science; and science is the proximate first principle of wisdom. We know because we have a natural desire to learn. We have a natural desire to learn because we have a natural desire for experience. We have a natural desire for experience because we have a natural desire to become artistic. We have a natural desire to become artistic because we have a natural desire to become scientific. And we have a natural desire to become scientific because we have a natural desire to become wise.

Crucial to building any organization is to have the right aim and to unite people together who are qualified to grow that aim out of their collective cooperation. The best people to determine how to build an excellent fire department are skilled fire-fighters, no one else. The same is true of future Western, and global, education: the best way to develop it is to assemble together in an association of higher learning the people sharing the same precise aim who are most qualified to build it. This is what AAI chiefly seeks to do.

Most contemporary institutions of elementary, secondary, and higher education are collapsing mainly because they have the wrong chief aim. The chief aim of most of them is vocational and technological training (educating for a job), ideological indoctrination, or a combination of both. Because institutions of higher learning train most business, political, and religious leaders, for a similar reason, most of these organizations are in cultural, if not total, decline, as is the West itself. They have lost their understanding of precisely how what they do contributes to the chief aim of Western culture and civilization: development of a wise civilization. As a result, many serious scholars, intellectuals trained in classical learning, are leaving these institutions and joining or forming their own organizations.

Classically considered, all education’s chief aim is training for human happiness: habituation in moral and intellectual virtue, training in those qualities that enable human beings to participate in self-rule and live together in peace as free agents, and become wise. While essential for prosperity, or wealth, vocational and technological training do not inculcate within a population the qualities that enable people to engage in self-government. They do not liberate from the ignorance that fosters human misery in all its forms, especially in that of developing healthy human relationships that foster wisdom, prudence, justice, and peace in interpersonal dealings. In contrast, people trained in intellectual and moral virtue tend to have the skills needed to get a job, develop wealth, and prosper personally and professionally.

Contemporary education in general and higher education especially have severed pursuit of education, especially science, from the pursuit of wisdom. In so doing, they have destroyed a proper understanding of education and science as a whole and turned both into forms of sophistry, pursuits of power in which being able to build and destroy becomes the sign of human excellence. Such an understanding of higher education and science is disordered. Science divorced from pursuit of wisdom can no more be science than can be experience divorced from pursuit of art or can a group of families (a clan) from the natural pursuit of a more perfect union in a healthy city. Such an unnatural divorce turns science and higher education into forms of foolishness serving the interests of despots, self-centered individuals, and sociopaths. It cannot be right. No form of knowing or education that separates itself from pursuit of wisdom can legitimately claim to be “science” or “educational.”

AAI chiefly exists to counteract such a disordered understanding of education and science and to restore and preserve the best elements of classical education for contemporary students and students of future generations. We seek to do so chiefly through the work of our Fellows and educational affiliations through which we put students in touch with contemporary renaissance institutes and scholars.

Examples of such affiliations are associations we have with the Angelicum Academy Great Books Program, the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (LSP), the graduate program in Thomistic Studies offered through the University Abat Oliba, in Barcelona, Spain, and, developing in 2014, a catechetical institute “certificate” program centered around (1) four of Fr. Fessio’s college-level theology courses; (2) online classes from the Angelicum Great Books program (including, among others, readings from Old and New Testaments, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, St. Augustine, Boethius, St. Thomas Aquinas, papal encyclicals, more contemporary authors [including some AAI Fellows], and from the Angelicum Great Books Program Study Guides); development of a Catholic Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): CatholicEducationOnline.org. I hope this letter will be of assistance to you and that you will join us in our work.

Peter A. Redpath, Ph.D.
Rector, Adler-Aquinas Institute