SIXTH ANNUAL AQUINAS LEADERSHIP INTERNATIONAL WORLD CONGRESS CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANEL PROPOSALS
Topic: “How, If in Any Way, are Metaphysics, Ethics, Cultural Leadership, and Politics Essentially Related?”
Dates: Thursday Evening, 02 May 2019–Saturday Evening, 04 May 2019
Location: Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, Arizona and Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, Carefree, Arizona
Congress Details: If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel at this World Congress, ASAP, please contact Congress Chair Peter Redpath at: peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com
Special Note: A few, multiple-occupancy (up to 3 persons), rooms have been reserved at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center.
If you plan to participate in this event and stay at the Retreat Center, you should let the Congress
Chair know this NOW. Only 1 room remains available for occupancy at the Retreat Center.
Deadline for Submission Acceptance:  28 February 2019
  • Announcing a Call for Papers on the Topic A Return to Pre-Modern Principles of Economic Science
    Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2019
    Word limit: 7,000 words
    Journal and Target Publication Date: Studia GilsonianaA Journal in Classical Philosophy (Oct.-Dec., 2019)
    SPECIAL VOLUME CELEBRATING FOUNDING OF
    THE AQUINAS SCHOOL OF LEADERSHIP (ASL) SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS!
    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: http://www.gilsonsociety.com/?for-authors,20
    Please direct any questions and submissions to Jason Morgan (jasonmorgan@holyapostles.edu) and Marvin B. Daniel Peláez (marvinpelaez119@gmail.com).
    All papers will be anonymously peer reviewed under the direction of Studia Gilsoniana Editor-in-Chief, Pawel Tarasiewicz: ptarasiewicz@holyapostles.edu
    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 assumptionsborn 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.
  • Go to the link below to listen to the Lecture Given by Dr. Peter A. Redpath to the
PARADISE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY, PHOENIX, AZ
AS PART OF THE PVCC PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY SERIES LECTURE
Topic: “Can a Christian Philosophy Exist? If so, What is Its Nature?”
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF HERBERT I. LONDON
  • Sad News About the Passing of American Maritain Association Colleague John A. Gueguen
American Maritain Association president James Hanink writes to inform us that Dr. John A. Gueguen passed away on 14 December 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri at age 85. During his life, among other things, John played a significant role in the American Maritain Association and other professional societies. For those who did not know them or would like to renew memories of his many accomplishments, here is a link to his personal and professional life:
  • Audio Tape of Joseph Jordan’s 06 January 2019 Talk on C.S. Lewis at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception is Now Available at:
Lecture Topic: C. S. Lewis’s “Space Trilogy” – A Christian Vision of Science Fiction
  • Upcoming Events Sponsored by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
1) Topic: “Red Flags, Why XI’s China is in Jeopardy”
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenter: George Magnusis (an associate at the China Centre at Oxford University and research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
Lecture Synopsis: Under President Xi Jinping, China has become a large and confident power both at home and abroad, but the country also faces serious challenges including debt, “the middle income trap,” the renminbi, and an aging population. In Red Flags, George Magnus argues that Xi’s authoritarian and repressive philosophy is ultimately not compatible with the country’s economic aspirations.(Public Affairs Program)
For More Information, Contact: events@cceia.org
2)  Topic: “From Hitler’s Germany to Saddam’s Iraq: The Enduring False Promise of Preventive War”
This event is part of the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series and is in Partnership with the Bard Globilization and International Affairs Program
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenters: 
Scott Silverstone is professor of international relations at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and a former Carnegie Council Fellow.
Malia Du Mont is chief of staff at Bard College.

Lecture Synopsis: There has been growing interest in the idea of preventive war, stimulated by the Bush administration’s articulation of the “preemption doctrine” in 2002 and the disastrous invasion of Iraq in 2003, and by frustration over the difficulty of preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons by such states as North Korea and Iran.

In From Hitler’s Germany to Saddam’s Iraq, Scott Silverstone boldly challenges conventional wisdom about the value of preventive war. He analyzes the enduring strategic flaws that must inform how political leaders and the public think about this option as a means of dealing with shifting threats in the modern world.

Scott Silverstone is professor of international relations at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and a former Carnegie Council fellow.
Malia Du Mont is chief of staff at Bard College.
For More Information, Contact: events@cceia.org
  • The International Institute for Culture Announces 2 “War of the Romantics Concerts at Ivy Hall”
1) Musical Raptures Part 1
Date: 26 January 2019, 7:30 PM
Music By: Ludwig van Beethoven , Robert and Clara Schumann , Johannes Brahms , Joseph Joachim , Frederic Chopin
Franz Liszt
 A reception will follow the performance
For More Information, See:
2) Musical Raptures Part 2
Date: 30 March 2019
Music By: Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Hector Berlioz, Hans von Bulow,
Hugo Wolf
 A reception will follow the performance
For More Information, See:
  • Thomistic Circles Annual Aquinas Lecture to be Delivered by Professor Enrique Martinez-Garcia (CEU University Abat Oliba, Barcelona, Spain and The Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas)
Date:  24 January 2019
Topic: “What is Truth? Who is Truth”
Location: Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C.
See the Following Link for a List of More Upcoming Events Offered by the Thomistic Institute:
  • St. John Bosco Schools-Chesterton Academy, Rochester, NY, Announces Its 11th Annual Gala and Auction Dinner
Date:  02 February 2019
Location: Locust Hill Country Club, 2000 Jefferson Road, Pittsford, NY 14534
Details About the Gala: St. John Bosco Schools~Chesterton Academy of Rochester is holding their annual Gala and Auction Dinner on Saturday, February 2 at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford. The St. John Bosco~Chesterton Academy community is celebrating being named to the Catholic Education Honor Roll directed by the Cardinal Newman Society. Special guest for the evening, Fr. Leo Patalinghug, Host of EWTN’s “Savoring our Faith” and winner of the “Food Network’s Throwdown” with Bobby Flay will walk guests through the evening’s meal, which will be a collaboration of his special recipes with Locust Hill’s Chef. For more information go to Bosco2019.givesmart.com or call 585-348-9401.
  • Call for Papers for the 10th International Conference on the Image
Date:  05–06 September 2019
Location: Manchester School of Art, Manchester University, Manchester, UK
Conference theme: Invited are proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2019 Special Focus: “Techno-storytelling: Past, Present, Future.”
Submission date: 05 February 2019
Submit to:
https://ontheimage.com/2019-conference/call-for-papersutm_source=X19B_danF&utm_medium=X19B_danF&utm_campaign=X19B_danF#block-6
  • Our Colleague James Hanink, President of the American Maritain Association is Currently Hosting an En Route Media WCAT Radio Show Called “The Open Door.” Go to the link below to listen to a Show Devoted to Promoting a Culture of Life and a Just Social Order:
  • Check Out the Latest News from Maggie Gallagher about the Benedict XVI Institute at:
  • Some YouTube Videos from the Hugely Successful 5th Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress Now 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: http://www.aquinasschoolofleadership.com/events
  • See the Inaugural Volume of Public Philosophy Press by Kelly Fitzsimmons-Burton and Revies of the Monograph at:
and
– “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 logosand 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
  • Daughters of St. Paul Sr. Helena Burns Announces an ONLINE and IN-PERSON (Toronto–at Pauline Books & Media)“Theology of the Body Basics” Course
Dates: January to February 2019
Please refer all questions to office@sacredheartcollege.com
  • See the Links Immediately Below for the C.S. Lewis Society of California and Its  2019 Book and Film Club Schedule:
and
  • Call for Papers for a Conference on Francisco Suárez
Dates:  April 26–29 2019
Location: Loyola University, Chicago, USA
Speakers Include: Brian Embry, Helen Hattab, Kara Richardson, Sydney Penner,
Tad Schmalz, and Christopher Shields
For Conference Details, See:
 

The conference budget also includes a modest fund for graduate students and under-resourced philosophers who would like to participate, but lack institutional funding for their travel and/or accommodations for the conference.

To apply, please fill out the relevant fields in the small form at the above link. Please apply for funding no later than December 31,
2018. Funding decisions will be emailed out by February 4, 2019.For any questions, please email suarezconference@gmail.com 
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference
Dates:  June 17–19, 2019
Location: St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.

Organizers and Contact Information: Susan Brower-Toland (susan.browertoland@slu.edu) Jenny Pelletier (jenny.pelletier@kuleuven.be)

Conference Details: Every year, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University (https://www.slu.edu/arts-and-sciences/medieval-renaissance-studies/index.php) hosts a symposium on medieval and Renaissance studies. As with other large, inter-disciplinary conferences of this kind, there is ample to room to expand the representation of philosophy. Moreover, the symposium provides historians of philosophy the opportunity to see what research is being conducted in other areas, e.g. medieval and Renaissance intellectual history, art history, literature, etc. We would like to organize two sessions, broad thematically, devoted to philosophy and philosophical theology. Proposed Sessions: 1. Medieval Philosophy: Metaphysical Themes 2. Medieval Philosophy: Ethical Themes We welcome abstracts on any topic and any philosopher that falls within these two areas, extending into the Renaissance and late Scholasticism.

For More Information about the Congress, See: 
  • The 14th International Conference on the Arts in Society
Dates:  June 19–21, 2019
Location: Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon in Lisbon, Portugal
For More Information about the Congress, See: 
  • The 12th Global Studies Conference
Dates:  June 27–28, 2019
Location: Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
Topic: “The ‘End of History’ 30 Years On: Globalization Then and Now”
Go Here for More Information: https://onglobalization.com/2019-conference
  • 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:
  • Call for Papers for the 4th International Conference on Communication and Media Studies
Dates:  26–28 September 2019
Location: University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Topic: “The Future of Democracy in the Digital Age”
For More Information, 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:
●  Metaphysical Society of America  2019 Annual Meeting
Dates: 28 to 31 March 2019
Topic: “Metaphysics and Political Thought”
For up-to-date information about the conference, : www.metaphysicalsociety.org
●  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:
●  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 2018 October through December issues:
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:
See the following link to make a donation to the work of the IEGS:
●  New from Telos Press Publishing:
The Tyranny of Values and Other Texts, by Carl Schmitt. Translated by Samuel Garrett Zeitlin. Edited by Russell A. Merman and Samuel Garrett Zeitlin, with a Preface by David Pan
For More information, go to: http://www.telospress.com/
●  Go to the following links to see new titles from from En Route Books & Media, St. Augustine Press, and Ignatius Press:
●  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 (Peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com) to post information on the Center’s blogspot:
●  Thomas International Center Recent Events are Now Listed at: 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:

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

Picture from THE FIRST ANNUAL AQUINAS LEADERSHIP INTERNATIONAL SUMMER WORLD CONGRESS Huntington, Long Island, July 17-20, 2014

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