We are pleased to announce our 2018 conference, on Thomism and Science, in Philadelphia: 2018 AMA Call for Papers.
From the beginning of his philosophical career, Deely has been deeply influenced by Maritain’s thought. The John Deely and Jacques Maritain Chair provides a venue for scholars to continue working in this tradition. A providential reading of Quatre essais sur l’esprit dans sa condition charnelle and key passages in Distinguer pour unir ou les degrés du savoir gave him the direction needed for developing his doctoral dissertation, which undertook a rapprochement between the Thomistic account of esse intentionale and the problematic of Being in Heidegger’s thought. This doctoral work eventually bore fruit in Deely’s first monograph, The Tradition via Heidegger, which he dedicated to the Maritains “at a distance” and was graced to present in person to Jacques on July 20, 1972. This early engagement with Maritain’s thought marked the beginning of Deely’s life-long engagement with the Thomistic tradition, in which Maritain featured as his principle interlocutor and guide.
Deely, who is known internationally for his close connection to Maritain’s thought, has striven to develop the Catholic tradition in ways that meet the needs of our current age and that help to shape the future form of philosophical culture. His advocacy of John Poinsot carries on Maritain’s own advocacy of Poinsot, whose writings are a sine qua non for understanding Maritain’s own “intellectual locale” as a Thomist. As a result of Deely’s work, Poinsot is now recognized as a founder of the philosophical tradition (as distinguished from the literary tradition) in the contemporary interdisciplinary field of semiotics. Indeed, Maritain himself, as a consequence of such development, is recognized in this field as a major figure.
In addition to his landmark publications, Deely lectured worldwide on topics relevant to philosophical semiotics and scholastic philosophy. He was a founding member of the American Maritain Association and a drafter of the Association’s constitution in 1977-1978. In 2009, he received this association’s “Scholarly Excellence Award.” In the same year, he received the Aquinas Medal for Excellence in Christian Philosophy from the Étienne Gilson Society.
Deely envisioned the Chair as providing a setting for continuing work in a forward-looking Thomism that is undaunted in embracing the Thomistic Commentatorial tradition that was so dear to Maritain. The positioning of the Chair at St. Vincent College is Providential, given the Maritains’ connection to the Benedictine Order as oblates. St. Vincent College is staffed by members of St. Vincent Archabbey, which is one of the largest Catholic monasteries in the world. The John Deely and Jacques Maritain Chair in Philosophy will enable a prayerful engagement in philosophy within the immediate context of St. Vincent’s Benedictine horarium.
St. Vincent College houses the personal library of John Deely, into which has been incorporated the Anthony F. Russell collection, together numbering over 12,000 volumes. The collection contains a complete set of Maritain’s works (in French and English), as well as numerous secondary studies on the Maritain’s and their thought. It also includes extensive resources in the Thomistic tradition as well as the interdisciplinary field of semiotics. In addition to these volumes, the collection contains extensive, rare holdings from the works of Fr. Austin Woodbury, S.M., the founder of the Aquinas Academy in Sydney Australia. A student of Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange and exponent of Maritain’s thought, Woodbury died leaving unpublished comprehensive, technical notes that recapitulate in detail Roman Thomism that formed the backbone of Maritain’s own intellectual training. These works provide a rare and incalculably important repository of Thomistic texts.
Commemorate the Life of Dr. John N. Deely
April 26, 1942 – January 7, 2017
All are welcome to attend
Monday, May 8, 2017
Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
Luncheon to follow
Kindly respond by May, 4, 2017
(724) 805-2177 or email@example.com
John and Brooke have established
The John Deely and Jacques Maritain Chair in Philosophy
at Saint Vincent College
Memorial Contributions are welcome and can be sent to:
Office of Institutional Advancement
Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650
Check out the videos of the keynote lectures from Fr. Stephen Brock and Dr. Eleonore Stump in our new Videos menu–or watch them below!
We are accepting proposals for the third issue of Lex Naturalis. Topics related to any issue concerning natural law will be considered, especially those related to contemporary cultural issues. Abstracts are due by March 15, 2017. Please send to the editor, Walter Raubicheck, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed papers will be due by the end of May.
You can download the conference program here.
Now in their ninth year, the Lumen Christi Institute’s Summer Seminars in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition are open to graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and other relevant areas of study. Room, board, and a travel stipend are included for those whose applications are accepted. Each seminar includes five days of intensive discussion based on close reading of the assigned texts as well as daily presentations given by the professor and student participants. A deep knowledge of the material is not required to apply. These seminars give participants mastery over the material under discussion, both for teaching and research purposes, and also deepen participants’ understanding and awareness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more information and to apply visit, https://www.lumenchristi.org/programs/seminars
Mark Clark, Catholic University of America
Timothy B. Noone, Catholic University of America
In this seminar, scholar of medieval history Mark Clark and scholar of medieval philosophy Timothy Noone will offer an intensive survey of theological and philosophical debates about the natural knowledge of God in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Participants will read and discuss the writings Peter Abelard, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Albert the Great, and Thomas Aquinas as well as modern philosophical engagement with these questions.
Fr. Ian Ker, University of Oxford
Merton College, Oxford
Now in its fifth consecutive year, this intensive seminar will examine Newman’s achievements as theologian, philosopher, educator, preacher, and writer. Remarkably, in each of these areas Newman produced works that have come to be recognized as classics: An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, The Grammar of Assent, The Idea of a University, The Parochial and Plain Sermons, and the Apologia Pro Vita Sua. This seminar will approach Newman’s thought through a critical engagement with these texts
July 29-August 5
Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa
University of California, Santa Barbara
Now in its fourth year, this seminar will have students read, analyze, and discern continuities and discontinuities in Catholic Social Thought from the late 19th century to the present. Lectures, seminar reports, and discussion will focus on original sources (encyclicals and other magisterial documents), beginning with Rerum novarum (1892) and concluding with Caritas in veritate (2009) and Evangelii Gaudium (2013). This intensive course is multi-disciplinary, since this tradition of social thought overlaps several disciplines in the contemporary university including political science, political philosophy, law, economics, theology, and history.