History as the Laboratory of Philosophy

Anyone familiar with Étienne Gilson’s teachings knows he is celebrated for: being a Thomist, his criticism of “essentialism” in philosophy, emphasizing St. Thomas’s revolutionary focus upon the principle of the act of existence (esse) within the natures of things, and a shift away from ideas to existential judgments within Western philosophical thought. Odd, then, are two claims related to Gilson made by people who knew him well. The first, from Gilson’s biographer Lawrence K. Shook, says of Gilson, “An Erasmian humanist at heart, he wanted to end all wars and to liberate men to work out their salvation in the context of personal freedom. He believed that this could be achieved through the kind of education that fostered the acquisitions of moral virtues through the writings of Cicero and Seneca.”

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Call for Papers: Renewing the West by Renewing Common Sense

Renewing the West by Renewing Common Sense
July 17–20, 2014
Huntington, Long Island, New York

Announcing a call for papers and plenary session panelists for an international congress to discuss the revolutionary proposal “Renewing the West by Renewing Common Sense”

Location: Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, 440 West Neck Road, Huntington, Long Island, NY 11743

Dates: Thursday afternoon July 17, 2014, to Sunday morning July 20, 2014

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