This Summer: Common Sense Ethics and Leadership Conference

Gentle Reader, I pass along the following from Professor Peter A. Redpath, Ph.D., of the Adler-Aquinas Institute.  The conference he is helping to organize this summer sounds as though it will appeal to those in leadership positions who want to think more deeply about the subject of ethics in their work, irrespective of their particular denomination.  The eagle-eyed among my readers may recall that I reviewed Dr. Redpath’s most recent book on Christian metaphysics exploding many of the theories of progressivism previously in these pages.

If you are interested in attending the conference, Dr. Redpath asks that you contact him directly at  And please do feel free to share this post with anyone whom you think might like to participate.

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[S]ome colleagues of mine, including some from Holy Apostles College and Seminary (HACS), and I are planning to organize a July 17 to 20, 2014 conference at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, Long Island, The conference topic will be on “Common Sense Ethics and Leadership.” Arrival on the 16th is also OK.

Part of the plan is to center the conference around Mortimer J. Adler’s book, The Time of Our Lives, and to tape the sessions for a (HACS) MOOC course and a textbook on the conference theme.

While at the meeting on Common Sense Ethics and Leadership, we would like to start 2 informal consulting organizations, somewhat like Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, one involving establishing an Aquinas Leadership Circle to help begin an Aquinas School of Leadership, Management, and Organizational Development. Both would start as consulting groups that would grow out of conferences, books, MOOCs. People interested only in joining the first group might eventually want to join the second.

We have 5 large initial markets: 1) corporate trainers who would like to get a better understanding of precisely why what they do is successful (that is, leaders engaged in successful leadership who do not fully comprehend why it is successful); 2) Catholic and Evangelical organizational leaders; 3) organizational leaders interested in understanding the nature of ethics and it relation to organizational leadership, management, and organizational development; 4) Catholic administrators whose bishops are interested in such training for them as administrators; 5) graduate students interested in Thomism and leadership.

I think evangelical leaders would be especially interested in the notion of a more personalistic, “Born-Again Thomism” (as our colleague Bill McVey calls it), rooted in St. Thomas’s faculty psychology (a philosophy of systems of sorts, not a systematic philosophy), and how it could be of help to them, including as an apologetics tool.

TOTAL cost for the conference room, 9 meals for a 3-night stay, and use of facilities will be around $300.00 per person.

I hope you can join us, and please pass this note along to anyone you think might find it of interest.

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Detail of "Plato and Aristotle" by Luca della Robbia (c. 1437-1439) Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence

Detail of “Plato and Aristotle” by Luca della Robbia (c. 1437-1439)
Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Florence