About Thomistic Studies

About Thomistic Studies

A Living Thomism for the Third Millennium

In 1879, Pope Leo XIII issued his Encyclical Letter Aeterni Patris as a general call to the study of the philosophical thought of the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas. This call brought about nothing less than a revival of Thomism, often called “neo-Thomism”, which became one of the principal intellectual forces shaping the circumstances in the Church and the world that led to the Second Vatican Council, 1962–1965. In the aftermath of the Council, many seemed to think that Thomism had done its work, and that thinkers should now turn to the further task of assimilating the best of late modern thought—as influenced by neo-Thomism—in the light of the Council. In 1998, as the 20th century neared its end, Pope St. John Paul II issued the Encyclical Letter, Fides et Ratio, in which he called for a re-commitment on the part of philosophers and theologians to the study of the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, tempered to fit the exigencies of the twenty-first century. The Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St Thomas, Houston, is founded upon the Church’s insistence upon the perennial value of the thought of Aquinas in the new millennium, with a commitment to meet the challenges and realize the opportunities pointed out by Pope St. John Paul II as the dawn of a new age in philosophy and intellectual culture. The model of constructive cross-cultural dialogue that Aquinas presents in his writings we take as a model for the pursuit of truth across the ages. In our Center, a living Thomism is studied, both steeped in historical knowledge of tradition and engaged with contemporary culture in shaping the future.

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The first US Conference of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas held in North America.

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The Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas is the only graduate philosophy program uniquely focused on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas in the United States. The Center is founded on the Church’s insistence of the perennial value of the thought of Aquinas as the new millennium proceeds.
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