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McInerny Center for Thomistic Studies

The purpose of the Ralph McInerny Center for Thomistic Studies is to foster a renewal of Thomistic studies in the contemporary world. Today, in a culture that has lost unity of knowledge and faces new challenges of relativism and nihilism, on the one hand, and of globalization, on the other, Thomas Aquinas’s life and thought set the right direction for a revival of truth in ethics and metaphysics. The Ralph McInerny Center aims at promoting a strong and accurate rereading of Aquinas’ philosophy and theology but, at the same time, it aims at making Aquinas’ thought fruitfully converse with contemporary culture, especially in the areas of bioethics, legal theory, economics, political theory, literature, science, and sociology. Ralph McInerny is an important figure among those who have studied, preserved, and handed down Thomistic thought in the late twentieth century. It is very fitting for a new research center on Thomistic studies to be established in his honor and build on his distinguished legacy. The Center will pursue this goal by offering support for research scholars, organizing conferences, providing internet resources, offering courses, sponsoring a journal, and cooperating with like-minded institutes, here and abroad. Eventually, the hope of the Center’s sponsors is that it will be the core of a new international university.

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The McInerny Center is sponsored by the Corporation for Educational Advancement, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity.