philosophy

Jesuit philosopher Fr Gerard J. Hughes SJ has been honoured for his contribution to the teaching of philosophy through the awarding of inaugural prizes in his name this autumn at St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow and St Michael’s Catholic High School in Watford.For the next ten years, a sixth-form student in each school will be awarded with a cash bursary and a copy, signed by Fr Gerry, of Great Thinkers on Great Questions, a compendium of philosophical arguments to which he contributed. The...
René Girard
René Girard, regarded as one of the most influential – and often controversial – thinkers of the modern age, has died in California at the age of 91. He was recognised in numerous ways: most significantly as an ‘Immortal’ member of the French Academy and an honorary doctor of Heythrop College, University of London. His books offered a bold and dynamic vision of human nature, history and destiny.Described as "the new Darwin of the human sciences" by Professor Michel Serres of Stanford University...
Heythrop College’s governing body met yesterday to discuss the future of the college.This meeting was the culmination of detailed work over the past three years, as Governors, working in close collaboration with the Society of Jesus, and in consultation with HEFCE, have been researching ways in which Heythrop's mission and work might continue in today’s higher education environment.At its meeting, the governing body concluded that the college in its current form, as a constituent college...
Robert Bellarmine was born in 1542 and studied at the Universities of Padua and Leuven where he was the first Jesuit to teach: the subject of his course was the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. He was made rector of the Roman College (later renamed the Pontifical Gregorian University) by Pope Clement VIII in 1592 and was appointed Cardinal in 1599.As bishop, Bellarmine put into effect the reforming decrees of the Council of Trent and was considered a possible candidate for the papacy in the...
The number of students applying for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Heythrop College, University of London, has gone up compared with 2013 and clearing has also been busier than last year.  This is being attributed to the number of students taking Religious Studies at A-level in England, which has almost doubled over the past ten years.In 2014, more than 20,000 students took Religious Studies (RS) at A level, nearly twice the number of 2002/03. Over the past ten years, RS...
A picture of Socrates
Listening to a radio programme about Plato’s dialogue ‘The Symposium’ led Harry Eyres, Financial Times columnist, to reflect on devaluation.*  The devaluation in question was not of the pound, but of the language of love. The Symposium is a discussion of the nature of love, consisting of speeches made by participants at an Athenian dinner party held in 416BC.  So we are talking about a work of literature written nearly 2,400 years ago. A prevailing view is that anything written that long ago...
Frederick Copleston was born in Taunton on 10 April 1907 and educated at Marlborough College. In 1925 he was received into the Catholic Church at Devizes, going up to St. John’s College, Oxford to study Classics the same year. After leaving Oxford in 1929, Freddie entered the seminary at Oscott, but after a year he decided to enter the Jesuit novitiate in Roehampton. He was ordained at Heythrop in 1937, and completed his tertianship at Sentmaringer, Munster in 1938-1939.In 1939 he...
As a young Jesuit I first came to Campion Hall in 1958 to read Greats. Since then, I  studied theology at Heythrop College, out in the country near Chipping Norton as it then was. As soon as I was ordained, I set off for the University of Michigan (on the advice of a couple of my old Greats tutors) to do a doctorate in philosophy and embark on what was to be most of my adult life! By the time I finished at Michigan, Heythrop had become one of the colleges of London University, and I very...