About the Aquinas Institute
Aims of the Aquinas Institute
The Aquinas Institute was founded in 2004 under the directorship of Fr Fergus Kerr OP.
As part of Blackfriars Hall in the University of Oxford, it promotes a wider and deeper knowledge of St Thomas Aquinas and of the contemporary value of his thought, within Oxford, nationally, and internationally.
The Institute is based within Blackfriars, a community of Dominican friars – the same religious order to which Aquinas himself belonged.
We aim to promote knowledge of Aquinas’ thought and of his outstanding legacy by such means as:
- study groups, summer-schools, and lectures by internationally-renowned figures;
- reading classes for undergraduate and graduate students;
- electronic resources and printed materials;
- contributing to undergraduate teaching in the University and in Blackfriars Studium;
- offering lectures on Aquinas’ thought and legacy nationally and internationally.
We aim to promote research into Aquinas’ thought and its enduring value by means such as:
- organising seminars and colloquia in which local and international experts can share their research;
- contributing to graduate teaching and supervision in the University and in Blackfriars Studium;
- hosting visiting scholars;
- research projects of our own in which Aquinas’ insights are brought to bear on today’s intellectual challenges;
- collaboration with other research centres both local and international;
- publication of articles and books deriving from seminars, colloquia and research projects.
By such means we enable the sharing of ideas among both experts and new scholars in disciplines such as philosophy, theology and mediaeval studies; we regularly bring scholars together from different religious traditions and perspectives, reflecting the way in which Aquinas remains of interest to a wide range of philosophers and theologians.
We are convinced that there are still ‘untapped resources’ in Aquinas’ theology and philosophy, and that his thought, and the Thomist traditions that stem from him, can be brought into fruitful conversation with the contemporary sciences ranging from quantum mechanics to human psychology and sociology. Aquinas is worth studying today, so that his approach to questions, and his insights, may accompany us into tomorrow’s world.
We need your help
Our work is dependent on securing grants to fund our research and outreach, but it also depends very much on the generosity of individuals, who can make a big difference in sustaining and advancing our mission.
In recent years, a single five-figure gift supported the Institute for over a year, but we also benefit from monthly giving of smaller amounts.
If you would like to help too, please click on the link below.