"Edward Martin wanted the permanence and durability of a chair, filled decade after decade . . . he wanted the chair tied to Georgetown's traditions . . . ", an excerpt from the speech on February 2, 1981 by President Timothy Healy, S.J., commemorating the inauguration of the Martin Chair. For all those associated with the Center, it is important that the Center continues its mission of promotion of scholastic philosophy as well as the social and political philosophy based on the principles of St. Thomas Aquinas such as the common good and subsidiarity. Edward Martin valued these principles of St. Thomas Aquinas that he learned here at Georgetown in the 1930s, and he carried those values and other Georgetown traditions with him for the rest of his life. He wanted to make sure others would have the opportunity to be exposed to the values that shaped his own life and could have a positive impact on the everyday lives of others. The Director of the Martin Chair, Prof. Mark Henninger, S.J., welcomes the opportunity to discuss the Center's work with those interested in continuing the mission of the Center.
Professor Mark Henninger, S.J.,
holder of the
Isabella A. and Henry D. Martin Chair in Scholastic Philosophy and Politics
June 30, 2013
It is a delight to introduce you to the Center for Medieval Philosophy at Georgetown University! I am honored and extremely grateful to have the opportunity to promote medieval philosophy, carrying out the vision of Edward A. Martin who throughout his life saw the importance of putting one's religious faith on a firm intellectual foundation and into practice through law and legislation. Prof. Henninger's recent translation of Amerini's book Aquinas on the Beginning and End of Human Life contributes to the mission of the Center in the spirit of Edward Martin. More people should know the riches to be found in countless medieval thinkers: that's what the Center is all about. Let me know what you think and the of ways you yourself might contribute to this mission of the Center for Medieval Philosophy.