“We should have great gratitude to those who have contributed even a little of the truth, for they have shared with us the fruits of their thought . . . If they had not lived, these true principles would not have been assembled for us, even with intense research throughout our time.”—al-Kindī
The History of Philosophy Forum aims to facilitate research and collaboration among scholars working in the history of philosophy. With an exceptionally large community of scholars carrying out research in the history of philosophy and adjacent areas (e.g., intellectual history, history of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic thought, history of political theory, etc.) across multiple departments, the University of Notre Dame is one of the top locations for research and studies in this area in the United States.
Scholarship in the history of philosophy encompasses a vast sweep across times and places, from the Vedic literature of India, to the Neoplatonism and Aristotelianism of the Islamic world, to the Scholastic projects of medieval Europe and Latin America, to the Enlightenment and onward. A central priority of the History of Philosophy Forum is to stimulate conversation and collaboration among scholars working with different periods and traditions, and deploying different methodologies. To that end, the Forum administers two signature activities: (1) an annual History of Philosophy Colloquium examining a single theme across different periods in the history of philosophy; (2) an International Visitors Program supporting international exchange and collaboration. This program brings one Distinguished International Visitor to Notre Dame each year for a short visit to share his or her research with our history of philosophy community. It additionally provides small grants for short-term research stays to international researchers who will be paired with a faculty host.
The History of Philosophy Forum also aims to build community and collaboration among scholars working in history of philosophy and adjacent areas across different Notre Dame departments. Its calendar of events provides a unified information clearinghouse for history-of-philosophy related activities at Notre Dame, to facilitate planning and publicizing events on campus around the great thinkers of the past.
The History of Philosophy Forum has its home in the Notre Dame Philosophy Department and collaborates closely with multiple units across campus, including the Program of Liberal Studies, the Medieval Institute, the Center for the Aristotelian Tradition, the Notre Dame Workshop in Ancient Philosophy, Notre Dame International, the History and Philosophy of Science program, the Maritain Center, and the Notre Dame Political Theory Colloquium.