Religious Thought in Today’s World

In May 2018, the Temenos Academy joined the Saint Damien Community for a weekend on Religious Thought in Today’s World. The conference brought together interdisciplinary approaches from theology and philosophy to reflect on the place of religious thought in an increasingly secular world. From mysticism to ethics, sacred poetry to metaphysics, the overarching aim of the conference was to present a vision that affirms the unique contribution of sacred thought to the world. The keynote speakers were Dr. Joseph Milne, Valentin Gerlier, Dr. John Alonso Dick and Prof. William Desmond.   

Friendship in Cultivating a Healthy Society: Maria Overy

Maria presents a series of reflections on Friendship and Charity as they are brought to us by the European Classical Christian Tradition. Platonic and Aristotelian views which show how Friendship is the seat of personal and public life are explored. This topic, which seems so apparent and natural to us, is shown to have many rich, even elusive, qualities!

Young Scholar’s Day 2017

Folly and Relations with Truth in Making a Good Society: Kamil Sawicki

Kamil shows how professional and emanating Folly act in generative ways throughout Shakespeare’s King Lear, and makes recourse to Renaissance scholarship. The talk is available as a recording and in essay form:




Folly in Making a Good Society

Young Scholar’s Day 2017

Sovereignty between Politics and Law: Aristel Škrbić

Aristel explores contemporary meanings of Sovereignty in Political and Academic spheres in light of the UK’s membership of the EU. The re-emerging of the word ‘sovereign’ into debates, especially in the UK but also around the world, is considered and related to the bigger picture of Community and the Political Whole.

Young Scholar’s Day 2017

Young Scholar’s Day 3: Making A Good Society

On the Summer of 2017 we came together as a group of young philosophers, artists, musicians and poets for a day of learning and discussion. The day was themed Making A Good Society and was explored from angles of Ancient Philosophy, poets and playwrights,  contemporary debates of Political Philosophy and Traditional Art.

Talks were given by Valentin Gerlier and Dr Joseph Milne who teach regularly at the Temenos Academy and are both members of its Academic Board. Recordings of their talks are posted here.

Valentin Gerlier: the Good Society and the Poets

Dr Joseph Milne: The Cosmos, Earth and City


The Day was organized by Young Scholars Sebastian Arnold, a student at Kings College London; Aristel Skrbic, a student at KU Leuven; and Kamil Sawicki. It was held at St James Senior Boy’s School in Ashford, Surrey, a school which offers a distinctive philosophical education and a venue generously made available.