Encouraging dialogue.

Enabling change.

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Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Established in 2012, the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition expands upon Duquesne’s long history of considering—and contributing to—the Catholic intellectual tradition in both the historical and the modern contexts. Its mission is to promote and advance the Catholic intellectual tradition across the entire spectrum of the University’s pursuits: research, teaching, faculty networking, and programs that apply Catholic ideas and ideals to a broad range of issues. As part of the Division of Mission and Identity and in concert with Duquesne's Strategic Plan, the Center supports a community-wide emphasis on central Catholic and Spiritan values such as social justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.

What is Catholic intellectual tradition?
  • An ongoing dialogue - informed by faith, guided by reason, and infused with human creativity - that produces knowledge, shapes culture, and orients human lives
  • A shared labor to discern and promote the human and common good
  • historically, globally, and disciplinarily diverse intellectual achievements and cultural treasures that enrich human inquiry and fund viable solutions to contemporary problems.