Center for the Philosophy of Religion

The Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame, directed by Michael Rea and Sam Newlands, was established in the fall of 1976 in order to promote, support and disseminate scholarly work in philosophy of religion and Christian philosophy.  It has for many years been the leading center in the world for the study of philosophy of religion.

History of Philosophy Forum

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. Therese Cory is the director.

Maritain Center

With Maritain as its model, the Jacques Maritain Center aims to foster deep intellectual conversations and world-class research on the perennial questions of human existence, drawing special inspiration from the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and Maritain’s own vision of “integral Christian humanism,” but also more broadly from the great traditions of human reasoning in conversation with faith. 

Medieval Institute

The department's research and teaching in medieval philosophy are enriched by its participation in the Medieval Institute, which brings together medievalists from thirteen Notre Dame departments--the largest group of medievalists in North America--and provides outstanding research resources through the Medieval Institute library.  Events, activities, and courses organized by the Medieval Institute provide our medieval philosophy students with opportunities to study the social and political context for the development of medieval thought, to acquire language and manuscript study skills, and to get connected with visiting researchers from around the world. Thomas Burman is the director.


The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study is a university-wide institute that convenes an interdisciplinary group of faculty fellows, external and internal, and top Ph.D. and undergraduate students each year to study questions that require a joint-focus, benefit from sustained research, and advance understanding of core issues that affect our ability to lead valuable, meaningful lives. Meghan Sullivan is the director.

Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values

The Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values is the administrative home for three academic programs: The graduate program in History and Philosophy of Science, the undergraduate minor in Science, Technology, and Values, and the undergraduate dual degree program in Arts and Letters and Engineering. In addition, the Reilly Center supports research activities, conferences, and publications. 

Center for the Aristotelian Tradition

The Center for the Aristotelian Tradition promotes research and teaching in the philosophical tradition which was inaugurated by Aristotle in antiquity, flourished in the Islamic and Catholic medieval traditions, and continues to the present day. The Center fosters research and discussion, both historical and systematic,  in all aspects of the Aristotelian tradition, promoting dialogue within and between sacred and secular approaches. Christopher Shields is the director.

Workshop on Ancient Philosophy

This interdisciplinary Workshop focuses on the relation between Ancient Philosophy and a range of humanities disciplines. It covers all periods of Ancient Philosophy, and embraces all methodologies.  The Workshop draws faculty and graduate students from a variety of departments and programs at Notre Dame, including Classics, History and Philosophy of Science, the Medieval Institute, Philosophy, Political Theory, the Program of Liberal Studies, and Theology.  It currently houses an official international collaboration for Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Philosophy with the KU Leuven, Belgium. Gretchen Reydams-Schils is the director.