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Brian Kemple, PhD

My name is Brian Kemple and I hold a PhD in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas, in Houston TX.  I have written two scholarly books (Ens Primum Cognitum in Thomas Aquinas and the Tradition and The Intersection of Semiotics and Phenomenology: Peirce and Heidegger in Dialogue), two public-oriented books (an Introduction to Philosophical Principles and Linguistic Signification: A Classical and Semiotic Course in Grammar & Composition), a number of scholarly articles and a few public-oriented ones, as well.

After spending a few years on the academic job market, I began to see the structure of academia as inhibiting rather than enabling philosophical thinking, both for professors and for students.  The thoughts of Aquinas and Peirce are equally rejected by mainstream academia, and opportunities outside the mainstream are few and far between (becoming fewer and farther by the day).  I realized I had a choice: I could continue striving for a job in a broken system, or I could do something different—risky, but possibly better not only for myself but for those I teach.

In addition to being the Executive Director of the Lyceum Institute—where I teach seminars and the Trivium program—I am the Executive Editor of Reality: a Journal for Philosophical Discourse, which similarly operates in contrast to the standard practices of academia. I also offer private consulting and analysis services through Continuum Philosophical Insight.

Executive assistant

geoffrey a. meadows, m.a.

I am currently an independent scholar-in-hiding. I received my B.A. in philosophy from St. Mary’s College of California (magna cum laude) and my M.A. in philosophy from the Center for Thomistic Studies at University of St. Thomas, Houston. I have two published  articles one of which won the ACPA’s “Young Scholar’s Award”. 

Most recently, I was a teacher of humane letters (history, literature, and philosophy) and Euclid’s Elements at a classical school in Phoenix, AZ. During my tenure there, I also designed curriculum for Euclid’s Elements, logic and coding, and English. 

Previously, I have taught several courses in philosophy at University of St. Thomas, Texas Southern University, and University of Mary. 

My current research interests are neo-aristotelian and thomistic analysis and engagement of contemporary science especially cognitive and neuroscience.

My daily hiding is shared with my wife of twenty-two years and two teenage male progeny.  I also run a fragrance concierge business called “Mr. Meadows Nose.”

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