Social & Political Philosophy – understanding human social systems from a personalist and evolutionary standpoint. Themes include liberalism, secularism, humane culture, human rights, and political economy. Central thinkers include Francis Fukuyama, Charles Taylor, Jurgen Habermas, Doug den Uyl, Doug Rasmussen, Don Cupitt, John Gray, and Alasdair MacIntyre.
Continental Philosophy – predominantly phenomenological realism and personalism. Formative thinkers include Edmund Husserl, Maurice Blondel, Friedrich Nietzsche, Roman Ingarden, Romano Guardini, Gabriel Marcel, Emmanuel Mounier, Simone Weil, Jacques Maritain, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, John Paul II, Jacques Derrida, Josef Seifert, John F. Crosby, Rocco Buttiglione, and Christian Smith.
Virtue & Natural Law Ethics – approaching morality as practical action that promotes human flourishing understood from a reasoned, teleological reflection on human nature informed by tradition(s). Key scholars include John Finnis, Henry Veatch, Max Scheler, Elizabeth Anscombe, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Edith Stein, and Alasdair MacIntyre.
The Intellectual History of Western Culture – tracing the development of Western thought from antiquity to today, with particular emphasis on cultural narratives, epistemology, and truth theories. Notable thinkers include Mortimer Adler, Isaiah Berlin, Charles Freeman, Michael Oakeshott, Lewis Mumford, Richard Rorty, Alan Bloom, and Richard Tarnas.
Naturalism & Spirituality – a worldview informed by liberal naturalism that acknowledges the beauty and wonder of nature while rejecting supernatural beliefs and relying on reason, science, and evidence-based thinking to understand the world and our place in it. Prominent proponents include Jerome Stone, Donald Crosby, Loyal Rue, Thomas Berry, Bill Plotkin, Starhawk, Jason Kirkey, Ursula Goodenough, Brendan Graham Dempsey, John Vervaeke, and Jamie Wheal.