New! Two online courses

An Introduction to the History of Philosophy
(Part I)
On Mondays, at 21h00 (EST)
From January 11, 2021 through April 12, 2021
700th Anniversary Special:
Dante and his World
On Thursdays, at 21h00 (EST)
From January 14, 2021 through April 15, 2021
We will be using Anthony Esolen's translation of  Dante's Comedy.


Ad mentem Divi Thomae

A website dedicated to online courses and tutoring in philosophy and literature

The two courses are offered free of charge. Email to obtain the zoom link.

Each class will include a presentation of about 1 hour and 30 minutes and time for questions and discussion.

The classes will be recorded and made available to enrolled students in the page "for students only".

Students who so wish may write a paper on the topic of the course and receive detailed feedback and a certificate of attendance.

The courses are designed for beginners with no previous acquaintance with philosophy or Italian literature.

Luca Gili has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Leuven and several years of experience at research universities in Europe and in Canada, where he currently works as a tenured professor of philosophy. He has been lecturing in French, English and Italian.

Did you know that:

  • for Plato real philosophy should be done one-to-one and not in writing?

  • nearly all of Plato's written works are dialogues?

  • Aristotle is the father of logic and the classification of animals?

  • St. Thomas criticized Aristotle's and Ptolemy's geocentrism centuries before Copernicus and Galileo?

  • St. Thomas wrote the hymn "Tantum ergo sacramentum"?

  • Theophrastus is the father of botany?

Veritas est adaequatio rei et intellectus

Thomas Aquinas


Did you know that:

  • Dante argued in Latin that Italian is just as good as Latin?

  • Dante was 9 years-old when St. Thomas died?

  • Dante's prayer "Thou Virgin Mother, daughter of thy Son" (Paradise 33) made it to the new Divine Office?

  • Ulysses/Odysseus from Homer's Odyssey is also a character in Dante's Comedy?

  • Dante created many words that made it into Italian, including "indiarsi" ("to become like God") and "trasumanare" ("to go beyond human nature")?

  • If Dante said it, it is Italian

Donna sei tanto grande e tanto vali

che qual vuol grazia e a Te non ricorre

sua disianza vuol volar sanz'ali

Dante Alighieri

2021 marks the 700th year from the death of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321).



Study the great poet's Divine Comedy without shunning from the fact that Dante was a devout Catholic who read saint Thomas Aquinas.


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