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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

Studying at Cambridge



The Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry (VHI) was established in 1987 to undertake interdisciplinary research inspired by Catholic thought and culture. We are pursuing this mission vigorously, harnessing the resources of the catholic Christian traditions of philosophy, theology and ethics for a better shared future, linking up with the broadest range of academic disciplines within the University of Cambridge and beyond, to address global contemporary challenges. Our annual themed series of events, international conferences, academic publications and wider dissemination ensure impact across many constituencies in society.

The VHI encourages thinking in the round, seeing all of reality through its underlying unity, in the etymological sense of catholic. This enables fresh conversations and new directions, all geared towards the common good.

The VHI thrives on analysis, imagination, and transformation. It seeks the good, the true, and the beautiful wherever they are to be found. I look forward to welcoming you to the VHI and its events soon!

Dr Philip McCosker, Director


An interdisciplinary research hub inspired by Catholic thought and culture, focussed on contemporary global realities, and dedicated to encounter, dialogue, and transformation

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