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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

Studying at Cambridge


Development Overview

The Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Thinking has a 30-year track record as a leading interdisciplinary research centre in the University of Cambridge developing the critical resources of the catholic Christian tradition for a better shared future.

Our programme of seminars, lectures, conferences, research networks, international collaborations and educational events has produced lasting impact around the world: you can find details about our research, people, and activities at the back of this leaflet.

Our work mines the theological, philosophical and ethical traditions of the world’s largest and most global religious tradition to address the pressing issues of our world and its future.

Our research is anchored in the catholic worldview: seeing everything in its underlying unity, seeking the universal joined-up outlook which inspired the foundation of universities. We believe that catholic thinking is a powerful critical resource for fostering this universal outlook and inspiring analysis, imagination and transformation in the academy, in the churches, and in the world.



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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