Bernard Philip Kelly

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Bernard P. Kelly (1907—1958) was an English Catholic philosopher, born in London.


Kelly's inspiration was scholastic philosophy and, in particular, the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. He was a regular contributor to Catholic periodicals, from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Three main themes were present in Kelly’s work. Apart from Thomism, the second was the provision of a critique of the modern world, tracing it back to the Renaissance. The third was developing a sound approach to the Eastern religions. His mature thought is in the last few essays he wrote before his death.[1]

Rayner Heppenstall[2] called him "a man of the purest genius". Barbara Wall[3] published an account of Kelly’s life.


  • William Stoddart, A Scholastic Universalist: The Writings and Thought of Bernard Kelly (1907–1958), New Blackfriars, Volume 76 Issue 897, pp. 455–462 Online text (PDF)

Also known as the big DOCTOR PHIL in his homeland and owner of the famous KELLYS LOUNGE


  1. ^ See in particular: "Notes on the Light of the Eastern Religions" (Dominican Studies, London, 1954, pp. 254-271; reprinted in Religion of the Heart, a Festschrift in honor of the 80th birthday of Frithjof Schuon, Foundation for Traditional Studies, Oakton VA, 1991); "A Thomist Approach to the Vedanta”, (Blackfriars XXXVII, no. 430, January 1956); and "The metaphysical background to analogy" (Aquinas Paper No. 28, Blackfriars Publications, London 1958).
  2. ^ In his book on Léon Bloy (Bowes, London, 1953)
  3. ^ The Chesterton Review, Saskatchewan, May 1987

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