Rev'd Gerry J Hughes, SJ presented two recent works, one related to his established work on Aristotle's Ethics; and the other consisting of a major article drawing on the translation, in which Hughes collaborated, of a Latin 18th century study of the Church in China. The original study, Aristotle on Ethics, published by Routledge in 2001, quickly became a popular text book; and the latest edition, retitled The Routledge Guidebook to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (2013), includes two new chapters on the Cardinal Virtues, and an expanded account of how contemporary philosophers have been dealing with some of the issues which Aristotle has raised.
The second work presented re-lated to an eighteenth-century Latin manuscript written by one Father Kilian Stumpf, a German Jesuit missionary, reporting on negotiations between the Chinese Emperor and the Vatican on the subject of the "Chinese rites". which had come to incur deep suspicion in Rome.
The first volume of the translation of Stumpf's document , in which Dr Hughes collaborated, reports on a Conference on the subject held in 2010, to which he contributed a paper characterising the individuals involved.