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Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London (elected 1995)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (elected 1995)

Stanton Lecturer, University of Cambridge (1999-2002)

Newman Medal, University College Dublin (awarded 2000)

Royden Davis Chair of Humanities, Georgetown University (2001)

Aquinas Medal, University of Dallas (awarded 2001)

Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture, Vatican (appointed 2005)

Doctor of Laws (LL.D) Honoris causa, St Anselm College, NH (awarded 1997)

Gifford Lecturer, University of Aberdeen (2005)

Joseph Lecturer, Gregorian University (2005)

Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre (KHS) (invested 2006)

Knight Commander (KCHS 2011)

Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) Honoris causa, University of Glasgow (awarded 2008)

Chairman of the Royal Institute of Philosophy (elected 2011).

MacDonald Lecturer, University of Oxford (2011).