THE 45th ANNUAL MEETING of the AMERICAN MARITAIN ASSOCIATION

July 26, 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS

THE 45th ANNUAL MEETING of the AMERICAN MARITAIN ASSOCIATION 

Thursday, April 7 to Saturday, April 9, 2022

Hosted by DeSales University, Center Valley, PA

 

§ Thomism and Contemporary Ideologies § 

Program Committee: James G. Hanink (President), James M. Jacobs (Vice-President and Program Chair), Joshua W. Schulz (Secretary and Web Editor), Heather M. Erb (Treasurer), Giuseppe Butera (General Editor) 

     Jacques Maritain is often considered a critic of modernity. We would do better, however, to see his work as engaging the disorders of modern philosophy and its drift into ideology. He begins his seminal The Degrees of Knowledge—which celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2022—by noting that the failure of modern philosophies lie in their neglect of being. Lacking a foundation in reality, the moderns too often presume reality to be obedient to the mind and the will of man. This pervasive error leads them to a Babel of divergent worldviews. In doing so, it frustrates the human drive for truth. As Maritain affirms, “What we need is not truths that serve us but a truth we may serve.” In advancing the commission of Aeterni Patris, he argues that only by centering ourselves in the realism of St. Thomas can we find a sure ground for both the person and society.  

     Many of the distortions that Maritain fought—nominalism, idealism, collectivism—are still with us. Yet these have been joined by new and unexpected ideologies arising from the ever more adamant refusals to engage being. We cannot ignore the pressing practical problems associated with these ideologies.   

     We invite proposals for papers addressing the ideological nature of contemporary thought, both in speculative and practical philosophy. These papers may develop the tradition of Aristotelian realism, as St. Thomas and Maritain did, or they may address the problem from the perspective of complementary traditions. 

 

     Plenary speakers include John Rist (University of Cambridge), Michael Hanby (Pontifical John Paul II Institute), Jorge L. A. Garcia (Boston College), and Jason Eberl (St. Louis University).     

 

     Please send proposals of up to 500 words that explore the above and related questions to Dr. James M. Jacobs at jjacobs@nds.edu by December 15, 2021. There is a $250 prize and a guarantee of publication for the best graduate student paper; this paper is to be submitted by January 13, 2022. For more information, visit www.americanmaritainassociation.com. Final presentations should be 25-30 minutes in length. 

     The conference registration fee is $125 ($50 for students), which includes lunch on Friday and Saturday. The optional conference banquet is an additional $25. Membership in the American Maritain Association is $75.00 ($35.00 for students). We encourage online payment by March 15, 2022. Registration at the conference will be $175.00 ($75.00 for students).



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