Application for Graduate Student Cross-Training Fellowship Program

December 2, 2019

The Society of Christian Philosophers invites applications for its Graduate Student Cross-Training Fellowship Program, with fellowships to begin fall 2020. The GSCT Fellowship program is intended to equip graduate student members of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, or the Evangelical Theological Society with an opportunity to take up to one academic year to develop competency in an empirical science connected with their research. Up to five fellowships will be awarded. Each Fellowship will provide recipients with a stipend of $31,000, plus an additional research fund for the applicant of $3,000. For more details and application instructions, please visit . Funding is provided by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.


Christian B. Miller, Ph.D.
A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy
Author, The Character Gap: How Good Are We?
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Director, The Character Project
Philosophy Director, The Beacon Project
Wake Forest University

Call for Papers on the Legacy of Humani Generis

November 4, 2019

Institute for Saint Anselm Studies

***Call for Papers***

The Legacy of Humani Generis

June 10-11, 2020

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH

In commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the publication of Humani Generis, the Institute for Saint Anselm Studies is pleased to announce a two-day conference on the teaching and impact of Pope Pius XII’s encyclical letter.

The Institute invites papers on the letter’s core interests, including the importance of reason to the life of faith, the successes and limitations of scholastic philosophy, theories of matter and spirit, the metaphysics of the Eucharist, the gratuity of the supernatural order, natural law, human evolution, monogenism and original sin, as well as the movement referred to as the nouvelle théologie and its leading figures, among them Henri Bouillard, Henri de Lubac and Hans Urs von Balthasar. In addition, papers are welcome on the thought of Donald Keefe, S.J., who grappled with these issues in the light both of these writers and of Humani Generis.

Selected papers will be published in The Journal of Saint Anselm Studies.

Please send an abstract of 100-200 words to by December 16, 2019.

The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy: Inaugural Conference Call for Papers

October 8, 2019

The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

Inaugural Conference

Call for Papers

In response to membership interest, the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy is pleased to announce that it will begin organizing conferences every two to three years, to bring together all scholars working in areas of medieval and renaissance philosophy. The inaugural conference will be hosted by the University of Notre Dame, South Bend (USA), September 30th to October 2nd, 2020.

The Society invites proposals for individual presentations or sessions on any topic(s) or figure(s) in medieval or renaissance philosophy.

For presentation proposals please submit an abstract of 200 words or less. Presentation length should not exceed twenty minutes.

Proposals for session topics should include the title of the session, a brief description of the subject area (50 words or less), names of presenters and individual presentation titles (maximum of 3 papers per session).

Please submit presentation and session proposals to John Peck,, by February 1st 2020.

Presenters need not be members of the SMRP to be included on the program. However, to join or renew your membership in the SMRP go to and select membership.

Program Committee: Thérèse Cory (University of Notre Dame), John Peck (University of Notre Dame), Christina Van Dyke (Calvin University) & Sean Erwin (Barry University)

Questions? Please contact Thérèse Cory,, and John Peck,

Philosophy of Finance Conference
October 3, 2019
The Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture is holding its inaugural Philosophy of Finance conference on the theme of The Common Good and the Future of Capitalism: New Directions in the Philosophy of Finance” on October 29-30th at the University of Pennsylvania. Plenary speakers include Martijn Cremers (Notre Dame), Sam Fleischacker (UIC), Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde (Penn), Mark Reiff (UC Davis), Marcia Pally (NYU),  Mary Hirschfeld (Villanova), and Lisa Servon (Penn).
For more information and to register, please go to
John Buchmann


Press Release: Letter to Rome

September 26, 2019


On September 17, 2019, the American Catholic Philosophical Association sent the following letter to His Excellency Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Grand Chancellor of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences in Rome, Italy, and Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, President of the John Paul II Institute in Rome. 

For more information concerning the ACPA and the content of the letter, contact the ACPA at

The letter reads as following:

September 17, 2019

His Excellency Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia
Grand Chancellor

Reverend Monsignor Pierangelo Sequeri

Pontificio Istituto Teologico Giovanni Paolo II
per le Scienze del Matrimonio e della Famiglia
Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, 4
00120 Città del Vaticano

Dear Archbishop Paglia and Monsignor Sequeri,

We write to you as elected members of the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the American Catholic Philosophical Association to express our deep concern about the changes of course, curriculum, and faculty at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome, changes initiated by and taking place under the auspices of the new chief officers of the Institute. These changes in the curriculum and faculty have been made in apparent disregard of the due process essential to the integrity of academic institutions.

Observance in full of previously instituted procedures is part of what defines any academic institution as free in the pursuit of its mission. Without collegiality in this consultation and the involvement of governing boards and long-term faculty, the university or institute can no longer claim the imprimatur of seeking the truth. Just this loss of credibility now threatens the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family.

The mission of the Institute came out of Pope John Paul II’s own pastoral work with married couples as a priest in Poland and reflects the formation needs of married persons seeking to live with the mind of the Church in our time. While the reason given for changes at the John Paul II Institute is to update its course of studies, in fact its mission as envisioned by St. John Paul II continues to be relevant to the fostering of family life amid the pressures on marriage and family in the twenty-first century. We are especially mindful of the fact that there is no other Catholic institution of higher learning in the world that has the focus the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family has had.

In contrast, there are many Catholic institutions of higher learning that foster the social sciences and advance the insights of these disciplines in relation to the Church’s mission of loving pastoral care for all people in their personal lives as sexual and communal beings. In the United States, Catholic universities contribute richly to the full range of humanistic and social science studies undertaken also in secular universities. The John Paul II Institute contributes its own voice, resonant with the Church’s long tradition of wisdom about marriage, to the on-going discussion among experts of good faith working in all these disciplines.

Now this voice of wisdom speaking freely from within the Church’s tradition is threatened by recent changes in the Institute, especially the dismissal of long-term faculty. We realize that the justification for these changes is that the Institute has been re-established with new statutes. For the reasons given at the beginning of this letter, this re-establishment presents the appearance of a lack of academic due process.

The Institute and its branches around the world have worked assiduously to gain civil accreditation in their regions. The academic integrity, high level of research, and the freedom to teach required for accreditation have been damaged by the absence of transparency, collegiality, and actual involvement of the Institute itself in the proposed changes.

We ask that the mission of the John Paul II Institute as originally constituted be reinstated and that the faculty members whose contributions have been excluded by the new statutes be restored to their positions in the Institute. Only these measures are consistent with the canons of academic freedom and the very great need for the contribution of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute to the intellectual life of the Church.

Yours in Christ,

Signatories from the Executive Committee and Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association:

Jean De Groot, PhD
President, American Catholic Philosophical Association
Ordinary Professor
School of Philosophy
The Catholic University of America

Thomas A. Cavanaugh, PhD
Vice President, American Catholic Philosophical Association
Professor of Philosophy
University of San Francisco

Steven J. Jensen, PhD
Treasurer, American Catholic Philosophical Association
Director, Center for Thomistic Studies
Bishop Wendelin J. Nold Chair in Graduate Philosophy
University of St. Thomas, Houston

Stephen Striby, PhD
Secretary, American Catholic Philosophical Association
Editor, Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association
Department of Philosophy
University of St. Thomas, Houston

Joshua P. Hochschild, PhD
Vice President-Elect, American Catholic Philosophical Association
Monsignor Robert R. Kline Professor of Philosophy
Mount St. Mary’s University

Heidi M. Giebel, PhD
Professor of Philosophy
Managing Editor, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul

Christopher Tollefsen, PhD
Chair, Department of Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
University of South Carolina

Rev. Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., PhD
Professor of Philosophy
Fordham University

Rev. Arthur Madigan, S.J., PhD
Professor of Philosophy
Boston College

Marie I. George, PhD
Professor of Philosophy
St. John’s University, NY

Jonathan J. Sanford, PhD
University Provost and Professor of Philosophy
University of Dallas

Thomas M. Osborne Jr., PhD
Professor, Center for Thomistic Studies
Chair, Department of Philosophy
University of St. Thomas, Houston

Daniel D. De Haan, PhD
Research Fellow
Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion
Faculty of Theology and Religion
University of Oxford

Timothy Pawl, PhD
Professor of Philosophy
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul

Michael Pakaluk, PhD
Ordinary Professor of Ethics and Social Philosophy
Busch School of Business
The Catholic University of America

*The above endorse the contents of this letter as individuals, without any implication or preclusion of broader support from their university communities.

CC: Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Prefect, Congregation for Catholic Education
Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani, Secretary, Congregation for Catholic Education
Mr. Victor Soldevilla, General Secretary, Pontificio Istituto Teologico Giovanni Paolo II per le Scienze del Matrimonio e della Famiglia

CFP - Logos 2020 - Narrative, Personhood, and the Self

Call for Papers/Abstracts

Logos 2020

May 28-30 at the University of Notre Dame

Narrative, Personhood, and the Self

Issues concerning “the self”—its nature, our knowledge of it, mechanisms for transforming it, and much else besides—are historically central and currently active areas of research in philosophy, theology, and psychology.  An increasingly important idea in all three disciplines is the view that narrative is somehow essential to the self and intimately connected with key aspects of the life and development of a person. Narrative, or the activity of constructing narratives, has been credited with all manner of different roles in our lives, from contributing to positive outcomes in the wake of trauma, to helping us make sense of and find meaning in our own actions and other events that make up our lives, to unifying our consciousness and explaining important aspects of our agency, to constituting us as persons. The 2020 Logos Workshop will bring together philosophers, biblical scholars, and theologians to discuss these and related issues about personhood, the self, and the role narrative might play in the construction and transformation of the self.

To have your paper considered for discussion at Logos 2020, please submit an abstract of the paper or the paper itself no later than October 15, 2019. Other things being equal, preference will be given to those who submit full papers by the deadline. We will let you know by December 1, 2019 whether your paper has been provisionally accepted. Full acceptance will be conditional on submission of the full reading version of the paper by April 15, 2020. It is expected that papers presented at the Logos workshop will be works in progress that can benefit from the group discussion. Consequently, we ask that authors not submit papers that will be published before the conference has ended.

Please send Abstracts or Full Papers to: (Please ensure that they are prepared for blind review).

For more information, please visit:

CFP - The American Maritain Association - "Whose Thomism? Which Tradition?"




Hosted by Franciscan University and Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius 


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)

In 2020 we mark the 90th anniversary of Religion and Culture, the first volume of the series Questions Disputées, edited by Jacques Maritain and Charles Journet. A year earlier, in The Angelic Doctor, Maritain issued a call to mobilize the philosophia perennis, noting that doing so  “is not an easy matter, for the solution to all the new problems…is not to be found ready-made in St. Thomas…a new and original effort is required.” Thomism, he added, “is of its very nature a progressive and assimilative philosophy.”

Alasdair MacIntyre counsels Thomists to appreciate that they are engaged in a tradition-constituted practice of inquiry. Doing so raises a series of questions. Have Thomists understood the links between the intellectual habits of the philosopher and current forms of education? Does an emphasis on tradition-constituted inquiry lead to relativism? Can one tradition establish rational superiority over its rivals? Still other questions are more pointed. What are we to make of the rival traditions within Thomism? Are the divisions between Existential Thomists and Transcendental Thomists justifiable? What of the claim that River Forest and Laval Thomists are the true defenders of natural philosophy? Whither analytic Thomism? These questions pose serious challenges. Can we rise above past divisions and build on diverse insights? How can we collaborate in our search for the truth? Surely we do well to remember the motto of Leo XIII: Vetera novis augere et perficere.

Plenary speakers include Matthew Levering (Mundelein), Christopher Lutz (St. Meinrad), and Steven Baldner (St. Francis Xavier University). Heather Erb (Lock Haven University) will lead a plenary session on the relation between St. Thomas and the Great Books. The interchange between the friends of Thomas and of the Great Books can help us to examine the purposes and methods of education and the Common Doctor’s role in our intellectual and affective lives.   

Please send proposals of up to 500 words that explore the above and related questions to Dr. James M. Jacobs at by December 15, 2019. There is a $250 prize and guaranteed publication for the best graduate student paper; this paper is to be submitted by January 13, 2020. For more information, visit 

The conference registration fee is $100.00 ($50.00 for students). Membership in the American Maritain Association is $75.00 ($35.00 for students). We encourage online payment by February 24, 2020. Registration at the conference will be $125.00 ($60.00 for students).

CFP - Open Theology - Phenomenology of Religious Experience IV: Religious Experience and Description


for a topical issue of Open Theology

Phenomenology of Religious Experience IV: Religious Experience and Description


Edited by:

Olga Louchakova-Schwartz (UC Davis and Jesuit School of Theology)

James Nelson (University of Valparaiso)

Aaron Preston (University of Valparaiso)



“Open Theology” ( invites submissions for the topical issue “Phenomenology of Religious Experience IV: Religious Experience and Description”, prepared in collaboration with the Society for the  Phenomenology of Religious Experience (


This topical issue will illumine possibilities and difficulties arising in the description of religious experience.  Does religious experience harbor concealed empirical and phenomenological complexity, and how do we address complexity in a focused description which aims at revealing the essence of experience? We invite an interplay between pragmatics of describing religious experience, philosophical and theological issues involved in creation of description, and theoretical models of how religious and spiritual experience may be described.  We will accept papers dedicated to description of perception, imagination, body-awareness, recollection, social cognition, self-experience, temporality etc. in the context of religious experience. How does phenomenological description of religious experience translate into ecology, history, or natural science? What are cultural influences in the description of religious experience? The papers should provide not just the description of experience per se, but an analysis of the process or outcome of description and reflection on what description of religious experience per se entails.  Such reflections must employ phenomenological philosophy, such as e.g. in the work of Anthony Steinbock or Jean-Luc Marion, but can also draw on contemporary dialogues between phenomenological philosophy and other philosophical and theological traditions, such as we see in the work of researchers like Espen Dahl, Matthew Ratcliffe, Dan Zahavi, Stanley Cavell, or Evan Thompson, to name a few.


Tentative themes:


I. Creating Descriptions of Religious Experience

  • How does one actually describe religious experience? What difficulties and delights are in this process? How do we clarify such descriptions?
  • How does the process/outcome of describing religious experience differ from of ordinary experience?
  • How does one approach the negative (absences) and the positive (presences) in these descriptions?
  • How does description capture embodied, affective, and metaphysical aspects of experience?
  • What are the relationships between the description and the essence of religious experience. What determines experience as religious, or spiritual, and gives it a unique character, intelligible to others?
  • How do the questions of otherness or strangeness play out in description and understanding a description of religious and spiritual experience?
  • Who can understand a description of religious experience? Academic researchers?  Religious practitioners or authorities?  Informed consumers?  Contemporaries or successors?
  • Can religious and spiritual experience be described by means of natural language, or does it require some kind of special language?Do neologisms clarify or do they obfuscate religious experiences?
  • What are the functions of language in description of religious or spiritual experience?
  • How does historicity impact a description of religious experience?
  • What are the communicological virtues in description of religious experience?
  • What are the relationships between the description and the phenomena “in excess”?
  • What are the purposes of description of religious experience, and how intentions in communication already presuppose the structure of description of religious experience we find in texts?

II. Models for Descriptions of Religious and Spiritual Experience

  • How do phenomenological theories and frameworks influence description of religious experience? For example, would a description intended to serve as a ground of phenomenological analyses along the lines of Husserl’s phenomenology be identical with a description of experience in the phenomenology of Jean-Luc Marion or non-intentional phenomenology of Michel Henry?  Or can such a description reflect a “view from nowhere”?
  • What role do religious beliefs play in religious experience, and can phenomenology provide a clarification of religious presuppositions?
  • How, and to what extent, can disciplines other than phenomenology (e.g. psychology, psychiatry, neurology, anthropology, theology) provide person-level descriptions of phenomenological relevance?
  • How can the phenomenological description of religious experience change existing models and theoretical assumptions in other fields of knowledge or in phenomenology itself? For instance, can empirical findings in religious experiencing refine and improve classical phenomenological analyses?
  • Can religious experience be subjected to constitutive phenomenological analysis, and can a phenomenological account of any given aspect of religiosity provide an accurate or adequate description of religious phenomena? How do claims to presuppositionlessness affect such accounts?
  • How does the question of authority play out in first person description and the analysis of second person description in texts? What ethical limitations exist in descriptions or discussions of religious experience from either a first or second-person standpoint?
  • Can common-sense metaphysics support the demands in description of religious experiencing?

III. Description of religious experience, and ecology, environmental studies, health sciences, natural sciences, history, business studies, etc. 


Authors publishing their articles in the topical issue will benefit from:

– transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,

– efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open’s e-technology,

– free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions,

– complementary membership in the Society for Phenomenology of Religious Experience.


As a rule, publication costs should be covered by so called Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. To view funding opportunities to cover APC please visit

Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk ( before submitting their manuscript.



Submissions will be collected from August 1 to September 30, 2019, via the on-line submission system at

Choose as article type: “Topical Issue Article: Phenomenology of Religious Experience IV”.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at:

All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.


Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Olga Louchakova-Schwartz at In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at

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Since 1926, scholars and thinkers, mostly based in Canada and the United States, have forged a unique tradition and community known as the "American Catholic Philosophical Association." Steeped in classical sources and cultivating the Catholic Philosophical heritage, this tradition is known for creative engagement with major philosophers of every era and bold responses to the themes and issues of contemporary philosophy. 

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