Call for Abstracts: Philosophy of Science at ACPA 2017

Call for Abstracts:

Catholic Engagement in Philosophy of Science at ACPA 2017

CEPOS Satellite Session(s) at the 2017 meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association

November 16-19, 2017
The Westin Dallas Downtown
1202 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202

Send 200 word abstracts to by April 15, 2017.

In the wake of a June 2016 conference on Catholic Engagement in Philosophy of Science (CEPOS), we invite abstracts for papers to be presented at a CEPOS satellite session at the 2017 ACPA meeting in Dallas.

We welcome abstracts on any CEPOS-related topic. We are especially interested in work on the following topics:

  1. Modality in the sciences and Christian thought: Creation, Concurrence, Providence; Chance, Contingency, Probability.
  2. Modern science and ancient categories: Are contemporary natural sciences “intermediate sciences”? More?  Less? Other?
  3. Probability does not contradict Probability? Epistemology of scientific change, unity of truth, and science-theology dialogue
  4. HoCEPOS: Perspectives on the history of Catholic engagement in philosophy of science from John Henry Newman to Ernan McMullin.

In general, we aim in the satellite session(s) to continue efforts to cultivate sober perspective on the history and current state of engagement with philosophy of science among Catholic intellectuals with an eye to "What now?" sorts of questions. CEPOS aims to articulate, explore, and evaluate a variety of approaches to philosophy of science present in Catholic thought over the last 150 years (roughly from John Henry Newman to the present). These approaches include explicit philosophies of science, as well as ones implicit in and shaping theological work, hierarchical church documents and actions, and evaluations of the relevance of the special sciences to metaphysics, philosophy of nature, and theology.

CEPOS is interested to explore a broad range of issues, approaches, and figures and aims to encourage productive cross-fertilization, collaboration, and exploration among philosophers, theologians, and scientists.

Call for Papers: University Faculty for Life

27th Annual Conference

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

June 9-10, 2017

Call for Papers (PDF)

Call for Papers: Lex Naturalis

We are accepting proposals for the third issue of Lex Naturalis. Topics related to any issue concerning natural law will be considered, especially those related to contemporary cultural concerns. Abstracts are due by April 15, 2017.  Please send to the editor, Walter Raubicheck, at  Completed papers (25-30 pgs.) will be due by June 15.

Call for Papers: Solidarity, The Journal of Catholic Social Teaching and Secular Ethics

 Call for Papers
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Ageing: Conceptions, Flourishing, and Challenges for Church and Civil Society
Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Teaching and Secular Ethics

This special edition of Solidarity calls for papers addressing the ethical issues associated with ageing from within the fields of Moral Philosophy, Moral and Pastoral Theology, Law, and Healthcare.

Questions/topics for discussion could include but are not limited to:

  • Conceptions of ageing: What does it mean to age?; What meaning do we assign to the phenomenon of ageing?; What worth is and ought to be assigned to old age?; Is it possible to age authentically?; Cultural perspectives and Indigenous conceptions of old age and ageing; Ageing and Intergenerational communion.
  • Flourishing: What is it to flourish in old age?; What place does faith/spirituality play in old age?; The meaning of leisure and activity for the ageing; The meaning of time for the ageing; Notions of wisdom and respect and their interaction in the context of old age; The contributions of the ageing to society; The experience of joy in ageing.
  • Challenges for Church and Civil Society: What does protection for the elderly mean, and why should they be protected?; The problem of elder abuse; Dealing with the ageing process (facing illness, disability, suffering, and loss of control); The provision of appropriate and adequate facilities for the elderly; The provision of palliative care services; Societal and economic ramifications of employment of an ageing population; Ageism and Stereotyping: Challenging stereotypes in the interests of living an authentic life; The philosophical and practical responses of the Catholic Church regarding ageing.

Abstracts of 100-300 words, accompanied with a current Curriculum Vitae, are to be emailed to Solidarity at by 15 March 2017.

Lumen Christi Institute's Summer Seminars 2017

Flyer (PDF)

Now in their ninth year, the Lumen Christi Institute’s Summer Seminars in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition are open to graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and other relevant areas of study. Room, board, and a travel stipend are included for those whose applications are accepted. Each seminar  includes five days of intensive discussion based on close reading of the assigned texts as well as daily presentations given by the professor and student participants. A deep knowledge of the material is not required to apply. These seminars give participants mastery over the material under discussion, both for teaching and research purposes, and also deepen participants’ understanding and awareness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more information and to apply visit,


June 22-28

“Is God Knowable by Natural Reason? Philosophy, Theology, and Trinitarian Thought in the High Medieval Ages”

Mark Clark, Catholic University of America

Timothy B. Noone, Catholic University of America


In this seminar, scholar of medieval history Mark Clark and scholar of medieval philosophy Timothy Noone will offer an intensive survey of theological and philosophical debates about the natural knowledge of God in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Participants will read and discuss the writings Peter Abelard, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Albert the Great, and Thomas Aquinas as well as modern philosophical engagement with these questions.


July 9-15

“The Thought of John Henry Newman”

Fr. Ian Ker, University of Oxford

Merton College, Oxford 

Now in its fifth consecutive year, this intensive seminar will examine Newman’s achievements as theologian, philosopher, educator, preacher, and writer. Remarkably, in each of these areas Newman produced works that have come to be recognized as classics: An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, The Grammar of Assent, The Idea of a University, The Parochial and Plain Sermons, and the Apologia Pro Vita Sua. This seminar will approach Newman’s thought through a critical engagement with these texts 


July 29-August 5

“Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation”

Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa

University of California, Santa Barbara

Now in its fourth year, this seminar will have students read, analyze, and discern continuities and discontinuities in Catholic Social Thought from the late 19th century to the present. Lectures, seminar reports, and discussion will focus on original sources (encyclicals and other magisterial documents), beginning with Rerum novarum (1892) and concluding with Caritas in veritate (2009) and Evangelii Gaudium (2013). This intensive course is multi-disciplinary, since this tradition of social thought overlaps several disciplines in the contemporary university including political science, political philosophy, law, economics, theology, and history.

Conference: Seventh Annual Philosophy Workshop "Aquinas on Metaphysics"

Theme: "Aquinas on Metaphysics"

Location: Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY

Dates: June 29 - July 2, 2017

Organized by the Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC; the Catholic and Dominican Institute, Newburgh, NY; and the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, Notre Dame, IN

For more information and to register, please visit:

Conference: 5th Annual International Summer School and Conference 2017

For information, please visit:

NEH Summer Seminar on Medieval Philosophy

There will be a four-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on “Will, Commandment, and Human Perfection in Medieval Jewish Philosophy” taking place July 9—August 4, 2017 at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. The Director of the Seminar is Jonathan Jacobs, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, John Jay College/CUNY.

The seminar will begin with exploration of portions of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, as important background to several of the issues. We will then spend two weeks studying works by Saadia Gaon and two weeks studying works by Moses Maimonides, examining affinities between them as well as important differences, and also looking at their appropriation of philosophy from other traditions. We will also read a text from Aquinas, which will be a very helpful basis for comparative study, especially regarding moral epistemology.

The following are some of the questions that will shape some of our discussions:

  • How do Saadia and Maimonides’s conceptions of free will differ from Aristotle’s conception of voluntariness, and what are the implications for key issues of moral psychology and moral responsibility?
  • What are the main differences between the Jewish thinkers’ account of repentance and the possibility of revising one’s states of character on the one hand, and Aristotle’s view of the fixity (or near fixity) of established states of character, on the other?
  • What are the distinctive features of each thinker’s conception of virtue and human excellence?
  • How do Saadia and Maimonides understand the relation between reason’s role in religion and the authenticity and significance of prophecy?
  • How do Saadia and Maimonides appropriate and modify inheritances from the Greek philosophical heritage and Islamic influences? (Saadia’s method shows the influence of Islamic thinkers, and Maimonides’ appropriation of Aristotle was mediated by Islamic thinkers.)
  • How do the views of “the reasons of the commandments” elaborated by Saadia and Maimonides differ from the Aristotelian conception of practical wisdom and from natural law theorizing (especially Aquinas’s)?
  • What are Saadia and Maimonides’s most significant contributions to fundamental, enduring issues of moral agency, the understanding of the will, and the rationality of moral judgment? What aspects of their thought remain especially relevant?

Of course, numerous other issues will arise and you are encouraged to raise and pursue your own questions and angles of approach. The seminar is meant to engage a wide range of interests and expertise, including Ethics, History of Philosophy, Jewish Studies, Philosophical Theology, Theories of Human Nature, Intellectual History, and others. 

Applicants need not have expertise in Medieval Philosophy or Jewish Philosophy though, of course, expertise is welcome.

For additional information about the Seminar contact Professor Jacobs at   

Information is available on a website for the Seminar:

Please Note:

For summer 2017 at least three Seminar spaces are reserved for non-tenure-track/adjunct faculty members. An applicant need not have an advanced degree in order to qualify. Adjunct and part-time lecturers are eligible to apply.

Individuals may not apply to an NEH Summer Seminar whose director is affiliated with the same institution or is a family member.

Individuals must not apply to seminars directed by scholars with whom they have studied.

To be considered eligible, applicants must submit a complete application. This includes an NEH cover sheet and the additional materials requested on the individual seminar website.

Application deadline: March 1, 2017/Notification date: March 31, 2017.

The Director

Jonathan Jacobs is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and also a member of the Doctoral Faculty of Philosophy and the Doctoral Faculty of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of nine books, editor of three, and has published over ninety articles on topics in Ethics, Medieval Philosophy, Jewish Philosophy, Criminal Justice, Political Philosophy, and other areas. He has been a Visiting Scholar or Visiting Professor at Clare Hall, Cambridge, the Oxford Centre for Hebrew & Jewish Studies, The University of St. Andrews, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Linacre College, Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, and other institutions.

Among his works most relevant to the seminar are Law, Reason, and Morality in Medieval Jewish Philosophy, (Oxford University Press, 2010), Judaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem’s Enduring Presence, (editor, Oxford University Press

2011), and Reason, Religion, and Natural Law: Plato to Spinoza (editor, Oxford University Press, 2012).

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About the ACPA

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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