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:  logos@nd.edu. (Please ensure that they are prepared for blind review).

For more information, please visit: https://philreligion.nd.edu/events/logos-workshop/logos-2020/


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

CALL FOR PAPERS

THE AMERICAN MARITAIN ASSOCIATION: 43rd ANNUAL MEETING

THURSDAY— SATURDAY, MARCH 5—7, 2020, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

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

§ WHOSE THOMISM? WHICH TRADITION? § 


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 jjacobs@nds.edu. 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 https://maritainassociation.com/ 

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

CALL FOR PAPERS

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)

 

DESCRIPTION

“Open Theology” (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth) 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 (www.sophere.org).

 

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 https://www.degruyter.com/page/1097

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

 

HOW TO SUBMIT

Submissions will be collected from August 1 to September 30, 2019, via the on-line submission system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/

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: http://www.degruyter.com/view/supplement/s23006579_Instruction_for_Authors.pdf

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 olouchakova@gmail.com. In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com.


Catholicism and Phenomenology - ACPQ Special Issue, Summer 2021

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly Special Issue

Summer 2021 (volume 95, number 3)

 Catholicism and Phenomenology

Guest editors

Michael Bowler

Michigan Technological University

mjbowler@mtu.edu

Mirela Oliva

University of St. Thomas, Houston

olivam@stthom.edu

 

This special issue of American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly is intended to examine and promote phenomenological approaches (widely construed) to philosophical issues arising within and emerging from Catholicism and Catholic philosophy.  Papers may, for example, (1) exposit and analyze exemplary figures and movements within the Catholic tradition of phenomenological philosophy; (2) examine how a phenomenological approach would benefit Catholic philosophy; (3) examine tensions between phenomenology and Catholic philosophy and/or Catholicism; or (4) discuss contemporary attempts to reexamine, from a phenomenological perspective, issues of concern to Catholic philosophers.  Each article, including abstract and notes, should be 10,000 words or less.

Send submissions by email directly to the guest editors.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

 


CFP - Society for 21st Century Thomism: On Citizenship

Society for 21st Century Thomism: Call for Papers

On Citizenship

Deadline for Submission: May 6th, 2019

The proper nature of “citizenship” has been a topic of discussion in the history of political philosophy since the beginning, and one of practical importance to any political regime. Citizens are the basic, material foundation of any state, and so it is important to ask: What makes one a citizen? What rights and privileges do citizens enjoy over non-citizens? What responsibilities should the citizen have in particular? When asking these questions, immediately we see a dichotomy between citizen and non-citizen residents of the state.

Historically, immigration in the United States is tied to citizenship as a telos. That is, the immigrant is encouraged to assimilate, to participate in the existing community and culture. Today, immigration is seen by many as an end in itself, wherein there is no further expectation to assimilate into the community. Here, it is more important to speak of immigrant rights and multicultural cosmopolitanism (i.e., being a “citizen of the world”). For those who adhere strictly to these ideals, it is an affront against the personal dignity of the immigrant to expect assimilation.

This is a difficult problem. On the one hand, we can affirm that immigrants have inherent rights consequent to their dignity as human persons. However, on the other hand, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Without assimilation, there is a real danger in loosening the bonds that keep the nation together, such that our neighbor is now closer to a stranger. Yet, as Catholics, we also have a Christian duty to help those who are needy and oppressed, which tends to be the prime motivator for those who leave their home country.

The Society for 21st Century Thomism is asking for papers in light of these questions above from an Aristotelian-Thomistic foundation. Papers should address these questions in a Neo-Thomistic fashion, that is, not merely by summarizing St. Thomas’ own comments on citizenship or his replies to similar matters in his own time, but by examining the thought of St. Thomas and later Thomists on these issues to draw conclusions that teach us, in our own time, how to address the particular issues we face now.

We are interested in papers addressing the following questions:

• What is a citizen? What separates a citizen from a non-citizen resident?
• What duties do we have as citizens? What rights are we given as citizens?
• What expectations do immigrants, as non-citizen residents, have to meet within the community or state?
• What rights do immigrants have from the state?
• How are citizens and non-citizens justly represented under our democracy?
• Who is our “neighbor” in a community? What ties the community together?

Papers on related topics will also be considered. We invite you to submit an abstract by May 6th, 2019. Each paper presentation at the session will be 25 minutes, and an additional 10 minutes for Q&A. We will respond to each submission in mid-to-late May. Please address inquiries and abstracts (the latter as a Microsoft Word file attachment) to this year’s session organizer, Francisco E. Plaza, at plazaf@stthom.edu.


John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow at PRRUCS, University of Pennsylvania

The Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship for a scholar conducting research on the work of Elizabeth Anscombe.  

The John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow serves the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS) in the School of Arts and Sciences.

In 2018, PRRUCS and the University of Pennsylvania library obtained the papers of G.E.M./Elizabeth Anscombe (Anscombe Archives). The papers in the Anscombe Archives have only recently been made available for researchers affording the John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow a unique opportunity to conduct research on one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century. The John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow will conduct original research and write at least two scholarly articles using the Anscombe Archives as their principal source documents. 

PRRUCS will co-sponsor events, workshops, and conferences related to research associated with the Anscombe Archives and related to the work of its Perry Family Scholars for Science, Spirituality, and Service. The John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow will lead all phases of the planning and implementation of the Anscombe events; and assist in the planning and implementation of the Perry Family Scholars for Science, Spirituality, and Service Events. 

The John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow is a one-year term appointment.

For more information and to apply, please view the position posting here: https://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/43293

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John Buchmann
Associate Director and Theologian-in-Residence, Collegium Institute
PRRUCS-Perry Fellow, Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, Univ. of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Leadership Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6197
(724) 549-4516

ACPA 2019 Outreach and International Collaboration Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

ACPA members are invited to submit grant proposals for projects relating either to (a) international collaboration or to (b) outreach within the USA and Canada. Proposed projects in the first category should aim at supporting philosophical communities in countries other than the USA and Canada, or at the dissemination of philosophical ideas to a broader public in countries other than the USA and Canada. Proposed projects in the second category should aim at the dissemination of philosophical ideas (tied to the Catholic intellectual tradition) either to a broader public in the USA or Canada or to faculty and students at institutions in the USA or Canada where the Catholic intellectual tradition is underrepresented.

For this year (2019) and next year (2020), the ACPA will invite proposals. Up to $12,000 per year will be given away.

Eligibility:

Any ACPA member associated with an institution of higher learning is eligible to submit a proposal to have a project funded. (Grants will be made to institutions, not to individuals.)

Deadline for proposals:

Proposals should be emailed to Michael Rota at mwrota@stthomas.edu by July 10th, 2019. Decisions will be announced by December 1, 2019.

Criteria of evaluation:

Proposals focused on international collaboration will be evaluated on their potential either to strengthen philosophical communities in countries other than Canada and the USA, or to disseminate philosophical ideas to a broader public in those countries. Other things being equal:

1)      projects that focus on topics of special interest to Catholic philosophers will be preferred to those that do not,

2)      proposals that will primarily benefit philosophers (including students of philosophy) in countries with comparatively fewer funding opportunities for philosophical work will be preferred to proposals which will primarily benefit philosophers (including students of philosophy) in countries with comparatively greater funding opportunities, and

3)      a less expensive project will be funded over a more expensive project.

Proposals focused on outreach within Canada and the USA will be evaluated on their potential to disseminate philosophical ideas from the Catholic intellectual tradition to a broader public or to an academic community where the Catholic intellectual tradition is currently underrepresented. Other things being equal, a less expensive project will be funded over a more expensive project.

Application process:

Projects should have a single project director who submits the proposal and who will take responsibility (if the project is funded) for reporting back to the ACPA upon completion of the project. The project director must be a member of the ACPA at the time of submission of the project and during the duration of the project. Projects can have 1-3 co-directors.

A proposal should include:

(a)    The name and contact information of the project director, and, if applicable, of the project co-director(s).

(b)   A narrative statement of no more than 2000 words explaining the project. This statement should specify a start-date and end-date for the project, not to exceed 2 years, and should identify one or more outputs, which are concrete events the project will be expected (if funded) to bring about (e.g. a conference on topic X in location Y, or a series of 3 lectures by so-and-so in region R, or a short-term seminar taught by philosopher X at university or seminary U).

(c)    A budget, not to exceed $12,000.

(d)   CVs of the project director and, if applicable, co-director(s).

Financial process and reporting:

By an approved project’s start date, funds will be sent by the ACPA to the project director’s institution, and from that point on distribution of funds will be carried out by the project director through his or her institution. The project director will be expected to submit a report to the ACPA upon completion of the project. The report should, at a minimum, (a) state whether the output(s) was(were) achieved, (b) state whether all funds were used (if not, unused funds should be returned to the ACPA), and (c) describe any salient details about the perceived success or failure of the project.


ACPA 2019 Outreach and International Collaboration Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

ACPA members are invited to submit grant proposals for projects relating either to (a) international collaboration or to (b) outreach within the USA and Canada. Proposed projects in the first category should aim at supporting philosophical communities in countries other than the USA and Canada, or at the dissemination of philosophical ideas to a broader public in countries other than the USA and Canada. Proposed projects in the second category should aim at the dissemination of philosophical ideas (tied to the Catholic intellectual tradition) either to a broader public in the USA or Canada or to faculty and students at institutions in the USA or Canada where the Catholic intellectual tradition is underrepresented.

For this year (2019) and next year (2020), the ACPA will invite proposals. Up to $12,000 per year will be given away.

 

Eligibility:

Any ACPA member associated with an institution of higher learning is eligible to submit a proposal to have a project funded. (Grants will be made to institutions, not to individuals.)

 

Deadline for proposals:

Proposals should be emailed to Michael Rota at mwrota@stthomas.edu by July 10th, 2019. Decisions will be announced by December 1, 2019.

 

Criteria of evaluation:

Proposals focused on international collaboration will be evaluated on their potential either to strengthen philosophical communities in countries other than Canada and the USA, or to disseminate philosophical ideas to a broader public in those countries. Other things being equal:

1)      projects that focus on topics of special interest to Catholic philosophers will be preferred to those that do not,

2)      proposals that will primarily benefit philosophers (including students of philosophy) in countries with comparatively fewer funding opportunities for philosophical work will be preferred to proposals which will primarily benefit philosophers (including students of philosophy) in countries with comparatively greater funding opportunities, and

3)      a less expensive project will be funded over a more expensive project.

Proposals focused on outreach within Canada and the USA will be evaluated on their potential to disseminate philosophical ideas from the Catholic intellectual tradition to a broader public or to an academic community where the Catholic intellectual tradition is currently underrepresented. Other things being equal, a less expensive project will be funded over a more expensive project.

 

Application process:

Projects should have a single project director who submits the proposal and who will take responsibility (if the project is funded) for reporting back to the ACPA upon completion of the project. The project director must be a member of the ACPA at the time of submission of the project and during the duration of the project. Projects can have 1-3 co-directors.

A proposal should include:

(a)    The name and contact information of the project director, and, if applicable, of the project co-director(s).

(b)   A narrative statement of no more than 2000 words explaining the project. This statement should specify a start-date and end-date for the project, not to exceed 2 years, and should identify one or more outputs, which are concrete events the project will be expected (if funded) to bring about (e.g. a conference on topic X in location Y, or a series of 3 lectures by so-and-so in region R, or a short-term seminar taught by philosopher X at university or seminary U).

(c)    A budget, not to exceed $12,000.

(d)   CVs of the project director and, if applicable, co-director(s).

 

Financial process and reporting:

By an approved project’s start date, funds will be sent by the ACPA to the project director’s institution, and from that point on distribution of funds will be carried out by the project director through his or her institution. The project director will be expected to submit a report to the ACPA upon completion of the project. The report should, at a minimum, (a) state whether the output(s) was(were) achieved, (b) state whether all funds were used (if not, unused funds should be returned to the ACPA), and (c) describe any salient details about the perceived success or failure of the project.

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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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