Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy Inaugural Conference

August 25, 2021

The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy will host its Inaugural Conference at the University of Notre Dame October 3-6, 2021. The conference promises to be of great interest to ACPA members. Since Notre Dame is verging on a 100% vaccination rate on campus, participants will also be able to meet safely. Please consult the conference website for information on the exciting program, registration, and accommodations. Please also feel from to contact Fr. John Peck, SJ ( with inquiries about the conference.


July 26, 2021



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 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 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).

ACPQ Ninth Annual Rising Scholar Essay Contest

July 20, 2021

Papers must be submitted electronically by no later than 5 p.m. (CDT) on September 1, 2021. The paper should be accompanied by an abstract of up to 150 words. The cover letter field of the submission site's Details and Comments section should indicate the author's academic rank as of September 1, 2021 (e.g., "PhD candidate") and that the submission is for the essay contest.

The winning essay will be published in the ACPQ and specially designated in the journal as winner of the contest.

The author of a single-authored winning paper will receive a $3000 award and a free one-year membership in the American Catholic Philosophical Association (ACPA). Each co-author of a co-authored winning paper will receive a share, equal to that of the other co-author(s), of a $3000 award, together with a free one-year membership for in the ACPA. Author(s) of the winning paper must be below the rank of associate professor at the time of the submission deadline, September 1, 2021.

Please see complete contest details at


June 14, 2021

In order to foster philosophical discussion and encourage scientifically engaged projects at a wider range of colleges and universities, the Society of Christian Philosophers is sponsoring a scientifically engaged lecture grant. The program will support up to 6 grants for the 2021/2022 academic year. Each grant will provide up to $2,000 for departments to host a Christian philosopher or theologian involved in scientifically engaged work for a campus event or events.


  • The applicant (i.e., inviter) must be a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, or the Evangelical Theological Society. 
  • The host department/institution is responsible for all lecture logistics. 
  • Grant funds will be disbursed in advance of the event upon approval of the application. The funds can be supplemented or leveraged with other institutional funds, but this is neither a requirement nor a factor in evaluating applications.
  • The primary lecture should be video recorded, and a copy of that video will be shared with the SCP for posting on the Society’s YouTube channel.
  • After the event, grant recipients need not submit receipts but are required to submit both a brief report and photos of the event.


  • Applications must be emailed to the grant co-leaders at
  • Each application should be attached as one single page and saved as a PDF.
  • Identify the philosopher to be invited and include a brief description of the scientifically engaged topic they might present on.
  • Indicate the format of the events anticipated (e.g. lecture, classroom visit, or lecture with lunch with graduate students, undergrads, etc.) .
  • Indicate the approximate date of the event (e.g. Nov 2021).
  • Provide a high-level overview of the budget, including any matching funds, with a clear indication of the total request of the SCP.


The application deadline for grants for the 2021-2022 academic year is 1 August, 2021. Grant announcements will be made to the entire SCP membership by 15 August, 2021. 

Any questions regarding the grants or the application process should be send to

The Society of Christian Philosophers gratefully acknowledges the funding of the John Templeton Foundation for this program.


Please visit for the information.

Call for Papers: Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy Founder’s Prize

April 22, 2021

The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (SMRP) awards an annual prize of $500 for the best paper on Medieval or Renaissance philosophy by a younger scholar. Eligibility is restricted to graduate students and recent PhDs (within the last five years).  

The award recipient will be invited to present a paper at a SMRP session at conference of one’s choice in the year of the competition.  The recipient may apply for up to $500 to assist with travel expenses.  In recent years, SMRP has sponsored sessions at the annual meetings of the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo), as well as at several other conferences.   

Submissions must be in English and limited to 9,000 words including footnotes.  The following types of paper may be submitted:  

- The text of a lecture delivered within the last year or to be delivered (though short, informal talks are not suitable)  

- Unpublished Essays  

- Articles or chapters submitted for publication or forthcoming but not yet in print.  

Entries should be submitted to Dr. Thomas Osborne at by June 1.  

In your email, please include your name, affiliation, title of your paper, contact information, and date of PhD.  The file you submit must be prepared for blind review (including the elimination of meta-data from the electronic file) and should include an abstract of not more than 200 words.  

Gloria Frost, PhD

Professor of Philosophy
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Assistant Editor, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (ACPQ)
Office: John Roach Center #220

Justice in Thomistic Ethics: A Graduate Colloquium

February 1, 2021

Dominican House of Studies | Washington, D.C.

A graduate colloquium on Justice in Thomistic Ethics with Dr. Thomas Hibbs. The graduate colloquia are a new initiative of the TI intended to give a selection of emerging scholars from different PhD programs an opportunity to meet and work with other younger scholars that share their interests, and to benefit from the wisdom and formation of a senior scholar.

July 18 - July 24, 2021

About the Speaker:

Thomas Hibbs has been President of the University of Dallas since 2019. Previously, he served as distinguished Professor of Ethics & Culture and Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University. He is the author of books including Virtue's Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good and Shows About Nothing, one of two books of his about film. His two most recent books are Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Faith and Philosophy and Laudato Si: Nihilism, Beauty, and God (forthcoming, University of Notre Dame Press). He also has written on film, culture, books and higher education in publications including Books and Culture, Christianity Today, First Things, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Students currently enrolled in PhD programs in relevant disciplines are welcome to apply.

Successful applicants will receive a full tuition scholarship and room and board for the duration of the conference.  A limited number of travel scholarships are also available for select students who do not have access to institutional funding for travel.

Please visit to apply.

The Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship

February 1, 2021

Washington, D.C.

The Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship is a project sponsored by the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America and by the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies that offers competitive fellowships for graduate students (and a few talented, upper-level undergraduates), drawing from across fields in the sciences, humanities, and from law.

Accepted fellowship recipients attend a one week program in Washington, DC that offers courses and seminars given by distinguished scholars focusing on some aspect of Catholic thought in relation to culture and public life. This year’s theme is “Art, Meaning, and the Public Square,” and will take place from June 13-18, 2021.

2021 Featured Speakers:

Fr. Reginald Lynch, O.P. (Dominican House of Studies)

Dr. Thomas Hibbs (University of Dallas)

Prof. Philip Bess (University of Notre Dame)

Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates in all disciplines. Successful applicants will receive travel funding as well as lodging for the extent of the fellowship and waived registration fee. Applications are accepted until March 31st.

Please visit to apply.

The 2021 Meeting of the American Maritain Association: Thomism and Freedom

January 15, 2021

The 2021 Conference will be held online March 19-20, 2021, using the Zoom platform. The theme is "Thomism and Freedom." An abbreviated schedule will be followed, featuring Plenary Addresses with an extended Question and Answer session available for participants. Details and updates for the conference can be found at the AMA website:

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