CFP: Quaestiones Disputatae

Call For Papers

Faith, Reason, and the Splendor of Truth:

Reading Veritatis Splendor and Fides et Ratio Together

Two of St.  John Paul II’s most important encyclicals share an anniversary year in 2018: Veritatis Splendor celebrates 25 years and Fides et Ratio turns 20.  Quaestiones Disputatae, a journal of Franciscan University of Steubenville, is marking this joint milestone by dedicating an issue to the connections among the themes of these two encyclicals. 

St.  John Paul himself suggested that these two encyclicals constitute one integral investigation.  He wrote in Fides et Ratio, “In my Encyclical Letter Veritatis Splendor, I drew attention to ‘certain fundamental truths of Catholic doctrine which, in the present circumstances, risk being distorted or denied.’  In the present letter, I wish to pursue that reflection by concentrating on the theme of truth itself and on its foundation in relation to faith” (n.  6). For St.  John Paul, attempts to understand our moral life lead us on to inquiry into truth; and those who genuinely “search for the truth” are ultimately “search[ing] for a person to whom they might entrust themselves,” a quest that finds its fulfillment in the imitation of Christ (FR, n.  33; VS, n.  119). 

More broadly, these encyclicals explore the transcendentals of goodness and truth in relation to the intellectual and moral powers of the human person, setting these inquiries in the contexts of beauty and faith, as well as of human nature and community.  Quaestiones Disputatae welcomes papers engaging both these encyclicals in light of any of their themes and from a range of disciplinary perspectives, such as philosophy, theology, patristics, literature, and history.  Papers might address such topics as the following, though many more are possible:

  • Truth, goodness, and the meaning of life
  • Community and tradition in moral and speculative inquiry
  • John Paul’s themes in relation to the thought of some other significant figure, such as St.  Augustine, St.  Thomas Aquinas, St.  Bonaventure, Bl.  John Duns Scotus, Francisco Suarez, Kierkegaard, Bl.  John Henry Newman, Michael Polanyi, Alasdair MacIntyre, etc.
  • Truth, goodness, and contemporary moral or political crises
  • Narrative approaches to self-knowledge or moral and speculative inquiry
  • Literary explorations of truth and goodness
  • Interaction of faith and reason, or Scripture and natural law, in moral or speculative inquiry
  • The relations among the moral and intellectual virtues
  • Speculative and moral wisdom
  • Beauty in the contemplative and active lives
  • Truth, goodness, and beauty in philosophical anthropology
  • The moral life as vocation or dialogue in response to truth
  • Conscience and truth
  • Freedom’s relation to reason

Papers up to 10,000 words are invited, though longer papers may also be considered.  Format, with footnotes, according to Chicago Style.  The deadline is June 11, 2018, with anticipated publication in November, 2018.  Please address inquiries and papers (the latter as email attachments in Microsoft Word) to the Guest Editor, Dr.  Randall Colton, at

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CFP: "What is Candian Philosophy?"

“What is Canadian Philosophy? Reflections on the 150th Anniversary of Confederation”

*Conference Announcement
*Call For Papers for Graduate Student/Recent Ph.D. Panel
*Announcement of Charles Taylor Prize for best essay by a Graduate Student/Recent Ph.D.

In honour of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University will host, at Fredericton, New Brunswick, the first international conference dedicated to exploring the meanings of a uniquely Canadian philosophy. The November 23-25, 2017 conference, “What is Canadian Philosophy? Reflections on the 150th Anniversary of Confederation,” in collaboration with interdisciplinary scholars from departments of Catholic Studies, English, Humanities, Native Studies, Philosophy, and Political Science, will result in a book that will be the first collection to explore, from a diversity of perspectives, the meanings of Canadian philosophy. The conference and volume will include contributions on the sense in which there can be said to be distinctively Canadian philosophy, on influential Canadian philosophers, on underrepresented tendencies in Canadian philosophy, and on world philosophical movements that have found unique expression in Canada. This event will help to rectify a significant lacuna in scholarship: while intellectuals now have a clear idea of central figures and themes involved in various national philosophical traditions-- for instance, of American pragmatic philosophy, German philosophy from Kant to phenomenology and Critical Theory, of French philosophy from Descartes to Derrida and Foucault, and of British empiricism -- Canadian philosophy has not yet entered into a broadly shared intellectual understanding. Now there is an important moment in which there is an intense international and national interest in the Canadian intellectual landscape, in which scholars and an interested public are intensely curious in Canadian intellectual life both in itself and as a bridge between North American and European thought. This conference will thus make important grounding contributions to the understanding of the meaning of Canadian philosophy, of value for contemporary and future scholars of Canadian and world philosophy, and to the broad public appreciation of a unique philosophy shaped by the combination of Aboriginal, Catholic, English, French, and other sources of philosophical inquiry.

We are pleased to announce a graduate student/recent Ph.D. section at this conference (Ph.D. granted 2014 or later). The Charles Taylor Prize, a prize of $500, will be awarded for the best paper on any area of Canadian philosophy presented by a doctoral student or recent Ph.D. The prize will be awarded at the conference; it will be based on both the text of the paper and its presentation. Please submit papers or abstracts for this panel/prize by October 1, 2017, to the conference organizer, Jason Bell, Ph.D., by either email (, or by post at: Jason Bell, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, 19 Macaulay Lane, Carleton Hall Room 209, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3. Please prepare papers/abstracts for blind review. Papers will be 25-30 minutes reading time (approximately 3,000-4,000 words), with additional time for discussion. Announcements of acceptance will be made by October 15.

Conference registration fees (which include receptions, two lunches, and three dinners) is $270; this fee is waived for presenters. 

Questions about the conference may be directed to Jason Bell (, or to Matthew Dinan, Ph.D., conference co-organizer, at

Call for Papers: Educating for Modern Democracy

Educating for Modern Democracy: 
An Exploration of Philosophical and Religious Resources

A Conference sponsored by
Boston College and the Conférence Mondiale des Institutions Universitaires Catholiques de Philosophie

November 7-10, 2017
Boston College

With plenary lectures by:

David Campbell (University of Notre Dame)

Jose Casanova (Georgetown University)

Charles Mathewes (University of Virginia)

Eduardo Mendieta (Pennsylvania State University)

Charles Taylor (em. McGill University)

Candace Vogler (University of Chicago)

George Yancy (Emory University)


The nature and process of the democratic form of government has come under increased pressure in recent times.  The many causes include features or implications of pluralism, secularism, competing claims among religions, economic inequality, racial and gender disparities, and partisanship.  Solutions are elusive, and the possible bases for them unclear. We invite papers on any topic broadly connected to the current crises facing democracy that explicitly brings the questions of religion, race or gender, and social justice generally, into contact with the intellectual resources in the philosophical and Catholic traditions. We have a particular interest in work that either attempts to not only understand the contemporary situation, but also reflects on the task of educating students and the public at large in ways that strengthen civic engagement and democratic institutions.

The program will include multiple sessions comprised of shorter papers. We invite papers of 20-25 minutes in length. Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words to the following email address by September 15, 2017:

For further detail that includes suggested topics, please see the conference website:

CFP: The Idea of the Catholic University in the 21st Century

Call for Papers: The Idea of the Catholic University in the 21st Century

The Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

March 15-18, 2018

What is the “idea,” the essence, of the Catholic university today? And how might we envision it continuing to serve a vital institutional role in 21st century society? Our conference asks scholars from all corners of the university—the humanities, arts, social sciences, sciences, and professional schools—to think carefully, critically, and clearly about what makes Catholic colleges and universities distinctive. That is to say, in what respects should Catholic colleges and universities differ and in way respects should they not differ from other institutions, whether large state-sponsored schools or non-Catholic liberal arts colleges? And how should these distinctive characteristics of shape the missions, goals, research, curricula, and programs of the Catholic university in the 21st century?

  • How does the Catholic university embrace, support, and encourage the flourishing of students and faculty, including students and faculty from different faith traditions and those with no faith tradition (whether “spiritual but not religious,” agnostic, or atheist)?
  • How do Catholic universities creatively serve their missions to “serve faith” and “promote justice” in a religiously pluralistic context?
  • How should the Catholic university engage contemporary social issues such as inter-religious dialogue, globalization, immigration, the changing ethnic makeup of the Church, strained race relations, changing views on human gender and sexuality, economic inequality, and environmental justice?
  • What is the nature of the commitment to the liberal arts and the humanities that has characterized Catholic universities, especially in an environment in which the humanities are under siege? Conversely, in what way do professional schools (e.g., education, business, etc.) contribute to the distinctiveness of Catholic colleges and universities?
  • How should Catholic colleges and universities navigate the rising costs of undergraduate education, which often prices out or burdens with onerous debt the very poor and immigrant children these institutions were founded to serve?
  • How should Catholic colleges and universities navigate the tension between their commitment to Catholicism and the ideal of universities as sites of free and open inquiry and discourse, especially in a larger society that is not Catholic and an environment in which many faculty, staff, and students are not themselves Catholic?
  • What is distinctive about the community at a Catholic university? About the education it offers? The curriculum it requires? The research undertaken by its scholars?

We invite scholars from all disciplines, all perspectives, and all faiths (including those of no religious faith) to submit proposals for papers that address, interrogate, or question the role of the Catholic university in the 21st century. The organizers hope and intend to produce an edited volume drawing on the best contributions to the conference. Therefore we request that all submissions consist of original work suitable for inclusion, if selected, for the volume, and request the right of first refusal for publication.

Proposals should consist of 250-500 words and be formatted for blind review.  Submit proposals to by November 15, 2017. Include identifying details and contact information in the body of the email submission.

CFP: Thomism and Science (AMA 2018)




Hosted by St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (Philadelphia, PA)


2018 marks the 70th anniversary of Jacques Maritain’s acceptance of a teaching post at Princeton

University. There he was to be a cultural ambassador between Europe and America. Maritain was often to serve as an ambassador and always as a constructive and creative Thomist.

In his great work Distinguish to Unite or the Degrees of Knowledge (4th ed., 1959), and in Science and Wisdom (1940) and Philosophy of Nature (1951), Jacques Maritain proved to be an ambassador to contemporary science and, more broadly, the many ways of knowing. Biology, physics, and psychology; space, time, relativity, and quantum theory—he engaged each in light of the perennial philosophy. Other Thomists shared his enthusiasm; Yves Simon and Charles De Koninck come immediately to mind.

The conference, then, invites proposals on topics including causality, chance, scientific explanation,evolution, hylomorphism, physicalism, and teleology. We welcome proposals that explore the contributions of Simon and De Koninck as well as figures like Stanley Jaki and William Wallace. We also encourage proposals on the cultural impact of contemporary science and its related technologies.

In the tradition of our Association, we look forward to proposals that in various ways further the understanding of the work of Jacques and Raïssa Maritain and of other Thomists who help to clarify our “interesting times.”

Proposals, no longer than two pages long, should be sent to Dr. James M. Jacobs at Submissions are due December 15, 2017. For more information, see

Logos 2018: Race, Gender, Ability, and Class

Logos 2018

May 24-26, 2018 at the University of Notre Dame

Race, Gender, Ability, and Class:  
Expanding Conversations in Analytic Theology

 Guest Co-Organizer: Michelle Panchuk

Over the past several decades, scholars working in biblical, theological and religious studies have increasingly paid attention to the substantive ways that our experiences and understanding of God and God's relation to the world are structured by our experiences and concepts of race, gender, ability, and class. These personal and social identities and the intersections between them (for better or worse) serve as a hermeneutical lens for our interpretations of God, self, one another and our religious texts and traditions. However, these topics have not received nearly the same level of attention from analytic theologians and philosophers of religion, and so a wide range of important issues remain ripe for analytic treatment. For example, what implications do the social concerns of liberation theology have for the kinds of questions with which analytic theologians and philosophers have more typically been concerned, and vice versa? How might our understanding that suffering and trauma are often inflicted by unjust social structures and religious communities inform our response to the problem of evil? To what extent does the historical use of a particular doctrine as a tool of oppression bear on its truth? How should analytic philosophical explications of doctrinal loci (e.g. creation, incarnation and the imago Dei) shape our understanding and theology of race, ability, gender, and class, and vice-versa?  Do these identities circumscribe the kinds of religious experience or religious understanding that one is able or likely to have? The Logos 2018 Workshop will bring together analytic philosophers, scriptural scholars, and theologians/thealogians to discuss these and other aspects of the theological significance of personal and social identities.

To have your paper considered for presentation at Logos 2018, please submit an abstract of the paper or the paper itself no later than October 1, 2017. Other things being equal, preference will be given to those who submit full papers by the deadline. You will be notified by December 1, 2017 whether your paper has been provisionally accepted. Full acceptance will be conditional on submission of the full reading version of the paper by April 1, 2018. 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:

For more information, please visit:

Statement of the ACPA Executive Committee Regarding Recent Events at the University of Saint Thomas in Houston

Dear President Robert Ivany, Provost and Vice President Dominic Aquila, Chair of the Board of Directors Herbert Emundson, and Members of the Board of Directors of the University of Saint Thomas: 

SUBJECT:  Statement of the ACPA Executive Committee Regarding Recent Events at the University of Saint Thomas in Houston

The Executive Committee of the American Catholic Philosophical Association expresses its grave concern over the recent budgetary-based actions by the President of the University of Saint Thomas in Houston (UST).  As reported in Inside Higher Ed and in the Houston Chronicle, these actions show a profound lack of respect for tenure, an indifference to accepted academic practices in the withholding of contracts without adequate notice, and a rejection of faculty governance and standard academic review processes concerning long-standing programs at the center of the Catholic mission of the University of Saint Thomas. 

The Philosophy Department at UST occupies an especially important place in the landscape of Catholic higher education in the United States, even beyond its significant contribution to the education of undergraduates.  It is home to the only graduate philosophy program uniquely focused on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas in America, a program that brings renown to UST. We wish to express, in particular, our gratitude to the university for their extensive service provided to the American Catholic Philosophical Association in serving as host institution for our national office. 

Moreover, on its website, UST boasts of its fidelity to the papal document, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, which commends “a careful and thorough study of philosophy and theology.” UST also highlights its recognition by the Cardinal Newman Society, which has praised UST for its “emphasis on the continuing importance of a liberal education and the role of theology and philosophy” and “on its Catholic identity, which is reflected in its faithful theology and philosophy departments.” UST’s incoming president, Richard Ludwick, states that he is impressed by the school’s “commitment to St. Thomas.” 

It is difficult to square any of this with the reported patter of attacks and ongoing mistreatment of the Philosophy Department, its faculty and its mission, especially the mission of advancing the thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas. As Archbishop Miller, a former president of UST, former Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and current Bishop of Vancouver British Columbia, so eloquently said at the University of St. Thomas on April 14th, 2010, “A particular challenge faces universities today in that many would detach faith from reason, and reason from faith. This challenge can be met if teachers and learners take the Angelic Doctor as their master.” The contribution that the UST Philosophy Department makes towards meeting that challenge is enormous and should not be undermined or called into question.

The Executive Committee of the American Catholic Philosophical Association calls upon the President of the University of Saint Thomas, its senior administration, and its Board of Directors, collectively and individually, to consider their role in the violation of standard academic processes and in sowing confusion about the mission of an institution crucial to Catholic higher education, and, in turn, to formulate a plan for reconciliation in the best interests of the academic community at UST.  

Past President, Kevin Flannery, S.J.

President, Thomas Hibbs

President-Elect, Francis Beckwith

Memorial Mass for Dr. John N. Deely

Commemorate the Life of Dr. John N. Deely
April 26, 1942 – January 7, 2017

All are welcome to attend

Monday, May 8, 2017

Memorial Mass
11:00 a.m.

Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Luncheon to follow

Kindly respond by May, 4, 2017
(724) 805-2177 or

John and Brooke have established
The John Deely and Jacques Maritain Chair in Philosophy
at Saint Vincent College

Memorial Contributions are welcome and can be sent to:
Office of Institutional Advancement
Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA  15650


John Deely and Jacques Maritain Chair in Philosophy

            From the beginning of his philosophical career, Deely has been deeply influenced by Maritain’s thought.  The John Deely and Jacques Maritain Chair provides a venue for scholars to continue working in this tradition. A providential reading of Quatre essais sur l’esprit dans sa condition charnelle and key passages in Distinguer pour unir ou les degrés du savoir gave him the direction needed for developing his doctoral dissertation, which undertook a rapprochement between the Thomistic account of esse intentionale and the problematic of Being in Heidegger’s thought.  This doctoral work eventually bore fruit in Deely’s first monograph, The Tradition via Heidegger, which he dedicated to the Maritains “at a distance” and was graced to present in person to Jacques on July 20, 1972.  This early engagement with Maritain’s thought marked the beginning of Deely’s life-long engagement with the Thomistic tradition, in which Maritain featured as his principle interlocutor and guide.

            Deely, who is known internationally for his close connection to Maritain’s thought, has striven to develop the Catholic tradition in ways that meet the needs of our current age and that help to shape the future form of philosophical culture.  His advocacy of John Poinsot carries on Maritain’s own advocacy of Poinsot, whose writings are a sine qua non for understanding Maritain’s own “intellectual locale” as a Thomist.    As a result of Deely’s work, Poinsot is now recognized as a founder of the philosophical tradition (as distinguished from the literary tradition) in the contemporary interdisciplinary field of semiotics. Indeed, Maritain himself, as a consequence of such development, is recognized in this field as a major figure. 

            In addition to his landmark publications, Deely lectured worldwide on topics relevant to philosophical semiotics and scholastic philosophy.  He was a founding member of the American Maritain Association and a drafter of the Association’s constitution in 1977-1978. In 2009, he received this association’s “Scholarly Excellence Award.” In the same year, he received the Aquinas Medal for Excellence in Christian Philosophy from the Étienne Gilson Society. 

            Deely envisioned the Chair as providing a setting for continuing work in a forward-looking Thomism that is undaunted in embracing the Thomistic Commentatorial tradition that was so dear to Maritain.  The positioning of the Chair at St. Vincent College is Providential, given the Maritains’ connection to the Benedictine Order as oblates. St. Vincent College is staffed by members of St. Vincent Archabbey, which is one of the largest Catholic monasteries in the world.  The John Deely and Jacques Maritain Chair in Philosophy will enable a prayerful engagement in philosophy within the immediate context of St. Vincent’s Benedictine horarium.

               St. Vincent College houses the personal library of John Deely, into which has been incorporated the Anthony F. Russell collection, together numbering over 12,000 volumes.  The collection contains a complete set of Maritain’s works (in French and English), as well as numerous secondary studies on the Maritains and their thought.  It also includes extensive resources in the Thomistic tradition as well as the interdisciplinary field of semiotics.  In addition to these volumes, the collection contains extensive, rare holdings from the works of Fr. Austin Woodbury, S.M., the founder of the Aquinas Academy in Sydney Australia.  A student of Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange and exponent of Maritain’s thought, Woodbury died leaving unpublished comprehensive, technical notes that recapitulate in detail Roman Thomism that formed the backbone of Maritain’s own intellectual training. These works provide a rare and incalculably important repository of Thomistic texts.

Dr. Christopher Morrissey on Dr. John Deely

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