Thirteenth-Century Debates on Human Freedom | Summer Seminar- The Thomistic Institute

Thirteenth-Century Debates on Human Freedom | Summer Seminar

July 3 - July 7, 2024 | Regensburg, Germany

The Thirteenth-Century Debates on Human Freedom seminar will take place at Schloss St Emmeram, Regensburg, Germany, from Wednesday, July 3, to Sunday, July 7, 2024. Organized by Institutum Studiorum Dominicanorum from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome in partnership with the Thomistic Institute, this seminar explores the thought of 13th-century philosophers and theologians on the nature of human freedom. We are looking for applications from graduate students and postdocs of various disciplines who have a serious interest in medieval thought. 

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Graduate Colloquium on Contemporary Thomistic Christology- The Thomistic Institute

Contemporary Thomistic Christology | A Graduate Colloquium

July 29 - August 3, 2024 | Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC

Graduate Colloquium on Contemporary Thomistic Christology will take place at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, from July 29 - August 3, 2024. Our graduate colloquia provide emerging scholars from various Ph.D. programs the opportunity to meet and collaborate with fellow young scholars. Additionally, participants can benefit from the wisdom and guidance of senior scholars. We are looking for applications from current Ph.D. students in philosophy, theology, and related fields.

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Eighth Theistic Ethics Workshop

Eighth Theistic Ethics Workshop

Georgetown University
September 26-28, 2024

Matthew Benton (Seattle Pacific)
Ben Bradley (Syracuse)
Amy Flowerree (Texas Tech)
Meghan Sullivan (Notre Dame)
Christian Miller (Wake Forest) 

Goal: Contemporary philosophy of religion has been richly informed by important work in metaphysics and epistemology. At the same time, there has not been nearly as much work done at the intersection of philosophy of religion and meta-ethics or normative theory. To help inspire more good work in this area, Christian Miller (Wake Forest), Mark Murphy (Georgetown), and Chris Tucker (William & Mary) have been organizing a series of annual workshops on theistic ethics for a number of years.


Logistics: The eighth workshop will be held at the campus of Georgetown University. We will begin with dinner and the first paper on Thursday, September 26 and conclude at the end of the day on Saturday, September 28, 2024. There will be five invited papers and four spots for submitted papers. All papers have 40 minutes for presentation and at least 40 minutes for discussion.


Themes: “Theistic ethics” is to be understood broadly to include such topics as divine command and divine will theories, God and natural law, ethics and the problem of evil, moral arguments for a theistic being, infused and acquired virtues, the harms and benefits of theistic religions, specific ethical issues in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam, and many other topics as well.


Applying: Those interested in participating should submit an abstract of up to 750 words and a current C.V. to Mark Murphy at [email protected] by June 1, 2024. Word or PDF file formats only. Please prepare abstracts for anonymous review.  For although the organizers seek to have a balanced program both in terms of topics and presenters, the initial stage of review will be done anonymously. Submitters to a previous year’s workshop, whether successful or unsuccessful, are welcome to apply to this year’s workshop.


Questions about the workshop should be sent to [email protected]. Notification will be made by June 17, 2024. If your abstract is selected, we will cover all of your expenses for the workshop, including travel (this includes international travel). Co-authors are welcome, but only one author’s expenses can be covered. You do not have to send your paper in advance of the workshop, and it certainly can be a work in progress.


Supported by generous funding from the Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S and Catherine H. McDevitt, L.C.H.S. Chair in Religious Philosophy

14th Annual Summer Seminar- Hildebrand Project

The Challenge of Community

14th Annual Summer Seminar
July 15-19, 2024
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Seminar Description

Why are people connected with each other as never before, even as they suffer from crushing loneliness? Why do people have a deep need to be sheltered inside a community but feel condemned to remain outside of all deeper solidarity with others? Or if they do belong to a community, why is it that they can put down roots in it only by taking other communities as enemies? Why do people find it so easy and natural to approach others with mistrust, and have a great difficulty approaching them with trust?

The great Christian personalists have something to say about these contradictions; we find in their works much wisdom about the brokenness of our life with others.

Dietrich von Hildebrand wrote a major philosophical treatise, The Metaphysics of Community, in response to the earlier crisis about the nature of the person and community in National Socialism and Communism. His personalism leads to a strong affirmation of the selfhood and solitude of the individual person, but also to an equally strong affirmation of the deep orientation of persons to interpersonal relationships and community. We also find in Karol Wojtyla, Max Scheler, Edith Stein, Romano Guardini, Henri de Lubac, and other personalists rich and nuanced accounts of the communal nature of the person, accounts that speak to us in our need.


The seminar will be a mix of lectures, panels, conversations, and small group discussions.

Each morning will open with a keynote lecture on a core topic, followed by panel discussions exploring particular themes. After a break for mass (optional) and lunch, the afternoons will be devoted to In Conversation sessions that will address questions and challenges, followed by small group discussions facilitated by seminar faculty.

Hildebrand Project events are intellectual and convivial. Participants are sent a list of reading materials upon acceptance, which should be completed before the start of the seminar. The days are devoted to seminar sessions, while the evenings are free—and often filled with wine, music, and conversation.

Applying for the Seminar

The seminar is open to anyone who wishes to explore the nature and significance of the self, community, and society, including especially:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • University and high school professors 
  • Artists, writers, musicians, and architects 
  • Teachers, educators, and administrators 
  • Lawyers, government officials, and community organizers
  • Seminarians and clergy 

The application process is based on interest but subject to space limitations.

The application and nomination window ends on March 1, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with acceptances announced on the 15th of each month.

You may apply online below. The application contains two short essays (300 words max), and you will add your answers there:

(1) How do you expect the Hildebrand Seminar to affect your life and work when you return home?
(2) Read this excerpt from the essay “Individual and Community” (from My Battle Against Hitler) and comment on the relationship between anti-personalism and individualistic liberalism.

We encourage faculty to nominate students to attend. Nominations will serve in lieu of letters of recommendation. 

If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to Cecilia Cervantes at [email protected].

Hildebrand Project Summer Residency

Hildebrand Project Summer Residency
July 1-9, 2024
Franciscan University of Steubenville

The Hildebrand Project is pleased to announce our sixth annual Residency!

The Residency was launched in 2017 to support and expand the academic community devoted to the thought of Dietrich von Hildebrand and the tradition of Christian personalism broadly. We do this by enabling students and scholars to work alongside our Senior Scholars—former students of Dietrich von Hildebrand and/or John Paul II—and Associated Scholars, who are doing new and important work in personalist scholarship. In this way, we seek to pass the flame to future generations who will continue to reveal Hildebrand and personalism within the perennial tradition.

The Residency is an intensive program for advanced students and scholars who are working on MA theses, Ph.D. dissertations, habilitations, books, chapters, or scholarly articles principally focused on Hildebrand or in some way substantively engaged with his thought (for example, a dissertation chapter focused on Hildebrand). We are especially interested in supporting research that has never been publicly presented.

We recognize that many universities do not have faculty with expertise on Hildebrand (or other personalists, too) and that this may prevent some students from writing an MA or dissertation on Hildebrand. The Residency exists to overcome this obstacle.

The Residency is not limited to those working exclusively on Hildebrand. We welcome applications from students and scholars working on kindred spirits (like Karol Wojtyla, Max Scheler, and Edith Stein), on great figures in the tradition (like Aristotle and Aquinas), or on any thinker or set of issues, provided that the work in progress includes Hildebrand as a substantive interlocutor and/or meaningfully engages the personalist or phenomenological tradition.

Deadline to Apply: Feb. 15, 2024




Thomistic Summer Conference

“Virtue, Law, and the Common Good”

Thomas Aquinas College, California

June 15-18, 2024 

Thomas Aquinas College is hosting a summer conference June 13-16, 2024, on “Virtue, Law, and the Common Good.” More information, including a call for papers, can be found at Featured speakers include Christopher Kaczor, Michael Pakaluk, Fr. Sebastian Walshe, John Nieto, and John Goyette.

Paper proposals will be accepted until February 19. Authors will be notified by February 29.


**Deadline for proposals extended to February 1, 2024**



Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, April 13, 2024

Hosted by the St. Bernard’s School of Theology, Rochester, NY


§ Maritain on Democracy: Promise and Peril; 

and, Commemorating the 750th Anniversary of 

St. Bonaventure and St. Thomas Aquinas § 


            Jacques Maritain once observed that “the tragedy of modern democracies is that they have not yet succeeded in realizing democracy.” He understood that because democracy “has arisen in human history as a temporal manifestation of the inspiration of the Gospel,” it is the best political vehicle for realizing the common good of persons. Nevertheless, he also knew that in many of its historical manifestations, a “delusive” and “anarchic” democracy acts instead as the greatest impediment to the common good.   

The gulf separating the ideal of democracy from its concrete practice in the contemporary world continues to be a problem inviting philosophical reflection. We invite papers considering Maritain’s analysis of democracy (including, too, the work of his students, such as Yves Simon and Mortimer Adler) in both its promise for advancing the human person, and its peril in inculcating a materialistic relativism. We also welcome papers approaching these problems from any philosophical perspective that complements and enriches our understanding of the issues. 

We also invite papers on a secondary theme. This conference coincides with the 750th anniversary of the deaths of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure in 1274. These “two glorious doctors…illustrious teachers…with surpassing genius,” in the words of Leo XIII’s Aeterni Patris, remain touchstones of the Catholic philosophical and theological tradition. Any paper considering their achievement and continued influence is welcome. 

            The plenary sessions will reflect the dual theme of the conference. Celebrating the work of St. Bonaventure will be Junius Johnson (Executive Director, Junius Johnson Academics) and Timothy Noone (Catholic University of America). Addressing the issue of democracy will be David J. Walsh (Catholic University of America) and Russell Hittinger(Catholic University of America, University of Tulsa, and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology).  

            Please send proposals of up to 500 words to Dr. James Murdoch at [email protected] by February 1, 2024. Final presentations should be 25-30 minutes in length.

The AMA has a longstanding book series arising out of its annual conferences, with volumes published in partnership with Catholic University of America Press. All accepted submissions will later be eligible for inclusion in the resulting peer-reviewed volume. There is a $250 prize and a guarantee of publication for the best graduate student paper; to be considered for the graduate student prize, please submit your complete paper by January 15, 2024. 

            The conference registration fee is $125 ($50 for students). The optional conference banquet is an additional $60. Membership in the American Maritain Association is $75 ($35 for students). We encourage online payment by March 15, 2024. Registration after that will be $185.00 ($75.00 for students). 

Program Committee: James M. Jacobs (President), James M. Murdoch (Vice-President and Program Chair), Matthew Minerd (Secretary and Web Editor), Francisco Plaza (Treasurer), Travis Dumsday (General Editor) 

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Call for Papers- Metaphysics Conference: The Liturgy of the Eucharist

Call for Papers

Metaphysics Conference: The Liturgy of the Eucharist

June 12-13, 2024

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire

The Institute for Saint Anselm Studies invites papers for a conference on the Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy. 

Keynote Speaker, Rev. Kurt Belsole, OSB, Coordinator of Liturgical Formation at the Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State, Rome.

The Eucharistic liturgy is both the summit of the Church’s prayer and the sacramental event that makes present and brings forth the body of Christ. 

Papers are welcomed on topics ranging from the nature and history of the liturgy to the metaphysics of the Eucharistic change. 


Selected papers will be published in The Saint Anselm Journal.

Please send an abstract of 100-200 words to [email protected] by February 19, 2024. 

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