Philosophy, Catholicism, and Public Life
2018 Annual ACPA Meeting
(8 November-November 11)

Guidelines for Submission of Papers

Submitting Papers for the 2018 Annual ACPA National Meeting

“Philosophy, Catholicism, and Public Life”
2018 Annual ACPA Meeting

 November 8-11, 2018

The US Grant Hotel
326 Broadway
San Diego, CA, 92101

(Download Call for Papers)

Deadline for Submission: 1 March 2018.

1) The theme of the 2018 meeting is “Philosophy, Catholicism, and Public Life”.

2) Here is President Beckwith’s description of the theme:

“We are pleased to invite you to the 2018 ACPA annual meeting in San Diego, hosted by University of San Diego.  The theme of the meeting will be “Philosophy, Catholicism, and Public Life”. However, papers on all topics are welcome.


Since the late 19th century the magisterium of the Catholic Church has promulgated many documents—including encyclicals and apostolic exhortations—that address a variety of issues that concern social, moral, political, and even scientific questions.  These teachings often assume and/or argue for certain philosophical positions that are not widely held in the world of professional philosophy, even though the conclusions arrived at by the Church on some questions (especially on the environment, religious liberty, racism, etc.) are seen as uncontroversial.   

What are these philosophical assumptions, and are they defensible?  Are there resources within contemporary philosophy that help illuminate these assumptions?  What is the role of the Church in public life given modern understandings of justice, state neutrality, and religious liberty?  How have certain philosophical and political movements influenced the way in which the Church has presented her views?  What role (if any) should philosophy play in the formation and promulgation of Catholic Social Thought?

We encourage submissions from a variety of perspectives as well as philosophical traditions and approaches. Papers from all specialties and sub-disciplines are welcome, including metaphysics, epistemology, moral theory, applied ethics, philosophy of religion, history of philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of science, etc.

3) Papers must be received no later than 1 March 2018. The authors of the papers must be members of the ACPA at the moment of submission.

4) Submissions must be received through email. Please save your paper in Microsoft Word (.docx preferred) or PDF. (Other formats are not acceptable.) The text of your paper should not exceed 15 typed, double-spaced pages, 12 point (30 minutes reading time). The paper must begin with a short abstract (150 words), suitable for inclusion in the conference program. (The abstract will not be counted against the overall length of your paper.)

5) The format of the paper should be appropriate for blind reviewing; that is, nothing in the paper itself should reveal the author’s identity. (We will take care that your paper is not identifiable in the way it is saved by us, as blind review is one of the strengths of our conference papers and our proceedings.)

6)  In the body of your email, please include:
            Author’s name,
            University affiliation,
            Postal address,
            Phone number,
            E-mail address (correct from 1 March 2018 through 1 November 2018).

7) It is understood that, by submitting material for possible presentation at the 2018 Annual Meeting, authors agree that, should the paper be accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting and publication in the annual Proceedings, they will deliver the paper in person at the 2018 ACPA Conference, and they agree to allow the ACPA to hold the copyright to their paper published in the Proceedings. If the paper is accepted, you will be asked to sign a publication agreement with us.

8) Those authors who wish to have their papers considered for the ACPA Young Scholar’s Award (scholars 35 years of age or younger, regardless of academic position, are eligible) should indicate as much in the body of their email.

9) We will acknowledge receipt of your paper by email, shortly after it is submitted. If you do not hear from us within one week of submitting your paper, please contact us by email. Then by 15 July 2018, we will inform you if your paper has been accepted for the conference and publication in the ACPA Proceedings.  

10) If you would like to comment on a paper or to chair a session, please let the ACPA Secretary know by sending a separate e-mail or by writing to the ACPA’s National Office.  Be sure to provide your e-mail address, as well as your telephone numbers, and your area of philosophical expertise.