Analyzing Catholic Philosophy
2015 Annual ACPA Meeting
(8 October-October 11)

Submitting papers for 2015 Meeting

Guidelines for Submitting Papers for the ACPA Annual Meeting in the Fall of 2015

NEW Deadline for Submissions: 1 March 2015.

Please note that we now ask you to submit your paper electronically, as an email attachment. 

1) The theme of the 2015 meeting is “Analyzing Catholic Philosophy.” However, papers on all topics are welcome.

2) Here is Pres. Garcia's fuller description of the topic:

"We are pleased to invite you to Boston for the ACPA's 89th annual meeting, to be held in autumn 2015. Our theme will be "Analyzing Catholic Philosophy." We mean 'Catholic philosophy' as both what analyzes and what gets analyzed. As subject of analysis, we hope for works in Catholic philosophy that analyze. The obvious connection here is to so-called analytic philosophy, as it was developed especially by Anglophone thinkers of the past quarter millennium (including what has been called analytical Thomism). Through analyzing logic and language-syntax, semantics, and discourse-this broad movement claimed to reveal the content and structure of our concepts and ultimately of mind, society, morality, and many parts of what is real. With its largely apriorist approach under recent attack from a radical empiricism that was once its ally, as well as from alternative methods, similarities and differences between this 'analytic philosophy' and Aristotelian and medieval forms of analysis call for fresh inquiry. Not all worthwhile analysis is logico-linguistic, of course, and we also welcome papers offering divergent philosophical ways, either familiar or novel, of analyzing phenomena and topics, both traditional and long neglected.

With Catholic philosophy as object of analysis, we look for submissions that investigate Catholic philosophy itself in its various forms. What are its principal elements, and how do they connect, interact? What makes some philosophy Catholic? What is Catholic within it, and what is philosophical? Are these two in tension? Complementary? Unrelated? What are its chief types-Augustinian, Thomistic, Franciscan, Jesuit, phenomenological, existentialist, 'analytic', etc.-and how do they relate to one another? How can we understand Catholic philosophy as it exists outside the continents that border the north Atlantic? Historical analyses of Catholic philosophy's various narratives would likewise be welcome and very much in order. Moreover, we know that to analyze is not restricted to taking something apart in thought, but can extend to breaking it down, dismantling it, in the external world. So, certain projects that seek to 'deconstruct' some of our ideas or social systems can also fit within this framework. We cordially invite you to submit papers on any of these topics, or in any philosophical area, problem, controversy, school of thought, subfield, tradition, or method."

3) Papers must be received no later than 1 March 2015, at the following email address:

4) Submissions must be received through email. Please save your paper in Microsoft Word (docx preferred) or PDF. (Other formats are not acceptable.) Send your paper as an email attachment to us at 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,

            Complete postal address,

            Home/cell phone number,

            Work phone number,

            Fax number,

            E-mail address that will be good from 2 April 2015 through 1 September 2015.

            (If you use more than one email address, please include all of them.)  

7) It is understood that, by submitting material for possible presentation at the 2015 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 2015 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 between 1 and 15 July 2015, we will inform you if your paper has been accepted for the conference, and for 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 to or by writing to the ACPA’s National Office.  Be sure to provide your e-mail address, as well as your fax, home, and work telephone numbers, and your area of philosophical expertise.