CFP: Thomism and Science (AMA 2018)

THE AMERICAN MARITAIN ASSOCIATION

41ST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MEETING,

THURSDAY— SATURDAY, MARCH 1–3, 2018, IN WYNNEWOOD, PENNSYLVANIA

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

THOMISM AND SCIENCE

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 jjacobs@nds.edu. Submissions are due December 15, 2017. For more information, see https://maritainassociation.com/



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