Call for Abstracts: CEPOS at ACPA 2018

Call for Abstracts

Catholic Engagement in Philosophy of Science at ACPA 2018

CEPOS Satellite Session(s) at the 2018 meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association

November 8-11, 2018
The US Grant Hotel
326 Broadway
San Diego, CA, 92101

Send 200-word abstracts to by May 1, 2018.

We invite abstracts for papers related to Catholic Engagement in Philosophy of Science (CEPOS) to be presented at CEPOS satellite session(s) at the 2018 ACPA meeting in San Diego.

Catholic Engagement in Philosophy of Science (CEPOS) seeks to cultivate sober perspective on the history and current state of engagement with philosophy of science among Catholic intellectuals. CEPOS aims to articulate, explore, and evaluate a variety of approaches to philosophy of science as they relate to the Catholic intellectual tradition. These approaches include explicit philosophies of science, as well as ones implicit in and shaping theological work, hierarchical church documents and actions, and evaluations of the relevance of the sciences to metaphysics, philosophy of nature, and theology.

For questions, feel free to contact the organizers: Karen Zwier ( or Peter Distelzweig (

CFP: Lex Naturalis, Fourth Issue

We are accepting proposals for the fourth issue of Lex Naturalis.  Topics related to any issue concerning natural law will be considered, especially those related to the founding documents of the United States.  Abstracts are due by May 31, 2018.  Please send to the editor, Walter Raubicheck, at  Completed papers will be due by August 15.

CFP: 2nd International Conference, Saskatoon

"Our Place in the Cosmos?: Humanity, Spirituality, and the Awesome Universe"

2nd International Conference, Saskatoon

August 13th and 14th 2018


One often cited premise is that the work of modern scientists like Copernicus and Darwin served to remove our home planet and humanity from their special place in the cosmos as previously upheld by religious and spiritual traditions. Nonetheless, religion and spirituality have proven to be an enduring feature of the human landscape even for many scientists, in part, because religious and spiritual expressions have themselves shifted to tolerate, accommodate, and even promote new cosmologies. Additionally, more contemporary developments in scientific theory such as: big bang cosmology, quantum field theory, ‘mitochondrial Eve’, the multiverse, the Gaia hypothesis, the singularity, or the anthropic principle have lent themselves to religious and spiritual readings. Compounding the tensions active here, many of these religious and spiritual readings lie outside the aims, scopes, and intensions of the scientists who first formulated these concepts.

The second international conference of the Saskatchewan Center for Science and Religion seeks to wade into these issues and provide a platform to start and deepen interdisciplinary conversations amongst scientists, social scientists, and humanity scholars concerning the roles and place of humanity within the dynamic, fascinating, and sometimes awe-inspiring cosmos that comes into view via modern and after-modern science. In light of our goal to foster such dialogue, we invite paper proposals addressing the conference theme from academics engaging in a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including scientists and scholars of science and religion. Those selected to present will join the following exciting keynotes on the conference program:

Br. Guy Consolmagno S.J., PhD (Director, Vatican Observatory), Jeff Baker, PhD (Chair, Indigenous Education at University of Saskatchewan) with Elder Wilfred Buck, BEd, PBCE (Science Facilitator, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre), and Loriliai Biernacki, PhD (Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder).

Location and Submission Information:

The conference will be hosted by the Department of Religion and Culture at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon, SK. To have your work considered for the conference program, please submit a 100 – 150 word abstract of a paper that can be presented in 20 minutes, along with 100 word biography, and your current CV to by April 15th, 2018. Those chosen to present will be informed shortly after that date. Co- presented papers are welcome. Presenters will be invited to submit their work for (double-blind peer reviewed) consideration in Science, Religion, and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Questions from academics can be directed to the chair of the conference planning committee, Dr. Christopher Hrynkow, at 

Saskatchewan Center for Science and Religion Inc.

#840 - 606 Spadina Cres. East | Saskatoon, SK S7K 3H1 | Canada

Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project Summer Seminar: Love, Sex, and the Human Person

The contemporary situation of love, sexuality, and marriage gives rise to pressing questions about the nature of the human person. Are there enduring truths about love and marriage? How is the person revealed in their sexual being? Can a Judeo-Christian vision of marriage be persuasively communicated in a pluralistic context?

The Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project’s 8th Annual Summer Seminar will look to the philosophical anthropology of Dietrich von Hildebrand and Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II to provide a foundation for thinking about love, sex, and marriage today. Both men sought to articulate a vision of the human person at once consistent with the deepest impulses of the Christian tradition and also informed by new philosophical thinking that recognized the importance of the human subject. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, May 29, and a closing banquet on Saturday, June 2, with departure on Sunday, June 3.

The seminar assumes no previous knowledge of these works, and is open to all intellectually serious men and women who want to enter into the intellectual and spiritual world of Hildebrand, John Paul II, and their tradition, and to think with them about the current questions of our day, including especially:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • University and high school professors 
  • Artists, writers, musicians, and architects 
  • Teachers, educators, and administrators 
  • Seminarians and clergy

The application process is based on interest but subject to space limitations. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis, so we encourage you to apply early. The deadline to be considered for financial assistance is April 15. The application window ends on April 30. For more information, and to apply, see here.

CFP: Society for Medieval and Renaissance Thomism at ACPA 2018

S.M.A.R.T. Call for Papers

The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Thomism (S.M.A.R.T.) is planning a session for the 2018 meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in San Diego, CA, 8-11 November 2018. It is accepting papers on all aspects of Thomism from 1274 to the publication of the Carmelite Cursus Theologiae (1631-1701).

Please send papers and direct enquiries to Domenic D’Ettore at ddettore[at]marian[dot]edu. Papers and abstracts received by 15 May will receive full consideration. Selection preference will be given to complete papers. The submission of an abstract alone should be accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae. A final version of the paper will be required by 1 September 2018 in order to facilitate a response paper which will be given during the conference session.

Call for Abstacts: Fourth Annual Theistic Ethics Workshop

Fourth Theistic Ethics Workshop

Wake Forest University
October 4-6, 2018

Invited Speakers:

William J. FitzPatrick (University of Rochester)
Kristen Irwin (Loyola University Chicago)
Christian B. Miller (Wake Forest University)
Connie S. Rosati (University of Arizona)
Neal Tognazzini (Western Washington University)

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 and Mary) have been organizing a series of annual workshops on theistic ethics for the past three years.

Logistics: The fourth workshop will be held at the Graylyn Conference Center at Wake Forest University (, one of the nicest conference facilities in the country. We will begin with dinner and the first paper on Thursday, October 4 and conclude at the end of the day on Saturday, October 6, 2018. There will be five invited papers and four spots for submitted papers. All papers will 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 Christian Miller at by May 1, 2018. 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 Notification will be made by June 1, 2018. 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 Carswell Fund of the Wake Forest University Philosophy Department


CFP: "Personalism and its Relation to the Christian Intellectual Tradition"

"Personalism and its Relation to the Christian Intellectual Tradition"

  • The conference will be held on the campus of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio from May 18-19, 2018.
  • It is being hosted by the M.A. Philosophy Program.
  • Those wishing to present a paper (25 minutes of reading time) must submit a 300-word abstract by March 10, 2018 to Dr. John Crosby at
  • Graduate students wishing to compete for a prize of $500 for the best graduate student essay must submit their paper in full (3,000 words or fewer) by March 10, 2018 to
  • The keynote speakers will be:
    • Juan Manuel Burgos, President of the Spanish Association of Personalism
    • John F. Crosby, Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville
    • V. Bradley Lewis, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America

For more information, please visit :

Conference: Eighth Annual Philosophy Workshop "Aquinas on Divine Attributes"

Theme: "Aquinas on Divine Attributes"

Location: Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY

Dates: June 14 - 17, 2018

Organized by the Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC; the Catholic and Dominican Institute, Newburgh, NY; and the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, Notre Dame, IN

For more information and to register, please see the brochure here or visit:

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