The 2021 Meeting of the American Maritain Association: Thomism and Freedom

January 15, 2021

The 2021 Conference will be held online March 19-20, 2021, using the Zoom platform. The theme is "Thomism and Freedom." An abbreviated schedule will be followed, featuring Plenary Addresses with an extended Question and Answer session available for participants. Details and updates for the conference can be found at the AMA website:

Graduate Student Cross-Training Fellowship Program

December 31, 2020

The Society of Christian Philosophers invites applications for its Graduate Student Cross-Training Fellowship Program, with fellowships to begin fall 2021. The GSCT Fellowship program is intended to equip graduate student members of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, or the Evangelical Theological Society with an opportunity to take up to one academic year to develop competency in an empirical science connected with their research. Up to five fellowships will be awarded. Each Fellowship will provide recipients with a stipend of $31,000, plus an additional research fund for the applicant of $3,000. For more details and application instructions, please visit Funding is pending final approval from the John Templeton Foundation.

Teaching Catholic Thought In An Age of Scientism



Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 12 – 1:30 PM (EST). 

Zoom ID: 739 782 5292

Event Description: Philosophy professors today are familiar with the challenges of teaching students who believe that all questions (or all questions worth asking) can be or have been resolved by science. How can we effectively teach philosophy, including the rich Catholic Intellectual Tradition, in light of such challenges?

This seminar aims to share strategies and resources for teaching philosophy, both in the classroom and online, with an eye toward helping students think critically about their own scientistic prejudices.

This event will include a series of brief presentations, followed by group discussion. All participants are welcome to bring their own ideas and resources to the conversation.


The Honesty Project at Wake Forest University and Carnegie Mellon University

September 7, 2020

The Honesty Project at Wake Forest University and Carnegie Mellon University, funded by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, is seeking proposals for its philosophy of honesty competition. We hope to inspire much further work on this relatively neglected virtue by focusing on five Big Questions:

  • What is the definition and value of honesty? What are the behavioral and motivational requirements for being honest or exceptionally so?
  • To what extent are people honest? How does this vary by culture?
  • What contextual and internal factors encourage honesty and shape its development in individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions?
  • What are the consequences of honesty and dishonesty for relationships, groups, organizations, and institutions?
  • Under what conditions is dishonesty justified, if any? What factors lead people to be receptive to or offended by honesty? 

Our $400,000 dollar philosophy of honesty competition allows for requests between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects lasting up to one year. The requests would be primarily for research leaves to write a book or series of articles. 

The website and press release are here:



Christian B. Miller, Ph.D.
A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University
Director, The Honesty Project
Author, The Character Gap: How Good Are We?
On Twitter and Facebook @CharacterGap

ACPQ Rising Scholar Contest

July 26, 2020

The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (ACPQis pleased to announce its eighth annual Rising Scholar Essay Contest


Final Selection Committee 


Francis Beckwith 

Baylor University


John Haldane

 St Andrews University,

Baylor University


Sandra Menssen

University of St. Thomas (MN)


Any scholar who will not have attained the rank of associate professor by September 1, 2020 is invited to submit a paper that contributes to the development or elucidation of the Catholic philosophical tradition.

The award for the winning paper will be $3000 and a free one-year membership in the American Catholic Philosophical Association (ACPA). The winning essay will be published in the ACPQ and specially designated in the journal as winner of the contest. 

Select Contest Rules:

· Papers must be submitted electronically to no later than 5:00 pm (CDT) on September 1, 2020. Thecover letter field of the Details and Comments section should indicate the author’s academic rank as of September 1, 2020 (e.g., “Ph.D. candidate”)and that the submission is for the essay contest.

· Papers must be prepared for blind review and should be of the length, format, and style characteristic of ACPQ articles. Participants should consult a recent edition of the journal or the ACPQ “Article Submission Guidelines” at

· No author may enter more than one paper in the contest.

· Entering a paper in the contest constitutes agreement by all of the paper’s authors to its publication in the ACPQ should it be accepted for that purpose; such agreement is not contingent on the paper’s winning the contest. Papers entered in the contest must therefore not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

· For complete contest rules, please consult

Inquiries may be directed to

Please consult the complete contest rules available at

Dr. Heidi M. Giebel
Professor, Department of Philosophy
Managing Editor, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105
651-962-5340 (FAX)

Scholarship Opportunity from

May 1, 2020 has a scholarship opportunity available to graduate and undergraduate philosophy majors. The scholarship amount is $1000, and the application deadline to be considered for this scholarship is May 22, 2020. The winner will be announced on June 22, 2020.

To participate in this opportunity, please write an essay of about 500-800 words addressing all of the following questions:

  1. How will your degree in philosophy prepare for a life after your studies?
  2. What do you plan on doing after you graduate?
  3. Why are you passionate about philosophy?

Please visit more information. Thank you.

Call for Papers for the Marcel Society Session of the 2020 ACPA Annual Meeting

 March 1, 2020

The Gabriel Marcel Society is now accepting submissions for a session to be held at this year’s ACPA meeting in New Orleans, LA. Papers on any area of Marcel’s thought are welcome. The Society especially encourages submissions that interact with the broader theme of this year’s ACPA meeting: the Good, the True, and the Beautiful: Through and of the Ages—e.g., papers that explicate, or creatively retrieve and apply, Marcel’s thought on these and related topics. The Society also encourages submissions that put Marcel in dialogue with other philosophers—whether his own influences, his contemporaries, or philosophers working today.

Submit papers by e-mail to Joseph Gamache at Papers should be a maximum of 12 pages, double-spaced with 12-point font (approximately 25 minutes reading time). In lieu of full papers, the Society also welcomes longer abstracts (about 500 words) proposing a paper for consideration.

 Submissions are due by May 1, 2020.

 Authors of papers or abstracts not selected for presentation will be invited to serve as commentators during the session.  

Call for Papers: Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy Founder’s Prize

March 1, 2020

The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (SMRP) awards an annual prize of $500 for the best paper on Medieval or Renaissance philosophy by a younger scholar. Eligibility is restricted to graduate students and recent PhDs (within the last five years).

The award recipient will be invited to present a paper at a SMRP session at conference of one’s choice in the year of the competition.  The recipient may apply for up to $500 to assist with travel expenses.  In recent years, SMRP has sponsored sessions at the annual meetings of the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo), as well as at several other conferences.

Submissions, which should generally be limited to 9,000 words, may include:

- The text of a lecture delivered within the last year or to be delivered (though short, informal talks are not suitable)

- Unpublished Essays

- Articles or chapters submitted for publication or forthcoming but not yet in print.

Entries should be submitted to Dr. Thomas Osborne at by May 1.

In your email, please include your name, affiliation, title of your paper, contact information, and date of PhD.  The file you submit must be prepared for blind review (including the elimination of meta-data from the electronic file) and should include an abstract of not more than 200 words.




Gloria Frost, PhD

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Assistant Editor, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (ACPQ)

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Office: JRC #236


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