Each year the MA Philosophy Program sponsors a scholarly conference on Christian philosophy. Philosophers and scholars from around the world meet for several days to discuss the work of an important Catholic philosopher or an important philosophical topic or school in the Catholic philosophical tradition. Whenever possible, graduate courses are offered in conjunction with the conferences to augment the courses and sometimes to allow graduate student participation in the conference.
In addition to the annual conference on Christian philosophy the MA Philosophy Program sometimes sponsors or co-sponsors an additional conference or colloquium on an important theme or person.
Plenary Speakers: Juan Manuel Burgos, Dr. John F. Crosby, V. Bradley Lewis
We will explore the personalism found in Karol Wojtyla, Max Scheler, Martin Buber, Jacques Maritain, and others, including the Boston Personalists. We will ask: how does this personalism grow out of the Christian intellectual tradition? What does it contribute to this tradition? What are the main achievements of the personalists? What are their weaknesses?
Plenary Speakers: Thomas Pfau
Thomas Pfau, Mary Alice Baldwin Professor of English at Duke University, will be speaking on "Newman on the Development of Doctrine: Tradition as a Form of Discernment, at Franciscan University on September 15, 2016, at 7:00 PM in the J.C. Williams Center.
Plenary Speakers: Nicholas Rescher, University of Pittsburgh; Alexander Pruss, Baylor University
"Voices of Personalism" marks the first time graduate philosophy students at Franciscan University have organized a conference featuring the work of MA and PhD students in philosophy, theology, and other fields.
"Beauty will save the world," writes Dostoevsky, yet beauty is seen by many as a weak and expendable arrow in the metaphysical quiver that includes the more robust good and true.
This ancient question has arisen anew in the contemporary atheism debate. Some say that morality can hold its ground on a naturalistic basis and without any transcendent foundation.
Join philosophers and classicists as they consider the interpretations of Aristotle's Categories found in the work of Ancient and Medieval thinkers.
Featuring,Michael Behe, Stephen Barr, William Carroll, Edward Feser, Alvin Plantinga,Jay Richards,Benjamin Wiker
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