Franciscan philosophy: call for papers

The online mediaeval philosophy journal Doctor Virtualis has issued a call for papers on Franciscan philosophy. Submissions should generally be guided by two questions: Is there a Franciscan philosophy? What makes a philosophy Franciscan? The deadline for titles and abstracts is November 15. You can find more information in Italian and English here.

Aquinas at Liturgy Conference

The 2015 Annual Conference of the Society of Catholic Liturgy, “The Liturgy: It is Right and Just,” is to take place October 1-3, 2015, at the Sheen Center and the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, New York City. At least three of the papers to be presented (including mine) will involve significant recourse to St. Thomas’s thought.


Thomistic Circles: Christology & Exegesis

The Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC, will be hosting the Fall 2015 Thomistic Circles in DC, "The Mind of Christ: Christology and Contemporary Exegesis," October 2-3. Speakers include Dr. Ben Witherington III from Asbury Theological Seminary, Dr. Bruce D. Marshall from Southern Methodist University, Dr. R. Trent Pomplun from Loyola University Maryland, Fr. Simon Gaine, OP from University of Oxford, and Fr. Anthony Giambrone, OP from the Dominican House of Studies.


Oxford conference on the Dominican Order's influence in the Middle Ages

A conference entitled "The Influences of the Dominican Order in the Middle Ages" will be held (primarily) at the Taylor Institution at the University of Oxford this September 10-12. Here is the description from the conference website:

From its modest foundations in 1216, the Dominican Order grew rapidly in the first century of its existence, establishing itself across Europe as a learned Order of Preachers.  This interdisciplinary conference will explore the influences of the Dominican Order on all aspects of medieval life, encompassing the large-scale influences of the Order and the legacy of its prominent figures, as well as the impact that the Order had on those that came into contact with it.

The conference program can be found here and the abstracts of the conference papers can be found here.

Call for papers on causation and change in medieval philosophy

In May the Center for Medieval Philosophy at Georgetown University will be sponsoring a session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo with the title “From Physics to Metaphysics: Causation and Change in Medieval Philosophy.” The session organizer, Robert Matava (Christendom College), sends us the following information on the session:

This session will focus on the important but generally under-investigated connections between medieval understandings of causality (especially the causation of being as such) and natural science (especially the phenomenon of change). Is there real causation in nature, and if so, can we know it? What exactly is motion, and how is it distinct from creation? What does it mean for the creator to bring about change within the contingent order?  How can personal agency be understood within the broader context of causation in nature? Medieval philosophers had interesting things to say about such questions. The specific connections between their consideration of metaphysics and change in the physical order deserve further attention, not least because such questions as the above retain their currency in contemporary philosophy, but also because of the potential such an investigation has for unlocking our understanding of the development of empirical science during the early-modern period. 

Dr. Matava is accepting proposals for papers on the above topics. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, September 1. Dr. Matava can be contacted by email at:

The International Congress on Medieval Studies will convene May 12-15, 2016.