The next meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association will be November 2-4, 2012 in Los Angeles, hosted by Loyola Marymount University. The theme of the conference is “Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions”:
Classical and Post-Classical Philosophy in the Greek tradition played powerful roles in the formation of philosophical, scientific and theological thought produced in the religious and cultural milieux of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The scriptures, theologies and fundamental concerns of these Abrahamic religious traditions have reciprocally enriched the development of both religious thought and secular philosophy and science, by prompting ethical, metaphysical and epistemological questions that have continued to challenge philosophers from the time of Philo up to the present day. While political conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries have led to a public emphasis on distinctions and differences among these faiths, the history of philosophy shows over the centuries that thinkers of each tradition share in the common purpose of seeking to reconcile the principles and insights of their beliefs with the truths of secular natural reason. Through argument and counter argument philosophers and theologians have engaged their peers and predecessors inside and outside their own faith traditions, in order to advance to more and more sophisticated and penetrating analyses of faith principles, philosophy, and truth. For our 2012 meeting I propose that we take the occasion to enter into the same sorts of engagements within and across specific historical and religious boundaries, without topical restriction, so that we may come to better understand the richness of our own tradition and the commonalities of thinkers of the religions of the Abrahamic traditions.
Papers in any area of philosophy are also considered. The deadline for electronic paper submissions has been extended to April 12, 2012. The conference website is here, and paper submission guidelines are here.