Conference Schedule

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Friday, November 20:

11:00am – 12:30pm ET

Speaker: Joseph Cherny, “A Defense of Robert Nozick’s Theory of the Meaning of Life”

Comments: Joshua Hochschild

Speaker: Chad Engelland, “Three Versions of the Question ‘Why is There Something Rather than Nothing?’”

Comments: Timothy Kearns

12:45pm – 2:15pm ET

Speaker: Pol Vandevelde, “The Truth of Interpretation as Illumined by the Good: The Romantic Hermeneutic Ideal of 'Understanding Better'”

Comments: David Vessey

Speaker: Traci Phillipson, “Averroes' Tahafut al-Tahafut, The Third Discussion: A Methodological Approach to Truth”

Comments: Catherine Peters

2:30pm – 4:00pm ET

Speaker: Mathew Lu, “How is Patriotism a Virtue?”

Comments: Christopher Wolfe

Speaker: Harrison Jennings, “A Thomistic Sexual Realism”

Comments: John Skalko

4:15pm – 5:45pm ET

Speaker: Ryan Miller, “Artistic Truth Through the Ages: A Lonerganian Theory of Art History”

Comments: John Dadosky

Speaker: Mark Spencer, “Divine Beauty and Our Obligation to Worship God”

Comments: John Macias

6:00pm – 6:30pm ET

ACPA Business Meeting

6:30pm – 7:30pm ET

Social Hour

7:30pm – 9:30pm ET


Presidential Address: Thomas Cavanaugh, "Capax Veritatis: Against Student-Commodification"

Plenary Keynote Address: Katherin Rogers, "Anselm on Truth and Truth-Telling"

9:30pm – 10:30pm ET

Social Hour

Saturday, November 21:

11:00am – 12:30pm ET

Speaker: Joseph Gamache, “Epistemic Relations Between Goodness and Value”

Comments: Geoffrey Karabin

Joshua Hinchie, “Divine Glory: Responding to Another Euthyphro Problem”

Comments: Daniel Maher

12:45pm – 2:15pm ET

Speaker: Christopher Mirus, “Time, Eternity, Relativity, and History”

Comments: Rob Koons

Speaker: Alexander Pruss, “The Cosmos as a Work of Art: A Skeptical Theist Approach That Isn’t Too Skeptical”

Comments: Timothy Pawl

2:30pm – 3:30pm ET

Plenary Keynote Address (Inaugural Nicholas Rescher Lecture): John Haldane, "Beauty before Aesthetics, and Aesthetics after Beauty"

4:00 – 5:30 ET

Speaker: Naomi Fisher, “The Beautiful is a Symbol of the Morally Good: Judgments of Beauty and their Relation to the Supersensible in Kant’s Third Critique”

Comments: Michael Rohlf

Speaker: Alice M. Ramos, “What is the Meaning of Beauty's Leading Us before the Face of God?”

Comments: Beth Rath

5:45pm – 7:15pm ET

Speaker: Michael Rubin (Karen Chan Young Scholar Award Recipient), “Aquinas on Bodily or Sensible Beauty”

Comments: Daniel De Haan

Speaker: Gaston LeNôtre, “Why Is It That ‘Goodness is Good’ but ‘Whiteness is Not White’? Thomas Aquinas, Philip the Chancellor, and their Neoplatonic Sources on Reflex Predication”

Comments: Philip Neri Reese, O.P.

7:15pm-8:00pm ET

Social Hour

8:00pm – 9:30pm ET


Presentation of Karen Chan Young Scholar Award

Introduction of Aquinas Medalist by Angela Knobel

Address by Aquinas Medalist: Alfred Freddoso

9:30pm – 10:30pm ET

Social Hour