The Good, the True, the Beautiful: Through and Of the Ages

American Catholic Philosophical Association Conference 2020

November 20-21, 2020

Description of the Conference Theme

Augustine of Hippo suggests one facet of our theme for the 2020 conference in his Confessions, “Late have I loved you, beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you.” Philosophy, named by its attitude – friendship-love – towards its subject rather than by its subject – knowledge of which one would call wisdom – implies subject matters that admit of being loved. Broadly: the good, the true, the beautiful. Philosophy abounds with questions concerning this trio. Questions of ontology, epistemology, ethics, and politics, to name a few. Augustine’s, “so ancient and so new” points to the perennial and novel character of these subjects. This temporal aspect brings to mind the history of philosophy in its treatment (or lack thereof) of these subjects addressed collectively and singly. Can one intelligibly speak of continuity across eras or does one find these subjects only of this age or that, but not through them? How do these subjects relate to one another? Can one maintain ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all/Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know” or that “beauty will save the world”? What needful or redeeming knowledge, if any - does that of beauty, truth, or goodness offer? And what of the false, the bad, the ugly? Can beauty not ally itself with the false or the true with the ugly? Consideration of these and allied questions is invited as a way of addressing the inexhaustible theme of the good, the true, the beautiful.

Attending the Annual Meeting

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ACPA Annual Meeting will be conducted online. You can register for the conference beginning October 19, 2020.


The American Catholic Philosophical Association (ACPA) is a unique philosophical community steeped in classical sources and the Catholic philosophical heritage. Since 1926 the organization has sponsored an annual conference and published a selection of the conference papers in the Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.