“The Virtue of Justice” – March 22nd-24th, 2012

SCP Midwest Regional Conference – “The Virtue of Justice” – March 22nd-24th, 2012

Hendrix College
Conway, AR

Conference website:  http://www.hendrix.edu/philosophy/philosophy.aspx?id=13746

Plenary speakers:

  • Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame)
  • Address: “TBA”
  • Jean Porter (University of Notre Dame)
  • Address: “TBA”
  • Nicholas Wolterstorff (Yale University)
  • Address: “TBA”

Proposals for individual papers, book sessions, and panels are requested for the 2012 Central Regional Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers. This year’s theme is “The Virtue of Justice.” The conference will feature plenary addresses by Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame), Jean Porter (University of Notre Dame), and Nicholas Wolterstorff (Yale University), as well as a special general session on “Religion in the Public SquareAfter 16 Years,” which will feature several distinguished guests and then responses by Wolterstorff and Audi. The conference theme is meant to encourage thinking at the intersection of philosophy of religion and political philosophy. Some topics/questions that papers might explore include, but are not limited to, the following: What might virtue epistemology offer to political philosophy? How might virtue be understood in postmodernism? Do recent developments in cognitive science provide new avenues for thinking about virtuous life and social existence? How does globalization affect debates concerning religion in the public square? How have the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq affected philosophical reflection on just war theory? How can philosophers of religion work for positive social change in a time of polarizing political discourse concerning religion? Can philosophy that bridges the analytic/continental divide stand as a model for civil discourse more broadly? Papers are welcome in any area of philosophy, but those that deal most directly with the conference theme will be given preference. Additionally, the conference organizers encourage submissions from scholars drawing on traditions often seen as outside the mainstream of contemporary philosophy of religion (for example, non-Western philosophy, Continental philosophy, American philosophy, Critical Race Theory, and Feminism). Finally, papers addressing the work of any of the plenary speakers are also especially welcome.

Deadline for submission: October 15, 2011.

Individual Papers: Proposals should include a title, 150-300 word abstract, and professional contact information.

Book Sessions: Proposals should include the title and publication information for the book to be considered, a short rationale for why this book is worthy of discussion, and a list of participants (with professional contact information) who will be part of the session.

Panels: Proposals should include the title of the panel and also of the individual papers, a 150-300 word abstract for the panel as a whole and also short descriptions of each paper, a list of the panel participants (with professional contact information).

Please send any queries, submissions, etc to J. Aaron Simmons at aaron.simmons@furman.edu.

Questions? Please contact either of the conference organizers:

J. Aaron Simmons
Furman University

John Sanders
Hendrix College

Or, feel free to call the Administrative Assistant for the Hendrix Philosophy Department: (501) 450-1284

Conference Sponsors: Society of Christian Philosophers, Hendrix College Provost’s Office, Steel Center for the Study of Philosophy and Religion, Hendrix College Chaplain’s Office, Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling.