Creighton University, Omaha - ACPA Annual Meeting

When Friday, 31 October 2008 at 9:00 AM to Sunday, 2 November 2008 at 5:00 PM

The theme for the 2008 meeting is Forgiveness. One has the general impression that for philosophers the nature and significance of forgiveness has not always figured prominently in their reflections. Yet it is evident that without forgiveness human life would not be what it is, and perhaps might not be possible at all. Evil acts are done, individually or collectively, and it seems what is done cannot be undone. Yet we must relate to what is done, whether by forgiveness or something like it, for human life to continue. Forgiveness seems as much related to our future as to our past. The theme of forgiveness is central to the Catholic theological and philosophical traditions, and within these traditions both philosophers and theologians have addressed the concern of forgiveness through the centuries. Our own time is no exception to the need to reflect on the nature and activity of forgiveness. Members interested in contributing to the conference might focus their investigations of how different thinkers approach the nature of forgiveness. Or they might concern themselves with questions like the following: What philosophical contributions have been made in terms of understanding the nature of forgiveness, human nature’s ability to embrace forgiveness? What relationship does forgiveness have to systems of normative ethics and considerations of justice? What of the possibility or impossibility of forgiveness as a human response to evil and injustice? Is there ever a human act that is unforgivable? How does memory affect forgiveness? Is forgiveness an essentially personal act? Does forgiveness have political implications, particularly in the wake of war? Is there any possibility for national forgiveness, either of evils a nation has committed or has had committed against it? Is forgiveness a purely supernatural act? Is it possible to do justice to forgiveness without invoking religious considerations? What might an epistemology of forgiveness look like? What are the ontological and metaphysical conditions that make possible genuine acts of forgiveness? In what way might it be possible that forgiveness alters the relationship between the victim and the wrongdoer? What can Catholic philosophical traditions contribute to this discourse on forgiveness?

For more information, contact: http://www.acpaweb.org/2008meetcall.htm

Concordia University, Montreal: Healing and Creating in the Twenty-First Century - A Symposium on the Thought of Bernard Lonergan

When Friday, 31 October 2008 at 7:15 PM to Sunday, 2 November 2008 at 1:30 PM

Co-sponsored by the Lonergan Centre for Ethical Reflection and the Thomas More Institute, speakers will include Darlene O’Leary, Philip McShane and Russell Baker. For more information, contact Christine Jamieson at 514-848-2424 x 2477 or jamieson@actor.concordia.ca. To register, contact Connie Di Frusca at 514-848-2424 x2475.

LRI Annual Lonergan Lecture - Kenneth Melchin: "Democracy and the Transformation of Conflict: Ideas from Lonergan"

When Friday, 24 October 2008 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Professor Kenneth R. MelchinProfessor Kenneth R. Melchin of St. Paul University, Ottawa will present the Seventh Annual Lonergan Lecture entitled “Democracy and the Transformation of Conflict: Ideas from Lonergan.” The free lecture is sponsored by the Lonergan Research Institute at Regis College and will take place on Friday October 24th, 2008 at 7:30 pm in Elliott MacGuigan Hall, 67 St. Nicholas Street. All are welcome. No registration is required.

LRI Graduate Seminar - John Dadosky: "Is there a Fourth Stage of Meaning?"

When Friday, 10 October 2008 from 2:10 PM to 4:00 PM

Professor John Dadosky will present a paper entitled: “Is there a Fourth Stage of Meaning?” Danny Monsour will be the respondent. The seminar will take place on Friday, October 10 from 2:10 pm to 3:45 pm in the Margaret Brennan Classroom in Elliott MacGuigan Hall. A reception will follow. A copy of the paper (or at least a resumé or outline) will be available for pickup in the LRI library (located in the main Regis College building at 15. St. Mary Street, south end of first floor corridor) no later than one week prior to the meeting.

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