Christian Philosophy and Its Challenges

We are happy to announce that the Institute of Philosophy of the Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow organizes the 2nd edition of an international conference dedicated to the problems of Christian Philosophy entitled: Christian Philosophy and its Challenges. It will take place in Kraków, Poland on 20–22 September 2022.

The Call for Papers is below:

“Christian Philosophy and its Challenges” 
September 20–22, 2022  
Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow, Poland 

“We do not need Christian philosophy. We need Christians making good philosophy.” This controversial paraphrase of card. Newman could be used as a starting point of our conference. We continue our reflection from the Conference organized in 2020: “Christian Philosophy: its Past, Present and Future”, which gathered more than 40 philosophers from all over the world. The aim of this coming conference is to consider the contemporary challenges faced by our world in the light of philosophy practiced in the Christian context or simply by Christian philosophers. The challenges are starting from very definition of ChP (and therefore its identity), as well as the development of existing paradigms of ChP, finally focusing on philosophical, social, moral, ecological, political and scientific challenges. We want to make a room for the development of ChP. Therefore, we invite not only Christian philosophers, but all researchers who conduct their philosophical investigation in the context of Christian faith. 

We think that the questions worth considering in this context could include the following: 

— What philosophy is needed in twenty-first century and what does distinguish Christian philosophy? 

— What is the scope and method of Christian philosophy? 

— What is the relation between Christian philosophy and other philosophical schools and religions? 

— What Christian philosophy do we need today, if any? 

— What are the challenges for Christian philosophy in the 21st century? 

— What Christian philosophy has to offer to contemporary crises, like COVID-19, ecology, climate change, trans- and post-humanism? 

— What can the great Christian philosophers tell us today? 

The conference is addressed to the representatives of Christian Philosophy, and researchers who are inspired by it. Two thousand years ago, when Christianity encountered Greek and Roman philosophy, Christian thought was born. This encounter, as John Paul II noticed (Fides et ratio, IV.38), was “neither straight-forward nor immediate”. It was also based on the presupposition that synthesis of faith and reason is not only possible, more so, necessary. Many contemporary thinkers, even if they not declare themselves as Christians or religious believers, who examine philosophical problems and search the truth, seem to be open to this mystery, which is experienced by faith.

In our University we develop Christian Philosophy since 1867—so we participate in a long and rich tradition of reflection in the Christian context. We would like to continue and develop this tradition together with the philosophers from all over the world.

Proposal Submission: Please submit a 500-word abstract of your paper by February 28, 2022 using the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/wXVq4jv165 

Language: we accept proposals in English exclusively. 

The organizers plan to conduct this conference in hybrid mode, combining both online and onsite elements. This model will allow all interested persons to participate, while also offering those wishing to actually come to Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow the possibility of doing so.

Keynote speakers
We are pleased to inform that the following individuals have agreed to give a lecture during the conference:

Richard Swinburne – Oxford University, UK

Alexander Pruss – Baylor University, TX, USA

William Lane Craig – Biola University, CA, USA

Fees 

The conference is open to the public (also via social media). Speakers will be charged with the costs of conference (organisation, online infrastructure, conference trip, materials, lunches, dinner, coffee breaks etc.)—the exact fee is below. One may decrease the fee by a prompt registration (submission till December 31, 2021)—so called, Early Bird registration.

Regular participants
190/220/250 EUR (Early Birds/PhD Students/Regular Participants)

Online participants
70/80/100 EUR (Early Birds/PhD Students/Regular Participants)

Deadlines

  • Early Birds Submission of Proposals: December 31, 2021 
  • Early Birds Registration Registration and Payment: February 28, 2022
  • Submission of Proposals: February 28, 2022
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 31, 2022
  • Registration and Payment Deadline: May 31, 2022
  • Conference Dates: September 20–22, 2022
  • Paper Submission Deadline: December 31, 2022

Publication
After the conference we plan to publish a special issue in a philosophical journal with the articles based on the conference speeches. The speakers are encouraged to prepare a paper (up to 10,000 words) and submit it by December 31, 2022. Each article goes through the process of double-blind peer review. Forum Philosophicum, international journal for philosophy, has already agreed to publish a special issue in 2023 including the materials from the conference, though we are also open to the collaboration with other journals. 

The last conference (Christian Philosophy: Its Past, Present and Future) is available on our YouTube channel:

All conference talks and video-relations from the conference Christian Philosophy: Its Past, Present and Future are also available here.