The Spring 2014 issue of the Maritain Notebook is here! Paper copies will be arriving in your mail in the next week or so. If you want a digital copy now, download it below.
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We hereby announce the Call for Papers for the 2015 AMA Meeting in San Francisco, Maritain Engagé. The downloadable CFP below contains links for submitting papers to EasyChair, our new paper-submission website.
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The conference also has a webpage with registration information, the hotel address, etc. You can reach it here.
51st Philosophical Conference
A Metaphysics of the Logos: Self-knowledge and self-manifestation.
November 24-26, 2014
The relation between truth and logos was first established in the Platonic teaching on language and the word. The medieval logos, translated as “Word”, refers to a personal God, and thus goes beyond the meaning given to it in Greek philosophy (ST I, q. 34, a. 1). In the medieval context, we then understand that in human knowledge, “the internal word is a mirror and image of the Divine Word”, leading to the discussion regarding “the word of the heart and its relation with intelligentia” (H. G. Gadamer, Wahrheit und Methode).
The medieval development of a metaphysics of the Logos starts from the different commentaries on the first few lines of the Gospel according to St. John. The ex nihilo of creation is then taken to mean in principio or in sapientia (Saint Augustine, Sermon, 117, 3). In this metaphysics the world is founded on God’s creative Intelligence, going much further than what the Timaeus, 28c and the Metaphysics, 1074b 34 ff. suggest.
Hence, the “word” has a unique relation to arché and logos. It stands for a spiritual principle which grounds the totality of being, regulating it and making it intelligible; it is also key to the return of thought to itself and to its own foundation. Self-knowledge is accomplished in the intellectual vision of the Truth, which is the measure of human being and action, and constitutes the religious tie of the creature to its Origin (Aetas boethiana, the Stoic-Ciceronian tradition and the Summae of the XIIIth century).
As opposed to Kant’s de nobis ipsis silemus, the consequence of a metaphysics of knowledge without reference to the Divine Intellect, the ancient-medieval conception of “self-knowledge” will be considered from the first Logos who, in his manifestative and creative knowing, allows for the otherness of the creature. This conception goes well beyond the absolute subjectivity which is developed in the different phases of idealism. Contrary to this, the Augustinian saying, Mane apud unum; noli ire in multa (Sermon 96, 6) is taken up in thinkers such as Eckhart or Cusa, who, as Heidegger would say, invite us to rethink being in its very origin.
We revisit a central theme of medieval thought, of decisive importance for human beings and their fulfillment, with roots in late ancient philosophy, for the purpose of redirecting contemporary thought.
CALL FOR PAPERS
I am pleased to announce that we are reviving the Journal of the International Natural Law Society under a new name, Lex Naturalis.
As the new editor, I am also pleased to request papers on any topic related to the theme of “Natural Law in the Twenty-First Century.” This initial theme is meant to support the mission of Lex Naturalis, which is to demonstrate the enduring relevance of natural law thinking and scholarship in our time and at all times and to explore the ways in which natural law continues to provide guidance for current issues. Once again we will be producing a peer-reviewed journal that will be of great value to all those whose work and interests involve Natural Law theory.
Please consider contributing to the first issue of Lex Naturalis: 200-word abstracts are due by May 31, and completed manuscripts (approximately 7500 words) are due by July 31. Please send abstracts and completed papers to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know of any colleagues who might be interested in contributing, please pass this information along to them!
Dr. Walter Raubicheck
Pace University Press