Maritain Notebook – Spring 2014 Issue

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.

If you would prefer a digital copy in the future rather than a paper copy, please e-mail the editor by typing your name and the e-mail address to which you’d like the Notebook sent below!


2015 Call for Papers: Maritain Engagé

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.


CFP: 2014 AMA Conference Volume

Hello everyone!
I’m very pleased to announce the cfp for the book that will be developed out of the 2014 American Maritain Association conference. We had a wonderful crop of papers this year and I anticipate a very strong resulting volume.  As with  previous volumes, it will be published by Catholic University of America Press in partnership with the AMA.
All those who presented a paper are encouraged to submit a draft for consideration.  Submissions will be subjected to a rigorous blind peer-review process.  You have several months available to refine your draft, with the deadline for initial submissions being May 31.  Please send your contribution to me at this e-mail address:   Decisions will be made by September 15, with the volume being published in spring 2016.
While initial submissions need not fulfill all of the AMA’s usual style guidelines (though of course the final versions of accepted papers will have to), it would be much appreciated if they could conform to the following basic format: double-spaced throughout in 12 point Times New Roman font, with footnotes rather than endnotes.  If everyone follows these initial guidelines we’ll have an easier time estimating eventual page lengths (and an easier time with later edits).
I very much look forward to working with all of you on this exciting project!
Travis Dumsday


CFP: A Metaphysics of the Logos, Nov. 2014

You can download the full CFP in .pdf form: LI ReunionesFilosóficas:

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.

Medieval Hermeneutics


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.