"For Freedom Set Free": 16th Annual Fall Conference

Location: McKenna Hall (Notre Dame Conference Center)

Call for Papers

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” —Goethe

The University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is pleased to announce its sixteenth annual Fall Conference, "For Freedom Set Free," to be held November 19–21, 2015.

In our customary interdisciplinary fashion, this conference will take up a host of questions related to the nature, significance, and various dimensions of freedom, pursued in the context of philosophy, theology, political theory, law, history, economics, the social sciences, the biosciences, literature, and the arts. We welcome the submission of abstracts drawing on a wide range of moral and religious perspectives and academic specialties.  

One-page abstracts for papers (no panel proposals, please) should include name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address and be sent to ndethics@nd.edu.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be sent by Friday, August 21, 2015. 

The Fall Conference is the most important academic forum for fruitful dialogue and exchange among the world’s leading Catholic thinkers and those from other traditions, drawing more than 600 participants annually. Past speakers include:

  • Nobel Laureate James Heckman
  • Gerhard Cardinal Müller, Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for the Catholic Church
  • Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Mark Filip
  • Alasdair MacIntyre
  • Charles Taylor
  • Michael Sandel
  • Jean Porter
  • Robert P. George
  • John Finnis
  • Jean Bethke Elshtain
  • Lorenza Violini
  • Hon. John T. Noonan
  • Sr. Helen Prejean
  • Ralph McInerny

Learn more about the conference.