Fall Conference (Nov. 9-11, 2017)

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Each year on the campus of Notre Dame, the Center for Ethics and Culture hosts its interdisciplinary Fall Conference, the most important venue for fruitful dialogue and exchange among the world's leading Catholic thinkers, as well as those from other traditions, on pressing and vexed questions of ethics, culture, and public policy. The Conference annually attracts more than eight hundred participants and features nearly one hundred paper presentations from across the disciplines. Recent past speakers include: Nobel Laureate James Heckman, Alasdair MacIntyre, John Finnis, Mary Ann Glendon, Rémi Brague, Charles Taylor, Michael Sandel, and Jean Bethke Elshtain.

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture’s 18th Annual Fall Conference (November 9-11, 2017) will explore the perennial problem of good and evil, the significance of this distinction for human flourishing and the common good, and the place of good and evil in the theory and practice of various academic disciplines. In the Center's animating spirit of interdisciplinary inquiry, we encourage submission of abstracts drawing on a wide range of moral, religious, and academic perspectives, including theology, philosophy, political theory, law, history, economics, and the social sciences, as well as the natural sciences, literature, and the arts.

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Confirmed featured speakers include: Harvey Mansfield, Jacqueline Rivers, Gary AndersonJames Hankins, Sr. Ann Astell, and our Permanent Senior Distinguished Research Fellows John FinnisMary Ann Glendon, and Alasdair MacIntyre.

To submit a paper for consideration, send a CV and a one-page proposal to ndethics@nd.edu by July 21, 2017 for priority consideration. Notification of acceptance will be made starting on August 11.

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is committed to sharing the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through teaching, research, and dialogue, at the highest level and across a range of disciplines.

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Past Conferences

Find information regarding past conferences and lecture videos at the links below.

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