23rd Annual Fall Conference: "Dust of the Earth: On Persons"

Location: McKenna Hall

Fall Conference 2023

The concept of persons is, historically, a vexed one. What is a person? Who counts as a person? What is owed to persons in justice, or friendship, or solidarity? How do persons stand in relation to the created order, to God, to one another? Is the concept of persons (as distinct from human beings) valid or coherent in itself, or is it a term that serves only to exclude members of the human family?

Developments in biotechnology and the biosciences, artificial intelligence, legal doctrine and practice, the social sciences, theological reflection, ethics, art, architecture, and beyond raise distinctive questions of their own, as well as challenges to our understanding of persons, their place in the world, and what they—we—owe to one another.

At our 23rd annual Fall Conference, the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture will consider the concept of persons. More than 140 presentations will explore the ethical, legal, and social concept of personhood; persons with disabilities; artificial intelligence; divine persons and the Trinity; the role of personalism in the thought of John Paul II; bioethics and environmental ethics; and the broader concept of persons as engaged across the disciplines, including philosophy, theology, political theory, law, history, economics, and the social sciences, as well as the natural sciences, literature, and the arts.

At this year’s Fall Conference, the de Nicola Center is honored to once again partner with Stanford University’s “Boundaries of Humanity” project, which seeks to advance dialogue on “human place and purpose in the cosmos.”

View the full conference schedule at the Fall Conference homepage.

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