Conference: To What End?

2019 Conference - To What End


To What End?
Narrative, Institutions, and Practices


The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, together with the Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics (CASEP) at the London Metropolitan University, invite you to submit proposals for papers to be presented at a conference entitled To What End? Narrative, Institutions, and Practices, to be held Thursday, July 25, through Saturday, July 27, 2019, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

The conference will broadly explore the resources of neo-Aristotelian thought, especially as they might be brought to bear on reframing moral discourse in a world increasingly shaped by the market, the state, bureaucracy, and technology. Alasdair MacIntyre has both shone a spotlight on the futility of rational dialogue in an emotivist culture and renewed efforts to rediscover the insights of Aristotle, Aquinas, and Marx. As this leading thinker and critic of modernity turns 90 this year, we come together from a variety of disciplines and countries to engage in this important collaborative work.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers


Alasdair Macintyre

Alasdair MacIntyre
Senior Distinguished Research Fellow, de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture
Rev. John A. O'Brien Senior Research Professor of Philosophy Emeritus
University of Notre Dame

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics
London Metropolitan University


Lear Jonathan

Jonathan Lear
John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor
University of Chicago

Paper Submissions

Paper proposals should be submitted via the form below (alternate link here) and include a 300-400 word anonymized abstract, as well as a brief professional biography (no more than 100 words). Abstracts will be submitted to blind peer review. Proposals from postgraduate research students are welcome. Paper submission deadline: April 5, 2019