Letters From a Young Catholic

My reflections as a Catholic young adult passionate about the Faith, seeking to grow in knowledge and understanding of God and discerning the will of the Lord in my life.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Pope John Paul II Philosophy Conference

If I had the time and money I'd be going to this conference.

It's a conference being held at Boston College in February on the philosophy of Pope John Paul II and is called "Truth, Life and Solidarity: Philosophical Perspectives on the Thought of Pope John Paul II."

And here is the description of the conference:

In his 26 years as pope, John Paul II produced a wealth of encyclicals, letters, and other writings of extraordinary intellectual depth and unprecedented subtlety. Among other achievements, his papacy produced a new Code of Canon Law, a new Catechism, revisions to the Rosary and other prayers, a host of newly canonized saints, and major documents for reforming the principal institutions within Catholicism, from seminaries to the universities.

This conference will focus explicitly on the significance for philosophy of his seminal work in ethics, social theory, and anthropology. In particular, it will seek to connect his early efforts as a young scholar to his subsequent writings as Pope. From Karol Wojtyla’s early efforts to synthesize Aquinas’s theorizing with the mysticism of John of the Cross, through his consideration of Max Scheler’s personalist phenomenology and his interest in Emmanuel Levinas’s understanding of ethical experience as the core of ontology, to his intellectual struggle with the Marxism that dominated his homeland’s universities, Wojtyla strove to contextualize, fundamentally rethink, and reformulate for a new epoch, a Christian understanding of humanity’s nature, needs, vocation, and destiny.

The conference features a diverse group of internationally renowned scholars and other experts on John Paul II from both North America and Europe. They represent a myriad of perspectives and viewpoints, including those conversant with Anglophone, with European Continental, and with both (and other) philosophical traditions.

If anyone wants to go and take notes for me and allow me to live vicariously through them I'd be most appreciative.