2011 Annual Conference on Christian Philosophy

About the Event

The 2011 Annual Conference on Christian Philosophy was a two day conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville featuring the early phenomenology of Munich and Göttingen, with a focus on Edith Stein. The keynote speakers were Alice von Hildebrand, Angela Ales Bello, Antonio Calcagno, and Dallas Willard. 

About the Presenters

Dr. Alice von Hildebrand is the author of numerous books, including Introduction to a Philosophy of Religion, Greek Culture, By Love Refined, By Grief Refined, The Soul of a Lion, and The Privilege of Being a Woman, as well as numerous philosophical papers. Since her retirement she has been active in the Catholic world as a lecturer on countless topics and her journeys have taken her to South America, Canada, to thirty-five U.S. states, and to many European countries. In her very active television career, she has made over eighty appearances on EWTN and two hundred and sixty at the Apostolate for Family Consecration in Ohio, many of them about her husband. She has devoted her entire life to making known the thought and witness of her husband, Dietrich von Hildebrand.


Dr. Angela Ales Bello is an Italian philosopher, founder and director of the Italian Center of phenomenological research with headquarters in Rome. Professor Bello is specialist in the phenomenology of Husserl.  She studied other authors of the phenomenological school, especially German ones, and among these, the thought of women philosophers that have formed inside the so-called Circle of Göttingen, including Edith Stein, of which Ales Bello is one of the most important specialists. Dr. Ales Bello edited the complete edition of the works of Edith Stein in Italian. She has published essays and articles on specialized phenomenological thought. She teaches at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, in the Faculty of Philosophy; she served as dean until 2002. Dr Bello has been a visiting professor at several foreign universities.

Dr. Antonio Calcagno is a professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at King's University College, The University of Western Ontario.  Antonio Calcagno holds a B.A. (University of Toronto), M.A. (University of Louvain) and a Ph.D. (Guelph). He is a specialist in Renaissance philosophy, contemporary European philosophy and social and political thought. Along with Dr. Steve Lofts, he is the co-founder of the Centre for Advanced Research of European Philosophy (CAREP). The Centre seeks to bring leading scholars and philosophers together to discuss the legacy of and recent developments in contemporary European thought. CAREP brings philosophy in Canada into dialogue with various European schools and traditions.  His selected publications include Lived Experience from the Inside Out: Social and Political Philosophy in Edith Stein, Interventions: Contemporary Italian Political Philosophy, Intensities and Lines of Flight: Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari and the Arts, “Reclaiming the Possibility of an Interior Human Culture? Michel Henry and La Barbarie” in the The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, and “The Desire and Pleasure of Evil: The Augustinian Limitations of Arendtian Mind” in The Heythrop Journal, Volume LIV.

Dr. Dallas Willard was a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles from 1965 to 2012. He was Director of the School of Philosophy from 1982-1985. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, 1960-1965), and has held visiting appointments at UCLA (1969) and the University of Colorado (1984).His undergraduate studies were at William Jewell College, Tennessee Temple College (B.A., 1956, Psychology) and Baylor University (B.A., 1957, Philosophy and Religion); and his Graduate education was at Baylor University and the University of Wisconsin (Ph. D., 1964: Major in Philosophy, Minor in the History of Science). His philosophical publications are mainly in the areas of epistemology, the philosophy of mind and of logic, and on the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, including extensive translations of Husserl's early writings from German into English. His English translation and edition of Edmund Husserl's Philosophy of Arithmetic was released in September, 2003. His Logic and the Objectivity of Knowledge, a study of Husserl's early philosophy, appeared in 1984, and his Early Writings in the Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (1993) makes available to the English reader nearly all of the shorter philosophical works that Husserl produced on the way to the phenomenological breakthrough recorded in his Logical Investigations of 1900-1901.



The conference will begin in the morning on Friday April 29th and will close with an evening banquet on Saturday April 30th.


April 29-30, 2011


Franciscan University of Steubenville 
Steubenville, OH

To Attend

The conference fee is $75.00 ($45.00 for students) and is payable at the conference. The meal fee is $60.00 and is also payable at the conference. The meal fee includes two breakfasts, two lunches, dinner Friday evening, and the closing banquet on Saturday eve. 

More Information

The closest airport is Pittsburgh, PA. A free shuttle will be available from the Pittsburgh airport to the university on Thursday April 28th from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. and on Sunday May 1st from the university to the Pittsburgh airport from 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. Shuttle requests along with flight information should be sent by e-mail to mroberts@franciscan.edu.