Voices of Personalism

About the Event

What is a person and why should we care? In a world darkened by religious persecution, violence, poverty, bigotry, and callous indifference for one’s fellow man, why does a philosophical consideration of the “person” matter? This inaugural graduate conference on the voices of personalism will address this very real question by invoking the greatest of the personalist thinkers, men and women who devoted themselves to enlightening the world through their investigations into the importance of the person and their reverence for the lives and dignity of the persons they interacted with.

The Voices of Personalism conference intends to dialogue about real-world problems, addressing, as aspiring thinkers, the issues of our day by rediscovering and applying the values of personalism.

View the conference schedule here. 

Keynote Address by John F. Crosby

The keynote address will be on the original proposal of Edith Stein concerning the individuality of persons. Prof. Crosby is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the M.A. Philosophy Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is both co-founder and a Senior Fellow of the Hildebrand Project. He has published extensively on questions of personalism, drawing especially from Scheler, von Hildebrand, Newman, and Wojtyla, as well as from classical and medieval authors.

Call for Papers

We invite all graduate students (both master’s or doctoral) to submit proposals for the Voices of Personalism conference, to be held at Franciscan University of Steubenville on 23 April 2016. For this inaugural conference, proposals are invited that consider these foundational questions:

(1) What is personalism, considering particularly the personalism as developed by von Hildebrand, Scheler, Stein, Wojtyla, Newman, Pieper, Maritain, Guardini, Mounier, Buber, and Levinas?
(2) What light does personalism shed on questions of contemporary relevance? 

Proposals should not exceed 400 words, and must be received by 4 April, 2016. All submissions will be either accepted or declined by 11 April, 2016. To submit abstracts please visit the submission form here. Any questions can be directed to Cristina Ramos at: events@hildebrandproject.org

Location & Travel 

The conference will be take place on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio. The campus is approximately forty-five minutes by car from the Pittsburgh International Airport. Discounted accommodations will be available at the University Inn (740.282.0901), which is walking-distance from campus. 


April 23, 2016


Franciscan University of Steubenville

To Attend

The conference is open to all attendees.

To apply to present a paper, visit the submission form. 

View the conference schedule here. 

More Information

Call for Papers

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