• Graduate Philosophy


  • Must Morality Be Grounded in God?

    Sponsored by the M.A. Program in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville



    Friday, April 5

    8:00 a.m.

     

    St. Joseph Center:
    Totino Room

    Continental Breakfast

    8:50 a.m.

     

    St. Joseph Center:
    Seminar Room

    Daniel Kempton
    Vice President for Academic Affairs,
    Franciscan University of Steubenville

    Welcome

    9:10 - 10:20 a.m.
    Session One

     

    A: God and Moral Knowledge

    St. Joseph Center:
    Seminar Room

    Joe Milburn
    University of Pittsburgh
    If God Does Not Exist (for All We Know) Everything is Permitted

    J. Edward Hackett
    Southern Illinois University (Carbondale)
    Phenomenological Theism and the Phenomenology of Moral Experience

    B: Grounding Morality in God

    St. Joseph Center:
    Room 144

    Max Parish
    University of Oklahoma, Norman
    Mark Murphy on Theistic Explanation and Goodness

    Barry David
    Ave Maria University
    Is the Philosophical Doctrine that Man is Imago Dei the Best Foundation for Morality?

    10:40 - 11:50 a.m.
    Session Two

     

    A: Morality and Faith

    St. Joseph Center:
    Room 144

    Sr. Elinor Gardner, O.P.
    Catholic University of America
    "Faith Is the Light of the Soul": The Virtue of Faith and the Act of Conscience

    Lawrence Masek
    Ohio Dominican University
    Must Moral Absolutism and the Principle of Double Effect Be Accepted on Faith Alone?

    B: God in Kant's Ethics

    St. Joseph Center:
    Seminar Room

    Andrew Pfeuffer
    Franciscan University of Steubenville
    Correcting the Caricature: God and Kant

    Michael Stannard
    Willow International College Center
    Freedom and the Moral Law in Kant

    11:40 - 1:15 p.m.

     

    Antonian Hall:
    Cafeteria

    Lunch

    1:25 - 2:35 p.m.
    Session Three

     

    A: Morality, Religion, and Society

    St. Joseph Center:
    Seminar Room

    Anthony T. Flood
    North Dakota State University
    Social Contract Theory and Moral Motivation

    Peter Colosi
    St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
    Ratzinger, Habermas and Pera on Public Reason and Religion

    B: Grounding Morality in God

    St. Joseph Center:
    Room 144

    Richard Sherlock
    Utah State University
    The Incarnational Basis of Morality

    Richard Girardin
    Franciscan University of Steubenville
    Francisco Suárez and the Binding Force of the Divine Command

    2:45 - 3:55 p.m.
    Session Four

     

    A: Clarifying the Question

    St. Joseph Center:
    Seminar Room

    Jonathan A. Buttaci
    University of Pittsburgh
    Theism as Morality's Foundation or Framework? A Plea for Distinctions

    Mark Roberts
    Franciscan University of Steubenville
    God and Morality: Some Clarifications and Comments

    B: Morality and the Human Persons

    St. Joseph Center:
    Room 144

    Barbara Freres
    Cardinal Stritch University
    The Injustice of IVF - Even the Simple Case

    Thomas K. Nelson
    Mayo Clinic Arizona
    Personhood and Moral Obligation

    4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
    Plenary Session

     

    Morality and God

    St. Joseph Center:
    Seminar Room

    Christopher Tollefsen
    University of South Carolina
    Morality and God

    Jonathan Sanford
    Franciscan University of Steubenville
    Response

    6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

     

    St. Joseph Center:
    Totino Room

    Dinner

    8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
    Plenary Speaker

     



    St. Joseph Center:
    Seminar Room

    Mark Murphy
    Georgetown University
    Suarez's "Best Argument" and the Dependence of Morality on God

    John Crosby
    Franciscan University of Steubenville
    Response

    9:30 p.m.

     

    St. Joseph Center:
    Totino Room

    Wine & Cheese Reception

    Saturday, April 6

     

    8:00 a.m.

     

    St. Joseph Center:
    Totino Room

    Continental Breakfast

    9:10 - 10:20 a.m.
    Session Five

     

    A: Morality and God

    St. Joseph Center:
    Room 144

    John G. Trapani, Jr.
    Walsh University
    "...Now Heaven Knows, Anything Goes." Really?! How to Find Universal Objective Moral Truth

    Brian Donohue
    Franciscan University of Steubenville
    Must Morality Aim at God? Aristotle on Action and Theological Ethics

    B: God, Kant, and the Grounding of Morality

    St. Joseph Center:
    Seminar Room

    J. Murray Murdoch, Jr.
    Villanova University
    The Ground of Morality in Kant and Hegel

    John van Ingen
    University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)
    Kant's Account of Morality: What is Grounded on What?

    10:40 - 11:50 a.m.
    Session Six

     

    Grounding Morality in God

    St. Joseph Center:
    Seminar Room

    Janine M. Idziak
    Loras College
    Divine Command Ethics or Natural Law: A False Dichotomy?

    Nicholas Rescher
    University of Pittsburgh
    God and the Grounding of Morality

    12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

     

    St. Joseph Center:
    Totino Room

    Lunch

    2:00 - 3:10 p.m.
    Session Seven

     

    A: Morality and Religion in Thomas Aquinas

    St. Joseph Center:
    Seminar Room

    Michael P. Krom
    Saint Vincent College
    Is Natural Happiness Possible without God? A Thomistic Inquiry

    Francisco J. Romero
    Unversidad Panamericana
    The Life of Natural Virtue as Worship in Aquinas

    B: Grounding Morality in God

    St. Joseph Center:
    Room 144

    Gregory B. Sadler
    Marist College
    An Anselmian Account of the Grounding of Morality

    Gary M. Atkinson
    University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)
    Homer and Suicide: Reflections on the Illiad  

    3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    Plenary Speaker

     

    Plenary Session

    Cosmas and Damian Hall:
    Pugliese Auditorium

    John Rist
    Catholic University of America
    Must Morality Be Grounded in God?

    Paul Symington
    Franciscan University of Steubenville
    Response

    5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    Panel Discussion

     

    Plenary Session

    Cosmas and Damian Hall:
    Pugliese Auditorium

    Christopher Tollefsen
    Mark Murphy
    John Rist

    7:00 p.m.

     

    St. Joseph Center:
    Seminar Room

    Banquet


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