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PAP Mid-Year Conference 2013
25 October 2013
San Beda College, Mendiola, Manila

“Philosophy, Spirituality, and Secularity”

Invited Keynote Speaker:

Rev. Fr. Ranhilio Calangan Aquino, Ph.D., J.D.

This  year's midyear conference aims to engage philosophers from both the  continental and the analytic traditions on the theme of philosophy,  spirituality, and secularity.

The relationship between philosophy  and spirituality can be traced back to the oriental schools (Hinduism,  Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism), but also to Pythagoras and the  Pythagorean schools. There is a growing consensus that philosophy, like  spirituality, is indeed a way of life. More than a set of fixed concepts  to be memorized, philosophy is an engagement with the world. It is in  relation to this engagement that philosophy's love of wisdom/truth can  be understood in relation to a concept of spirituality as the desire for  God. Augustine declares,"Verus philosophus est amator Dei" ("The true  philosopher is the one who loves God"). The interchangeability of the  terms philosophy and spirituality in the Middle Ages assumes that  philosophy, being the love of wisdom, is interested in the Author of  Wisdom, God.

This dynamic, however, radically changes in  modernity. Charles Taylor thinks that the modern "disenchantment" with  religion initiated a process of secularization. Secularity, in this  context, describes the modern autonomous differentiation between the  secular and the religious spheres, leading to the eventual separation of  church and state, philosophy and spirituality. However, Taylor rejects  the view that secularization is necessarily followed by a progressive  decline and eventual disappearance of spirituality. Thus, he does not  conceive secularist regimes as "bulwarks against religion," but rather  as a consequence of the irreversible and growing internal diversity of  modern societies. Taylor also reminds us of the role spirituality plays  to provide values delineating national identity.

Taking its cue from recent developments in philosophy, the midyear conference aims to focus on the following questions:

1. What is the relationship between philosophy and spirituality?
2. What becomes of this relationship in the advent of secularity?
3. What is the conception of spirituality that operates within secularist regimes?

The  keynote speaker for the midyear is Rev. Fr. Ranhilio Calangan Aquino,  Ph.D., J.D., with a paper on "Faith in a Secular World."

The PAP midyear conference will be held in San Beda College on Friday, October 25, 2013.

Since  2013 is also a commemorative year for philosophers, such as Paul  Ricoeur, Albert Camus, and Søren Kierkegaard, a special panel for each  philosopher is also provided for scholars who wish to share their  papers/research.

We welcome paper abstract submissions from  academics, graduate students, and independent scholars on the theme  "Philosophy, Spirituality, and Secularity" and also commemorative papers  on Ricouer, Camus, and Kierkegaard. Please send a 300-word abstract, a  clear and complete outline of the argument of your paper, and a short  bionote to philoassocphil73@gmail.com. The deadline for applications  (abstracts, outline, and bionote) is on September 06, 2013 (Friday). A  letter of acceptance will reach successful applicants by September 09,  2013. Please note that due to the limited structure of the conference  sessions, we will be selecting only eighteen (18) papers for  presentation.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts soon  and we welcome you to yet another philosophically enriching PAP Midyear  Conference this October!

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