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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!