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Res Philosophica Conference: Alienation & the Virtues: Personal, Social, & Spiritual

Thursday, 30 March, 2023

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The 2023 Res Philosophica Conference, titled Alienation and the Virtues: Personal, Social, and Spiritual, is March 30-31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pere Marquette Gallery (DuBourg Hall at 221 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103). Participants include Daniel De Haan, Celeste Harvey, F. Russell Hittinger, Anne Jeffrey, David McPherson, and John Stein, S.J.

Human existence includes both an awareness of alienation, that is, a sense of estrangement or separation, and recognition that lives that embody and participate in the virtues fruitfully flourish in a manner that somehow overcomes alienation. This conference aims to bring together philosophers to reflect on perennial questions about the link between alienation and virtues. This issue is multi-layered; it involves considering human existence as personal, social, and spiritual.  What is it that makes our lives alienated? What is the proper response to an awareness of alienation? Is there a connection between personal, social, and spiritual alienation? How might practicing the virtues, especially through participation in communities that pursue common goods, be understood as an antidote to alienation? The conference aims to bring together philosophers from various points in their careers to reflect together on fundamental questions about alienation and virtues. 

We welcome anyone who wishes to attend sessions. Registration is free but necessary. To register, please email with "Registration" in the subject field.

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