Natural Law in Medieval Philosophy: Traditions, Convergences and Divergences

Natural Law in Medieval Philosophy: Traditions, Convergences and Divergences

Dal 10 aprile 2018 al 11 aprile 2018 presso Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum

Call for Papers

Natural Law in Medieval Philosophy: Traditions, Convergences and Divergences

Conference Venue

Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum

Via degli Aldobrandeschi 190

00163 Rome, Italy


10-11 April 2018

Faculty of Philosophy – Cattedra Marco Arosio di Alti Studi Medievali

Natural Law in Medieval Philosophy: Traditions, Convergences and Divergences

Medieval thinkers have developed natural law theory significantly and exerted an enduring influence on subsequent reflection. While the contribution of the Latin tradition of medieval thought has been widely studied, there is a growing number of studies on the natural law theory of the Byzantine, Jewish, and Islamic traditions.

The conference will consider to what extent the various medieval traditions of natural law concur or differ, and on what grounds. It shall also consider whether they contain theoretical resources for addressing contemporary concerns about natural law.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Anver M. Emon (University of Toronto)
  • Dominic Farrell (Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Rome)
  • Jonathan Jacobs (John Jay College, New York)
  • Basilio Petrà (Facoltà di Teologia dell’Italia Centrale, Florence)
  • Riccardo Saccenti (University of Bologne)

Call for Papers

We invite submissions on medieval theories of natural law and papers which explore the relation between the different traditions. Submissions from PhD students and early career scholars are also eligible. Particularly welcome are papers on natural law in the Byzantine, Islamic, or Jewish traditions. So too are proposals which consider medieval natural law theory in the light of contemporary debates in metaethics, normative ethics, legal and political philosophy. The questions under discussion include but are not limited to the following:

  • In what respects do the various traditions concur and to what extent is this the result of a common, underlying philosophical or theological framework?
  • Are there incommensurable differences between the traditions and is this the result of incompatible theological or philosophical underpinnings?
  • As to contemporary objections to natural law theory, can convincing answers be extracted or reconstructed from medieval philosophers?
  • Is some medieval tradition or theory of natural law more philosophically compelling than the others?

To submit a paper proposal, please email in .pdf format to [email protected] by 30 October 2017 a short CV and an abstract of no more than 500 words. The abstract should be prepared for blind review. A confirmation of receipt will be sent by email. Applicants will be notified of a decision by 30 November 2017.

Papers may be presented in either English or Italian, but translation will only be available for the talks of the keynote speakers.


Details will be posted on October 15, when registration for the conference begins.

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