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Power of Beauty Conference
| Power of Beauty Conference | Dietrich von Hildebrand on Beauty |
Power of Beauty Conference

A Conference Open to All Interested Philosophers and Artists, Including Students, Teachers, and Independent Scholars

In celebration of our upcoming publication of Dietrich von Hildebrand's Aesthetics, the Hildebrand Project is co-hosting Franciscan University of Steubenville's annual conference on Christian Philosophy. This year's topic: The Power of Beauty

  • Internationally renowned philosopher Roger Scruton will give the keynote address: "Beauty and Desecration." 
  • The conference will be held at Franciscan University of Steubenville, from Oct. 24-25.
  • If you are interested in presenting a paper, please see the Call for Papers below. Application deadline: September 1, 2014.
  • The conference will be open to the public with a nominal registration fee (more details to come).
  • Click here for selected resources on Dietrich von Hildebrand's philosophy of beauty.

For Attendees:

To register, please visit the conference's Eventbrite page.  

When arranging for accommodations, we recommend reserving a room at one of the following hotels.  All of them are immediately close to our campus and will be offering special rates for reserved blocks of rooms for conference attendees. Call the hotel to book your reservation, and let them know you are attending the "Hildebrand Project" conference to get one of the rooms.

  • Best Western University Inn
    Reservation ends: September 23rd
    Phone number: 740-282-0901
  • Hampton Inn
    Reservation ends: October 9th
    Phone number: 740-282-9800
  • Super 8
    Reservation ends: September 20th
    Phone number: 740-282-4565
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DATE: OCTOBER 24-25, 2014

Focus of the conference:

"Beauty will save the world," writes Dostoevsky, yet beauty is seen by many as a weak and expendable arrow in the metaphysical quiver that includes the more robust good and true. Many think of beauty as a mere decoration of human life, a luxury rather than a spiritual necessity. There is indeed a great deal of Kitsch that masquerades as art, and it is not surprising if such "beauty" is not taken seriously. But authentic beauty can have the transformative, even salvific, effects that Dostoevesky ascribes to it. We invite papers that do justice to the particular power of beauty to renew both individual persons and also entire communities. We invite our participants to go beyond a formal defense of the existence of beauty, to glimpse not just the most general traits of beauty, but to capture its power to impart new life, its deep affinity with love, its power to awaken deep aspirations in the human heart. In other words, we invite papers that explore beauty not only metaphysically but also concretely and phenomenologically. We also welcome papers that explore the reasons for the hostility to beauty that some have expressed. We look forward to papers that make heard again the voices of Western philosophy on beauty, voices from Plato to St. Thomas Aquinas to Hegel, including contemporary voices such as Maritain, Ingarden, and von Hildebrand.  Artists in philosophical reflection on art are also welcome to submit.

Send paper title and 400-word abstract by September 1 to maphilosophy@franciscan.edu.  Inquiries to jcrosby@franciscan.edu