CFP: Truth and Beauty: Transcendentals in the Twenty-first Century

Submission deadline: June 30, 2019

Conference date(s):
August 28, 2019 - September 3, 2019

Go to the conference's page

Conference Venue:

Humane Philosophy Project
Arbanija, Croatia

Topic areas


We are pleased to announce the 2019 Humane Philosophy Society study week comprising a workshop and conference on the topic 'Truth and Beauty; Transcendentals in the twenty-first century'.  

The summer school is aimed at undergraduate level and will offer students from any institution the opportunity to visit the historic Dalmatian coast for a week of classes and discussion with teachers from the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Bochum, Warsaw and Zagreb. The summer school will be followed by a two-day conference. 

Workshop Lecturers: 

Dr Dr Benedict Gocke (University of Oxford, Ruhr University, Bochum)

Dr Marija Selak (University of Zagreb)

Dr Mikolaj Slawkowski-Rode (University of Warsaw, University of Oxford)

Ralph Weir (University of Lincoln, University of Buckingham)

Samuel Hughes (University of Cambridge, University of Buckingham)

Other Conference Speakers:

Professor Sir Roger Scruton (University of Oxford, University of Buckingham)

Professor John Cottingham (King's College, London)

Professor Raymond Tallis (University of Manchester)

Dr Andrew Pinsent (University of Oxford) 

Alexander Stoddart (Sculptor in Ordinary to the Queen in Scotland)

Alexander Norman (Director of the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion, Oxford)

David Goodill OP (Vice Regent, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford) 

The official language of the Study Week and the Conference is English. These events will take place at the Hotel sv. Križ, Arbanija near Trogir. Participants are invited to attend the Summer School, Conference, or both.


All applications and proposals should be submitted as e-mail attachments entitled: ‘Application for the Trogir 2019’ (a) ‘Workshop’ (b) ‘Conference’ (c) ‘Workshop and Conference’) by 30th of June 2019 to: [email protected] The registration fees are 375 euros for the Workshop, and 175 euros for the Conference, and include the costs of accommodation but not travel (some scholarships available).

All applicants are requested to send as a separate document: name and surname, status/title, institution, contact address, and CV.

Those who wish to deliver papers at the conference should submit a proposal that includes: title of presentation, a paper abstract approximately 250-300 words in length.

Suitable paper topics for the 2019 conference include, but are not limited to:

Is the relation between beauty and truth one of conflict or complimentary?

Do transcendentals have a role to play in contemporary philosophy?

Are there independent normative hierarchies?

Does beauty have a serious claim to be a transcendental in the classical sense? 

Is the function of art primarily aesthetic, epistemic or moral? 

Contemporary applications of scholastic metaphysics   

What is the connection between the transcendentals and the divine names? 

Is the good more self-identical than the beautiful? 

The event is supported by the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford; the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw; the Centre of Excellence for Integrative Bioethics, University of Zagreb; the Emmy Noether Group For Scientific Theology, Ruhr University Bochum; and the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

Supporting material

Add supporting material (slides, programs, etc.)