Conference Program





Monday, 16th December 2013

Plenary Session

9.15-10.45: Professor John Finnis, University of Oxford, ‘Grounds and Preparations for the Main Teaching of Veritatis Splendor


Session I


11.00-11.15:    Professor Alfred Wierzbicki, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin ‘Osoba i dobra dla osoby’

11.15-11.30:    Rafał Czekalski, PhD, Pontyfical Faculty of Theology, Warsaw, ‘Subjectivity and Objectivity in Post-Conciliar Views on Morality’

 11.30-11.45:   Andrzej Stoiński, PhD, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, ‘Freedom „to” and the Moral Subjectivity of the Person’

 11.45-12.00:   Adam Cebula, PhD, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw, ‘In Defence of Rationality of Ethics. Veritatis Splendor and a Robust Conception of Moral Agency’

 12.00-12.15:   Ms Jasmina Nedevska, PhD Candidate, Stockholm University, Sweden, Do Principles of Natural Law Depend on Conceptions of Human Nature?

12.15-12.45:    Discussion

12.45-13.45:    Lunch break

Session II


13.45-14.00:    Professor Jan Kłos, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, The Splendour of Truth and the Light of Conscience. John Henry Newman and John Paul II Revisited

14.00-14.15:    Piotr Andryszczak, PhD, Pontifical University of John Paul II, Krakow, ‘How to defeat relativism? – the case of Alasdair MacIntyre’

14.15-14.30:    Paweł Korobczak, PhD, University of Wrocław, The Question of Transcendence and of the Good in Martin Heidegger’s thought

 14.30-14.45:   Ryszard Bobrowicz, Kolegium Artes Liberales, Warsaw, Respondeo etsi mutabor, or how to Defend the Truth in the Age of Relativism’

 14.45-15.00:   Patrick Madigan SJ, PhD, Heythrop Journal ‘Expressive Individualism, the Cult of the Artist as Genius, and Milton’s Lucifer’

15.00-15.30:    Discussion

15.30-16.00:    Coffee/tea break

Session III

16.00-16.15:     Aaron Tyler, PhD, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, USA, ‘Recognition and Restraint: Relocating a Just Peace in Christian Ethics’

16.15-16.30:    Michał Mrozek, OP, PhD, The Thomistic Institute, Warsaw Teleology of the Encyclical Letter Veritatis Splendor of blessed John Paul II in the light of Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas, I-II, q. 18.

16.30-16.45:    Rui Coimbra Gonçalves, Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, ‘The Concept of Ideal Governance System and Common Good according to Francisco Suárez and his Patterns’

16.45-17.00:    Justyna Głowala, MA, University of Wrocław, ‘Why Is Not Martyrdom a Violation of Absolute Prohibition of Suicide? Thomas Aquinas and John Finnis on Absolute Negative Norms’

17.00-17.15:   Wojciech Wierzejski, PhD, Centrum Rozwoju Społecznego i Obywatelskiego, ‘Conscience and Practical Rationality. How to reconcile the traditional concept of conscience with pluralism and claims to unfettered freedom?’

17.15-17.45:    Discussion

18.30-21.00:    Conference dinner


Tuesday, 17th December 2013

Plenary Session

9.00-10.30:      Professor Josef Seifert, International Academy of Philosophy IAP-IFES Granada, ‘The splendor of truth and intrinsically immoral acts: A philosophical defense of the rejection of proportionalism and consequentialism in Veritatis Splendor



Session IV

10.45-11.00:    Professor Ryszard Moń, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, ‘W jakim sensie okoliczności zmieniają rodzaj czynu?  Podobieństwo między argumentacją Jana Pawła II i Tomasza Nagela’


11.00-11.15:     John Liptay, Ph. D., Assistant Professor , St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, Canada,  ‘Natural Law, Biological Knowledge, and the Claims of Evolutionary Ethics’ – Consideration and rejection of the claim that developments in biological sciences require us to abandon the account of moral norms advanced by natural law theory and to embrace some version of evolutionary ethics’


11.15-11.30:     Anthony McCarthy MA Ph.D (cand.), Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), England, ‘Moral Absolutes, Moral Acts and Physical Features in Sexual Ethics’

11.30-11.45:     Tomasz Żuradzki, PhD, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Moral Uncertainty in Bioethical Argumentation: a New Understanding of the ‘Pro-Life’ View on Early Human Embryos


11.45-12.00:     Jakub Synowiec, PhD, Pontifical University of John Paul II, Krakow, ‘Ethical Argumentation of an Ethicist inspired by the Christian Thought in the light of the Encyclical Veritatis Splendor


12.00-12.30:    Discussion

12.30-13.30:    Lunch break

Session V


13.30-13.45:    Małgorzata Mrówka, PhD, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, ‘Testimony to Life in the Context of Truth’


13.45-14.00:     Anna Szklarska, MA, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, ‘Can Truth be equal to Violence?’


14.00-14.15:     Bulcsú Hoppál, PhD, National University of Public Service, Hungary, ‘How to Teach Religion and Ethics at a Secular University? A Catholic Point of View’

14.15-14.30:      Celina Kisiel-Dorohinicka, PhD, Jesuit University Ignatianum, Krakow, ‘Education for Moral Absolutes in the Realities of the Contemporary Culture’


14.30-15.15:    Discussion

15.15-15.30:    Closing Remarks