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McInerny Center for Thomistic Studies

Washington D. C.

March 8-10, 2007


“The Philosophical Foundations of Human Dignity”

a conference sponsored by the


Ralph McInerny Center for Thomistic Studies


The Army and Navy Club
17th and I Streets, NW





Thursday, March 8

1:45   Welcome and introductions

2:00 - 5:00   Session One

Paper: “Why ‘Overlapping Consensus’ Regarding Human Dignity is Not Enough”

Michael Pakaluk, Clark University


Michael Zuckert, University of Notre Dame

John Tomasi, Brown University


Friday, March 9

9:30 - 12:15 Session Two

Paper: “Modern Science and Human Dignity”

William Hurlbut, Stanford University


Mark Ryland, Institute for the Study of Nature

Thomas Hibbs, Baylor University


2:30 - 5: 00 Session Three

Paper: “Dignity, Rank, and Equality”

Jeremy Waldron, New York University Law School


Joseph Boyle, University of Toronto

Fulvio Di Blasi, Co-Director, Ralph McInerny Center for Thomistic Studies


Saturday, March 10

9:30 - 12:30 Session Four

Paper: “Dignity and Persons”

Robert P. George, Princeton University, and Patrick Lee, Franciscan University


Joshua Hochschild, Mt. St. Mary’s University

Fr. Robert Gahl, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

Gianfrancesco Zanetti, University of Modena


Attire for Army and Navy Club events is coat and tie for gentlemen, and comparable attire for ladies.

The conference is free and open to the public.  However, seating is limited (the capacity for the conference is 175 people), so those who wish to attend are strongly encouraged to register ahead of time, by emailing: cwolfe@thomasinternational.org.   If you plan to attend the conference, but can only attend certain sessions, please include that information in your email.


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