Irish Theological Association Conference 2013


Theologies of Human Flourishing

All Hallows College, Dublin 9

18-19 October 2013

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18 October 2013

1900                Registration

1930                Prof. Dr. Johan Verstraeten (Leuven) A reflection on love and/or                           justice as preconditions to human flourishing. A critical reflection on                         Catholic Social Thought.

2045                Wine reception

19 October 2013

0930                Registration

1000                Prof. Marcel Sarot (School of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University)                     Imitation as a Way to Flourishing: A Communal Perspective

1100                Coffee break

1115                Dr Mary Shanahan (St Patrick’s College, Thurles) A Loving Friend:                        Lessons from Ancient Greece

1215                Parallel Papers

1330                Lunch

1430                Dr. Declan Marmion (St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth) Theology and                     Anthropology: Can we still learn from Karl Rahner?

1530                Irish Theological Association AGM

Parallel papers

Parallel papers (15 minutes) will be presented at the conference. If you would like to present a paper please submit a 200 word abstract by Friday 6 September 2013 to Dr. Cathriona Russell at

  1. A.   Papers on the following themes are invited:
  • The Goodness of Creation
  • Sacramental Imagination
  • The Discourse of Freedom
  • Frailty, Failure and Human Flourishing
  • The Good Life
  • Flourishing : Individual and Communal
  • Transformation and the Spiritual Life
  • Eudaemonia
  • Grace


  1. We would also like to offer an opportunity to post graduate students to submit proposals for papers on their current area of research.

You will be notified by e-mail (to the address from which you applied) whether your proposal has been accepted by Monday 16th September.

Conference fees (including wine reception, coffee break and lunch)

Fee                               €50

ITA members               €40

Students                       €30

If you intend attending the conference please forward the attached registration form to


Johan Verstraeten is Professor of Ethics at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (Catholic University Leuven),  as well as being the coordinator of the research unit ‘Theological Ethics’ and the director of the Centre for Catholic Social Thought. He is a member of the editorial boards of Business Ethics: A European Review, The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Ethical Perspectives.  He is editor of Scrutinizing the Signs of the Times in the Light of the Gospel (Leuven Peeters/University Press, 2005) and co-editor [with Johan Leemans, Brian J. Matz] of Reading Patristic Texts on Social Ethics. Issues and Challenges for Twenty-First-Century Christian Social Thought (Washington, The Catholic University of America Press, 2012).

Marcel Sarot is Professor of Fundamental Theology at Tilburg School of Catholic Theology (TST) of Tilburg University. From 2005-2009 he was Director of the Netherlands Research School for Theology and Religious Studies NOSTER (2005-2009), and Professor for the History and Philosophy of Religious Studies and Theology at Utrecht University (2005-2012). In 2007 he was ordained permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Utrecht. His publications include [with D. Fergusson] (eds.), The Future as God’s Gift: Explorations in Christian Eschatology (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2000; reprint London: Continuum, 2005) and “Christian Fundamentalism as a Reaction to the Enlightenment”, in: Bob Becking (ed.), Orthodoxy, Liberalism, and Adaptation: Essays on Ways of Worldmaking in Times of Change from Biblical, Historical and Systematic Perspectives, (Leiden: Brill, 2011), 249–267

Mary Shanahan teaches philosophy and religious studies at St Patrick’s College, Thurles. She was awarded the UCD Open Postgraduate Scholarship (2005) and the UCD MacIntyre Scholarship (2009). Her recent publications include ‘Responsible Reciprocity: Ethical Friendship in Plato and Levinas’, Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society, (February 2010) and ‘Establishing an Ethical Community: Taylor and the Christian Self’, in Ian Leask, Eoin Cassidy, Alan Kearns, Fainche Ryan and Mary Shanahan (eds.), The Taylor Effect: Responding to a Secular Age, (London: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010).

Declan Marmion SM is Lecturer in Theology at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth where he is currently Acting Head of the Department of Systematic Theology. He has recently been appointed Editor of the Irish Theological Quarterly. Previously he taught at the Milltown Institute where he was Head of the Department. of Systematic Theology from 2006 to 2010. His research interests include Trinitarian Theology, the Theology of Karl Rahner, Christian Identity in a Postmodern Age and the Relationship between Theology and Spirituality. His recent publications include An Introduction to the Trinity, with R. van Nieuwenhove, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011 and Faith Questions, [ed.] with Brendan Leahy, Dublin, Columba Press, 2013.


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