Conference: The Common Good as Common Project

(part of a series)

Location: Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall) (View on map )

March 26-28, 2017


The Common Good as Common Project is a graduate student conference sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, part of the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. All talks and panels are free and open to the public, no registration required.


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2017 The Common Good as Common Project

Keynote speakers (Watch the videos)

  • Alasdair MacINTYRE, University of Notre Dame
  • Jean-Luc MARION, University of Chicago and the Sorbonne
  • Jean PORTER, University of Notre Dame
  • Emilie TARDIVEL-SCHICK, Institut Catholique de Paris

The common good enjoys a central place in classical and Christian social thought. Although the concept is frequently invoked in both theological and political discourse, its rhetorical use is rarely connected to a more satisfying theory of its form or content. When rigorously conceived, however, the common good has ramifications for nearly all social inquiry, both empirical and theoretical. The resurgence of interest in the principle of the common good demands a two-fold conversation: one part building a conception of the common good that moves beyond vague or platitudinous gestures and the other applying the principle to social questions in a rigorous and intelligent way. This conference aims to embody that conversation across the many disciplines which can view the common good as their common project.


Keynote Videos


Events are located on the second floor of McKenna Hall, unless otherwise noted.
All talks and panels are free and open to the public.  

Sunday March, 26

4:00 p.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks 

4:15 p.m.  PANEL 1: Conceptualizing the Common Good

Edmund Waldstein, OCist, Heiligenkreuz Abbey, Austria
Eudaimonism and the Common Good

Mehmet Ciftci, University of Oxford
St. Thomas and the Ends of Government

Aquinas Guilbeau, OP, Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C.
The Common Good as the Principle of Human Communication

Ross McCullough, Yale University
The Metaphysics of Society, The Politics of Identity

7:30 p.m.  KEYNOTE: Phenomenology and the Common Good 

Jean-Luc Marion
Professor Emeritus, University of Paris IV-Sorbonne

Monday, March 27

7:30 a.m.  Mass at St. Thomas More Chapel 
Location: Biolchini Hall of Law 

8:30 a.m.  KEYNOTE: The Common Good and the Virtue of Justice 

Jean Porter
John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology
University of Notre Dame

10:00 a.m.  PANEL 2: Common Good and Pluralism I 

Emily Spencer, University of Notre Dame
Empathy and the Common Good

Matthew Kuchem, Indiana University
Retrieving the Common Good Amidst Complex Pluralism

11:30 a.m.  PANEL 3: Common Good and Pluralism II 

David Morris, Bridgewater College
The Tragedy of the Common Good

Joel Pierce, University of Aberdeen
Common Goods? Thomas and the Possibilities of Pluralism in Porter and MacIntyre

2:00 p.m.  KEYNOTE: Common Goods, Frequent Evils 
Location: McCartan Courtroom, Eck Hall of Law

Alasdair MacIntyre
Rev. John A. O’Brien Senior Research Professor of Philosophy Emeritus
University of Notre Dame

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Concurrent Panels   

PANEL 4: Business of the Common Good 

Eduardo Andino, University of Notre Dame
Philanthropy, Cultural Failure, and the Common Good

Nikolas Churik, University of Notre Dame
The Asketikon of Basil as an Approach to the Common Good

Michael Thomas, University of Notre Dame
The Common Good: Flourishing, Liberalism, and Cooperatives

Andrew Lynn, University of Virginia
Managing for the Common Good: Examining Morally Deviant Employer Practices as Interstitial Efforts of Resistance in Precarious Capitalism

PANEL 5: Theologies of the Common Good 

Katrina Schaafsma, Duke University
Leviticus as Liturgy: Forming the Common Good

Nathan O’Halloran, SJ, University of Notre Dame
Purgatory as Space for Communal Healing and Reconciliation

Daniel Lendman, Ave Maria University
The Resurrection of Christ as Common Good and Common Cause

Nathaniel Peters, Boston College
The Eucharist as the Sacrament of the Common Good

6:00 p.m.  PANEL 6: The Common Good in Law 

Robert Wyllie, University of Notre Dame
Legal Obligation and the Common Good

Joshua Skinner, University of Dallas
The Common Law and the Common Good

Stefanus Hendrianto, S.J., Boston College
Aquinas, Scalia and the Nexus between the Private Good and the Common Good

Tuesday, March 28

7:30 a.m.   Mass at St. Thomas More Chapel 
Location: Biolchini Hall of Law 

8:30 a.m.  PANEL 7: Loves and the Common Good 

Ben Paulus, University of Aberdeen
Humanae Vitae and the Common Good: Why We Need Chastity to Resist Liberalism and Capitalism

Michael Berndt, University of Dallas
The Child as a Common Good

10:00 a.m.  PANEL 8: Common Goods and Markets

Paolo Santori, LUMSA, Rome
Donum, Negotium, and Bonum Commune in Aquinas: The Dawn of Civil Economy

Mark Hoipkemier, University of Notre Dame
Beyond Price: Common Goods and the Market

11:15 a.m.  KEYNOTE: Is the Modern Critique of the Common Good Irrevocable? 

Emilie Tardivel-Schick
Associate Professor, Philosophy and Theology
L'Institut Catholique de Paris