Thomas Instituut te Utrecht (Tilburg University)



Academic scholars are kindly invited to register their participation in the International Conference on “The Virtuous Life. Thomas Aquinas on the theological nature of moral virtues” that the Thomas Instituut will host on 16-19 December 2015 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

This year the Thomas Instituut celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Keynote lectures will be delivered by
David Decosimo (Boston University): Ethics as a Work of Charity: Who Gets Which Virtues?
William Mattison (Catholic University of America): The Scriptural foundations of Thomistic infused virtue: Infused Prudence in the Sermon on the Mount
Angela McKay Knobel (Catholic University of America): A Confusing Comparison: Interpreting de Virtutibus in Communi a.10 ad 4
and Andrew Pinsent (Oxford University): Who's afraid of the infused virtues? The philosophy of theological dispositions

The conference will host a maximum number of 60 scholars, which means that only 60 registrations will be accepted. Most of them will come from outside The Netherlands. About fourty scholars will present a short lecture or a paper. The character of the conference is expert, the language spoken English.
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The conference will take place in the heart of Utrecht, an ancient and picturesque provincial capital that has transformed itself into an innovative city of knowledge and culture, right in the middle of the Netherlands. Participants will convene both in the newly redecorated buildings of the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, on one of Utrecht’s canals (Nieuwegracht 61 and 65, 3512 LG Utrecht), and at the Ariënsinstituut of the Archdiocese of Utrecht (Keistraat 7, 3512 HV Utrecht).

Participants are kindly requested to arrange their own hotel bookings. Upon request a list of possible hotels nearby will be provided. A limited number of rooms at the former seminary Dijnselburg, just outside of Utrecht, is available for participants who present a paper. Please contact us:

Preliminary Schedule
Wednesday, December 16, starting at 3.00 pm: an introductory lecture by the director of the Thomas Instituut te Utrecht, Henk J.M. Schoot. The keynote lectures by Angela Knobel McCay and David Decosimo are scheduled next. After a break two short lectures follow. Day ends at 7.30 pm.

Thursday, December 17, starting at 9.30 am: keynote lecture by Andrew Pinsent, followed by two short lectures. 2.00 pm: paper presentations in three parallel sessions. Evening free.

Friday, December 18, starting at 9.30 am: keynote lecture by William Mattison III, followed by two short lectures. 2.00 pm: paper presentations in two parallel sessions. 5.30 pm: Holy Mass in Utrecht Cathedral, followed by the conference dinner.

Saturday, December 19, starting at 9.30 am: two short lectures. 11.30 am: final plenary session. 1.00 pm: end of conference, followed by lunch and a Tour d’Utrecht in two groups (by foot).

Registration fee
Participation four days: € 100,-
Single day attendance: € 50,-
Master Students: € 50,-/ € 25,-
Conference dinner on Friday: € 50,-

The registration fee does not include hotel and breakfast, and does include the conference map and simple lunches and hot drinks.