Siena Symposium for Women, Family and Culture

eJournal of Personalist Feminism

Advancing the Cause of Humanity
Volume Two
Laura Garcia, Ph.D. Women and Vocation
            Abstract: John Paul II's apostolic letter On the Dignity and Vocation of Women on the Occasion of the Marian Year is a revolutionary document. It's agenda, if taken seriously, could transform the social landscape of the entire world. The starting point is personalism rather than rationality narrowly conceived combined with a conception of vocation that includes a prophetic and priestly role for women. It also includes an obligation to foster a civilization of love. The paper ends with an analysis of personalist feminism.
Deborah Savage, Ph.D. Women and the Recovery of Work: A Reflection on Laborem Exercens
         Abstract:  This paper discusses how the role of women in "making life more human" requires understanding the nature and dignity of work as explained by John Paul II's encyclical On Human Work.

Anne Maloney, Ph.D. The Feminine Genius and Its Role in Building the Culture of Life
         Abstract: John Paul II does not address women directly in the Evangelium Vitae until close to the very end. In Section 99 (out of 101), the Holy Father tells the women of the world that our role is unique and crucial in building the culture of life. But what is the culture of life that women are being asked to build, and what does it mean to call ours a culture of death? Why does John Paul end this, his longest encyclical, with an appeal specially to women? What is it about women that convinces him that ours in a unique and necessary role in conquering the culture of death? These questions require investigating the role abortion plays in contemporary culture.

R. Mary Hayden Lemmons, Ph.D
. John Paul II and the Universal Call to Personalist Feminism
The paper argues that the Catholic Church does not oppress women because it calls all to a collaborative and providential love that is eager to oppose evil whenever and wherever possible. The evil oppression of women that continues due to Origina Sin requires all to promote the dignity and well-being of women by honoring basic truths about women. In addition, women have a special sensitivity towards discerning the ways for protecting personal dignity that is indispensable for building the civilization of love. The paper then argues that the call to honor these basic truths about women is the call of personalist feminism.
Volume One

Sarah Borden, Ph.D.  Feminism and Metaphysics
        Abstract: Feminism often incorporates conceptions of the human person into historical, biological, and sociological studies. Outside the work of Prudence Allen, there is a significant lack in the 20th and 21st century accounts of the gender that is explicitly metaphysical, rigorous, and so comprehensive as to bring into relation the physical, social, historical, cultural, volitional, and rational aspects of a personís identity. Much confusion results. This paper explores the metaphysical approach of Prudence Allen and argues that it could help to organize at least some of the work being done in contemporary feminism.
Catherine Jack Deavel, Ph.D. Edith Stein on Faith and Reason for the Christian Philosopher
         Abstract: After her conversion to Catholicism, Edith Stein attempted to synthesize modern philosophy with medieval Christian philosophy, in particular the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. This project required her to examine the relationship of faith and reason in light of the opposing positions taken by modern and medieval philosophy. The paper defends Stein's determination that philosophy retains its character as a science apart from theology and addresses several objections, most pointedly, the claim that the Christian philosopher, insofar as she is identifiably Christian in the content of her claims, ceases to be a philosopher.


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