Truth and Faith in Ethics
Sydney June, 2008


An International Moral Philosophy Conference—Truth and Faith in Ethics—will be presented in Sydney in June 2008 (24th-27th). The event is presented by the University of Notre Dame Australia, with support from the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.


John Finnis (University of Oxford)
Julia Annas (University of Arizona)
John Haldane (University of St. Andrews)
Raimond Gaita (University of London, Australian Catholic University)
Anthony O’Hear (University of Buckingham)
Nancy Sherman (Georgetown University)
Jude Dougherty (Catholic University of America)
Peter Coghlan (Australian Catholic University)
Christopher Cordner (University of Melbourne)
Edward Spence (Charles Sturt University)
Robert George (Princeton University)
Hayden Ramsay (University of Notre Dame Australia)


  Anti-consequentialist thinking unites many philosophers with faith to many philosophers without it. Many Christian and non-Christian ethicists today share common concerns (eudaimonism, virtue ethics, deontological prohibitions, tradition and community, natural law and rights, human dignity…). The aim of this Conference is to bring together moral philosophers with overlapping interests working in Catholic and non-Catholic contexts. The Conference will explore such questions as:
   “Is mainstream moral philosophy growing closer to Catholic moral tradition or further away?”
   “What can Christian ethics learn from secular ethics, and vice versa?”
   “What difference, if any, has faith made to ethical debate and practice?”


  1. Happiness, the Good Life and Religious Commitment
  2. Moral Truth and Moral Tradition
  3. Virtue, Ethics and Faith
  4. Reason, Revelation and Morality
  5. Natural Law and Natural Rights
  6. Catholic and Non-Catholic Ethics: Commonalities and Differences
  7. And many more . . . . . .

For inquiries, please send an email to the Conference Team at

download pdf Conference Program
download pdf Public Debate: Prof. John Haldane and Prof. Raimond Gaita, 'Is God necessary for morality?'
  Conference Registration Form