The Concept of Woman Seminar

Organized to mark the monumental achievement of Sr. Prudence Allen’s completion of the three-volume work, The Concept of Woman, this day-long seminar invites us to engage the vast historical and philosophical contribution of Sr. Allen’s work of tracing the development of the concept of woman from the pre-Socratics to the modern day. With an eye toward continuing the task masterfully laid out in The Concept of Woman, this seminar is intended to assess the significance and impact of Allen’s contribution and identify groundbreaking contributions.

Dates and Location

Friday, October 26, 2018

University of Notre Dame

McKenna Hall, Rooms 100-104



(Free but required)

If you plan to attend any portion of this conference, please register below. Registration is free.




8:30 am                      Prayer

9:00 am                      Coffee & refreshments


9:15-9:50 am              Prudence Allen

                                   "Newman and a Proof for the Integral Complementarity of Woman and Man”


9:50-10:05 am            Discussion

10:05 am                    Break


10:15-10:50 am          Peter Casarella

                                   “Spatial Configuration, the Analogia Entis, and the Philosophy of Gender:

                                   The Symbolic World of Christian Feminism before Modern Rationalism”


10:50-11:05 am           Discussion

11:05 am                     Break  


11:15-11:50am            Ann Astell

                                   “The Virgin Mary as ‘Eternal Woman’”


11:50am-12:05pm      Discussion     

12:05 pm                    Lunch


1:30-2:05pm               William Sweet

                                   “Bodily Integrity, Dignity, and Theology of the Body


2:05-2:20pm               Discussion

2:20 pm                      Break  


2:30-3:05pm               Sarah Borden

                                   “Metaphysical Commitments in the Work of Prudence Allen”


3:05-3:20                    Discussion

3:20 pm                      Break


3:30-4:05 pm              Katherina Westerhorstmann

                                   Relation: A Dialogical Approach on Gender Complementarity”


4:05-4:20pm               Discussion

4:20 pm                      Break

4:30 pm                      Discussion and Closing Remarks

5:15 pm                      Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart