I’m at the closing banquet for the Acton conference and I thought I’d offer some closing thoughts. That’s a little odd, since I still intend to blog on some of the other sessions I’ve attended, but I don’t feel like listening to the thank you’s and I needed something to do. So here you go.
1. If you like to eat, go to Acton. I haven’t eaten this much food in a very long time. I actually just finished eating a dinner that I didn’t want. But it was free. So you have to eat it, right? Actually, I think it’s rather funny that at a conference where I have questions about how they understand comsumption (more on this later) they consume a lot of food (and alcohol). Interesting.
2. I still haven’t gotten the definitions of key terms/ideas that I want. Maybe I’ve just been corrupted by analytic philosophy more than I realized. Or, maybe there are some unfortunate assumptions and ambiguities lurking in the background.
3. I think it’s funny that they seem to avoid using the term “libertarian” to describe a view of free will, possibly because there are so many political libertarians here.
4. It has been fascinating to listen to people from third world countries argue that the world needs more capitalism.
5. My favorite word from the conference: Presbycostal. (Update: Father Sirico just busted out “Lesbyterian”. I think we have a new winner.)
6. It’s odd being in a group where the vast majority are significantly more conservative than I am.
7. You’d think a group that supports the free and open exchange lof ideas would have a more diverse groups of lecturers (or, at least, responders.
8. I feel a little out of place being one of the less conservative people in the room. That’s an unusual experience for me.
Overall, though it has been a fascinating learning experience, and well worth a couple of days.