Prosblogion’s Fifth Anniversary
June 10, 2009 — 0:22

Author: Matthew Mullins  Category: Housekeeping  Comments: Off

Typically in writing these posts I recount some thrilling statistics about the blog’s performance over the last year, but five years seems like a rather significant milestone for a blog. To change things up I want to recognize some fantastic achievements on the part of Prosblogion‘s contributors. Perhaps most significantly, five of our contributors landed or started their first tenure-track jobs this year.

  • Trent Dougherty will start at Baylor University in the Fall of 2009
  • Clayton Littlejohn will start at the University of Texas, San Antonio in the Fall of 2009
  • Robert Gressis started at California State University, Northridge in the Fall of 2008
  • Tim Pawl started at the University of St. Thomas in the Fall of 2008
  • Joshua Thurow started at Mount Marty College in the Fall of 2008

In addition to these fresh starts, Kevin Timpe has accepted an associate professor position at Northwest Nazarene University where he will start in the Fall of 2009. Five years ago some people worried that blogging might hurt an individuals chances on the job market. So much for that worry!


Several of our contributors also want to stake a claim to some of your precious shelf real estate. Michael Almeida published The Metaphysics of Perfect Beings. Kevin Timpe brought out two edited collections, Arguing about Religion and Metaphysics and God: Essays in Honor of Eleonore Stump. Yujin Nagasawa published his 2008 Templeton Award winning God and Phenomenal Consciousness along with co-editing New Waves in Philosophy of Religion. Jonathan Kvanvig also brought out the first edited volume in the Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion. And these are just the volumes published in philosophy of religion! Be on the lookout for Trent Dougherty’s forthcoming edited volume Evidentialism and Its Discontents (OUP), Jonathan Kvanvig’s forthcoming book Destiny and Decision: Essays in the Philosophy of Religion, and Alexander Pruss’ forthcoming book on sexual ethics from Notre Dame Press.
Of course, like most contemporary philosophers, the contributors to Prosblogion mostly write papers. Besides edited volumes, these papers have appeared in peer reviewed journals such as the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, JESP, Acta Analytica, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Journal of Philosophy. Here are just a select few:

  • Jonathan Kvanvig’s “Religious Pluralism and the Buridan’s Ass Paradox,” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 1.1 (Spring 2009), pp. 1-26.
  • Alan Rhoda’s “Generic Open Theism and Some Varieties Thereof,” Religious Studies 44 (2008): 225-234.
  • Alexander Pruss’ “The essential divine perfection objection to the free will defense,” Religious Studies 44 (2008) 433-444

Yet as we all know, what’s in print is just a small fraction of what’s in the pipeline. Here are some of the papers, a few born here, that you can expect to see forthcoming in the coming year(s).

  • Andrew Cullison “Two Solutions to the Problem of Divine Hiddenness,” in American Philosophical Quarterly
  • Trent Doughrety & Ted Poston “Hell, Vagueness, and Justice: A Reply to Sider,” in Faith and Philosophy
  • Trent Doughrety & Ted Poston “A User’s Guide to Design Arguments,” in Religious Studies
  • Trent Doughrety “Epistemological Considerations Concerning Skeptical Theism,” in Faith and Philosophy
  • Luke Gelinas “The Problem of Natural Evil I: General Theistic Replies” in Philosophy Compass
  • Luke Gelinas “The Problem of Natural Evil II: Hybrid Replies” in Philosophy Compass
  • Robert Gressis “Kant on Maxims 1” in Philosophy Compass
  • Robert Gressis “Kant on Maxims 2” in Philosophy Compass
  • Andrew Moon “Gibbons on Epistemic Internalism” in Mind
  • Jeremy Pierce “Destiny in Harry Potter” in Philosophy and Harry Potter
  • Jeremy Pierce “Mutants and the Metaphysics of Race” in The X-Men and Philosophy: Astonishing Insight and Uncanny Argument in the X-Verse
  • Alexander Pruss “Probability and the open future view, ” in Faith and Philosophy
  • Alexander Pruss “Another step in divine command dialectics,” in Faith and Philosophy
  • Alexander Pruss “The ontological argument and the motivational centers of lives,” in Religious Studies
  • Alexander Pruss “A Gödelian ontological argument improved,” in Religious Studies
  • Joshua Rasmussen “Cosmological Arguments from Contingency,” in Compass
  • Joshua Rasmussen “From States of Affairs to a Necessary Being,” in Philosophical Studies
  • Joshua Rasmussen “From a Necessary Being to God,” in International Journal of Philosophy of Religion
  • Alan Rhoda “Presentism, Truthmakers, and God,” in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
  • Kevin Timpe & Tim Pawl “Incompatibilism, Sin, and Free Will in Heaven,” in Faith and Philosophy

Then there were the non-professional accomplishments. This year the Pierce, Cullison, Thurow, and Poston households were all graced with new children. Robert Gressis and Shawn McEnnis got married. Perhaps most important though, Gressis got two cats–Saul Kripkat and Immanuel Kat. (We’ll expect Lolcat’s in the future!)
I’ve no doubt failed to mention any number of professional and personal accomplishments. There is simply so much to keep up with when you have the privilege of blogging with such excellent individuals. Thanks for five years of excellent discussions and stimulating ideas! I look forward to many more.