Faith Summer Seminar Deadline!! Feb 1
January 19, 2015 — 16:03

Author: Trent Dougherty  Category: News  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: 0

Held in Columbia, MO, July 6-July 31, including an attractive financial package for participants (4K for a research project, 3K for housing, $750 for travel to and from the seminar, and $51/day for food). Seminar led by Kvanvig, Howard-Snyder, and Dougherty, with anticipated week-long visits by distinguished philosophers (at this point, commitments from Lara Buchak and Allan Hazlett).

Further details below the fold.

Applications are solicited for twelve research proposals to engage in research projects on the nature of faith. Winners of research awards will participate in a collaborative research group consisting of the winners of the twelve awards, two post-doctoral research fellows working with this project on the Nature and Value of Faith, and will be led by Jonathan L. Kvanvig, Daniel Howard-Snyder, and Trent Dougherty.


The topic of the 2015 seminar, and the request for research proposals, is “The Value and Evaluation of Faith.”  This includes such issues as to the source and nature of the value of faith; how faith is to be evaluated from a moral and epistemic (and other?) perspective; how faith is related to inquiry; and many others listed on the project web page. In addition to these standard philosophical questions are the following: how is faith valuable to enriching a robustly flourishing human life, including our roles as children, friends, spouses, parents, citizens, church members, and social and political leaders.


The research group will spend a month of intensive research at a seminar in Columbia, MO, July 6–July 31 of 2014. Participants will have the opportunity spend a month of intensive seminar work on the topic they propose with the aim of producing a publishable paper in the range of 8–10,000 words. The following academic year, a major conference will be held which will include presentation of the results of the seminar, together with keynote addresses by the visiting faculty and project co-directors. Remuneration for seminar participants includes a $4000 research award, plus expenses for the seminar which include $3000 for housing, $750 for travel, and $51/day for food.

The application will consist of (i) a research proposal of no more than 5 pages, detailing the proposed research to be conducted and any relevant prior work related to it, (ii) a curriculum vita, and (iii) a cover letter. The evaluation committee will consist of the co-directors of the project, and the criteria for selection are demonstrated expertise in philosophy of religion or theology, with evidence of the ability to undertake significant research which will contribute to the aims of the project.


The visiting scholars this year are Lara Buchak, Alan Hazlett, and John Schellenberg.


Baylor is a Baptist University affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, Baylor encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Electronic applications may be sent to with “RFP Response” in the subject line.

The deadline is Feb 1, 2015


More information about The Nature and Value of Faith project can be found here.


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