Two 3-Yr. Post-Docs on the Nature and Value of Faith
December 19, 2013 — 11:26

Author: Jon Kvanvig  Category: News Uncategorized  Tags: , , , , ,   Comments: 0

Housed at Baylor University’s Philosophy Department, and supported by a grant from Templeton. The three-year project is co-directed by Jon Kvanvig, Dan Howard-Snyder, and Trent Dougherty.

These post-docs are 3-year positions, and the deadline for application is February 1.

Two Post-Doctoral Fellowship Positions
Department of Philosophy, Baylor University

On The Nature and Value of Faith
Funded by a grant from the Templeton Foundation

Applications are solicited for two three-year fellowships to work as part of a team of scholars, led by Jonathan L. Kvanvig, Daniel Howard-Snyder, and Trent Dougherty, on the nature and value of faith. The project will be housed in the Baylor University Department of Philosophy.

A collaborative effort, the project aims to address questions concerning the relationship between faith, hope, trust, belief, and acceptance. Fellows will have the opportunity to devote three years of research to issues that fall within the scope of the project, to participate in weekly discussions of these issues with the co-directors, and to participate in summer seminars with other scholars working on these issues.

In their application, applicants should explain how their intended research addresses the questions involved in the project. These questions include: whether faith is a cognitive state, an active state, or something else; how faith relates to belief, and to hope, and to various positive character traits the relationship between faith and rationality; whether faith is assessable in purely epistemic terms or in terms of practical rationality, or in other terms the relationship between faith and central epistemic goods such as knowledge and understanding; whether faith is necessary for either wisdom or understanding; whether faith is a virtue, and, if so, how faith compares with other virtues; whether there is a distinction between mundane faith and religious faith, and, if so, how the distinction is to be understood.

This list of questions and issues is not meant to exhaustive, but merely indicative of some of the types of issues that can fruitfully be pursued within the scope of the project.

The application consists of the following:

(i) a research proposal of no more than 10 pages, detailing a proposed research agenda for the year and relevant prior work related to it,
(ii) a curriculum vita,
(iii) three letters of recommendation
(iv) a cover letter.

The application deadline is February 1, 2014. The evaluation committee will consist of the co-directors of the project. The criteria for selection are (1) demonstrated expertise in philosophy of religion or theology and (2) evidence of the ability to undertake significant research that will contribute to the aims of the project. As a direct consequence of their involvement with the project, it is expected that the successful candidates will author several publications. Preferred candidates will have PhD in hand at the time of appointment.

Electronic applications are preferred, and may be sent to with “Fellowship Application” in the subject line. Salary level is competitive, and includes standard fringe benefits; moving expenses provided as well. Start date is August 15, 2014, and successful candidates will have expenses paid to participate for all summer seminars associated with the project, beginning June 15, 2014. In addition, funding will be provided for participation in the annual conferences associated with the project.

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.

Marc Sanders Foundation Prize in Philosophy of Religion
May 6, 2013 — 17:43

Author: Jon Kvanvig  Category: Uncategorized  Tags: , ,   Comments: 5

Deadline: August 31, 2013.
Formerly the Younger Scholars Prize in Philosophical Theology, the contest has been changed in both substance and title. Now open to those within 15 years of the PhD, the contest is also now generically categorized as a prize in Philosophy of Religion.
The blurb from the foundation is below the fold:


Younger Scholars Prizes–$8000
May 17, 2012 — 7:31

Author: Jon Kvanvig  Category: News  Tags: ,   Comments: 0

Since the summer break is nearly here, I thought I’d remind folks of the Younger Scholars Prize so that the summer break could be used to write/finish entries. Here’s the ad:
Prosblogion readers will most likely be interested in the competition details for the Younger Scholars Prize for Philosophical Theology.

Younger Scholars Prize in Philosophical Theology Winner
October 3, 2011 — 14:53

Author: Jon Kvanvig  Category: News  Tags: ,   Comments: 11

Ted Poston of the University of South Alabama is this year’s winner of the YSP in Philosophical Theology, sponsored and funded by the Ammonius Foundation. His winning essay is entitled “Social Evil,” and it will be published in Volume V of Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, and posted shortly on the Ammonius website.
Congratulations to Ted!

An Interview with Jon Kvanvig
September 29, 2011 — 11:54

Author: Jon Kvanvig  Category: News  Comments: Off

Thought some readers here might be interested in this interview, aimed at a general Christian audience.
Interview Website.

Reminder: Aug. 31 Deadline for Younger Scholars Prize
August 29, 2011 — 13:34

Author: Jon Kvanvig  Category: Uncategorized  Tags:   Comments: Off

A reminder that the deadline for the Younger Scholars Prize in Philosophical Theology, associated with Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, is August 31. If you have something and wonder whether it qualifies, email me about it, and I encourage all with relevant work to submit for the prize.
More information on the prize is available by clicking on the icon in the right sidebar.

Joint Analytic Theology PostDoc Fellowship
August 15, 2011 — 7:32

Author: Jon Kvanvig  Category: News  Tags:   Comments: Off

Details here. Looks like the kind of thing those who work in philosophical theology could compete for.

First BGND Conference
July 28, 2011 — 13:21

Author: Jon Kvanvig  Category: News  Tags:   Comments: 1

BGND Phil of Religion Conference, hosted by Georgetown University
Conference begins Thursday evening, 10/6, and runs through Saturday evening, 10/8
*Speakers (with commentators):*
Mark Henninger, SJ (Patrick Toner)
Oliver Crisp (Tom Senor)
Meghan Sullivan (Lorraine Keller)
Terence Cuneo (Karen Stohr)
Christina van Dyke (Thomas Williams)
Trenton Merricks (Todd Buras)
Hud Hudson (Blake Roeber)
Alex Pruss and Trent Dougherty (Stephen Grimm)
Lara Buchak (Mark Lance)
Please let Mark Murphy know if you’ll be attending so that he can make sure the room size is appropriate. Email him at

Younger Scholars Prizes
May 3, 2011 — 13:02

Author: Jon Kvanvig  Category: News  Tags:   Comments: Off

Since the summer break is nearly here, I thought I’d remind folks of the Younger Scholars Prize so that the summer break could be used to write/finish entries. Here’s the ad we have on Leiter Reports:
[Ed: Prosblogion readers will likely be interested in the competition details for the Younger Scholars Prize for Philosophical Theology.]

BGND Conference October 6-8, Georgetown Campus
April 21, 2011 — 7:28

Author: Jon Kvanvig  Category: News  Tags:   Comments: 3

Baylor, Georgetown, and Notre Dame are co-sponsoring a series of conferences over the next three years, with the first one at Georgetown October 6-8. We have a fantastic lineup of speakers for the conference:
Lara Buchak (Berkeley), Oliver Crisp (Bristol), Terence Cuneo (Vermont), Christina van Dyke (Calvin), Mark Henninger (Georgetown), Hud Hudson (Western Washington), Trenton Merricks (Virginia), Alex Pruss (Baylor), and Meghan Sullivan (Notre Dame).
We are soliciting commentators for each of the sessions, so email me if interested. We don’t have paper titles or topics yet, but we’ll make that public as soon as we have it.