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.

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Analytic Theology Cluster Group at University of Navarra (Spain)
January 9, 2015 — 6:04

Author: Martín Montoya  Category: News  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   Comments: 2

The 2015 Analytic Theology Cluster Group at University of Navarra (Spain)

The Cluster Group in Analytic Theology at the University of Navarra “Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on Divine Providence” gather together philosophers and theologians to study and discuss the main approaches made to this issue with an analytic methodology. As a result of the group activities Analytic Theology will be introduced for the first time in Spanish academia. The Cluster Group is supported by the Project “Analytic Theology” of the Center for Philosophy of Religion of the University of Notre Dame, funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

We will hold ten monthly Seminars related to our research project. Topics include:

  • Providence, Omniscience and Foreknowledge.
  • Providence and Divine Action.
  • Providence and Evil.
  • Providence, Libertarian Free Will and Determinism.

Two of the seminars will be given by two guests lecturers, Eleonore Stump and Brian Leftow. But also, we have two Public Lectures at Room 03, Amigos Building, University of Navarra. Participation is free without need of reservation.

  • Lecture 1 (Monday 2 March, 2015), Brian Leftow: Providence Determinism and Hell.
  • Lecture 2 (Monday 20 April, 2015), Eleonore Stump: Eternity, Simplicity, and Divine Presence.

For further information you can have a look at our website: http://www.unav.edu/en/web/facultad-de-filosofia-y-letras/analytic-theology

Edward Cadbury Lectures 2015 (University of Birmingham) — William Lane Craig
January 6, 2015 — 12:15

Author: Yujin Nagasawa  Category: News  Tags: , ,   Comments: 4

‘God Over All’

March 16-20, 2015

Hosted by the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion. Our theme for 2015 is ‘God Over All’ , and will consist of a series of lectures given by Professor William Lane Craig (PhD University of Birmingham 1977).

The traditional concept of God, rooted in the biblical and patristic witness, is that God exist uniquely a se. That is to say, God is the only self-existent being, the sole ultimate reality, and all else that exists has been created by God. The most important challenge to this doctrine issues from Platonism, the view that there exist necessary, eternal, uncreated abstract objects. The main argument for Platonism is the so-called Indispensability Argument, which holds that our use of first-order logical quantifiers and singular terms in sentences we take to be true commits us ontologically to the reality of such objects. Theists might attempt to escape this challenge by adopting anti-Platonic forms of realism about such objects. But an arguably better course is to challenge the devices of ontological commitment which underlie the Indispensability Argument.  When called upon to speak about such objects in a metaphysically heavy sense, the theist should regard such objects no more than useful fictions.

Programme

  • Lecture 1 (Monday 16 March, 2015): Divine Aseity
  • Lecture 2 (Tuesday 17 March, 2015): The Challenge of Platonism
  • Lecture 3 (Wednesday 18 March 2015): Anti-Platonic Realism
  • Lecture 4 (Thursday 19 March, 2015): Making Ontological Commitments
  • Lecture 5 (Friday 20 March, 2015): Just Pretend

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/ptr/departments/theologyandreligion/events/cadburylectures/2015/index.aspx

Research Fellowship in Philosophy of Religion
January 6, 2015 — 10:07

Author: Klaas Kraay  Category: News  Tags: ,   Comments: 0

This is a call for applications for a Research Fellowship in the Philosophy of Religion to be held during either the Summer 2015 or the Fall 2015 semester.

This fellowship is funded by a generous research grant (from the John Templeton Foundation) entitled “Theism: An Axiological Investigation”.

Junior, mid-career, and senior philosophers are all welcome to apply.

For more details and application instructions, please visit the project website: www.ryerson.ca/~kraay/theism.html

Applications are due on March 31st, 2015.

 

Klaas Kraay
Department of Philosophy
Ryerson University
www.ryerson.ca/~kraay

Toronto Philosophy of Religion Work-in-Progress Group
January 6, 2015 — 9:19

Author: Klaas Kraay  Category: News  Tags: , ,   Comments: 0

For the past couple of years, I have organized a lively philosophy of religion work-in-progress group at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto.

– If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this group, please email me: kraay@ryerson.ca

– If you are (or plan to be) in the Toronto area this semester, and would like to give a paper to this group, please let me know.

– If you would like to give a paper to this group via Skype (we have the technology!) please let me know.

 

Klaas Kraay
Department of Philosophy
Ryerson University
www.ryerson.ca/~kraay

2015 SCP Pacific Regional Conference – Call for Papers
December 29, 2014 — 16:09

Author: Michael Almeida  Category: News  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: 0

The 2015 Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers (Pacific Region)

March 20-21, 2015

Hosted by Azusa Pacific University

Keynote Speakers

  • Linda Zagzebski (University of Oklahoma),
  • Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame)

 

Theme: Religious Epistemology in the 21st Century

Advances in technology and interfaith dialogues lead to questions about who or what to trust. Such questions include, for example:

  • How does one decide who (or what) is an expert?
  • How does technology help or hinder inter-faith dialogues?
  • Is there a “virtue epistemology” for surfing the web for information?
  • How can one remain justified in one’s own religious beliefs if one has good reason to believe that a Google search would return millions of arguments against those beliefs?

We invite submissions exploring any topic of interest to Christian philosophers, but those dealing explicitly with the conference theme may be given preference. The conference organizers intend to bring together a wide range of topics and ideas with the hope of fostering a rich and broad discussion among those interested in Christianity and philosophy. We welcome participation from both Christians and non-Christian philosophers as presenters and participants.

Papers (no more than 3000 words) are due by January 15th (extended from January 1st), 2014. Please include professional contact information and an abstract with your paper. Submit them to: pacificscp2015@gmail.com. We intend to notify those accepted by Jan 22nd, 2015.

Student Prizes

Graduate and undergraduate students who wish to be considered for the SCP’s prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper or Best Undergraduate Student Paper must submit a final draft of their papers by January 1st, 2014. Each winner will receive a $400 award, which will be presented publicly at the conference. In your submission email, please indicate that you are a graduate student or undergraduate student.

Workshop ‘Explaining Religion. Cognitive Science of Religion and Naturalism’
December 11, 2014 — 20:30

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When: December 4th‐5th 2015
Where: VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Organizers: Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels, and Gijsbert van den Brink
http://www.abrahamkuypercenter.vu.nl/nl/index.asp

Although Cognitive Science of Religion (CSR) is still a rather young discipline, its main theories have been the subject of considerable debate. One main point of discussion is whether cognitive theories explain religion. The title of Pascal Boyer’s book Religion Explained (2002) signals that at least one goal of CSR is to explain religion. Many authors have interpreted ‘explaining’ as explaining away and have argued that CSR‐theories have not explained religion away because the truth of religion is compatible with the main theories in CSR.

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Theistic ethics workshop
December 3, 2014 — 14:07

Author: Alexander Pruss  Category: News  Comments: 1

The organizers of the first annual Theistic Ethics Workshop encourage abstract submissions for our inaugural meeting at the Graylyn Conference Center (www.graylyn.com) on the campus of Wake Forest University. The workshop will be held on October 8-10, 2015, and details can be found here:

http://users.wfu.edu/millerc/Theistic%20Ethics%20Workshop

Authors of accepted abstracts will have all their expenses covered, including travel. This workshop is being supported by generous funding from the Thomas J. Lynch Funds of the Wake Forest University Philosophy Department. Please direct any questions to millerc@wfu.edu.

All the best,

Mark Murphy (Georgetown)
Christopher Tucker (William and Mary)
Christian Miller (Wake Forest University)

Videos Now Available for Swinburne Conference
December 3, 2014 — 9:30

Author: Michael Bergmann  Category: News  Tags:   Comments: 0

The videos for the Swinburne Conference (Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne, Sept 25-27, 2014 at Purdue University) are now available for viewing here: http://swinburneconference.wordpress.com/.

Jewish Philosophical Theology: Request for Proposals
November 9, 2014 — 21:27

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I. Fellowship Announcement

The Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, in collaboration with the John Templeton Foundation, invites proposals for a funding initiative in “Jewish Philosophical Theology.” Our aim is to encourage research from both new and established scholars working on philosophical projects in the area of Jewish theology. We anticipate applications from philosophers interested in Jewish theology, but welcome applicants from other areas including Hebrew Bible and rabbinics, Jewish Studies and allied disciplines.

II. Fellowship Description

Project Directors:
Yoram Hazony, The Herzl Institute
Joshua Weinstein, The Herzl Institute

This $560,000 funding initiative is intended to support work in Jewish philosophical theology. Proposals can request between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects not to exceed two years in duration. We intend to make 7-10 awards.

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