‘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.
- 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
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.
Department of Philosophy
For the past couple of years, I have organized a lively philosophy of religion work-in-progress group at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto.
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Department of Philosophy
The 2015 Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers (Pacific Region)
March 20-21, 2015
Hosted by Azusa Pacific University
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. We intend to notify those accepted by Jan 22nd, 2015.
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.
When: December 4th‐5th 2015
Where: VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Organizers: Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels, and Gijsbert van den Brink
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.
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:
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 email@example.com.
All the best,
Mark Murphy (Georgetown)
Christopher Tucker (William and Mary)
Christian Miller (Wake Forest University)
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/.
This lecture will take place in Toronto on November 3rd. All are welcome to attend. It will also be live-streamed on the web. For details, see: www.ryerson.ca/~kraay/theism.html.
Title: Why ‘There is a God’ is Good News
Speaker: Richard Swinburne, Emeritus Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, Oxford University.
Time: Monday, November 3, 2014, 4:00-5:30pm. (Reception to follow.)
Location: Ryerson University, Oakham Lounge, Oakham House, 63 Gould Street, Toronto.
Abstract: Humans have good lives in so far as they have true beliefs about moral and cosmic matters, and appropriate emotions; have others who love and influence them, and have power to choose freely how to influence themselves and others, and use it for good. Contrary to the writings of “New Atheists”, if there is a God, our life on earth would be richer in all these ways. We would be able to acquire better understanding of moral truths, and to have more appropriate emotions (including gratitude to God our creator), we would be loved and influenced by God, and have the power to please God and to influence ourselves and others in new important ways ; and if we use this power well, our lives will be much better than they would be without God. Given that God gives us life after death, we would also have the opportunity to choose to have an everlasting growth of relation to God in all these ways, and the enormous power to refuse to have this; and, if we make the right choice, our lives would be very much better than they would be without God.
Held in Columbia, MO, June 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.