Theology of Free Will
July 11, 2011 — 17:36

Author: Kevin Timpe  Category: Free Will General  Tags: ,   Comments: 2

The latest batch of notifications coming out of Mele’s Big Questions in Free Will grants includes the winners for the 2011-2012 theology of free will grants. And ll three of the winners are philosophers!

David Hunt, “Freedom and Foreknowledge: Divine and Human Agency without Alternative Possibilities.”

Brian Leftow, “Divine Freedom.”

Hugh McCann, “Free Will for Theists: The Theology of Freedom.”

Congratulations, you three!

Philosophical Theology at Oxford
October 14, 2010 — 8:36

Author: Brian Leftow  Category: News  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: Off

Oxford University’s M.Phil. and M.St. in Philosophical Theology are programs in analytic philosophy of religion run out of the theology faculty. The M.St. involves a term in philosophy of religion and one in the history of philosophical theology; the M.Phil. adds a further term in philosophy or in the history of theology. Teaching in each subject is by 1:1 tutorial, though students can also attend all lecture-courses and seminars they wish. Tutoring in philosophy of religion is by Brian Leftow. Other Oxford philosophers who have written in or teach the subject include John Hawthorne, Derek Parfit, TJ Mawson, Roger Trigg, Ralph Walker, AW Moore, Tim Bayne, William Mander, Stephen Mulhall and Pamela Anderson. Teaching of other philosophy subjects is by members of the philosophy faculty; teaching in theology subjects draws on Oxford’s strengths in Patristics and 19th-century theology.
The M.Phil. has had good success as a “feeder” Master’s. Since 2002, all students with high marks have gone on to doctoral work in philosophy. Recent graduates are currently at Oxford, Stanford, Notre Dame and Cornell, and have also been offered places by Rutgers, Berkeley, Chapel Hill, UCLA and Yale.
For further information on these courses of study, see the Oxford Theology website or contact Theology’s Director of Graduate Studies ( or Brian Leftow (

Theistic Metaphysics is Alive and Well
September 13, 2006 — 20:20

Author: Trent Dougherty  Category: Christian Theology  Tags: , ,   Comments: 3

I just read Brian Leftow‘s “God and the Problem of Universals” which is in the latest Oxford Studies in Metaphysics (vol. 2) (Table of contents available here). It is divided into four sections of three or four essays each and Part IV is “Metaphysics and Theism”. [I previously interviewed Leftow for Prosblogion (link).]
I’ve mentioned my desire to explore divine conceptualist alternatives to the regnant Plantingan Platonism previously here. [By the way, another part of the Plantingan Paradigm is a “relational” vs. a “constituent” ontology. Michael Loux has an essay on this in the same volume (and Wolterstorff discusses it in “Divine Simplicity” Phil Perspectives 1991.]
Leftow’s piece is meandering and mysterious at times, but he’s doing front-line work which means there are also some very exciting ideas as well. I’ll mention a few things I find especially mysterious and especially exciting below the fold.