Postdoc Funding Opportunity at Trinity College Dublin
October 22, 2016 — 4:37

Author: Kenny Pearce  Category: News  Tags: , ,   Comments: 0

Philosophy of Religion is one of several areas of interest for the following postdoc opportunity. Prosblogion readers are encouraged to apply!

The Irish Research Council (IRC) annually offers postdoctoral fellowships of one or two years’ duration. Applicants of any nationality are eligible, but must be in residence at an Irish university during the fellowship period. Application is made under the mentorship of a member of the academic staff at the university where the applicant hopes to reside.

The Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin welcomes applications under this scheme. Mentors are available, in particular, in the following areas:

  • Metaphysics (James Miller, Peter Simons, Kenneth Pearce)
  • Epistemology (Paul O’Grady)
  • Philosophy of Language (James Levine, James Miller, Peter Simons)
  • Philosophy of Religion (Paul O’Grady, Kenneth Pearce)
  • Ethics (Ben Bramble)
  • Phenomenology (Lilian Alweiss)
  • History of Philosophy:
    • Ancient (Vasilis Politis)
    • Medieval (Paul O’Grady)
    • Early Modern (Kenneth Pearce)
    • Modern European (Lilian Alweiss)
    • Analytic (James Levine, Paul O’Grady, Peter Simons)

There has been a rich tradition of philosophical excellence at Trinity since its foundation in 1592 and today the Department is a close-knit, lively intellectual community of researchers, teachers and students that combines high-quality teaching with expansive research activity.

Trinity College Dublin Philosophy Department has been consistently ranked as a premier philosophy department and is among the top 100 philosophy departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016).

Prospective applicants may either contact their proposed mentor directly or contact the Philosophy Department’s Director of Research, Kenneth Pearce (

Complete details on the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme can be found at:

More information on the TCD Philosophy Department can be found at:

Job: Chair (Professorship) in Philosophical Theology, University of Birmingham
April 20, 2015 — 4:09

Author: Yujin Nagasawa  Category: News  Tags: , ,   Comments: 0

Building on the outstanding success of Theology in REF 2014, we are now intending to appoint a major international scholar in this key strategic area.

Philosophical Theology is one of two principal strategic directions for the growth of Theology and Religion at Birmingham, and enjoys excellence in research together with strong recruitment. The Chair will play a key role in promoting and expanding Philosophical Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion and in further developing close relations with the Department of Philosophy. We welcome specialities in any area of Philosophical Theology

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr David Cheetham (

To download the full details and submit an electronic application online visit . Alternatively, information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000.

“Leads to”
March 11, 2011 — 9:45

Author: Keith DeRose  Category: Afterlife  Tags:   Comments: 29

My favorite universalist passage is Romans 5:18. (Originally, my favorite one was I Corinthians 15:22, and I was then pleased to learn that that had also apparently been the favorite universalist passage of Abraham Lincoln. But I was putting it over Romans 5:18 because I was mistakenly thinking that Romans 5:19 severely curtailed the power of Romans 5:18. For this mistake, and why it’s a mistake, see my quick discussion of Romans 5:18 in section 2 of “Universalism and the Bible“.) Among the nice features of Romans 5:18, I’ll here quickly note just one. A decent percentage of the “refutations” of universalism I encounter make this move: They claim that while all will indeed be made alive in Christ, this life will turn out to be a bad deal for many, because they will be made and kept alive in order to face judgment and eternal torment! Now I think that (among its other problems) this move is based on an extremely bleak, excessively narrow, and wholly implausible understanding of Paul’s use in such contexts of the likes “alive” / “life” (and correlatively of the likes of “die”), especially as they occur in phrases that talk about such things as being made alive in Christ. (But any port in a storm, I suppose.) So perhaps I just shouldn’t even worry about such maneuvers. But it is nice, given the potential worries many apparently have here, that Romans 5:18 throws in that bit about “acquittal”, saying Christ’s act “leads to *acquittal* and life for all men.”
But what about that “leads to”? It’s long seemed to me the most likely escapes here would focus on the “leads to”, rather than the “all” of this passage. (Why I take a dim view of at least the most prominent forms of attempted escape that focus on the “all” is explained in my previous post here.) Maybe this passage just describes how all people are led, or what possibilities are opened to them, while leaving it open that some won’t follow this leading or actualize the relevant possibility?
But that’s not how such claims work….


Visiting Professorial Fellowship at St. Andrews
March 18, 2010 — 14:04

Author: Alexander Pruss  Category: News  Tags:   Comments: 1

(I got this from John Haldane.)
School of Philosophical, Anthropological & Film Studies
Professorial Fellowship in Moral Philosophy
Applications are invited for the position of Professorial Fellow in moral philosophy, within the School of Philosophical, Anthropological & Film Studies.
The position is open to scholars of the highest international distinction in research, working in moral philosophy, social philosophy, philosophy of religion, or aesthetics – including the histories of these.
The position will be a one-quarter fixed-term position (with duration of 5 years). You will visit St. Andrews for a period of at least six teaching weeks in either of the University’s two semesters. You will contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching in the School of Philosophical, Anthropological & Film Studies, and also contribute to the research activities of the School. A commitment to engagement with a wider public audience is also considered essential.
The Professorial Fellowship will provide a stipend of £12,000 per annum, a sum intended to cover the cost of travel to St. Andrews, and accommodation and living expenses during residence.