The Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility Project at Saint Louis University
June 23, 2013 — 20:40

Author: Matthew Mullins  Category: News  Tags: , ,   Comments: 0

Call for Proposals and Applications:
Saint Louis University announces a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation to explore the subject of intellectual humility. The project will focus on a variety of philosophical and theological issues relevant to the topic of intellectual humility, including: virtue epistemology; regulative epistemology; peer disagreement; intellectual humility, intellectual autonomy and deference to authority; religious pluralism; divine hiddenness; intellectual humility and theological method; biases, heuristics, dual-process theories and evolution; intersubjectivity and mind reading.
This project will fund a variety of activities, including a competition for up to 16 research grants in philosophy and theology, for research between June 2014 to May 2015.

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Analytic Theology Project 2nd Summer School
May 6, 2013 — 17:56

Author: Matthew Mullins  Category: News  Tags: , ,   Comments: 0

26th of Aug.-06th Sept. 2013 at Mainz
Philosophical Perspectives on Theological Realism
Call for Papers
In recent decades, an increasing number of philosophers in the so called “analytic tradition” have begun to produce exciting philosophical work on topics belonging traditionally to the provenance of systematic theology. The Analytic Theology Project is a multinational four-year endeavor that contributes to this development in a creative way. It funds systematic research to promote long overdue interdisciplinary cooperation among analytic philosophers and theologians. All research initiatives aim at examining the traditional questions of theology from the perspectives of contemporary Christian theology and analytic philosophy. In this way new advances at the intersection of both fields shall be explored. Moreover, the project will critically reflect on possible limits of analytic approaches and will consider the value of complementary philosophical approaches for theological research.
Among the main grant activities for achieving the goals of the project are three 10-day Summer Schools, the first of which has been carried out successfully at Munich in 2012. These seminars provide younger scholars with a survey of methods of analytic philosophy and theology as well as training in key topics in Analytic Theology. In addition the seminars aim to develop professional relationships among younger scholars in the interest of long-term collaboration and mutual intellectual support as their careers progress.

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CFP: Safety Condition for Knowledge and Religious Epistemology (Oxford 12-13 June, 2013)
March 10, 2013 — 13:07

Author: Dani Rabinowitz  Category: News  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: 0

Call for Papers
Workshop on Religious Epistemology and the Safety Condition for Knowledge
Oxford University 12 & 13 June 2013
The New Insights and Directions in Religious Epistemology project at Oxford University invites the submission of papers related to the application of the safety condition for knowledge to any question in the philosophy of religion or analytic theology.
Keynote Speakers: Timothy Williamson (Oxford)
Duncan Pritchard (Edinburgh)
Papers should be suitable for blind review and be no longer than 4000 words in length. Submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter including the name, affiliation, and contact details of the author.
Papers should be submitted to giorgia.carta@philosophy.ox.ac.uk.
Submission deadline is 15 April, 2013.
Partial funding is available to support travel and accommodation expenses for speakers.
Further details of the New Insights project can be found at www.newinsights.ox.ac.uk
This workshop is made possible by the John Templeton Foundation

Varieties of Understanding: New Perspectives from Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology
February 6, 2013 — 11:37

Author: Matthew Mullins  Category: News  Tags: ,   Comments: 0

The Philosophy Department at Fordham University has announced its three-year “Varieties of Understanding” project lead by Stephen Grimm.
The project will sponsor research in psychology, philosophy, and theology that will examine the various ways in which human beings understand the world, how these various types of understanding might be improved, and how they might be combined with one another to produce an integrated understanding of the world.
For more details, and for information on how to apply for funding, please see the project website: www.varietiesofunderstanding.com
The project is supported by a 3.56 million dollar grant from the John Templeton Foundation, with additional support from the Henry Luce Foundation, Fordham University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Templeton Foundation Spring 2013 Open Submission Cycle
January 29, 2013 — 12:22

Author: Matthew Mullins  Category: News  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: 0

As part of its spring open submission cycle, the John Templeton Foundation welcomes online funding inquiries in the areas of philosophy and theology. The submission window is February 1 to April 1, 2013. Proposed philosophical projects need not have religion or theology as a focus. To submit an online funding inquiry, please visit http://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/our-grantmaking-process.
Please note that the Templeton Foundation does not normally provide dissertation fellowships through this open submission process. For more information on the kinds of projects that the Foundation can support, visit http://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/core-funding-areas/science-and-the-big-questions.
A list of Foundation grants in the areas of philosophy and theology can be found here: http://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/grant-search/results/taxonomy%3A5

Is Successful Theodicy Possible?
December 30, 2012 — 15:03

Author: Michael Almeida  Category: Uncategorized  Tags: , , ,   Comments: 24

It’s among the importantly neglected problems in philosophical theology that we have no success conditions for theodicy. What conditions must a theodicy meet in order to succeed? I want to approach this problem by considering some (possible) challenges to successful theodicy. I take theodicies to be consistency proofs of a sort. They show that the existence of God (a morally perfect being, a perfectly loving being, etc.) to be consistent with the kinds of evils we actually find in the world. Perhaps ‘thicker’ theodicies will invoke theological doctrine, but I’d rather avoid additional assumptions if possible. Would a theodicy that made any of the following assumptions fail? Must theodicies make one or more of the following assumptions?
(i) There are goods that outweigh the terrible suffering of children, but it’s never morally permissible to allow the suffering of a child as a means to a greater good. And no theodicy can avoid assuming God is doing this.
(ii) There are goods that outweigh the terrible suffering of children, but it’s never morally permissible to allow the suffering of a child as a means to a greater good for others. And no theodicy can avoid assuming God is doing this.

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Call for Papers: Workshop in Religious Epistemology at Oxford University
November 26, 2012 — 5:37

Author: Dani Rabinowitz  Category: News  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: 0

Call for Papers
Workshop on Religious Epistemology, Contextualism, and Pragmatic Encroachment
Oxford University 13 &14 March 2013
The New Insights and Directions in Religious Epistemology project at Oxford University invites the submission of papers related to the application of contextualism and pragmatic encroachment to any question in the philosophy of religion or analytic theology.
Papers should be suitable for blind review and be no longer than 3000 words in length. Submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter including the name, affiliation, and contact details of the author.
Papers should be submitted to giorgia.carta@philosophy.ox.ac.uk.
Submission deadline is January 15, 2013.
Further details of the New Insights project can be found at www.newinsights.ox.ac.uk

Templeton Foundation Fall Open Submission
September 1, 2012 — 21:23

Author: Matthew Mullins  Category: News  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: 0

As part of its fall open submission cycle, the John Templeton Foundation welcomes online funding inquiries in the areas of philosophy and theology. The submission window is August 1 to October 15, 2012. Proposed philosophical projects need not have religion or theology as a focus. To submit an online funding inquiry, please visit http://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/our-grantmaking-process.
Please note that the Templeton Foundation does not normally provide dissertation fellowships through this open submission process. For more information on the kinds of projects that the Foundation can support, visit http://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/core-funding-areas/science-and-the-big-questions.
A list of Foundation grants in the areas of philosophy and theology can be found here: http://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/grant-search/results/taxonomy%3A5.

Rutgers Postdoctoral Fellowships
June 12, 2012 — 11:21

Author: Matthew Mullins  Category: News  Tags: , , ,   Comments: 0

The School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University is pleased to announce the availability pending funding (to be determined soon) of three postdoctoral fellowships in philosophy of cosmology. Fellows will be appointed in the Department of Philosophy in association with the multi-university Project in Philosophy of Cosmology. We hope to appoint one fellow in each of the following areas of concentration: 1) philosophy of physics, 2) cosmology, 3) philosophy of religion, metaphysics or philosophical theology. For more information about the kinds of research that could be supported under these fellowships, please see the summaries of current project members’ research interests and aims here: http://philocosmology.rutgers.edu/who-we-are.
Requirements for the fellowship include i) PhD in the last 5 years in a relevant area, ii) acquaintance with recent developments in cosmology and issues in philosophy of cosmology, iii) a research project related to the research of the Philosophy of Cosmology Project, iv) strong background in one of the three fields mentioned above.
The primary responsibility of a Fellow will be to conduct research on his/her project. Fellows will also be responsible for teaching one course per year in their area of expertise. Fellows will be expected to participate in all of our conferences, seminars, and a summer school in the summer of 2013; they will work with faculty mentors in the organization, planning, editing and the other aspects of our project.
Fellows will be appointed for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Appointments will be effective September 1, 2012 or January 1, 2013. Fellows will receive a stipend of $50,000 annually as well as an annual research allocation of $2,000; they will also receive Rutgers University health benefits.
Requests for more informantion or applications, consisting of a CV, a research proposal, a writing sample, and the names of 3 references should be sent by email to Professor Barry Loewer at loewer@rci.rutgers.edu. Review of applications will commence on July 8 and continue until the positions are filled.
Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The institution values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and especially encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

Survey Results: Alternative Concepts of God
May 22, 2012 — 4:04

Author: Yujin Nagasawa  Category: Concept of God  Tags: , , ,   Comments: 2

As part of our Templeton Funded project “Exploring Alternative Concepts of God”, Andrei Buckareff (Marist College) and I conducted a survey in January this year. The following is our analysis of the results. We are sorry it took so long to post this. We would like to thank everyone who responded to the survey.

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