Jobs: Philosophical Theology (University of Birmingham)
February 25, 2015 — 14:46

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

These posts are advertised as part of the Birmingham Fellowship scheme. They are permanent academic posts for outstanding junior academics, which start with five years of protected time for high-quality research.

Philosophical Theology (Job Ref: 36482)

The School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion seeks to appoint an Enhanced Early Career Lecturer in any area of Philosophical Theology. The School is home to a lively research community which is strongly committed to delivering the highest quality of research. We are well placed to achieve our goal of being one of the best research institutions in Theology, Religion and Philosophy in the English-speaking world. In the REF2014 national research audit, both the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Theology and Religion ranked second in the UK. The Department of Theology and Religion has many areas of specialization, including those represented by the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, and the John Hicks Centre for the Philosophy of Religion. The Department’s vision is to develop its engagement with Philosophical Theology over the next five years, building a strong cohort of scholars engaged in world-leading research. The appointed Lecturer will play a key role in delivering this vision, building on and enhancing connections across the two departments in the School and beyond. They will have a growing reputation in the field and be able to demonstrate a strong research track record, including high quality publications and the ability to attract external funding.

Does Morality Need Religion?
March 19, 2013 — 13:24

Author: Brian Leftow  Category: News  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: 0

16-17 May 2013, Christ Church, Oxford
For centuries, atheism was suppressed because of its supposed amorality. Now, New Atheists such as A.C. Grayling and Sam Harris argue that decent, liberal morality is perfectly possible without religious belief–indeed, that it is only possible without it. Others, such as Jürgen Habermas, acknowledge that Christianity has had a peculiar capacity to articulate humanist values and norms, but that these can be extracted without loss from their theological roots. This May, the McDonald Centre, together with the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Exeter, gather ten philosophers and theologians–both believers and unbelievers–from the UK, the USA, and New Zealand to address questions such as these:

  • Even if morality in general does not need religion, might specific moralities nonetheless need it?
  • Might morality be better off without religion? Is it better off without any religion or only certain kinds?
  • When notions of human dignity or rights are extracted from theological language, is anything important lost in translation? Are such notions really sustainable apart from a theological worldview?
  • Are religious believers more, or less, moral than others? Or are such questions philosophically irrelevant?

Speakers include: David Baggett (Liberty), Julian Baggini (The Philosophers’ Magazine), Nigel Biggar (Oxford), John Cottingham (Reading), John Hare (Yale),Terrence Irwin (Oxford), Michael Hauskeller (Exeter), Tim Mulgan (Auckland), Keith Ward (Oxford), Mark Wynn (Leeds).
Register online now as space is limited:
When: 16-17 May 2013
Where: University of Oxford
Cost: £50 (students £30), including lunch

Jobs: Jubilee Centre for Character and Values, University of Birmingham
June 24, 2012 — 6:49

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

Jubilee Centre for Character and Values
The University of Birmingham is a thriving and dynamic institution that combines over a century of heritage with one of the most compelling and ambitious agendas in Higher Education. With a progressive vision built around academic excellence, the University has embarked upon a five year strategy aimed at further enhancing Birmingham as a leading global institution. Established in 1947, the School of Education is one of the largest and most highly respected research-led Schools in the country. With an enviable reputation as a leader in its field in both the UK and internationally, the School aims to use existing areas of research and teaching excellence to sustain and enhance its reputation.
The Jubilee Centre for Character and Values was recently established at the University of Birmingham with funding from the John Templeton Foundation. The Centre aims to contribute to the renewal of character and values in Britain. It will be a site of ethical and moral enquiry as well as empirical research and development projects.
The following academic vacancies are available within the Centre:
Chair in Character Education and Virtue Ethics – reference 44945.
The Chair will act as Deputy Director for the Jubilee Centre with specific responsibility for all the research projects. A competitive package is available for an outstanding candidate
Senior/Research Fellow (2 posts) – reference 44949.
Salary from £37,012 to £68,725 a year
Research Fellow (2 posts) – reference 44951.
Salary from £27,578 to £38,140 a year
Research Associate (4 posts) – reference 44953.
Salary from £24,520 to £30,122 a year
Closing date: 5 July 2012
To download the details and submit an electronic application online visit: Alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000.

New Philosophy of Religion Centre at the University of Birmingham
June 10, 2011 — 13:35

Author: Yujin Nagasawa  Category: News  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: 3

We are pleased to launch the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Birmingham, UK.
The mission of the centre is to foster excellence in teaching and research in the philosophy of religion from a global perspective. We aim to be a top research centre in the philosophy of religion in Europe. The Centre is located in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion and is dedicated to promote critical thinking about the metaphysical, epistemological and moral questions concerning religion, belief, and reality.
The activities of the Centre include a regular seminar for staff and students, a visiting speaker programme, academic conferences, collaboration with other scholars (nationally and internationally) in developing research projects, and postgraduate teaching to nurture the next generation of philosophers of religion.
The Centre is named after John Hick, Emeritus H. G. Wood Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham. Hick is one of the most prominent philosophers of religion in our time and his work has been extremely influential for the last half century. Hick is also highly respected in Birmingham for his community service in the areas of civil rights and inter-faith/inter-race relations.
Centre website:

PhD Studentship in the Philosophy of Religion, University of Leeds
April 10, 2011 — 9:15

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Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in analytic philosophy of religion. The total value of the award, including allowance for tuition fees, is £5,000 p.a. for three years. In a separate arrangement with Cambridge University Press, the successful applicant will also act as an Editorial Assistant for Religious Studies , work for which will be paid at an hourly rate. Inquiries should be addressed to Professor Robin Le Poidevin,
Applications for a place on the PhD programme can be made either online or on paper, by clicking on the following link and following the instructions: .
All applications for the studentship should include a separate covering letter, indicating any administrative experience, a 500-word PhD proposal, a copy of your degree transcripts and a sample of written work (not less than 3000 words in length). Applicants should also arrange for three academic referees to submit references directly to the Department by the closing date. Applications and references should be addressed to Ms Jenneke Stevens, Postgraduate Administrator, Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK. Email:; tel: 0113 343 3263; fax: 0113 343 3265.
The award is conditional on acceptance of an offer of admission to study for PhD in the Department. Renewal of the studentship each year is subject to satisfactory progress towards PhD completion.
The Department operates a professional training and development scheme for postgraduates: as part of this scheme, successful applicants are often given the opportunity to undertake teaching, which is paid at an hourly rate. The Department also offers its PhD students financial support for conference attendance.
The University of Leeds promotes excellence in teaching, learning and research.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community.
Textphone for deaf applicants only: 0113 343 4353
All information is available in alternative formats – please contact 0113 343 5771
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 11th May 2011.

Postgraduate Scholarships at University of Birmingham 2011-2012
January 19, 2011 — 9:43

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We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the following postgraduate Scholarships for 2011-2012.
We welcome applicants interested in philosophy of religion. We currently have 11 MA students, 2 MPhil students and 3 PhD students in this specific area.
1. AHRC doctoral awards (fees + maintenance) open to UK students and non-UK students who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years for reasons other than education in the following disciplinary areas:
Philosophy (1)
Religious Studies (1)
2. 12 College Doctoral Scholarships (Home/EU or Overseas, fees + maintenance) AHRC equivalent awards, open to UK, EU and international students in all disciplines in arts and law
3. Up to 5 College Doctoral Overseas Scholarships (full-fees only)
4. Up to 2 College MA/MPhil Overseas Scholarships (full-fees only)
5. 2 fee remission (Home/EU) Scholarships in any Masters/MPhil Programme in Philosophy, Theology and Religion
6. Dinshaw Bursary for Theology/Inter-religious studies (to be confirmed)
For more information please see: