Sunday, May 01, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Quick Thought on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Philosophy of Religion

God may well not exist -- yet. But it's not unlikely that beings with godlike qualities will exist in the not so distant future, viz., certain forms of artificial superintelligence, as well as humans and other finite sentient beings, who will create/have created sim worlds. We will then have theological knowledge. In particular, we will know of the existence and nature of god(s).  Many other topics in philosophy of religion will also become lively, such as:

-What sorts of attitudes are appropriate, or at least permissible, toward these beings?
-Can these beings generate obligations for us? Will they have obligations to us?
-What sorts of relationships are appropriate between humans and these beings?

Given the likely prospects of artificial intelligence and artificial superintelligence, the future of philosophy of religion is bright indeed. The journey has just begun.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Interesting New Empirical Version of the Problem of Evil



Linford, Daniel and William Patterson. "God, Geography, and Justice", Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism 23:2 (2015), 189-216.

Here's the abstract:
The existence of various sufferings has long been thought to pose a problem for the existence of a personal God: the Problem of Evil (POE). In this paper, we propose an original version of POE, in which the geographic distribution of sufferings and of opportunities for flourishing or suffering is better explained if the universe, at bottom, is indifferent to the human condition than if, as theists propose, there is a personal God from whom the universe originates: the Problem of Geography (POG). POG moves beyond previous versions of POE because traditional responses to POE (skeptical theism and various theodicies) are less effective as responses to POG than they are to other versions of POE.
It should be recalled that the importance of attending to the geographic distribution of certain theistically problematic states has also been appealed to in Maitzen's paper on the problem of divine hiddenness.

Interesting New Moral Epistemological Argument for Atheism

Park, John Jung. "The Moral Epistemological Argument for Atheism", European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 7 (2015).

Here's the abstract:
Numerous supposed immoral mandates and commands by God found in religious texts are introduced and discussed. Such passages are used to construct a logical contradiction contention that is called the moral epistemological argument. It is shown how there is a contradiction in that God is omnibenevolent, God can instruct human beings, and God at times provides us with unethical orders and laws. Given the existence of the contradiction, it is argued that an omnibenevolent God does not exist. Finally, this contention is defended from several objections.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Announcement: William L. Rowe Memorial Conference

July 26, 2016 - July 27, 2016
Purdue University

610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette 47907
United States

Organisers:
Paul Draper
(unaffiliated)
Bertha Manninen
(unaffiliated)
Jack Mulder
(unaffiliated)
Kevin Sharpe
(unaffiliated)

Topic areas
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Religion


Details
We are pleased to announce the “William L. Rowe Memorial Conference” to be held July 26 – July 27, 2016, at Purdue University in West Layette, IN. The conference will celebrate the life and career of William Rowe, a long time professor of Philosophy at Purdue University and one of the preeminent philosophers of religion in the past century.

The speakers will be:

· Michael Bergmann

· Kevin Corcoran

· Scott Davison

· Evan Fales

· William Hasker

· Jeff Jordan

· Timothy O’Connor

· Bruce Russell

· John Schellenberg

· Beth Seacord

· Eleonore Stump

· William Wainwright

· Erik Wielenberg

· Stephen Wykstra

On the evening of July 26, the organizers will host a banquet in honor of Rowe and have invited members of his family to participate.

The conference is being organized by Paul Draper (Purdue University), Bertha Alvarez Manninen (Arizona State University, West Campus), Jack Mulder (Hope College), and Kevin Sharpe (St. Cloud State University) and is sponsored by Purdue University (Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts, and Religious Studies), The Society of Christian Philosophers, and The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion.

Additional information, including a complete schedule of events and registration information, will be sent out in the near future.

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