Friday, May 31, 2013

CFP Announcement: Workshop on Testimony and Religious Epistemology

(via PhilEvents)

CFP: Workshop on Testimony and Religious Epistemology

Submission deadline: Friday, April 25 2014

Conference date(s):
Tuesday, June 24 2014 - Wednesday, June 25 2014

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Conference Venue:

Oxford University
Oxford, United Kingdom

Topic areas
Epistemology
Philosophy of Religion

Details
The New Insights and Directions in Religious Epistemology project at Oxford University invites the submission of papers related to the application of epistemic issues raised in the context of testimony to any question in the philosophy of religion or analytic theology.

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 25 April, 2014.

Partial funding is available to support travel and accommodation expenses for speakers.

Further details of the New Insights project can be found at:
http://www.newinsights.ox.ac.uk

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Forthcoming Phil. of Rel. Articles in Philosophy Compass

Colin, James. ‘Semantic Inferentialism and the Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism’ 

Provisional abstract: Alvin Plantinga’s evolutionary argument against naturalism makes the case that the conjunction of evolutionary theory and naturalism cannot be rationally believed, as, if both evolutionary theory and naturalism were true, it would be highly unlikely that our cognitive faculties are reliable. I present Plantinga’s evolutionary argument against naturalism and survey a theory of meaning espoused by Robert Brandom, known as semantic inferentialism. I argue that if one accepts semantic inferentialism, as it is developed by Brandom, then Plantinga’s motivation for the evolutionary argument against naturalism is undermined.

Scrutton, Anastasia. ‘Divine passibility: God and emotion’

Provisional abstract: While the impassibility debate has traditionally been construed in terms of whether God suffers, recent philosophy of religion has interpreted it in terms of whether God has emotions more generally. This article surveys the philosophical literature on divine im/passibility over the last twenty-five years, outlining major arguments for and against the idea that God has emotions. It argues that questions about the nature and value of emotions are at the heart of the im/passibility debate. More specifically, it suggests that presuppositions about the dichotomy between emotions and reason (or the ‘heart and the head’) have negatively impacted the debate. It contends that the debate can only move forwards in response to serious reflection on our affective lives, aided by historical and anthropological as well as contemporary philosophical perspectives.

Loose, Jonathan. ‘The Metaphysics of Constitution and Accounts of the Resurrection’

Provisional Abstract: Some Christian materialists have argued for the possibility of resurrection given that persons are constituted by bodies, and constitution is not identity. Baker’s constitutionist view claims superiority over animalist alternatives, but offers only circular accounts of both personal identity over time and personhood. Corcoran’s alternative approaches these questions differently, but makes use of Zimmerman’s ‘Falling Elevator Model’ of resurrection, which is rendered incoherent by its reliance on contingent identity. A recent constitutionist revision of this model succeeds only in exchanging incoherence for absurdity. Despite difficulties for such resurrection accounts, the idea of constitution as a sui generis relation remains attractive among philosophers and Christian materialists in particular. However, Wasserman’s deflationary view combines with problems such as extensionality, indiscernibility and the explosion of reality to provide reason to worry that constitution might be just identity after all. If so, then the metaphysics of constitution cannot provide a convenient route between animalism and immaterialism when explaining the possibility of resurrection.

Persyzk, Ken. ‘Recent Work on Molinism’

Provisional Abstract: Molinism reappeared on the philosophical stage in the 1970s, after it was unwittingly ‘rediscovered’ by Alvin Plantinga in his Free Will Defence against the ‘Logical’ Argument from Evil. The Molinist notion of middle knowledge has been the subject of intense debate ever since. This essay surveys the main contours of this debate. After briefly describing Molinism and its motivation, I sketch the main ‘theoretical’ and ‘practical’ objections that have been given against it, as well as the main lines of reply.

Madden, James. ‘Thomistic Hylomorphism and Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Religion’ 

Provisional Abstract: Contemporary philosophers of mind tend to accept some version of either dualism or physicalism when considering the mind-body problem. Likewise, recent philosophers of religion typically assume that we must work within these two categories when considering problems related to the possibility of bodily resurrection. Recently, some philosophers have reintroduced the Thomistic version of hylomorphism. In this article, we will consider the distinctive doctrines of Thomistic hylomorphism and how they can be used to address concerns about both the mind-body problem and the possibility of resurrection. We will see in both cases that hylomorphism allows for a novel version of emergent property dualism that is both metaphysically plausible and allows us to recognize the irreducibility of mental states and the possibility of resurrection without ignoring the fact of human embodiment. We will also discuss the currently lively debate among Thomistic hylomorphists who advocate opposed corruptionist and survivalist versions of the afterlife.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

CFP Announcement: Workshop on Defeat and Religious Epistemology

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CFP: Workshop on Defeat and Religious Epistemology

Submission deadline: Monday, January 20 2014

Conference date(s):
Monday, March 17 2014 - Tuesday, March 18 2014



Conference Venue:
Oxford University 

Oxford, United Kingdom


Topic areas

Details

The New Insights and Directions in Religious Epistemology project at Oxford University invites the submission of papers related to the application of issues concerning epistemic defeat to any question in the philosophy of religion or analytic theology.


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 20 January, 2014.

Partial funding is available to support travel and accommodation expenses for speakers.

Further details of the New Insights project can be found at:

Friday, May 10, 2013

Announcement: Research Project Opportunity


On behalf of Klaas Kraay:

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce the launch of a research project entitled “Theism: An Axiological Investigation”.
  
This Templeton-funded project will support various initiatives, including one Research Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Junior, mid-career, and senior philosophers are all welcome to apply for this position.
  
The successful applicant will either receive a stipend/salary or funds for teaching release.

To learn more about this project, and to see the call for applications for the Research Fellowship, please visit the project website:


Applications are due on June 14, 2013.

-         Klaas

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Special Issue of Religious Studies on Schellenberg's Work in Philosophy of Religion

J.L. Schellenberg is arguably the most important contemporary philosopher of religion, and it looks as though his groundbreaking series of books will continue to be a focal point of discussion in the field for years to come. We noted on another occasion that an APA session and a recent issue of Philo were devoted to his work, and now Religious Studies has done the same.

Schellenberg's series of books in philosophy of religion constitute the most important systematic body of work in philosophy of religion since -- when? One might point to the publication of Swinburne's tetralogy, but Schellenberg's series strikes me as much more significant in terms of its contribution to progress in foundational issues in philosophy of religion, as well as its depth, subtlety, intellectual honesty, and argumentative force.


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