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Announcement: 2014 St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion

The 2014 St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology
Recent PhDs and current graduate students in philosophy, theology, or religious studies are invited to apply to the 2014 St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology. The seminar will be held at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota, from June 17th to July 2nd, 2014. Participants will receive a stipend of $2000, as well as room and board. For more information and instructions on how to apply, go to:
Featuring:  Michael Bergmann and John Hawthorne on the epistemology of religious belief David Albert and Dean Zimmerman on cosmology and philosophy Louise Antony and Peter van Inwagen on the problem of evil John Greco on testimony and religious knowledge, and Stephen Davis, C. Stephen Evans, and Evan Fales on historical evidence and Christianity.  The deadline for receipt of applications is December 1, …

Excellent Series of Exchanges Between Wunder and Rauser (and Sennett) on Universal Sanction and Properly Basic Beliefs

Part 1 (Sennett makes a brief reply in the comment thread) Part 2 Wunder's first reply to Part 2 Wunder's second reply to Part 2 Rauser's rejoinder to Wunder
Required reading for those interested in evaluating Plantinga's so-called reformed epistemology.
(Wunder informs me that more is likely to come.)

Call for Papers: The 3rd Annual University of Glasgow Philosophy of Religion Seminar

3rd Glasgow Philosophy of Religion Seminar 29-30th, May 2014
The biennial Glasgow Philosophy of Religion Seminar provides a platform for discussion of work in progress in analytic philosophy of religion. The Seminar is organized by the Forum for Philosophy and Religion and will be held in the Philosophy Building, University of Glasgow. The precise schedule will be announced nearer the time, but it is anticipated that the event will run from 10.00 a.m. on the 29th May until 6.00 p.m. on the 30th May. Details will appear here as they become available.
To register for this event please email Victoria Harrison ( Refreshments will be provided and there will be a buffet lunch on the 29th May (lunch on the 30th will be by own arrangement). A registration fee of £10 (£5 for graduate students) will be payable at the door.
This event is sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy and Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.
CALL FOR PAPERS Presentations are invited…

The Midwest Studies in Philosophy Special Issue on the New Atheism... now out. Here's the table of contents:

Varieties of Sense-Making (pages 1–10)
A. W. Moore

Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/misp.12005
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Making Room for Faith: Does Science Exclude Religion? (pages 11–24)

Michael Ruse

Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/misp.12007
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So What Else Is Neo? Theism and Epistemic Recalcitrance (pages 25–50)

David Shatz

Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/misp.12008
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Religious Agnosticism (pages 51–67)

Gary Gutting

Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/misp.12002
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How to Vanquish the Lingering Shadow of the Long-Dead God (pages 68–86)

Kenneth A. Taylor

Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/misp.12009

Loke's Reply to Kedrick on HIlbert's Hotel

We recently noted Landon Kedrick's reply to Craig's use of the Hilbert's Hotel thought experiment against the existence of actual infinites (and thereby the existence of a beginningless past). Andrew Loke has since offered a reply on behalf of Craig in his "No Heartbreak at Hilbert's Hotel, Religious Studies (Published online: 12 September 2013. DOI: Here's the abstract:
In his article, ‘Heartbreak at Hilbert's Hotel’, Landon Hedrick argues that the ‘Hilbert's Hotel Argument’ (HHA) proposed by William Lane Craig is ineffective against proponents of presentism, who include Craig himself. I show that there is no heartbreak if the Hotel and persons are constructed and generated in a certain way: there exists a ‘hotel room builder’ and a ‘customer generator’, they have been building hotel rooms and generating customers at regular time intervals as long as time exists, and the hotel rooms and customers have conti…

Forthcoming Book on Challenges to Moral and Religious Belief

A while back, we noted an important conference at Purdue -- organized by Michael Bergmann and Patrick Kain -- on the challenges of disagreement and evolution to moral and religious beliefs. It looks as though many of the papers will be polished further and published in a collection:
Bergmann, Michael and Patrick Kain, eds. Challenges to Moral and Religious Belief: Disagreement and Evolution (OUP, forthcoming). Below is the table of contents:
Michael Bergmann and Patrick Kain: Challenges to Moral and Religious Belief: Overview and Future Directions
I: Moral Disagreement and Religious Disagreement
1: Ralph Wedgwood: Moral Disagreement among Philosophers
2: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong: Moral Disagreements with Psychopaths
3: Robert Audi: Normative Disagreement as a Challenge to Moral Philosophy and Philosophical Theology
4: John Pittard: Conciliationism and Religious Disagreement
II: Disagreement Between Religious and Nonreligious Sources of Moral Belief
5: John Hare: Conscience and the Moral Episte…

On the Recent Trend of Exploring Bias and Partisanship in Philosophy of Religion: Links

The recently noted post at NewAPPs is part of a larger trend in evaluating analytic philosophy of religion's current state of health. Below are links to some recent work and discussion on the topic:

Bourget and Chalmers' PhilSurveys results
Helen De Cruz'sinvestigations.
Leiter's key post on Templeton funding.
J.L. Schellenberg's "Philosophy of Religion: A State of the Profession Report"
Paul Draper and Ryan Nichols' paper, "Diagnosing Bias in Philosophy of Religion"
Klaas Kraay's "Method and Madness in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy of Religion"
The special forthcoming issue of The Moniston cognitive science of religion includes papers on the topic.