Organizations

 


 

 
 
Institute for Philosophy and Religion

(Boston University)

Founded in 1970 with the cooperation of three academic units at Boston University—the Department of Philosophy, Department of Religion, and School of Theology—the Institute was envisioned as a home for serious philosophical and religious reflection. Under the successive directorships of Professor Lee Rouner and Professor M. David Eckel, it has become one of the premier locations on the American academic landscape for interdisciplinary conversation about perennial and pressing intellectual concerns.
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Information regarding the current lecture series and upcoming lectures; the annual IPR colloquium; relevant media, including video lectures and associated publications; related news, events, and upcoming talks by visiting speakers; the Institute’s history.
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Primary focus is on education and fostering interdisciplinary dialogue through talks or lecture series.
Membership None.
Publications Boston University Studies in Philosophy and Religion — A twenty-six volume series covering a variety of topics ranging from ethics and the symbology of myth to the notion of courage and human nature.
 
Boston University Studies in Philosophy, Religion, and Public Life — Launched in 2011, these volumes emphasize interdisciplinary work on questions of value, truth, reality and meaning, as well as topics in the relevant fields which have a particular intersection with public life.
Meetings Annual lecture and conference series on issues that cross interdisciplinary boundaries, with an emphasis upon religion and philosophy.

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American Catholic Philosophical Association

Since 1926, the American Catholic Philosophical Association has been led by scholars mostly based in Canada and the United States. Steeped in classical sources and cultivating the Catholic philosophical heritage, the ACPA is known for its creative engagement with major philosophers of every era and bold responses to the themes and issues of contemporary philosophy.
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Information regarding the most recent and upcoming annual meetings; the Aquinas Medal (see “Meetings” below); the St. Catherine of Sienna Award, given to an ACPA member for outstanding dedication to the organization; associated publications, including submission guidelines and subscription instructions; recent fellowship and job opportunities for positions in philosophy departments around the country; links to related organizations.
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Primary focus is on publication, as well as the organization of meetings and conferences.
Membership $78 (Professor), $54 (Non-Affiliated Individual), $36 (Student/Emeritus). Membership benefits include a print subscription and online access to the four ACPA publications.
Publications American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly — Features scholarly articles, topical discussions, and book reviews dealing with all philosophical areas and approaches. Every fourth issue is a special issue dedicated entirely to the work and legacy of a particular thinker.
 
Proceedings of the ACPA — Includes the President’s Address, topical papers delivered by invited speakers at the ACPA’s annual conference, and up to sixteen other papers selected for the meeting by blind review. Past contributors include Mortimer Adler, David Burrell, John Caputo, W. Norris Clark, Frederick Copleston, Michael Dummett, Louis Dupré, Bas van Fraasen, Étienne Gilson, Germain Grisez, John Haldane, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Ivan Illich, Walter Lippmann, Bernard Lonergan, Jacques Maritain, Jean-Luc Marion, Nicholas Rescher, Paul Ricouer, Richard Rorty, Wilfrid Sellars, and Linda Zagzebski.
 
The New Scholasticism Philosophical -– Official journal of the ACPA (in 1990, renamed the American Philosophical Quarterly), it published scholarly articles, topical discussions, and book reviews dealing with all philosophical areas and approaches. Contributions from a wide range of authors, including Mortimer Adler, Lewis White Beck, David Burrell, W. Norris Clarke, Frederick Copleston, Daniel Dahlstrom, Jude P. Dougherty, Étienne Gilson, Martin Heidegger, Quentin Lauer, Ralph M. McInerny, Wilfrid Parsons, Wilfrid Sellars, Robert Sokolowski, and Leo Strauss.
 
Studies of the ACPA -– With three volumes, this book series was established by the American Catholic Philosophical Association to promote research in the field of philosophy, with a special emphasis on Scholasticism.
Meetings Annual conferences, generally held in November, on a topic germane to an area of philosophy of religion related to the Catholic tradition.
 
The ACPA also awards the Aquinas Medal each year on the basis of outstanding teaching, publication of material of permanent scholarly value, and influence on American philosophical thought.

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The Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion

(Liverpool Hope University)

The Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion seeks to promote renewed critical thinking on religion and draws upon the continental tradition of philosophy. This tradition finds much of its motivation in Kant’s transcendental project of exploring what makes knowledge and faith possible, which inspires reflection upon the active, constructive role played by the subject of knowledge as well as the creative transgression of the limits of reason in articulating religious ideas.
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Information regarding the ACPR’s aims and objectives, as well as recent and upcoming conferences. Their Facebook group is updated more regularly and provides more material, although much of the content appears to be for events at other institutions or pertinent articles sourced externally.
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Primary focus is on research, as well as fostering dialogue through the organization of conferences and colloquia.
Membership None.
Publications None.
Meetings Only launched in 2009, the ACPR has already organized two international conferences.

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The Association for the Philosophy of Judaism

The Association for the Philosophy of Judaism is an academic association of philosophers interested in the rigorous application of philosophy to any aspect of Judaism. It is affiliated with the American Philosophical Association and the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University.
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Information regarding the APJ’s monthly symposia and a history past topics; upcoming conferences hosted by the APJ; the annual essay prize; relevant news and events such as calls for papers or job opportunities; a resource page providing links to reference material, to other websites with similar aims, and to relevant books or papers recently distributed online.
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Primary focus is on promoting scholarship in philosophy of Judaism, along with attracting the attention of more scholars from outside this or traditionally adjacent fields.
Membership This is a membership-based organization, but anybody can join and doing so is free.
Publications The online blog provides a space for scholars to come together and discuss philosophical issues, thereby contributing to each other’s work. Laypeople are also welcome to join in these online discussions.
Meetings Monthly online symposia when discussion on the blog is devoted to a paper agreed upon in advance. Annual conferences held in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association.
 
To foster scholarly growth in the field, an annual essay prize is awarded to new work in philosophy of Judaism.

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The Association of Philosophy of Religion, Dresden

The Association of Philosophy of Religion, Dresden, aims to stimulate independent thinking and make informed investigations into the philosophy of religion. It explores a variety of related issues through critical reflection on the prevalent discourse in this field at present. The APRD also emphasizes education through frequent lectures and by disseminating information relevant to philosophy of religion.
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[In German] Information regarding affiliated lecturers and members; current news and events; its annual philosophy festival; association meetings; the APRD publication.
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Primary focus is on research and education.
Membership €15. Membership benefits include a subscription to the affiliated journal, and the latest updates concerning relevant news and association events.
Publications Journals für Religionsphilosophie — Published annually since 2012 and covering a broad range of topics in philosophy of religion.
Meetings Hosts frequent lectures, workshops. and association meetings.

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The Australasian Philosophy of Religion Association

The Australasian Philosophy of Religion Association aims to encourage, publicize, and circulate scholarly work within the field of philosophy of religion. The APRA also hopes to foster greater ties between scholars working in the field by providing a forum for a constructive and critical analysis of religion. While acknowledging the broadly analytical focus of the field of philosophy of religion, its scope is not limited to this tradition, and it hopes both to encourage alternative approaches and to facilitate dialogue between philosophical traditions.
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Information regarding the annual ARPA conference; links to other associations focused upon philosophy of religion; a list of Australasian philosophers of religion.
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Primary focus is on the organization of conferences, as well as the consolidation of information about events and individuals in the field.
Membership None.
Publications None.
Meetings Annual ARPA conference, held mid-year at various locations around Australasia.

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The British Association for the Study of Religion

The British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR), formerly the British Association for the History of Religions (founded in 1954), is affiliated to the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), whose object is the promotion of the academic study of religions through the international collaboration of all scholars whose research has a bearing on the subject. The BASR pursues these aims within the United Kingdom through the arrangement of conferences and symposia, the publication of a Bulletin and an Annual General Meeting.
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Information regarding membership policies; the annual bulletin; Diskus, the affiliated online journal; occasional papers published by associated scholars; the annual BASR conference; publications, resources, and pedagogical tools for teaching, both inside and outside the classroom; and the affiliated European Association for the Study of Religion (EASR).
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Primary focus is distributed equally between knowledge transfer, dissemination, pedagogy and research.
Membership $34/year ($24 for students/unemployed). Membership of the BASR is open to scholars whose work has a bearing on the academic study of religions and who are normally resident in the United Kingdom. Benefits include receipt of BASR’s bi-annual bulletin and discounts with certain publishers for select titles on religion.
Publications DISKUS — A peer-reviewed journal which welcomes submissions of articles from scholars in the study of religions and related disciplines. Principally interested in contemporary religions, it covers a wide range of different religous traditions, in articles written in a lucid and accessible manner so as to be useful to a wide readership of academics, students, teachers and others involved in the academic study of religions. In 1993, it became a web-based journal and part of the Internet Journal of Religion hosted at the University of Marburg.
Meetings Annual conference, sometimes associated with the annual conference of the European Association for the Study of Religion.

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The British Society for the Philosophy of Religion

The British Society for the Philosophy of Religion was founded in 1993 and is the UK’s main forum for the interchange of ideas in the philosophy of religion. Since 1995, the BSPR has held a biennial conference in Britain devoted to a particular area of the field.
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Information regarding current or upcoming conferences; affiliated grant awards and book publications; a resource page with links to other organizations and journals focusing on philosophy of religion.
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Primary focus is on publication, as well as the organization of conferences.
Membership £10 (Full), £5 (Student/Retired). Membership benefits include a subscription to the BSPR mailing list, along with discounts on select books and journals published by Ashgate (20%), Cambridge University Press (30%), and Akademos Press (20%).
Publications God, Goodness, and Philosophy — Edited by Harriet A. Harris (Ashgate Press, 2011), this book explores contemporary concerns about morality and the capacity for religion to meet these concerns. With a particular focus on the relationship between moral values and doctrines of the divine, leading scholars in the field test the scope of philosophy of religion and engage with the possibilities and difficulties of attempting trans-faith philosophy.
Meetings Biennial conferences devoted to a particular area in philosophy of religion.

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The Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers

The primary purpose of the Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers is to provide a forum for discussion and exchange on topics in philosophy and religion — especially where these two disciplines meet. Like the Society of Christian Philosophers in the United States, the CSCP is ecumenical in composition with respect to Christian denomination, theological perspective, and philosophical orientation. Participation in its meetings has, however, always been open to those who do not share its Christian commitment.
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Information regarding past annual meetings and book symposiums; news and calls for paper submissions; general contact info and stated research interests for member scholars; past bi-annual newsletters (until 2010, when this information was shifted to its Facebook page); other online resources related to philosophy of religion.
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Primary focus is on fostering dialogue through the organization of annual meetings.
Membership $20 (Full), $10 (Student, Under- or Unemployed).
Publications Bi-annual newsletter with information concerning relevant conferences, membership renewals, and the schedule for its own annual meeting.
Meetings Annual meeting, usually held at the beginning of June and organized in association with the Canadian Philosophical Association at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Center for Philosophy of Religion

(University of Notre Dame)

The primary mission of the Center for Philosophy of Religion is to promote work on topics in the philosophy of religion and philosophical theology by fostering dialogue between the disciplines of philosophy and theology on topics of mutual interest. It encourages the development and exploration of Christian and theistic philosophy, specifically, while striving to disseminate the results of scholarly research on these issues both within the academy and to a wider, non-academic audience.
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Information regarding current faculty and research fellows associated with the CPR; its four annual fellowships; current research initiatives; events such as conferences, lecture series, and workshops; an online resource page with an extensive list of links to other centers, societies, and journals with a similar focus, introductory articles in the philosophy of religion, and personal websites for academics working in philosophy of religion.
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Primary focus is on both research and education, with most of its efforts directed toward the organization of conferences, the awarding of fellowships, and the pursuit of research initiatives.
Membership None.
Publications None.
Meetings Responsible for organizing frequent conferences and workshops, the CPR also hosts its annual Plantiga Fellow Lecture and its annual Logos Workshop (the aim of which is to foster interaction between analytic philosophers and theologians on topics of common interest). It oversees a weekly discussion group, which details the work of current research fellows, and offers a weekly pub night to foster collegiality between research fellows and other members of the philosophical community at Notre Dame.

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Centre for the Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion

(Australian Catholic University)

The Centre for the Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion promotes cutting-edge research into all aspects of philosophy of religion, including both analytic and continental approaches, though with a particular emphasis on contemporary German and French phenomenological thought and their historical precursors and interlocutors. Questions in philosophy of religion are explored in such a way so as to draw deeply upon other branches of philosophy and foster a broader interdisciplinary collaboration with theology, psychology, the natural sciences, and contemporary secular thought.
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Information regarding affiliated staff, which include academics both from the surrounding university and also from institutions as far removed as Boston College; upcoming research events, lectures, and conferences organized by the CPPR; scholarly work published by the three full-time staff members; scholarships offered to incoming students interested in pursuing graduate work in a related subject.
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Primary focus is both on facilitating research into relevant topics and also on educational outreach encouraging graduate study in this field (each year, the CPPR offers two scholarships to incoming PhD students).
Membership None.
Publications None.
Meetings Collaborates closely with Australian Catholic University’s School of Philosophy to host events, including a fortnightly seminar series that highlights submissions by staff and students associated with this university specifically. Coordinating with its own visiting scholars program, the CPPR regularly hosts single day symposia devoted to issues in contemporary philosophy of religion, as well.

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Centre for Philosophy and Religion

(University of Glasgow)

The mission of the Centre for Philosophy and Religion is to draw attention to and support innovative research undertaken by scholars who employ the tools and methods of analytic philosophy to study religious ideas. Its research remit is thus located at the interface between analytic philosophy and the study of religion.
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Information regarding personnel and associated faculty; events such as public lecture series and seminars; selected publications written by faculty members; details about postgraduate research and programs of study in philosophy of religion at the University of Glasgow; list of philosophers in Scotland with an interest in philosophy of religion (not yet compiled as of 03/10/13); links to other societies and journals dedicated to philosophy of religion.
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Primary focus is on research, as well as fostering dialogue through publication and the organization of meetings.
Membership None.
Publications None.
Meetings Biennial seminar on a topic relevant to the analytic philosophy of religion, annual public lecture series, and the various conferences.
 
The “Abstracta in Concreta” is an interdisciplinary research network that establishes a link between university-based academics and their colleagues in the museum sector to explore the interface between museum collections, philosophy, religious studies, archaeology, and education. It has also been formed to develop bids for, and advise on, a series of national and international research projects.

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Centre for Philosophy of Religion

(Heythrop College)

The Centre for Philosophy of Religion currently involves research into all aspects of the philosophy of religion. It aims to expand the subject beyond the confines of a narrow specialist discipline both by re-establishing the links between religion as a set of theoretical claims and its moral, psychological and spiritual aspects, and also by exploring how it is related to contemporary secular and scientific thought. The Centre for Philosophy of Religion approaches these topics in a way that is sensitive to the beliefs and practices of the great religions, and it encourages interaction with other branches of philosophy, along with broader interdisciplinary collaboration, as well.
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Information regarding the staff, including their research interests, biographical histories, and teaching activity; current research students; public lectures, conferences, and seminars.
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Primary focus is on research.
Membership None.
Publications The Heythrop Journal — Associated with the college as a whole, this journal is published six times per year and welcomes articles reflecting a vast range of philosophical and theological stances.
Meetings Frequent lecture and seminar series.

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Centre of Theology and Philosophy

(University of Nottingham)

The Centre of Theology and Philosophy is organised at the interstices of theology and philosophy. It is founded on the conviction that these two disciplines cannot be adequately understood or further developed, save with reference to each other. The CTP is concerned with the historical interaction between theology and philosophy, with current relations between the two disciplines, and with attempts to overcome the divide between analytic and continental philosophy.
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Information regarding staff and associated faculty; upcoming and past conferences; relevant current events and conferences at other institutions; endorsements given by academics at other institutions; current research fellows and member scholars; publications written and research conducted by staff, fellows, and CTP members; working papers associated with fellows and members; course offerings in the university’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies; the program for distance learning via printed and electronic media.
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Primary focus is on research. However, the CTP does have a distance learning program that offers a Master’s diploma in Church History, as well as one in Systematic & Philosophical Theology, and it maintains a close affiliation with the university’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies.
Membership None.
Publications None.
Meetings Frequent conferences, often but not always offered bi-annually.

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European Society for Philosophy of Religion

Founded in 1976, the European Society for Philosophy of Religion aims to arrange regular conferences in Europe on the philosophy of religion. These conferences are intended to further the study of the philosophy of religion and the cooperation between philosophers of religion in Europe.
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Information regarding current, past, and upcoming conferences; ESPR statutes and members of the board; the Analytic Theology Project, its current (2013) research intitiative; online resources, with links to similarly focused organizations in Europe.
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Primary focus is on research.
Membership None.
Publications None.
Meetings Organizes biennial conferences at various locations around Europe.
 
The Analytic Theology Project is a multinational four-year endeavor that funds systematic research to promote interdisciplinary cooperation among analytic philosophers and theologians. All research examines the traditional questions of theology from the perspectives of contemporary Christian theology and analytic philosophy, affording critical reflection upon the values and limits of complementary philosophical approaches for theological research. Among the main grant activities of this project are 10-day seminars, which provide younger scholars with a methodological survey of analytic philosophy and theology as well as training in topics of Analytic Theology. These seminars also 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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Evangelical Philosophical Society

Founded in 1974, the Evangelical Philosophical Society is an organization of professional scholars devoted to pursuing philosophical excellence in both the church and the academy. Its mission is to glorify God through the faithful practice of philosophy, fostering a deeper understanding of God and the world he created while both encouraging and enabling Christian philosophers to engage philosophical and spiritual issues in the academy, church, and culture.
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Information regarding upcoming events, including its annual meeting, regional meetings associated with the EPS, and pertinent conferences hosted by other institutions; its affiliated journal; the annual Apologetics Conference, along with audio files from past conferences; an extensive library of articles written by faculty from a variety of academic institutions; a blog; web resources, organized by topic and historical figure.
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Primary focus is on education (particularly in the form of articles written by academics on a number of topics), the publication of its journal, and the organization of frequent meetings and conferences.
Membership $34 (Full), $24 (Students). Available only to those possessing an MA/higher in either philosophy or theology, membership benefits include a subscription to Philosophia Christi, access to annual and regional meetings, and event notifications.
Publications Philosophia Christi — Published twice a year with the support of Biola University, this journal serves as a vehicle for the scholarly discussion of philosophy and philosophical issues in the fields of apologetics, ethics, theology, and religion.
Meetings Annual national meeting, as well as regional meetings throughout the year. Also hosts the annual Apologetics Conference.

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German Society for Philosophy of Religion

The German Society for Philosophy of Religion was established in 1999 to promote research on and discussion about the philosophy of religion in German-speaking countries, specifically. It strives to facilitate the participation of these countries on the level of global discourse by providing a unified forum for dialogue through interdisciplinary exchange.
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[In German] Information regarding past and upcoming conferences; recent job postings or research opportunities in the relevant disciplines; GSP statutes and members of the board; online resources, with links to similarly focused organizations in Europe.
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Primary focus is on research and the organization of conferences.
Membership €30 (Working), €20 (Non-Working).
Publications None.
Meetings Working closely with the European Society for Philosophy of Religion, the GSP hosts meetings and colloquia in conjunction with international conferences, and it promotes research projects and the publication of materials pertinent to philosophy of religion.

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The Institute for Hermeneutics and Philosophy

(University of Zurich)

The Institute for Hermeneutics and Philosophy maintains a commitment to the scholarly exploration of numerous fields, including biblical hermeneutics, hermeneutical theology, philosophical theology, and hermeneutics of cultural studies. In philosophy of religion, specifically, it aims to foster work in the areas of phenomenology, analytical philosophy, and the history of philosophy of religion.
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Information regarding affiliated faculty, staff, and students; recent conferences; ongoing research projects, both individual and group; affiliated publications, including an assortment of material published by faculty and students; degree programs at the University of Zurich in either hermeneutics or philosophy; an extensive list of institutional collaborators; links to relevant online resources.
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Primary focus is on both education and research, with an emphasis on the dissemination of published material.
Membership None.
Publications Hermeneutische Blätter — Published twice a year, since 1995.
Meetings Bi-annual conferences.

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International Philosophy of Religion Association

(Charles Sturt University)

Serving as an umbrella organization unifying numerous individual societies and associations around the world, the International Philosophy of Religion Association aims to encourage, publicize, and circulate scholarly work within the field of philosophy of religion. It also hopes to foster greater ties between scholars and groups working in the field by providing a forum for a constructive and critical analysis of religion.
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Information regarding member societies and associations; the upcoming conference; news and events pertaining to member organizations; numerous journals devoted to philosophy of religion.
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Primary focus is on the consolidation of information pertinent to numerous individual societies, associations, and journals.
Membership None.
Publications None.
Meetings A biennial conference hosted by one (or more) of its member organizations.

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The John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion

(University of Birmingham)

The mission of the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion is to foster excellence in teaching and research in the philosophy of religion from a global perspective, and it aims to be a top research centre in the philosophy of religion in Europe. The JHCPR is located in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham and is dedicated to promoting critical thinking about the metaphysical, epistemological and moral questions concerning religion, belief, and reality.
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Information regarding opportunities for postgraduate study (MA/PhD); current member scholars, visiting fellows, and doctoral researchers; current research and book projects; journals edited and recent books or articles published by affiliated scholars; video clips of conferences and interviews of the JHCPR directors; news and current events related to the JHCPR or the university; past lecture series, conferences, and research seminars.
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Primary focus is on both research and education. It has a distance learning program that offers an MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics.
Membership None.
Publications Both of the JHCPR’s directors co-edit a journal, the European Journal for Philosophy of Religion (Yujin Nagasawa) and Studies in Interreligious Dialogue (David Cheetham).
Meetings Regular seminar for staff and students; a visiting speaker program; numerous workshops, public lectures, and research seminars; conferences less frequently.

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Philosophy of Religion in Northern Europe

(University of Oslo)

Philosophy of Religion in Northern Europe (PRINE) was established in 2007 as a research network by a number of researchers from all over Northern Europe who recognized the need for closer co-operation between philosophy and theology, sociology, and religious studies. Its purposes are to establish the philosophy of religion as an interdisciplinary field of research, to define new challenges for that field, and to cultivate discussion among young researchers.
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Information regarding board members; past conferences and workshops; member institutions eligible for research funding from PRINE; procedures for the procurement of funding or refunds from PRINE; online resources with links to other organizations and journals sharing a similar focus.
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Primary focus is on research and research funding, as well as the organization of conferences.
Membership Membership limited to the level of universities and research institutions.
Publications None.
Meetings Provides funding for conferences and workshops organized by its member institutions.

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Nordic Society for Philosophy of Religion

(University of Oslo)

The Nordic Society for Philosophy of Religion was organized in 2006 by researchers from Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, the Baltic countries, and Russia to facilitate cooperation between philosophy and theology, sociology, and religious studies. It maintains close ties to both the European Society for Philosophy of Religion and the International Philosophy of Religion Association.
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Information regarding the most recent events, conferences, and workshops.
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Primary focus is on the organization of conferences and workshops.
Membership None.
Publications None.
Meetings Organizes biennial conferences in association with the European Society for Philosophy of Religion. Its last conference took place in 2012 on the topic “Brain, Body and Religion.”

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The Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology

Members of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology are philosophers and theologians from diverse backgrounds. Representative fields of study include phenomenology, deconstruction, feminism, Radical Orthodoxy, political theory, environmentalism, idealism, and ethics. The SCPT was formed to promote and facilitate discussion among philosophers and theologians working within the continental traditions of thought, traditions in which the relations between religion and philosophy are often intimate and necessary.
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Information regarding the history of SCPT; past conferences and meetings.
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Primary focus on the organization of meetings and conferences.
Membership None.
Publications None.
Meetings Biennial conferences, as well as meetings held in conjunction with the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, the American Catholic Philosophical Society, and the World Congress of Philosophy.

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The Society of Christian Philosophers

The Society of Christian Philosophers was organized in 1978 to promote fellowship among Christian philosophers and to stimulate study of and discussion about issues which arise from their Christian and philosophical commitments. One of its chief goals is to go beyond the usual philosophy of religion sessions at the American Philosophical Association by stimulating thought about the nature and role of Christian commitments in philosophy.
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Information regarding the SCP governing board; procedures for making a donation to the newly installed Alvin Plantiga Library at Peking University and the Kretzmann Library at Wuhan University; upcoming conferences in each of three regional divisions; pertinent news and events.
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Primary focus is on the organization of meetings and conferences, as well as the publication of its associated journal.
Membership $45 annually or $1,000 lifetime ($24/$800 for retirees and unemployed applicants, $10 annually for students). Membership benefits include the SCP newsletter, a subscription to the journal, and information on regional conferences.
Publications Faith and Reason — This quarterly journal seeks to articulate the Christian faith in a way that will withstand rigorous examination and attempts to explore the implications of that faith for all aspects of human life.
Meetings Annual conferences, usually around March and held in each of three regional divisions (Eastern, Midwest, Mountain-Pacific).

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The Society for Philosophy of Religion

The Society for Philosophy of Religion exists for the discussion of every aspect of philosophy of religion. The SPR’s history is murky before 1944, times when a small group of scholars would meet somewhere — usually the houses of Bob Patterson, though there was at least one meeting on a cruise liner — to sip the finest liquors and to smoke the best Cuban cigars while talking about God, no-God, which God, and the like.
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Information regarding upcoming and past meetings; the affiliated journal; membership details.
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Primary focus is on the organization of meetings and conferences, as well as the publication of its affiliated journal.
Membership $25 (Full), $15 (Assocate/Student), Free (Emeritus). Membership is constitutionally limited to a maximum of 125 members; membership is by invitation. Prospective members are invited to attend a meeting of the Society in order to see first hand how meetings work and to interact with the members. If a visitor desires to join, then this person submits a CV to the membership committee, which forwards a recommendation to the members for a vote at the annual business meeting.
Publications International Journal for Philosophy of Religion — This journal provides a medium for the exposition, development, and criticism of important philosophical insights and theories relevant to religion in any of its varied forms. It also provides a forum for critical, constructive, and interpretative consideration of religion from an objective philosophical point of view. IJPR presents articles, symposia, discussions, reviews, notes, and news, serving the interests of a wide range of thoughtful readers, especially teachers and students of philosophy, philosophical theology and religious thought.
Meetings Annual conference for members and invited guests.

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Wesleyan Philosophical Society

(South Nazarene University)

The purposes of the Wesleyan Philosophical Society are threefold: (i) to promote and provide a forum for philosophy emerging from a distinctively Wesleyan perspective — no one type, tradition, or methodology will be regarded as normative; (ii) to promote philosophy in Wesleyan communities, including colleges, universities, seminaries, denominations, centers for the study of Wesleyan thought, local congregations, and other arenas; and (iii) to promote the interaction among and provide support for philosophers within the Wesleyan tradition.
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Information regarding upcoming and past conferences; scholarly articles on a range of topics; instructions for the submission of manuscripts related to dimensions of Wesleyan theology and its connections with philosophy and philosophical analysis.
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Primary focus is on the organization of conferences, with an educational element in the form of articles made available online.
Membership $40 (collected during registration at any conference) covers admission to that conference and remains good for one year.
Publications Free, sporadically published online journal provides academic articles written by scholars from a number of academic institutions.
Meetings Annual meeting that primarily consists of papers given by WPS members.

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World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies

Founded in 1948, the natural evolution of the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies has led to building bridges of cooperation, not only within the community of Catholic philosophers but with other traditions also concerned with the philosophical foundations of human dignity and social progress. This has been done in cooperation with the International Society for Metaphysics and the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy and has provided a systematic bridge for joint philosophical reflection and exchange between East and West. The WUCPS is also a founding member of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies.
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Not very much online apart from some historical background, information concerning the most recent call for papers, and details about affiliated publication material.
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Primary focus is on the organization of events and other activities to support dialogue between fields.
Membership None.
Publications Philosophy, Culture, and Traditions — Sponsored by the WUCPS, the annual publication of this journal aims at promoting dialogue and a fruitful exchange of ideas between philosophy and religious and cultural traditions.
 
The WUCPS also publishes a bi-annual bulletin detailing international events and news such as conferences, meetings, and gatherings relevant to philosophy and religion.
Meetings Cooperates with the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy to organize a 10-week seminar each year in Washington, D.C., bringing together representatives from research teams based around the world and an equal number of scholars from a variety of disciplines for interdisciplinary and intercultural studies of crucial contemporary issues. Such issues have included “Relations between Cultures,” “Freedom and Choice in a Democracy,” and “Civil Society and Social Reconstruction.”
 
Sponsors or co-sponsors biennial conferences, symposia concurrent with the quinquennial meetings of the World Congress of Philosophy.
 
Since 1977, joint colloquia have been organized with the Academies of Science in several countries of Central and Eastern Europe and, since 1987, with the Academies of Science in Beijing and Shanghai and with Peking and Fudan Universities.

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