Here at PhilosophyOfReligion.org, we are asking philosophers of religion to tell us what philosophy of religion can offer to the modern university, considered either as a whole or through the lens of one or more university disciplines. Our blog is full of fascinating contributions of this kind.
Last year we witnessed a fabulous response to our challenge to look inwards and say what our field is and does, and we’ll soon present our analysis of those creative blog contributions. This year we are looking outwards as well as inwards, asking philosophers of religion to tell us how our field can impact the university or specific university disciplines.
For this theme, as for last year’s theme, we prefer to ask and listen rather than stipulate and define; it’s how we live up to our intention to speak for the entire unruly world of philosophy of religion. Ultimately we hope to analyze the themes in these blog entries and present our findings to you.
So read the blog entries and learn about philosophy of religion in the modern university from the experts who work in the field.
Wesley J. Wildman is a philosopher of religion working at Boston University, and founder of PhilosophyOfReligion.org.
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I saw that there was a call for a paper on Buddhism and Science and I was hoping to see a follow up on that topic? I found this site while trying to form my own opinions on whether or not Buddhism should be classified as a religion or a philosophy. I think it mainly depends on how you approach the subject seeing as how many western philosophers appeal to Christianity in their search for truth but I hesitate calling Buddhism a strict kind of philosophy since it is not pointed like epistemology, ethics, logic, etc. However, Confucianism, from what I understand, is a type of philosophy and not classified as a religion whereas Taoism, while closely related, is considered to be more of a religion.
The main question, and I realize it’s a tall order, is how can we classify a “religion” versus a “philosophy”? I was not able to take a formal Philosophy of Religion course and am drowning in information trying to find answers. Any direction would be greatly appreciated.