Grant Opportunity: Enduring Questions

August 31, 2013, posted by Nicholas C. DiDonato

The National Endowment for the Humanities’s Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the teaching and development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. This question-driven course will encourage undergraduates and teachers to grapple with a fundamental concern of human life addressed by the humanities, and to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day.

What is an enduring question? The following list is neither prescriptive nor exhaustive but serves to illustrate.

  • What is good government?
  • Can war be just?
  • What is friendship?
  • What is evil?
  • Are there universals in human nature?
  • What are the origins of the universe?

Receipt Deadline September 12, 2013 for Projects Beginning May 2014.

Call for papers: The Second International Conference on Contemporary Philosophy of Religion (SICCPR)

August 7, 2013, posted by Nicholas C. DiDonato

In the contemporary world and despite the differences, divergences, tensions, and conflicts, mankind is desperately seeking a sustainable and reliable source and way of peace, prosperity and happiness.

Philosophy of Religion is considered by its large community to be competent to make a bridge from the Abstraction to the Action and from the West to the East in order to solve or resolve the separation to the unification.

Since religion might be the most common and valuable element of human life, any dialogue, understanding and exchange of ideas based on such a foundation could result in very productive and fruitful outcomes and consequences.

Thus the Iranian Association for Philosophy of Religion have decided to organize the Second Contemporary Philosophy of Religion conference to be held in Tehran , Iran at The Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies in order to establish the unique ground for dialogue and understanding among the very influential community of Philosophy of Religion from both West and East.

Conference Themes

The two-day conference will explore the following issues:

  • Comparative Theology
  • Science and Religion / Religious Science
  • Religious Diversity
  • Philosophy of Religion and Islamic Wisdom (Hekmat)


Proposals of papers should consist of a title, a 150-250 word abstract, and the author’s name and full contact information.

Deadline: December 15th, 2013. Early submissions are especially welcome.

If there is any concern or comment please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please submit proposals (in MS Word) or queries to

Call for papers: “Prisons of Stone, Word, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity”

June 4, 2013, posted by Ian R. Cooley

If, following the thought of Michel Foucault and others, the prison is an essentially modern invention, how can we best conceptualize captivity in the time beforehand? Historical records of the medieval and early modern period (roughly 400-1800 AD) offer countless examples of human bondage, including the capture and detention of prisoners of war and the voluntary submission of hostages, as well as evolving forms of punitive incarceration. During the same time, art and literature are replete with depictions of imprisonment, often employed as a master metaphor for concepts like erotic love or mankind’s enslavement to the Devil and the body. Being held against their will even seems to have been something of a rite of passage for numerous medieval and early modern authors (such as Marco Polo, François Villon, Charles d’Orléans, Thomas Malory, and Cervantes) who found in various forms of captivity the time and inspiration necessary to create some of the most enduring works of western literature.

Submissions are sought from graduate students, faculty members, and other scholars in fields including—but not limited to—history, literature, languages, philosophy, religious studies, art and architectural history, and music. Particularly welcome are submissions which offer new methodological or theoretical approaches to issues of medieval and early modern captivity, or which examine the relationship of captivity to cultural production and/or intercultural exchange. Papers should be no more than twenty minutes in length and should be in English. Please send a 250-word abstract, along with brief contact information to The submission deadline is November 1, 2013.

The Center for Philosophy of Religion announces inaugural issue of new publication

May 30, 2013, posted by Ian R. Cooley

The Journal of Analytic Theology is a joint publication of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame and Baylor University. JAT is an open access, international journal that twice anually publishes articles, book reviews, and book symposia that explore theological and meta-theological topics in a manner that prizes terminological clarity and argumentative rigor. This includes historical studies that seek to elucidate conceptual challenges or explore strategies for addressing them. More information can be found here.

Essay prize from the Association for the Philosophy of Judaism

May 30, 2013, posted by Ian R. Cooley

The Association for the Philosophy of Judaism is dedicated to encouraging new work in the philosophy of Judaism. Our annual APJ Essay Prize will be awarded to new work in the philosophy of Judaism. The winner will receive $500 and will also have their paper published in Faith & Philosophy, subject to the ratification of the editorial team of the journal. We are grateful to Faith & Philosophy for their support of our prize, and we are happy to announce that this year’s prize will be open. Deadline for receipt of entries will be November 24th, and a winner will be announced in December. More information can be found here.

Special issue of Religious Studies: J.L. Schellenberg’s Philosophy of Religion

May 6, 2013, posted by Ian R. Cooley

Religious Studies, the journal for philosophy of religion, is releasing a special issue focused on the philosophy of John Schellenberg. Contributions from Daniel Howard-Snyder (Philosophy, Western Washington University), Terence Cuneo (Philosophy, University of Vermont), Thomas M. Crisp (Philosophy, Biola University), Andrew Chignell (Philosophy, Cornell University), Wes Morriston (Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder), Jeanine Diller (Philosophy, University of Toledo), and Andrew Dole (Philosophy, Amherst College). More information can be found here.

Varieties of Understanding: New Perspectives from Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology

February 6, 2013, posted by Ian R. Cooley

The Philosophy Department at Fordham University has announced its three-year “Varieties of Understanding” project lead by Stephen Grimm. The project will sponsor research in psychology, philosophy, and theology that will examine the various ways in which human beings understand the world, how these various types of understanding might be improved, and how they might be combined with one another to produce an integrated understanding of the world.The project is supported by a 3.56 million dollar grant from the John Templeton Foundation, with additional support from the Henry Luce Foundation, Fordham University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Proposals will be due November 1st, 2013. More information can be found here.

New Distance Learning MAs

December 5, 2012, posted by Ian R. Cooley

Two new Philosophy distance learning MA programmes are now open for admissions. More information can be found here.

Boston University’s Institute for the Philosophy of Religion Turns 40

September 15, 2012, posted by Wesley J. WIldman

The Institute for the Philosophy of Religion was co-founded by James Purvis in 1972, directed by Lee Rouner for many years and then by M. David Eckel, and is currently run by C. Allen Speight. Photos from the 40th anniversary celebration on August 7, 2012, are here.

University of Birmingham Launches John Hick Center for Philosophy of Religion


“The mission of the centre is to foster excellence in teaching and research in the philosophy of religion from a global perspective. We aim to be a top research centre in the philosophy of religion in Europe. The Centre is located in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion and is dedicated to promote critical thinking about the metaphysical, epistemological and moral questions concerning religion, belief, and reality.” For more information, go here.

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