Has Philosophy of Religion a Future? A symposium at McGill University @ Birks Building, Room 111, McGill University
Apr 25 – Apr 26 all-day

The symposium aims to address the emerging new faces of philosophy of religion that expand on the wider cultural issues of theorizing religion today. Topics to be addressed range from how ideology critique has come to change the face of studying religion academically and whether theology and religious studies can or should, in the context of post-phenomenological debates, co-exist in the university, to whether traditional philosophy of religion, as distinct from philosophical theology and phenomenology of religion, is more properly philosophy of religious studies.

The subject matter is a pressing one. Philosophy of religion is changing so rapidly that many wonder, more now than ever, in what it consists. This often raises the urgent question whether philosophy of religion should persist. The symposiasts offer ways in which to mitigate the issues, underlining the importance of reflexivity in the context of religion and not philosophy alone.

All speakers:

John D. Caputo (Villanova University)
Carl Raschke (University of Denver)
Tyler Roberts (Grinnell College)
Pamela Anderson (Oxford University)
Maurice Boutin (McGill University)
Wesley Wildman (Boston University)
Clayton Crockett (University of Central Arkansas)
Jim Kanaris (McGill University)
Morny Joy (University of Calgary)
Jin Park (American University)
Nick Trakakis (Australian Catholic University)

Conference Schedule:

Symposiasts are cordially invited to a light breakfast

SESSION 1 9:00‐10:30
SESSION 2 10:45‐12:15

Symposiasts are cordially invited to a light lunch

SESSION 3 1:30‐3:00
SESSION 4 3:15‐5:30

Symposiasts are cordially invited to dinner

Canadian Society for Christian Philosophers — 2013 Annual General Meeting @ University of Victoria
Jun 3 all-day

The Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers will hold its annual meeting on June 3rd, 2013 as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Victoria.

Meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association:

When — June 2 to June 5, 2013
Where — TBD
Hosted by — Canadian Philosophical Association
Who can attend — Registered attendees of the association.

Concerning the schedule of meetings and the specific itinerary, more details will be posted as they become available. Check the website starting in April 2013.

Access — Only those people who have registered for the meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association may attend. Note that registration fees do not cover the association’s membership fees. For membership inquiries, please contact the association directly.

Program Chair: Guillaume Fréchette, Universität Salzburg
Local Arrangements Coordinator: James Young, University of Victoria

Please visit the website for more information.

Université de Paris – Sorbonne & Institut Catholique de Paris Conference: Aquinas and the Arabic Tradition @ Université de Paris - Sorbonne
Jun 3 – Jun 4 all-day

3-4 June 2013, Université de Paris – Sorbonne & Institut Catholique de Paris, “Thomas d’Aquin et ses sources arabes / Aquinas and ‘the Arabs'”. Call for papers on Aquinas and the Arabic Tradition. Initial deadline 15 February 2013.

Organizers: J.-B. Brenet, Isabelle Moulin & Richard C. Taylor

Universität Würzburg Conference: Aquinas and Arabic Metaphysics @ Universität Würzburg
Jun 6 – Jun 8 all-day

The Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group announces a conference on “Aquinas and Metaphysics in the Arabic Tradition” that will be held 7-8 June at Würzburg. The conference is organized by Profs. Jörn Müller, Dag Hasse and Richard C. Taylor.

Among the program presenters are Pasquale Porro, Deborah Black, Dag Hasse, R. E. Houser, Olga Lizzini, Luis López-Farjeat, Richard C. Taylor, and David B. Twetten.

There will be a workshop for Ph.D. students held on Friday 7 June before the evening plenary lecture opening the conference.

Centre for Philosophy of Religion Annual One Day Conference: The Future for Philosophy of Religion? @ The Loyola Hall, Heythrop College
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Future for Philosophy of Religion? An exploration of recent ‘turns to the human’ in thinking about religion.

The past decade has been marked by significant shifts in the in the Philosophy of Religion. A discipline long characterised by close analysis of a limited number of topics, and focusing mainly on arguments for and against traditional theistic belief, has broken new ground, both in its subject matter and its methodology. Much work by contemporary philosophers of religion has taken on an increasingly ‘humanistic’ shape: to supplement abstract argument and analysis there has been an increasing interest in religion as a response to the problems of lived human experience. This interest has manifested itself in a focus on the relation between religious belief and moral and aesthetic experience; the role played by religion in the struggle for self-awareness and psychological maturity; the contributions to religious awareness made by the emotions, the body, and the disciplines of spiritual praxis; and the way in which a deeper engagement with poetic and literary resources may develop and deepen religious sensibility and also enhance our understanding of the religious outlook itself.

Among the possible themes to be addressed by the Conference are the following:

1. Criteria for evaluating a religious outlook. Is a religious outlook to be assessed in terms of the intellectual plausibility of the claims it purports to make about the origins or workings of the cosmos, or should it be understood instead as an attempt to articulate an appropriate emotional and moral response to the puzzle of the meaning of human life and the how it should be lived?

2. Methodology. What is the appropriate mode for religious philosophizing? Should the philosopher of religion aim at detached intellectual scrutiny of certain truth claims, in the manner of a scientist, or is religious truth a domain that is more fruitfully investigated from a standpoint of emotional and moral commitment?

3. Theoretical implications. Does the ‘humane turn’ in philosophy of religion lead to, or lend support to, so-called ‘noncognitivism’ about religious claims (the view that religious assertions are not really descriptions of states of affairs but express passionate commitments to a certain form of life); or does it need to preserve a cognitive core of essential truth-claims?

4. Theological and anthropological dimensions. Should theology operate primarily at the level of abstract metaphysical doctrine, or does it need to do more to accommodate the perspective of the human subject, and an examination of the nature of what the religious life means for those who are actually involved in the practice of religion, or belong to its institutions?

Speakers: John Cottingham (analytic philosophy); William Schweiker (theological ethics and hermeneutics); Mark Wynn (philosophy/theology and the emotions); Christopher Hamilton (philosophy and literature).

Please see website for additional details.

The Australasian Philosophy of Religion Association (APRA) Conference: “Religion and Science, Theism and Atheism.” @ The University of Sydney
Jun 20 – Jun 23 all-day

The APRA Conference, 2013: Religion and Science, Theism and Atheism

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Herman Philipse, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Professor Michael Ruse, Florida State University, USA
Professor John Bishop, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Professor Peter Forrest, University of New England, Australia

Submission date 31 March 2013. Please see website for more information.

The annual ARPA conference: Religion and Science, Theism and Atheism. @ Department of Studies in Religion
Jun 21 – Jun 24 all-day

The APRA Conference has been convened annually since 2008, and is usually held mid-year at a different location within Australasia. The aim of the Conference is to bring together academics and graduate students working within the fields of philosophy of religion, theology, religious studies and allied disciplines to discuss and debate a wide range of topics in philosophy of religion and philosophical theology.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Herman Philipse (University of Utrecht, Netherlands)
Professor Michael Ruse (Florida State University, USA)
Professor John Bishop (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Professor Peter Forrest (University of New England, Australia)

Other Speakers

Professor Purushottama Bilimoria (UC-Berkeley/Melbourne University)
Professor James Franklin (University of NSW)
Dr Bruce Langtry (University of Melbourne)
Professor David G. Santos (University of Beira Interior, Portugal)
Dr Jeremy Shearmur (Australian National University)
Dr Lloyd Strickland (Manchester Metropolitan University, Great Britain)

Eighth Annual Marquette University Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition:
Virtue, Emotion and Practical Reason in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition. @ Beaumier Conference Center, Raynor Library, Marquette University
Jun 24 – Jun 26 all-day

This Conference is intended to provide a formal occasion and central location for philosophers and scholars of the Midwest region (and elsewhere) to present and discuss their current work on Aristotle’ and his interpreters in ancient, medieval and contemporary philosophy.

Please see website for more information.

Two-Day Workshop on Ibn Rushd / Averroes and His Philosophy @ Beaumier Conference Center
Jun 27 @ 11:00 am – Jun 28 @ 12:00 pm

The Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group presents:

This Workshop is intended to provide a formal occasion and central location for discussion of the thought of Ibn Rushd / Averroes, Topics to be considered include: philosophy in the Andalusian context; Ibn Rushd and his Greek and Arabic sources; method in philosophy and religion; the nature of human intellect; providence; creation; cosmology; prophecy; the afterlife; Ibn Rushd and issues of Latin Averroism; and more.

Please see website for more information.

The Sixth Annual Summer Conference on Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions @ University of Denver
Jul 10 – Jul 12 all-day

Presented by the Departments of Philosophy at the University of Denver and Marquette University and the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies

July 10-12, 2013 at the University of Denver

Organizers: Prof. Sarah Pessin (University of Denver) & Prof. Richard C. Taylor (Marquette University)

This Conference is intended to provide a formal occasion and central location for philosophers and scholars of the Arabic / Islamic, Jewish and Latin Christian philosophical traditions of the Middle Ages to present and discuss their current work in medieval philosophy.

First held at Marquette University in 2008, this Summer Conference alternates between the University of Denver and Marquette University.

Please see website for more information.