The John Templeton Foundation has awarded John Fischer (UCR professor of philosophy) $5 million to fund research on aspects of immortality, including near-death experiences and the impact of belief in an afterlife on human behavior. This is exciting! Some of the questions investigated will include: 1. whether and in what form(s) persons survive or could … More The Science, Philosophy, and Theology of Immortality
The Intellectual Virtues and Education Project is a three-year grant project sponsored by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation and housed at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. It is devoted to developing and applying the first systematic formulation of an “intellectual virtues educational model,” which is a model that focuses on fostering … More Fostering Intellectual Virtues in the Classroom
What is Philosophy? An Omnibus of Definitions from Prominent Philosophers by Maria Popova ‘Philosophy is 99 per cent about critical reflection on anything you care to be interested in.’ From Philosophy Bites, the book based on the wonderful podcast of the same name, comes an omnibus of definitions, bound by a most fascinating disclaimer — … More What is Philosophy?
Making Philosophy Matter—or Else In March administrators at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas announced that, because of budget cuts, the entire department of philosophy would be eliminated. Philosophers rallied, the administration flinched, and within a month the crisis was averted. So all is well, right? Not so fast. Unless systemic changes … More Does Philosophy Matter?
From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, March/April 2012 On the evening of October 10th 1769, in one of his typically curt dismissals of a philosophical problem, Dr Johnson silenced Boswell, who wanted to talk about fate and free will, by exclaiming: “Sir…we know our will is free, and there’s an end on’t.” Nearly two and a half … More On free will, responsibility, and the threat of neuroscience
2nd Glasgow Philosophy of Religion Seminar 24-25, May 2012 The biennial Glasgow Philosophy of Religion Seminar provides a platform for discussion of work-in-progress in analytic philosophy of religion. Papers are invited on any topic within analytic philosophy of religion, broadly construed to include non-western traditions. Papers on comparative philosophy of religion are also welcome. The Seminar is … More Philosophy of Religion Seminar – Glasgow
CALL FOR PAPERS 2012 Conference of the Australasian Philosophy of Religion Association (APRA) Keynote speakers: Richard Kearney (Boston College) Marilyn McCord Adams (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Kevin Hart (University of Virginia & Australian Catholic University) Constant Mews (Monash University) Dates: Friday June 22 – Sunday June 24, 2012 Venue: Australian Catholic University, … More Australasion Philosophy of Religion Call for Papers
“Conscious of their own ignorance, most people are impressed by anyone who pontificates and says something that is over their heads.” Aristotle, Ethics, Book1
This week’s paper details… Who: Matt Fujimoto What: “The Incarnation and the Free Will Defense” When: From noon to 1pm Where: Phil House Why: Awesomeness
This week’s paper details… Who: Derek McAllister What: An attempted solution to the Gettier problem, framed in terms of propositional belief and referent When: From noon to 1pm Where: Phil House Why: We possess properties of awesomeness