The Science, Philosophy, and Theology of Immortality

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

Fostering Intellectual Virtues in the Classroom

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?

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?

Paul Moser’s The Elusive God

As the subtitle says, Paul Moser’s The Elusive God is a project in “re-orienting religious epistemology.” One might think that this pricey tome from Cambridge University Press is apparently written for “religious epistemologists,” though that is misleading. It is really addressed to anyone who takes the time to think hard about how we have (or might have) … More Paul Moser’s The Elusive God

Tackling the GRE

Some of us are preparing of the GRE this summer, and I thought I’d share some of the tips and prep strategies I discovered last summer so as help others in their study process. What study materials to buy? There are myriad ways to prepare for the test; some are good, some are bad, and … More Tackling the GRE

Euthyphro in the News

In response to some criticism of his new book Ross Doubthat, addresses the ancient question of whether moral goodness is good, because God commands it, or God commands it because it is good in itself. Since it isn’t stated very clearly in the article, some help from Mark Timmons will get things clear. The so-called Euthyphro dilemma has three … More Euthyphro in the News

Does Philosophy Matter?

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?

On free will, responsibility, and the threat of neuroscience

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

Philosophy of Religion Seminar – Glasgow

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

The 2012 Talbot Philosophical Society Graduate Philosophy Conference — Call for Papers

What: The 2012 Talbot Philosophical Society Graduate Philosophy Conference Keynote Speakers: Daniel Bonevac and Robert Koons Professors of Philosophy, University of Texas, Austin Conference Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dinner: All conference participants and attendants are invited to a dinner reception immediately following the conference, at the Philosophy House (corner … More The 2012 Talbot Philosophical Society Graduate Philosophy Conference — Call for Papers