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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Princeton Project in Philosophy & Religion

will be back in the Fall 2023 Semester!

Stay tuned!

Recurring Events

3PR Working Group

Tuesdays 12.30pm-2.00pm

We run a Working Group every week, where 3PR members share papers in progress.

Intended for Princeton affiliates only.

 Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion


Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion

Joint Colloquium

Spring 2023

TBD (updates to follow)

Working Group
Recurring Events
Joint Colloquium
Past Events

Past Events

Princeton Project of Philosophy and Religion 2023 Conference

Philosophy, Religion, and Existential Commitment

March 30 and 31, 2023


Clare Carlisle (King's College London)

Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers University)



Alexander Barrientos (University of Utah)

Claudine Davidshofer (High Point University)

Jessica Flanigan (University of Richmond)

Stephen Grimm (Fordham University)

Jacob Hesse (Ruhr Universität Bochum)

Itay Melamed (Cornell University)

Noam Oren (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Z Quanbeck (UNC Chapel Hill)

Jaclyn Rekis (University of Western Ontario)

Jonathan Rutledge (Harvard University)

Seyma Yazici (Ankara University)

Jizhang Yi (University of Toronto, St. George)

Jacob Zellmer (UC San Diego)


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Princeton Project of Philosophy and Religion &

Center for Culture, Society, and Religion Workshop

"Mind and Representation: Approaches from German Idealist and Buddhist Philosophies"

February 17, 2023

Location: Louis A. Simpson Building, Room 144

Start time: 8:30 AM

Schedule can be found here.

For more information, please contact:


Allison Aitken (Columbia University)

Eyal Aviv (Georgetown University)

Mavis Biss (Loyola University Maryland)

Leah Kalmanson (University of North Texas)

Andrew Chignell (Princeton University)

Mario D'Amato (Rollins College)

Douglas Duckworth (Temple University)

Alexander Englert (Princeton University)

Jonathan Gold (Princeton University)

James Kreines (Claremont McKenna College)

Graham Priest (CUNY Graduate Center)

Marcela Garcia Romero (Loyola Marymount University)

William Waldron (Middlebury College)



3PR Islamic Philosophy Reading Group

Fall 2022

We will be reading Ibn Sīnā, al-Ghazālī, and possibly Ibn Rushd on the question of personal identity and the mind/body problem. Depending how things progress, at the end of the semester we may also read selections from the correspondence between Miskawayh and al-Tawhidi.

Philosophy in Islamic thought spans many geographic areas and time periods, and its study calls for collaboration between philosophers, philologists, historians, and scholars of religion along with academics in Islamic thought and intellectual history. This interdisciplinary reading group is open to students, researchers, and faculty in philosophy, near eastern studies, history, religion, the humanities, and anyone interested in Islamic philosophy. Our goal is to foster a learning community to explore broader questions in Islamic philosophy that challenge, interest, or confuse us. No prior background is presumed, and all are welcome. The reading group is informal and collegial and everyone is welcome to drop in as often, or not, as they may.


Sep 27 – JRR 301

01 – al-Ghazālī, Iḥyā, K. al-ʿilm. On the Intellect.

02 – al-Ghazālī, Iḥyā, K. ʿajāʾib al-qalb. Defining the Soul, Spirit, Heart and Intellect.

03 – Ibn Sīnā, K. al-Shifāʾ. The Existence of the Soul and It’s Faculties


Oct 11 – JRR 397

04 – Ibn Sīnā, K. al-Shifāʾ. Immateriality, Temporality, Incorruptibility of the soul. The Active Intellect.


Oct 25 – JRR 397

05 – al-Ghazālī, Tahāfuṭ, Prefaces, Contents, and Conclusion

06 – al-Ghazālī, Iqtiṣād. Probing in Philosophy and the Methods of Proof.

07 – al-Ghazālī, Tahāfuṭ XVI – Celestial souls and the particulars of the world


Nov 1 – TBC

08 – al-Ghazālī, Tahāfuṭ XVIII – The human soul, materiality, and the body

09 – al-Ghazālī, Tahāfuṭ XIX – Incorruptibility of the human soul.


Nov 15 – JRR 397

10 – Ibn Rushd, Ṭahāfut al-Ṭahāfut, Sixteenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Discussions.


Nov 22 – TBC

Guest speaker: Reza Pourjavady (IAS): “The Reception of Averroes in the Islamic East.”


Dec 6 – JRR 397

11 – The Philosopher Responds – Miskawayh’s replies to al-Tawhidi, Selections.

3PR Second Philosophy of Religion Incubator

May 25th-27th 2022



The Incubator was held virtually (Zoom) on May 25-27. 2022. The Incubator was held in conjunction with the 3PR Incubator Conference on Philosophy in the Islamic World.

Full program available here.



3PR Incubator Conference: "Philosophy in the Islamic World"

May 25th-26th 2022
















The Philosophy in the Islamic World Incubator was held virtually (Zoom) on May 25-26th, 2022.  We had a diverse range of papers and held a joint session with the Philosophy of Religion incubator on May 26th.

The conference is organized by “Building Collaborative Research Networks Across the Islamic Scholarly Tradition and Western Philosophy,” a project funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation

Full program and abstracts available here

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"Heidegger and His Jewish Reception: A Conversation with Daniel Herskowitz and Ed Baring"

Co-hosted by 3PR and The Program for Judaic Studies

May 4th 2022, 4.30pm


The Program for Judaic Studies and the Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion hosted a conversation between Daniel Herskowitz (Oxford) and Ed Baring (Princeton). Taking Herskowitz’s recent book Heidegger and His Jewish Reception (CUP, 2020) as its starting point, the conversation will explore the complex and persistent Jewish engagement with one of the most important and controversial modern philosophers, Martin Heidegger. 


 219 Aaron Burr Hall, Princeton University, Princeton NJ.

 Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion


Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion

Joint Colloquium

Wednesday April 27th, 4.30-6.00pm

Matthew Benton (Seattle Pacific University):

"Faith and Interpersonal Knowledge" 


Epistemology of religion in the western tradition has prioritized propositional belief, where the recent focus is largely on the rationality of such belief. Yet within monotheistic traditions, this emphasis has developed in tension with other notions which are often given non-propositional glosses: for example, recent accounts of faith and interpersonal knowledge need not reduce to, or entail, propositional belief. In this paper I develop an epistemological framework centered on the relational aspects of interpersonal knowledge. This framework makes room for two seemingly discordant notions: on the one hand, someone could believe and know that there is a God, without knowing God interpersonally; but on the other hand, someone could know and relate to God interpersonally while believing a number of false claims about God, and even without believing (under certain guises) that there is such a God. I propose an account of interpersonal faith in God which makes good on how one would relate to God as a person, how such faith can be a virtue, and how it is that, when one's faith is mature, it explains what it is to trust God in terms of how one relates to God as a person. Such an account also offers distinctive ways of understanding divine hiddenness and religious pluralism.


3PR Kierkegaard Reading Group

3PR hosted a series of Kierkegaard readings groups.

2020-2021: Either Or I & II

2021-2022: Fear and Trembling

3PR Islamic Philosophy Reading Group


The Islamic Philosophy Reading Group is an initiative of the project on “Building Collaborative Research Networks Across the Islamic Scholarly Tradition and Western Philosophy” based at the Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion (3PR).

Philosophy in Islamic thought spans many geographic areas and time periods, and its study calls for collaboration between philosophers, philologists, historians, and scholars of religion. This interdisciplinary reading group is open to students, researchers, and faculty in philosophy, near eastern studies, history, religion, the humanities, and anyone interested in Islamic philosophy in general.

The theme for 2021-22's Reading Group was the relationship between philosophy and religion in early Islamicate thought and the emergence of post-classical Islamic philosophy. The Fall semester focused on texts by Ibn al-‘Arabi, and Spring on Mulla Sadra. Meetings are held bi-weekly on a close reading and philosophical analysis of pre-circulated texts in English translation by seminal figures. Each semester also features special sessions by an invited speaker to facilitate our reading of challenging thinkers . Future topics will incorporate the interests of attendees.

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God and Infinity: Perspectives from Hegel and Kierkegaard

April 1st-2nd 2022, Princeton University


3PR hosted a two-day in-person workshop on "God and Infinity: Perspectives from Hegel and Kierkegaard" with talks by Hegel and Kierkegaard scholars. 

To see the full schedule and paper titles click HERE

 Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion


Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion

Joint Colloquium

Fall 2021

September 30th

Timothy O'Connor: "Four Theories of Divine Simplicity"

October 21st

Rebecca Chan: "How We Could Have Libertarian Free Will Even If God Were a Total Know-It-All about the Future" (co-work with Mark Balaguer)

November 11th

Alexander Pruss: "A Norm-Based Design Argument"

December 9th

Aaron Segal: "Monism and Monotheism"

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Princeton Philosophy and Religion Conference

October 17th-19th, 2021 

3PR's 2021 Philosophy and Religion Conference took place on October 17th-19th 2021.

Full program available for download HERE

3PR/RCPR Incubator

May 17-18, 2021 

The Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion together with the Rutgers Center for Philosophy of Religion were pleased to host: The Philosophy of Religion Incubator.

The goal of the incubator was to help bring ideas from early development to paper form and to help authors bring their ideas to fruition. For the full program please see below. 

Day 1: Session A


9.30 AM-10.15 AM

Divine Humility

Bob Beddor (National University of Singapore)

and Simon Goldstein (Australian Catholic University)


 10.20 AM-11.05 AM

God’s Terrible Commands and Impossible Worlds

Frederick Choo (Nanyang Technological University)


 11.10 AM-11.55 AM

God is a Person, Too

Emily McCarty (St. Louis University)



12.00 PM-12.45 PM

Saying the Unsayable

Peter van Elswyk (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

12.45 PM-1.45 PM: LUNCH BREAK

1.45 PM-2.30 PM

“The Anthropology of Religious Experience”

Wes Skolits (University of Oxford)

2.35 PM-3.20 PM

“The Problem of Nomological Harmony”

Brad Saad (Rutgers University-New Brunswick)

3.25 PM-4.10 PM

“Design in Reduction: The Case of Quantum Mechanics”

Christopher Weaver (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

4.15 PM-5.00 PM

“The Genetic Determinants of Religiosity and their Epistemic Implications”

Wade Munroe (University of Michigan)


5.05 PM-5.50 PM

“A Transcendental Bayesian Argument for a First Cause”

Nevin Climenhaga (Australian Catholic University)

Day 1: Session B


9.30 AM-10.15 AM

“Sin as a Harm to Relationships”

Mike Ashfield (University of Southern California)


10.20 AM-11.05 AM

“The Worst Possible World”

Amy Seymour (Fordham University)


11.10 AM-11.55 AM

“Why Heaven Helps: The Relevance of an Everlasting Afterlife to the Problem of Evil”

Chris Hauser (University of Scranton)

12.00 PM-12.45 PM

“The Sufficiency of Origins and the Resurrection of the Body”

John Keller (St. Jospeh's University)

12.45 PM-1.45 PM: LUNCH BREAK

1.45 PM-2.30 PM

“The Kalam Argument Without Temporal Beginnings”

Soufiane Hamri (University of Birmingham)

2.35 PM-3.20 PM

“Wang Daiyu 0n the Three Ultimates: an Islamic Makeover”

Qiu Lin (Duke University)

3.25 PM-4.10 PM

“How to be Free from Oneself: Lessons from Chan Buddhism”

Li Kang (Washington and Lee University) 


4.15 PM-5.00 PM

“Islamic Philosophical Theology and Perfect Being Reasoning”

Kamal Ahmed (Princeton University)

5.05 PM-5.50 PM

“Axiological Pantheism”

Andrei Buckareff (Marist College)Link: 

Parallel Sessions Day 1: May 17th

Day 2: Session A


9.30 AM-10.15 AM

“How Does Foreknowledge Explain Non-Freedom?”

Patrick Todd (University of Edinburgh)


10.20 AM-11.05 AM

“How to get Past the Problem of God’s Omniscience”

Marco Hausman (LMU-Munich)



11.10 AM-11.55 AM

“Indeterministically Grounding the Molinist Conditionals”

Kenneth Pearce (Trinity College-Dublin)


12.00 PM-12.45 PM

“The Puzzle of Divine Luck”

Dre Rusavuk (University of Birmingham)



12.45 PM-1.45 PM: LUNCH BREAK

1.45 PM-2.30 PM

“There is No Highest Attainable Good”

David Vander Laan (Westmont College)


2.35 PM-3.20 PM

“The Epistemic Axiology of Theism”

Elizabeth Jackson (Ryerson University)



3.25 PM-4.10 PM

“Buck-Passing God’s Value”

Austen McDougal (Stanford University)

4.15 PM-5.00 PM

“Mental Disorder Transforms Faith”

Kate Finley (Hope College)


5.05 PM-5.50 PM

“Revelation as Low-Value Knowledge, Or, For the God of the Philosophers, Against the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”

Beau Madison Mount (Konstanz)

Day 2: Session B


9.30 AM-10.15 AM

“Kant and the Devil (Argument) You Don’t Know”

Alexander Englert (Princeton University)

10.20 AM-11.05 AM

“God is Not an Object!: Objectification and Analytic Theology”

Jonathan Jacobs (St. Louis University)


11.10 AM -11.55 AM

“Images of the Divine: Inherence-Pantheism and Expressive-Pantheism in Leibniz’s Early Thought”

Gastòn Robert (Adolph Ibáñez University)


12.00 PM-12.45 PM

“Neither Necessitarianism Nor Sheer Will: Leibniz on Divine Wisdom and Freedom”

Juan Garcia (Wingate University)



1.45 PM-2.30 PM

“Effective Altruism, Disaster Prevention, and the Possibility of Hell”

Eric Sampson (Georgetown)


2.35 PM-3.20 PM

“The Objects of Knowledge: Human and Divine”

Fabio Lampert (Greifswald) and

John Waldrop (Notre Dame)


3.25 PM-4.10 PM

“Perceptual Learning and Religious Experience”

Andrew Payne (St. Joseph's University)

4.15 PM-5.00 PM

“Why Calvinists Should be One-Boxers”

Katie Elliott (University of California-Los Angeles)


5.05 PM-5.50 PM

“The Cross as Divine Apology”

Jaeha Woo (Claremont School of Theology)

Parallel Sessions Day 2: May 18th


Princeton Symposium 

on the Philosophy of Religion


May 14th, 2021, 4.00pm-6.00pm

The Princeton Symposium on the Philosophy of Religion took place with 3PR's directors Andrew Chignell and Lara Buchak. They were joined by friends of the project Hans Halvorson and Gabriel Citron.

For more information and abstracts click HERE


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3PR Debate: Good God, Bad World?

April 29th, 2021

4.30pm-6.00pm (ET)

Can we rationally believe in the existence of an all-powerful and all-good God in the face of horrendous evils and suffering? Is it acceptable to believe that such a God permits human beings (and other animals) to suffer for the sake of some greater good? What if we would prefer not to suffer? Can we fairly apply human moral principles to a divinity? Are there other ways to understand and explain this apparent paradox?

3PR hosted a discussion between two philosophers on these perplexing questions, and share your views. James Sterba – an atheistic philosopher and professor at Notre Dame and Daniel Rubio – a theistic philosopher and postdoctoral researcher at Princeton.

Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion 


Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion

Joint Colloquium

Spring 2021

January 29th 

Mark C. Murphy: “Owing God Worship”

February 19th

Terence Cuneo:

“Blessing Things”

March 12th 

Anne Jeffrey and

Thomas M. Ward:

“One Goodness, Many Goodnesses, and the Divine Idea Imitation Theory”

April 22nd

Paul Franks:

"Infinity, Contraction, and Normative Empowerment: Towards a Philosophical Construal of a Kabbalistic Concept"

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3PR Virtual Panel: Religion in the Modern University

March 24th, 2021

The PPPR hosted the virtual panel "Religion in the Modern University" with Nicholas Wolterstorff (Yale) reflecting on his recent Religion in the University (2019). This book draws on authors ranging from Max Weber and John Locke to Ludwig Wittgenstein and Charles Taylor to argue that religious orientations and voices do have a home in modern academic discussion. It also offers a sketch of what that home should look like. He was joined by panelists Eddie S. Glaude (Princeton), Zena Hitz (St. John’s College) and Jeffrey L. Stout (Princeton) to discuss religion's place in the university today. The panel was chaired by the PPPR’s director Andrew Chignell. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us!

3PR Inaugural Conference

Part 1

October 30th-31st, 2020

The first part of our inaugural conference took place on October 30-31 2020. Click here for the program.

3PR Islamic Philosophy Reading Group

Before their departure for Arizona, Sarah Aronowitz and Reza Hadisi ran an  Islamic Philosophy Reading Group.

3PR Reading Group

Robert M. Adams, What Is and What Is in Itself 

The PPPR's first reading group covered Robert M. Adams's book manuscript: What Is and What Is In Itself.

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Princeton Project in Philosophy & Religion

Book Symposium and Conference on:

"Post-Classical Islamic Philosophy: New Directions"

Thursday, May 18, 2023

9:00 AM - 5:45 PM

Location: Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, Room JRR A17

Open and free to the public with registration (links below)

For a full schedule, click here.

Register to attend in-person at Princeton:

Register to attend online on Zoom:



Princeton Project in Philosophy & Religion's

Mark Johnston

Henry Putnam Professor of Philosophy

will be giving

Cambridge University's Faculty of Divinity

2023 Stanton Lectures

How Did Evil Come Into the World?

(A New Conception of Resurrection, Creation, Evil and Redemption)


Four Lectures will be held on:

May 15, 17, 22, & 24, 2023

5-7pm UK Time/12.00-2pm US time

The lectures will all be held virtually.

Open and free to the public with registration (links below)

For a full schedule, click here.

Register to attend online on Zoom is via Eventbrite at the following link:



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