Upcoming Events

PPPR Inaugural Conference

Part 2

September 17th-18th, 2021 (schedule TBD)

The first part of our inaugural conference took place on October 30-31 2020.

We hope to hold the second part in person in September 2021, public health permitting.

 

In the meantime, check out our great lineup here.

 
 
 

Recurring Events

PPPR Working Group

Fridays 11.45-13.00

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

Intended for Princeton affiliates only.

PPPR Kierkegaard Reading Group

Either-Or

Next meeting: May 28th, 2021

Please join us for the PPPR's Kierkegaard reading group. This semester we are reading through selections of Either-Or (1843).

The group meets virtually on the last Friday of the month at 11.45am-12.45pm (ET).

For more information please contact Elizabeth Li at exli@princeton.edu.

 
 
 

Past Events

PPPR/RCPR Incubator

May 17-18, 2021 

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

The goal of the incubator is 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. Note: all times Eastern.

To attend the incubator please register HERE.

For questions, please contact pppr@princeton.edu or Daniel Rubio at dkrubio@princeton.edu.

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)

 

1245 PM-145 PM: LUNCH BREAK

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

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Princeton Symposium 

on the Philosophy of Religion

 

May 14th, 2021, 4.00pm-6.00pm

Join us for the Princeton Symposium on the Philosophy of Religion with PPPR's directors Andrew Chignell and Lara Buchak. They are joined by Hans Halvorson and Gabriel Citron. For more information and abstracts click HERE

 

Zoom Link: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/91816024385 

 

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PPPR 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?

Join us for an animated 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.

To register, click here

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"

The colloquium meets virtually at 4.30-6.00pm

Those interested in details can contact us.

PPPR 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!

PPPR 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.

 

This was the first of a two part event introducing the project. For more information about Part 2, see Upcoming Events.

PPPR Islamic Philosophy Reading Group

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

PPPR 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.