Upcoming Events

 

Recurring Events

3PR Working Group

TBD

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

Fall 2022

TBD (updates to follow)

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.

The reading group will meet seven times this semester, on Tuesdays from 11am – 12:20pm.

Our first session will be next Tuesday, September 27th from 11am to 12:20pm in JRR 301. The other sessions will take place on October 11, October 25, November 1, November 15, November 22, and December 6 from 11am to 12:20pm in different venues.

The reading group will meet in-person only and is open to all members of the Princeton community (PU ID holders).

To join the list for more details (readings, venue updates, etc.) please email me, Kamal Ahmed, at  krahmed@princeton.edu. Moving forward, I am making this email list opt-in, so if you would like to continue receiving emails, please let me know.

Please pass this announcement along to any members of the Princeton community that you think might be interested.

I look forward to learning with you this semester.

 

Fall 2022 Schedule

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.”

https://www.ias.edu/scholars/reza-pourjavady

 

Dec 6 – JRR 397

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

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3PR Kierkegaard Reading Group

 Fall 2022 

More information to follow

For questions or queries please contact Elizabeth Li at exli@princeton.edu

 
 
 
 
 

Past Events

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

May 25th-26th 2022

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3PR is pleased to announce a call for registrations for the Philosophy in the Islamic World Incubator to be held virtually (Zoom) on May 25-26th, 2022.  We have a diverse range of papers and will be holding 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

Register to attend the conference on the following link

Full program and abstracts available here

Zoom links will be emailed to registered attendees.

For more information, please contact Kamal Ahmed at krahmed@princeton.edu

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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 invite you to 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" 

Abstract

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.

This will be a hybrid event which will take place in Princeton and on Zoom.

Please email Ryan Darr if you would like to attend.

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.

Meetings will be informal, and attendees are encouraged to participate in discussion. 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.

For more details and to join, please email Kamal Ahmed (krahmed@princeton.edu).

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3PR WORKSHOP

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"

3PR/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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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?

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.

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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.

 

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

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 Philosophy and Religion Conference

October 17th-19th, 2021 

Please join us for 3PR's 2021 Philosophy and Religion Conference on October 17th-19th 2021.

 

Register for virtual attendance HERE

Full program available below and for download HERE

 

Download program with zoom links HERE

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3PR Second Philosophy of Religion Incubator

May 25th-27th 2022

Virtual

 

3PR is pleased to announce a call for registrations for the Second Philosophy of Religion Incubator. The Incubator will be held virtually (Zoom) on May 25-27. 2022. The Incubator is held in conjunction with the 3PR Incubator Conference on Philosophy in the Islamic World.

 

The Incubator is designed to bring projects from the initial idea stage towards becoming papers, so abstracts of early works in progress are especially encouraged. Presenters will have 45 minute sessions, with 15-20 minutes to present a new idea followed by a 25-30 minute question and answer session. We have a great lineup this year, and will be holding a joint session with the Philosophy in the Islamic World incubator on May 26th.

 

Register here: https://forms.gle/TyMcV81Sno5dhXxc8 

 

Full program available here.

 

For more information please contact Daniel Rubio on dkrubio@princeton.edu

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