Upcoming Events


Recurring Events

3PR Working Group

Fridays 10.00-11.30am

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 2022


The colloquium meets virtually at 4.00pm

Those interested in details can contact us.

3PR Kierkegaard Reading Group


Spring 2022

Please join us for the 3PR's Kierkegaard reading group in the Spring semester. Updates and more information to follow.


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

3PR Islamic Philosophy Reading Group

Next Meeting:

Monday 31st January 10.30am-11.50am

The reading can be downloaded here:






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.

Our theme for 2021-22 will be the relationship between philosophy and religion in early Islamicate thought and the emergence of post-classical Islamic philosophy. Meetings will be held bi-weekly on a close reading and philosophical analysis of pre-circulated texts in English translation by seminal figures including Ibn Rushd and al-Ghazali. Each semester will also feature special sessions by an invited speaker to facilitate our reading of challenging thinkers (Fall 2021: Ibn al-‘Arabi, Spring 2022: Mulla Sadra). 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.

Fall 2021 Schedule: Meetings will take place on alternate Mondays, from 10:40am – 12noon |  Jan 31, Feb 14, Feb 28, Mar 14, Mar 28, Apr 14

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


Past Events

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)



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

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 


PPPR Debate Good God Bad World.jpg

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.

Screenshot 2021-03-24 at 17.12.26.png

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.

3PR Conference Poster.jpg

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

3PR Conference Program.jpg

 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"