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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Philosophy of Religion Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit analyzes the interface between philosophy and religion, including both philosophical positions and arguments within various specific religious traditions and more generalized philosophical theories about religion. We include in our purview not only traditional topics of Western philosophy of religion but also those arising from non-Western traditions and from the study of religion in a comparative context.

Call for Papers: 

The steering committee invites proposals on the following topics:

• Philosophy of religion and religious studies with particular interest in papers that address the fate of the field and/or the academic job market
• Religious naturalism
• Anger, outrage
• Afro-pessimism and Afro-futurism (with particular interest in papers that engage the work of Christina Sharpe and/or Claudia Rankine)
• Cosmology
• Glossolalia and religious language
• Philosophy of religion at crossroads (e.g., in the context of Hindu and Muslim encounters)
• W. E. B. Du Bois
• Noreen Khawaja’s The Religion of Existence: Asceticism in Philosophy from Kierkegaard to Sartre

Although proposals for individual papers will be given due consideration, we encourage proposals for prearranged "papers sessions" (i.e., an entire session with a designated group of presenters) on these or other topics that will be of interest to philosophers of religion. Proposals have a much greater chance of acceptance if they are written so as to be accessible to philosophers with no expertise on the particular topics or figures dealt with in the proposed paper, and they make very clear the central thesis and main line(s) of argument of the proposed paper.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Comments: 
Although proposals for individual papers will surely be given due consideration, we also encourage proposals for prearranged sessions on the topics in our call or on other topics that will be of interest to philosophers of religion. Proposals have a much greater chance of acceptance if they are written so as to be accessible to philosophers with no expertise on the particular topics or figures dealt with in the proposed paper, and they make very clear the central thesis and main line(s) of argument of the proposed paper.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee