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.
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Philosophy of Religion Unit
Call for Proposals
In order to foster rich, innovative, and challenging intellectual conversations, the Philosophy of Religion Unit is committed to inclusion. Our Unit expects pre-arranged sessions or panel proposals to incorporate diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, and rank.
The steering committee invites proposals on the following topics:
- Envisioning the future of philosophy of religion, including new approaches to teaching philosophy of religion (syllabi, sources, geography)
- Philosophy of religion’s contributions to environmental humanities
- Ritual and/in philosophy of religion
- Race and philosophy of religion (including, for example, work on race and ontology or racial capitalism)
- Love and political imagination (love and the work of critique, genealogies of love, etc.)
- Baldwin and philosophy of religion
- Marx and Specters of Marx (for a possible co-sponsorship with the Political Theology Unit)
- Non-Dualism in the Various Subfields of the Study of Religion
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.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Danube Johnson, Harvard University1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Leah Kalmanson, University of North Texas1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Oludamini Ogunnaike, University of Virginia1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Carol Wayne White, Bucknell University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
An Yountae, California State University, Northridge1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027