Our mission is to foster the advancement and understanding of the pragmatic and empiricist traditions in American religious thought, as well as the intersections of those traditions with other methodologies, intellectual figures, artistic movements, communities, and issues. This Unit is concerned with critically interrogating, evaluating, and developing the insights and relevance of the pragmatic and empiricist traditions of American thought, broadly construed, for the study of religion and theology, with attention both to the historical interpretation of ideas and contemporary developments within this critical sphere of philosophical and theological reflection. Recent areas of interest include pragmatism and democracy, the continued relevance of empiricism to the revival of pragmatism, multidisciplinary aspects of the tradition (intersections with other fields of inquiry), overlaps with cultural criticism and analyses of gender and race, and the application of pragmatic and empiricist analyses to contemporary problems.
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Pragmatism and Empiricism in American Religious Thought Unit
Call for Proposals
Open-call for papers.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Michael Fisher, San José State University1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Tyrone C. Ross, Temple University1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Jason Springs, University of Notre Dame1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Thurman Willison, Union Theological Seminary1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members