Associated with Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion are two prize competitions: The Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Religion (SPPR) and the OSPR Graduate Student Essay Prize (GSEP).
The winning entries for 2014 are:
SPPR Winner: Ross Inman, St. Louis University, “Omnipresence and the Location of the Immaterial”
GSEP: Dustin Crummett, University of Notre Dame, “Sufferer-Centered Requirements on Theodicy and All Things Considered Harms”
Congratulations to both on these well-deserved recognitions!
For our November conference, 13-16, in St. Louis, MO, at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. Selected presenters will have all expenses covered in order to participate in the conference. There is no deadline for the CFP, but we will be finishing our selections very shortly, so respond as soon as possible.
Available here, with an extended discussion of the Greek terms for doubt in the New Testament. Teaser: the terms are probably not best translated as “doubt”.
Considered by many to be the Biblical definition of faith (Hebrews 11:1), but surely not. The construction introduces relative clauses, and is best seen as saying something like this: Faith is, with respect to things hoped for, a confidence, and of things not seen, a conviction. That is, faith has features in certain contexts, and the contexts noted are those of things hoped for and not seen. Such a localized perspective on faith is what one should expect of a first-century document, for in the context of Christianity, it would be amazing for a first-century author to think that the central object of faith, Jesus of Nazareth, could not be an object of faith because seen.
A draft of my latest work for the Faith Project is available here. Comments welcome!
Research award winners for the summer seminar for 2014 are:
Andy Cullison, Associate Professor, SUNY-Fredonia
Frances Howard-Snyder, Professor, Western Washington University
Jonathan Jacobs, Assistant Professor, St. Louis University
Mark Lance, Professor, Georgetown University
Ryan Preston-Roedder, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina
Dan McKaughan, Associate Professor, Boston College
Paddy McShane, Instructor, Norlin Scholars Program, University of Colorado
Rik Peels, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Utrecht University (the Netherlands)
Lindsay Rettler, Graduate Student, Ohio State University
Blake Roeber, Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
Meghan Sullivan, Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
Peter van Elswyk, Graduate Student, Rutgers University
Congratulations to each, and we look forward to a fantastic seminar this coming summer!
Our two postdocs for the Faith Project for next year. Meghan is from the University of Pittsburgh and will be defending her dissertation on Duhem in April. Bradley is from the University of Notre Dame and has already defended his dissertation on metaphysical grounding. We welcome both to the project and are excited to have them join us!
We now have both postdocs hired for next year, and will have more details to follow. One of them does work in metaphysics, and the other in history and philosophy of science. A hint about the composition of our team: his dissertation is on grounding, and hers is on Duhem. The future for our scholarly activities looks fantastic!