The University of St. Thomas

St. Thomas Philosophy of Religion Project

St. Thomas Summer Seminars
in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology

Organized by

Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers)

Michael Rota (University of St. Thomas)

 

Sponsored by
The John Templeton Foundatio
n
The University of St. Thomas

The Society of Christian Philosophers

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion

The John Cardinal O’Hara Chair in Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion
 

Recent PhDs and current graduate students in philosophy, theology, or religious studies are invited to apply for the 2014 St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology. Twenty participants will be selected; each will receive a stipend of $2,000 and will be provided with accommodations and meals for the duration of the seminar. (Regrettably, funding for travel costs cannot be provided.)

 

Seminar Dates: Tuesday, June 17 – Wednesday, July 2, 2014

 

Location: University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota

 

2014 Topics and Speakers

The epistemology of religious belief

John Hawthorne (Oxford)
Michael Bergmann (Purdue)

Cosmology and philosophy

David Albert (Columbia)
Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers)

Testimony and religious knowledge

John Greco (Saint Louis U)

Historical evidence and Christianity

Stephen Davis (Claremont-McKenna)
Evan Fales (Iowa)
Mike Licona (Houston Baptist University)

The problem of evil

Peter van Inwagen (Notre Dame)
Louise Antony (UMass-Amherst)

Philosophy of religion for a general audience

Greg Boyd (Woodland Hills Church)

 

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by December 1, 2013

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Application is open to graduate students in philosophy, theology, and religious studies and to recent PhDs in these fields. By a ‘recent PhD’ we mean an individual who completed his or her PhD in 2009 or later. We welcome participants of any philosophical persuasion or stance vis-à-vis religious beliefs.

Selection of participants will be made by a panel of academics with expertise in the philosophy of religion. Participants will be selected on the basis of (a) the applicant’s academic performance to date, (b) his or her potential for doing high quality research in the future in the areas of philosophy of religion and/or philosophical theology, and (c) his or her interest in research on the topics addressed in the seminar.

Selection decisions will be made by February 15, 2014.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit an application package including:

(a) CV
(b) a short writing sample (5000 words maximum)
(c) a one page statement explaining their interest in the program, and
(d) one confidential letter of recommendation.

Applications should be made by attaching the CV, writing sample, and the statement of interest to an email sent to ustphilrel@stthomas.edu, and by directing the writer of the letter of recommendation to email the letter to ustphilrel@stthomas.edu. (In the case of the letter of recommendation, the name of the person being recommended should be included in the subject line of the email.)

The writing sample may be an excerpt from a longer piece of work.

Electronic submission is strongly preferred, but in cases where this is not feasible, material can be sent to:

Dr. Michael Rota
St. Thomas Philosophy of Religion Project
Department of Philosophy, JRC 241
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105 


Future Seminars

We will hold similar seminars in 2015 and 2016. Information on applications for these seminars will be available on this website by September of the preceding year.

FUTURE SEMINAR: June 16-July 1, 2015

Providence

Thomas Flint (Notre Dame)
Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers)

The fine-tuning argument

Luke Barnes (Sydney, Astronomy)
William Lane Craig (Biola)
David Manley (Michigan)
Neil Manson (Mississippi)

Love and atonement Eleonore Stump (Saint Louis U)
Linda Radzik (Texas A & M)
Divine simplicity Jeffrey Brower (Purdue)
Trenton Merricks (UVA)
The Trinity Jeffrey Brower (Purdue)
Michael Rea (Notre Dame)
Philosophy of religion for a general audience John Wilson (Books and Culture review)

FUTURE SEMINAR: June 14-June 29, 2016

Epistemology of disagreement

Earl Conee (Rochester)
Thomas Kelly (Princeton)

Pascal's wager

Thomas Kelly (Princeton)
Michael Rota (St. Thomas)

The problem of evil Gideon Rosen (Princeton)
Eleonore Stump (Saint Louis U)
Evolutionary biology and the problem of evil Jeff Schloss (Westmont, Biology)
Michael Murray (JTF)
Universalism Keith DeRose (Yale)
Eleonore Stump (Saint Louis U)
Hell (tentative) Peter van Inwagen (Notre Dame)
Frances Howard-Snyder
   (Western Washington)
Religion in the public square Christopher Eberle (US Naval Academy)
Paul Weithman (Notre Dame)
Philosophy of religion for a general audience Janet Martin Soskice (Cambridge)

 

Contact Information:

Please direct questions about the program to:

Dr. Michael Rota
St. Thomas Philosophy of Religion Project
Department of Philosophy, JRC 241
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105-1096
ustphilrel@stthomas.edu

 

Information on previous seminars:

The 2012 St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology

2012 Topics and Speakers

Neuroscience and Philosophy

Jeffrey Schwartz (UCLA School of Medicine)
and
Hans Halvorson (Princeton)

Dualism and Materialism

Christopher Hill (Brown),
Hud Hudson (Western Washington University),
and
Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers)

Atonement

Eleonore Stump (St. Louis University)
and
Michael Rea (Notre Dame)

Pascal's Wager

Thomas Kelly (Princeton)
and
Michael Rota (University of St. Thomas)

Human Freedom and Divine Foreknowledge

Linda Zagzebski (University of Oklahoma)
and
David Hunt (Whittier College)

Resurrection Timothy O'Connor (Indiana University)

 

The 2011 St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology

From June 13, 2011 to July 1, 2011, a group of twenty recent PhDs (2006 or later) and current graduate students in philosophy, theology, or religious studies participated in the 2011 St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Each participant received a stipend of $2,900 and was provided with accommodations and meals for the duration of the seminar (funding for travel costs was not provided).

2011 Topics and Speakers

The Fine-Tuning Argument

Robin Collins (Messiah College),
John Hawthorne (Oxford),
Bradley Monton (University of Colorado-Boulder), and
Luke Barnes (Department of Physics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich)

Evolutionary Explanations of Religious Belief

Justin Barrett (Oxford),
Jesse Bering (Queen's University), and
John Greco (St. Louis University)

Divine Hiddenness

J. L. Schellenberg (Mount Saint Vincent University)
and
Peter van Inwagen (Notre Dame)

The Problem of Evil

Paul Draper (Purdue)
and
Eleonore Stump (St. Louis University)

 

The 2010 St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology

From June 15, 2010 to July 2, 2010, a group of twenty recent PhDs (2005 or later) and current graduate students in philosophy, theology, or religious studies participated in the 2010 St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Each participant received a stipend of $2,800 and was provided with accommodations and meals for the duration of the seminar (funding for travel costs was not provided).

2010 Topics and Speakers

The epistemology of religious belief Alvin Plantinga (Notre Dame) and
Richard Feldman (Rochester)
Science and religion Alvin Plantinga (Notre Dame) and
Elliott Sober (UW-Madison)
The cosmological argument Alexander Pruss (Baylor) and
Peter van Inwagen (Notre Dame)
The problem of evil Peter van Inwagen (Notre Dame) and
Evan Fales (University of Iowa)
The epistemology of disagreement Roger White (M.I.T.) and
Thomas Kelly (Princeton)
Reductionism and the philosophy of biology Alan Love (University of Minnesota)
Writing for audiences outside the academy Peter Kreeft (Boston College)

Click here for videos from the 2010 Summer Seminar.