Truth Matters

October 1, 2019 § Leave a comment

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Join us for our tenth annual gathering where we will be exploring the nature of truth.

Dates: November 21-22, 2019
Location: San Diego, CA (San Diego City College, MS140)
Keynote address: David Bentley Hart (Fellow, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study)

Schedule:

November 21, 2019

8:35 am – Welcome and Introductions

9:00-10:30am – Session 1: Truth and Reason

“The Rational Mystics: Bonaventure and Al-Ghazali on Truth and Religious Experience”
– Marina Garner (Boston University, PhD student)

“Nature, Reality and Truth in Brothers Karamazov”
– Glen Graham (Burman University)

10:45-12:15pm – Session 2: Truth and Virtue

“On Not Being a Schwein: Sentimentality and Epistemic Worthiness”
– Ante Jeroncic (Andrews University)

“The Sorites Paradox and Ambiguous Truth: Implications for Church Leadership”
– Gilbert Valentine (LaSierra University)

12:00-1:00pm – Lunch

1:00-2:00 – Reflections on a Decade of Conversations (Fernando Aranda Fraga, Roy Benton, Abigail Doukhan, Zane Yi)

2:15-3:45 pm – Session 3: Truth and Scripture

“The Truth in God’s Testing of Abraham”
– Arlyn Drew (Andrews University, PhD student)

“Truth and Power in the Fourth Gospel”
– Kendra J. Haloviak (LaSierra University)

4:00-5:30pm – Session 4 – Truth and Beauty

Inaugural James J. Londis & Family Lecture: “A Sense of Style: Beauty and the Christian Moral Life” – David Bentley Hart (Fellow, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study)

Response: Ronald Osborn (LaSierra University)

5:30pm – Dinner followed by casual after-dinner discussion of papers

November 22, 2019

3:30pm – Business meeting*

*Meeting will take place at Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Indigo C (2nd floor)

Registration:  The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $100 for non-society members and $50 for members. (Pre-register by November 15th to receive a $10 discount. Use the code “veritas”.) Registration can also be completed on-site, but please let us know of your plans to join us by e-mailing us at adventistphilosophy@gmail.com. (Space is limited and priority will be given to society members.)

Annual membership can be renewed here.

The registration fee is waived for conference presenters and those who have already made a contribution to the organization of the conference.

The James J. Londis & Family lecture is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

Accommodations: Conference participants are responsible for securing their own meals, lodging, and transportation.

2019 Call for Papers

April 4, 2019 § Leave a comment

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Keynote speaker: David Bentley Hart (Fellow, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study)
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: November 21, 2019

“What is truth?”

Pontius Pilate’s cynical question to Jesus (John 18:38) has historically generated much philosophical and theological reflection and resonates in new ways today.

The Society of Adventist Philosophers invites proposals for papers and panels to be presented at its tenth annual symposium focusing on issues pertinent to the philosophy of truth.

Papers addressing the theme of truth within the domain of any philosophical area/method including, but not limited to, metaphysics, logic, aesthetics, ethics, epistemology, pragmatism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, deconstruction, or politics are welcome.  Proposals advancing a constructive thesis will be given preference over purely descriptive treatments of specific thinkers or movements.

Pertinent questions include:

  • What is truth?
  • Can we know the truth? How?
  • How do we deal with the inevitability of fallibility?
  • What is the relationship between truth and meaning?
  • How does one responsibly adjudicate between different claims to truth?
  • What is the relationship between theological truth and scientific truth?
  • How does theological truth relate to philosophical theories of truth? In what ways is Jesus “the truth”?
  • What does method have to do with ascertaining truth?
  • Should one always tell the truth?
  • How does one best communicate truth?

Prospective presenters are welcome to formulate their own questions relative to the central puzzles of this central domain of philosophical inquiry including its relevance/relationship to Christian reflection and life.

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals for papers or panels should be at least 300 words and not exceed 1000 words in length.  The deadline for submission is June 30, 2019.  Submissions should be forwarded to adventistphilosophy@gmail.com. Paper length should not exceed 10 pages, double-spaced, or 3000 words.  Presenters will be allotted 20 minutes for their presentation.  Additional time, as available, will be devoted to questions and discussion of presentations.

The End(s) of History

December 14, 2018 § Leave a comment

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by Barry Casey (Originally posted on Spectrum)

“History, and its causes, purposes, and meanings, was on the minds of those gathered Thursday, November 15, 2018 for the Society of Adventist Philosophers meetings in Denver, Colorado. This was the ninth annual conference for the Society, and it preceded the Adventist Society of Religious Scholars meetings on Friday, November 16. The meetings of these two societies traditionally take place just before the national American Academy of Religion and Society for Biblical Literature meetings, which annually draws upward of 10,000 in a multitude of various scholarly disciplines.

The morning sessions began with memory and identity, moved to historical interpretation, and concluded with the exploration of nature, metaphysics, and history…”

(Read the rest of the report here.)

 

Causes, Purpose, Meaning: Interpreting the End(s) of History

September 6, 2018 § Leave a comment

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Join us for our ninth annual symposium as we explore the end(s) of history.

Dates: November 15-16, 2018

Location: Denver, CO (Aloft Downtown, Strategy Conference Room)

Keynote address: Merold Westphal, PhD (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Fordham University & Honorary Professor, Australian Catholic University)

Schedule:

November 15, 2018

8:30am – Welcome

8:45am – Introduction: Memory and Identity

“Collected and Communicative Memory”

– Ashlee Chism (Office of Archives, Statistics and Research, General Conference)

9:15-10:45am – Session 1: Practicing Interpretation

“What is History? Walter Utt’s Problem — And Ours”
– Eric Anderson (Pacific Union College)

“Naked in the Garden of the Past: Is There An Adventist Philosophy of History?”
– Nicholas Miller (Andrews Theological Seminary)

11:00-12:30pm – Session 2:  History and Finality

“Jean Baudrillard and the Illusion of the End”
– Aleksandar Santrac (Washington Adventist University)

“Secular Modernity, Jacob Taubes’ Eschatology and the Adventist Apocalypse”
– Daniel Mueller (University of Groningen, teaching assistant)

12:30-2:00pm – Lunch (Pizza Republica)

2:00-3:30pm – Session 3: Nature, Metaphysics, and History

“The Value of God and Historical Method”
– David J. Hamstra (Andrews Theological Seminary, ThD student)

“Time, Meaning, and the Final Future”
– Richard Rice (Loma Linda University)

3:45-5:30pm – Session 4

Keynote Address: “Reason in History and History in Reason” – Merold Westphal (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Fordham University & Honorary Professor, Australian Catholic University)

Response: Abigail Doukhan (Queens College – CUNY)

5:30pm – Dinner followed by casual after-dinner discussion of papers

November 16, 2018

3:30pm – Business meeting*

*Meeting will take place at Colorado Convention Center – 401 (street level)

Registration: Please register by e-mailing adventistphilosophy@gmail.com. The registration fee is $50 for non-society members and $25 for members. Payments can be made here or at the conference, but please register by sending us an e-mail. (Space is limited and priority will be given to society members.) The fee is waived for conference presenters and those who have already made a contribution to the organization of the conference.

Accommodations: Conference participants are responsible for securing their own meals, lodging, and transportation.

 

2018 Call for Papers

March 23, 2018 § Leave a comment

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Keynote speaker: Merold Westphal (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Fordham University & Honorary Professor, Australian Catholic University)

“We have nothing to fear for the future,” Ellen White writes, “except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history” (Life Sketches, p. 196).

But what can we really know about the past? And where is it all headed? Is God really involved? Philosophical reflection on history raises many fascinating questions, especially for believers.

The Society of Adventist Philosophers invites submissions for papers and panels to be presented at its annual symposium focusing on issues pertinent to the philosophy of history.

Possible topics, questions, or figures include (but are not limited to):

Metaphysics – Do historical structures and entities (states, empires, religious movements, social classes) “exist”? How, if at all, do historical entities affect each other, causing events?

Epistemology/hermeneutics – How are historical “facts” established and by who? What role does interpretation play? What qualifications must a person possess in order to study history well and skillfully report results of that study?  Can the quality of historical judgments or interpretations be assessed and if so by what means?

Epistemic justification – How confident can we be about statements about the past? Or does all historical knowledge remain permanently questionable? Does history teach us anything and if so what assumptions must be embraced if such claims are to be considered valid?

Teleology – What would it mean to be “on the right side of history?” Does history have a goal?

Theology – Is history relevant for theological affirmations?  Is apolitical history possible? What does it mean to “do” history in a Christian way? What is the relation of the view of history taken by a particular theologian and other aspects of their theology?

Figures –  Augustine, Herbert Butterfield, Charles Collingwood, Arthur Danto, Donald Davidson, William Dray, Michel Foucault, Francis Fukuyama, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Georg Hegel, Hugh of St. Victor, Reinhart Koselleck, Daniel Little, Jürgen Moltmann, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Karl Popper, Paul Ricouer, Charles Taylor, Thucydides, etc.

Prospective presenters are welcome to formulate their own questions relative to the central puzzles of this domain of philosophical inquiry including its relevance/relationship to Christian reflection and life.

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals for papers or panels should be at least 300 words and not exceed 1000 words in length, with an abstract of not more than 150 words.   The deadline for submission has been extended to July 31, 2018.  Submissions should be forwarded to adventistphilosophy@gmail.com. Paper length should not exceed 10 pages, double-spaced, or 3000 words.  Presenters will be allotted 20 minutes for their presentation.  Additional time, as available, will be devoted to questions and discussion of presentations.

The Invisible Hand?: Christ and the Free Markets

September 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

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In a world of hyper globalization and consumerism, what can philosophy contribute to our understanding of the market? Amid growing inequality and scarcity, what can Christianity contribute to a just philosophy of economics?

Join us for our eighth annual symposium as we explore the prospects and perils of the free-market.

Dates: November 16-17, 2017

Location: Boston, MA (Ellie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies – Library)

Keynote address: William Cavanaugh, PhD (DePaul University)

Schedule:

November 16, 2017

8:30am – Welcome and Introduction

9:00-10:30am – Session 1: Economics, Rights, and/or The Good

“Is Justice Best Achieved as a Right or Good?”
– Jim Londis

“Liberal Justice: Teleology and Cosmovision”
– Fernando Aranda Fraga (Universidad Adventista del Plata)

10:30-12:00pm – Session 2:  Ethics and/of Free-markets

“Morality, the Free Market, and Affordable Care”
– Stacie Hatfield (University of Kentucky, PhD student)

“Sinful Depravity, or Better Angels? Extracting Economic Direction from the Biblical Clues on Human Nature”
– Roy Benton

12:00-1:30pm – Lunch

1:30-3:30pm – Session 3: Sabbath Economics

“The Messianic Sabbath”
– Andrew Blosser (Loyola University Chicago, PhD student)

“Sabbath Economics”
–  Sigve Tonstad (Loma Linda University)

“Apocalyptic Narrative Economics”
– Guilherme Borda (Andrews University, PhD student)

3:30-5:00pm – Session 4

Keynote Address: “Freedom and Unfreedom” – William Cavanaugh (DePaul University)

Response: Charles Scriven (Association of Adventist Forums)

5:30pm – Dinner followed by casual after-dinner discussion of papers

November 17, 2017

3:30pm – Business meeting*

*Meeting will take place at a different location

Registration: Please register by e-mailing adventistphilosophy@gmail.com. The registration fee is $50 for non-society members and $25 for members. Payments can be made here or at the conference, but please register by sending us an e-mail. (Space is limited and priority will be given to society members.) The fee is waived for conference presenters and those who have already made a contribution to the organization of the conference.

Accommodations: Conference participants are responsible for their own meals, lodging, and transportation.

2017 Call for Papers

March 28, 2017 § Leave a comment

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The Society of Adventist Philosophers invites submissions for papers and panels to be presented at its annual symposium.

Theme: The Invisible Hand?: Christ and the Free Markets
Keynote speaker: William Cavanaugh, PhD
Date: November 16, 2017
Location: Boston, MA (Ellie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies)

In a world of hyper globalization and consumerism, what can philosophy contribute to our understanding of the market?  Amid growing inequality and scarcity, what can Christianity contribute to a just philosophy of economics?

We welcome presentations and panels dealing with the prospects and perils of capitalism, practically & theoretically.

Possible figures/topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Adam Smith
  • Karl Marx
  • The Frankfurt School
  • Consumerism
  • Liberation theology
  • Sabbath economics
  • Economics and healthcare
  • Economic justice
  • Economics and politics
  • Economics and race

Submission Guidelines:
Papers, paper abstracts, and panel proposals of up to 300 words should be submitted by July 31, 2017 to adventistphilosophy@gmail.com. Paper length should not exceed 10 pages, double-spaced, or 3000 words.

Notice of acceptance will be sent by August 15, 2017.