2018 Call for Papers

March 23, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“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 is July 1, 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.

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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 ninth 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.

Flourishing: Adventism and the Good Life

September 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Join us for our eighth annual symposium as we explore the nature and possibility of “the good life” in the 21st century.

*Presentations will be streamed on our Facebook page.

Dates: November 17-18, 2016

Location: San Antonio, TX – The Emily Morgan Hotel (Library)

Keynote address: Niels-Erik Andreasen (Andrews University, retired)

Schedule:

November 17, 2016

8:30am – Welcome and Introduction

“Witness to a Life Worth Living”
– Aleksandar S. Santrac (Washington Adventist University)

9:00-10:30am – Session 1: Liberalism and the Good Life

“Toward a Theological Ethics of Democratic Flourishing and Virtue”
– Yi Shen Ma (Claremont School of Theology, Ph.D. candidate)

“Religious Liberty, Natural Rights, and Human Flourishing”
– Gary V. Wood (Andrews University)

10:30-12:00pm – Session 2:  Authenticity and the Good Life

“Flourishing and Expressive Individualism”
– Ronald E. Osborn (Association of Peripatetic Philosophers)

“Foucault, Truthfulness, and Flourishing”
– Ante Jerončić (Andrews Theological Seminary)

12:00-1:30pm – Lunch

1:30-3:00pm – Session 3: Secularism and the Good Life

“Despicable Me: Defeating Flourishing Egoism”
– Marina F. Garner (Boston University, Ph.D. student)

“Humanism(s), Flourishing, and Grace”
– Charles Scriven (Association of Adventist Forums)

3:00-5:00pm – Session 4

Keynote Address: Niels-Erik Andreasen

Panel

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

November 18, 2016

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.

2016 Call for Papers

April 22, 2016 § 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: Flourishing: Adventism and the Good Life
Date: November 17, 2016
Location: San Antonio, TX

What, precisely, does it mean to flourish? And what difference does religion, and more specifically Christianity, make? We plan to explore such questions at the level of the individual, as well as socially, and welcome presentations and panels dealing with the nature and prospects of human flourishing.

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

  • Ancient Greek philosophy, esp. Aristotle, and medieval appropriations
  • Enlightenment humanism
  • anti-humanism
  • secularism
  • environmentalism

Submission Guidelines:

Papers, paper abstracts, and panel proposals of up to 300 words should be submitted by July 15, 2016 to adventistphilosophy@gmail.com. Paper length should not exceed 10 pages, double-spaced, or 3000 words.

Notice of acceptance will be sent by August 1, 2016.

Society Returns to Atlanta for Sixth Annual Conference

January 11, 2016 Comments Off on Society Returns to Atlanta for Sixth Annual Conference

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“How, if at all, does God-talk matter?

For the seventh time, the Society of Adventist Philosophers gathered today in a hotel conference room for what leader Zane Yi, of Loma Linda University, called “conversation and friendship.”  A single question animated interactions among the 25 or so who were attending the Society’s annual meeting: How do human words relate to the Word, the divine self-communication that has given rise to the (biblical) people of God?  The meeting formal theme was “words and the Word: Adventism and the Linguistic Turn.”

Papers and discussion began with reflection on the connection between God and the language of the Bible.   It ended with consideration of whether, in a secularizing world, speech about God has any usefulness at all, any importance worth contending for?  Today in Atlanta, commonplace Adventist self-preoccupation, normally evident at gatherings of church scholars, gave way to focus on issues that fascinate and disturb all people of faith.”

To read the rest of Spectrum’s report by Charles Scriven, click here.

words and The Word: Adventism and the Linguistic Turn

September 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Join us for our sixth annual symposium as we explore the intersections between philosophy of language, theology, and the life of faith.

Dates: November 19-20, 2015

Location: Atlanta, GA – Doubletree by Hilton, Athena Room

Keynote address: Richard Rice (Loma Linda University)

Schedule:

November 19, 2015

8:30am – Welcome and Introductions

9:00-10:30am – Session 1: Inspiration

“God’s Involvement in Inspired-Biblical-Language”
– Iriann M. Irizarry (Andrews Theological Seminary)

“The Incarnation as a Speech Act”
– Jasper St. Bernard II (University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point)

10:30-12:00pm – Session 2:  Interpretation

Against Idols: Wittgenstein’s Zerstören”
– Moises Estrada (Andrews Theological Seminary)

“How Long, O Lord?: Derrida’s Messianic Structure in Isaiah 6”
– Cosmin Ritivoiu (Fuller Theological Seminary)

12:00-1:30pm – Lunch

1:30-3:00pm – Session 3: Communication

“A Philosophical Turn to Words and the Word”
– Kenneth Bergland (Andrews Theological Seminary)

“The Disintermediated Word: Notes on Adventist Literacy and Information Culture”
– Keisha E. McKenzie (McKenzie Consulting Group)

3:00-5:00pm – Session 4

Keynote Address: “When Philosophy Killed God: Logical Positivism and the Death of God”

– Richard Rice (Loma Linda University)

Response: Timothy J. Golden (Walla Walla University)

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

November 20, 2015

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.