March 23, 2018 § Leave a comment
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.