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.

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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.

2014 Call for Papers

April 8, 2014 § 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: Good With(out) God?: Adventism and 19th Century Ethical Philosophy
Date: November 20, 2014
Location: San Diego, CA

Keynote Speaker: C. Stephen Evans (Baylor University)

Seventh-day Adventism established itself in the 19th century in the tumultuous time of the second great religious awakening. The 19th century was also a century rich in philosophical thought.  What are the connections and disconnections between these two great phenomena of the 19th century; between a religious movement turned Protestant denomination in the United States and philosophical thought (so much of it on religion generally, and also on Christianity in particular) in Europe and England?

The Society of Adventist Philosophers calls for papers relating Adventism to the philosophers of the 19th century, focusing on their ethical/religious thought. Such figures include:

  • Kant
  • The German Idealists (Fichte, Schelling, Hegel)
  • Schopenhauer
  • Marx
  • Feuerbach
  • Mill
  • Kierkegaard
  • Nietzsche

Submission Guidelines:

Papers, paper abstracts and panel proposals of up to 300 words should be submitted by June 30, 2014 to adventistphilosophy@gmail.com. Paper length should not exceed 10 pages, double-spaced, or 3000 words.

Notice of acceptance will be sent by July 31, 2014.

2012 Call for Papers

February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

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

Theme: Foundationalism and Its Discontents
Date: November 15, 2012
Location: Chicago, IL

Keynote speaker: Nancey Murphy (Fuller Theological Seminary)

We invite authors to submit abstracts or papers that focus on the nature of human reasoning and knowledge.  Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, addressing Adventism’s relation to:

  • Foundationalism
  • Post-foundationalism
  • Coherentism
  • Fideism
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Phenomenology
  • Hermeneutics
  • Existentialism
  • Pragmatism

Submission Guidelines: 

Papers, paper abstracts and panel proposals of up to 300 words should be submitted by July 31, 2012 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, 2012.

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