Keynote speaker: John Cottingham.He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Reading; Professorial Research Fellow, Heythrop College, University of London; and an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford.
Hosted by the Department of History and Philosophy, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados
For its tenth Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium, the organisers are seeking papers that explore the philosophical implications of giving consideration to the variety of religious beliefs that the world exhibits. The symposium is especially interested in papers that will seek to examine issues such as:
Can religious beliefs in general provide a reasonable account for the values embraced by humans?; What is the value of religion and spirituality to our everyday lives?; Can reasonable positions be found within religious traditions that do not put them in conflict with a naturalistic worldview?; Is there any rational defence of the almost universal parochialism or ethnocentrism exhibited by reflection on religion?; Do any traditions of religious thought have the resources to avoid, in a rationally defensible manner, the general "plague upon all your houses" that such untrammelled diversity seems to suggest?; Does an atheistic or agnostic outlook provide more scope to humans to cooperate across cultures?; What are the philosophical implications of the relationships between religion and gender, religion and politics, religion and law, religion and social media, religion and culture, religion and economic inequality, and so on?
In keeping with the spirit of conversations, the symposium hopes to bring together thinkers operating in and across different cultural and philosophical traditions as well as other disciplines that share a boundary with philosophy.
Abstracts (300-500 words) are due by August 31, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feedback on abstracts will be provided within a week of submission. Participants whose abstracts are accepted by the vetting committee will then be required to submit their completed papers via email as an attachment in Open or LibreOffice, Word, or Wordperfect by the firm deadline of October 20, 2014.
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