Baylor Department of Philosophy Launches Joint Conferences with Georgetown University and the University of Notre DameOct. 5, 2011
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The first in a series of annual joint conferences in the philosophy of religion involving Baylor University, Georgetown University and the University of Notre Dame will begin Thursday, Oct. 6, on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C.
The event will be hosted by Baylor next year and by Notre Dame in 2013.
Speakers at this week's conference will be: Dr. Mark G. Henninger, professor and Edward Martin Chair of Medieval Philosophy at Georgetown University; Dr. Trenton Merricks, professor of philosophy at the University of Virginia; Dr. Meghan Sullivan, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame; Dr. Lara Buchak, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of California-Berkeley; Dr. Hud Hudson, professor of philosophy at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.; Dr. Trent Dougherty, assistant professor of philosophy at Baylor; Dr. Alexander Pruss, associate professor of philosophy at Baylor; Dr. Terence Cuneo, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt.; Dr. Christina Van Dyke, associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Dr. Oliver Crisp, reader in theology at the University of Bristol in the U.K.
This conference, organized by Dr. Jonathan L. Kvanvig, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, is one of a number of conferences in the philosophy of religion sponsored by Baylor, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the department of philosophy. Many of these conferences are co-sponsored with other institutions of exemplary standing both as universities and within the discipline of philosophy. The value of these conferences to Baylor University is the increased visibility these venues present for the high quality of scholarship being done in the department, as well as the educational value to Baylor faculty and students through contact with distinguished scholars at other institutions.
"These conferences provide the opportunity for our faculty and students to see what first-rate work is being done elsewhere, and also allows us to showcase the equally good work being done in our department," Kvanvig said. "Such opportunities are essential to the mission and future of Baylor University as a Christian research university."
Dr. Michael Beaty, the chair of Baylor's department of philosophy, said that "some of the most exciting work in philosophy is being done in the philosophy of religion." He noted that Kvanvig has organized philosophy of religion conferences at Baylor and elsewhere in Texas and that the new series represents a broadening of that vision. Each of the three participants is a major Christian university, and their departments of philosophy are all highly regarded and interested in the philosophy of religion, he said.
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