Saturday, November 15, 2008

Religion has once again come to the forefront of political and academic controversy

[(title unknown) from Continental Philosophy by Farhang Erfani
Department of Philosophy 5th Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference
The Sacred and the Secular: Philosophy and Religion in the 21st Century
February 20-21, 2009 - Keynote Speaker: John D. Caputo, Syracuse University
The 5th annual University of Memphis Philosophy Graduate Student Conference will be held February 20-21, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee.
The conference will explore the relationship between philosophical and religious thought in the 2
1st century. The question of “religion” has long been central to philosophy; every canonical figure in the history of philosophy—from Plato to Aristotle, Augustine to Ockham, Descartes to Kant, and Hegel to Derrida—has recognized the central significance of questions of faith. This legacy provides the contemporary philosopher with a unique opportunity: the hope of a world unified under “secular reason” is in question and religion has once again come to the forefront of political and academic controversy. Philosophers must now confront these challenges by offering perspectives utilizing the rich resources at our disposal.
We seek philosophical papers investigating and interrogating the difficult terrain of religion, politics, and ethics... For more information, please contact one of the following conference committee members: Michael Burroughs (, Adam Lockridge (, Tim Golden (]
But why the Savitri Eran cream layer dreads discussing religion is perplexing. [TNM]

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