New Insights and Directions for Religious Epistemology

Congratulations to John Hawthorne, editor of Philosophical Perspectives, for his recent grant award from the John Templeton Foundation! Prof. Hawthorne will lead a project titled “New Insights and Directions for Religious Epistemology” that seeks to revitalize the field by drawing on recent developments in mainstream epistemology. Valued at £1.3 million, the award will support three postdoctoral researchers, three PhD students, 22 visiting research fellowships, nine public lectures, four roundtable discussions, six workshops, and a major international conference.

Does moral action depend on reasoning?

This is the sixth Big Question, launched by the John Templeton Foundation, along with thirteen views on it presented by several important scholars. Just to cite a few: Stanley Fish, Christine M. Korsgaard, Joshua D. Greene, Jonathan Sacks, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Antonio Damasio. The material can be found here.

What is (or should be) the role of reason in discerning the morally right from the morally wrong? And from what perspective should we address this problem? Some will argue that we have to search for the answer through philosophical inquiry. Others will endorse a more empirical approach, believing in the advancements of the neurosciences as a source for knowledge about moral behavior.

Both views, and the ones in between, are quite appealing – especially when presented by such brilliant minds. So it is really worth taking a look at what they have to say!

$4.4 Million Grant to Study Free Will

(Cross-posted from Religion Compass Exchanges)

The John Templeton Foundation recently awarded Alfred Mele, the William H. and Lucyle Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University (FSU), a $4.4 million grant to “oversee a four-year project to improve understanding of free will in philosophy, religion and science.” Funding for the project, “Free Will: Human and Divine — Empirical and Philosophical Explorations,” will support international researchers (“who submit proposals to study the science, conceptual underpinnings and theology of free will”), research colloquia and a postdoctoral position at FSU’s department of philosophy over the next three years, a two-week seminar in the summer of 2012, and as much as $30,000 in prize money Continue reading “$4.4 Million Grant to Study Free Will”