Centre for Philosophy of Religion events

Semester 1, 2022-23:

  • 13th October – José Eduardo Porcher, Ritual cognition in Afro-Brazilian religion
  • 27th October – Bill Fulford, Simon’s story: the differential diagnosis of delusion as a case study in philosophy, values-based practice and mental health   
  • 10th November – Joanna Leidenhag, Autistic joy and the resurrection
  • 24th November – cancelled due to strike
  • 8th December – Gregory Stacey, Your application is being processed: A new model of purgatory

Semester 1, 2021-22:

  • 7th October – Peter Gordziejko, Does Evolution Theory ‘Save the Soul’? 
  • 21st October – Esther McIntosh, Unmasking the Systemic Problem of Evil in Theology: A Feminist Perspective 
  • 4th November – Jack Williams, Embodied World Construction: A Phenomenology of Ritual 
  • 18th November – Greg Stacey, Divine Mental States Made Simple: Late Scholastic and Analytic Accounts 
  • 2nd December – Scott Shalkowski, A Projectivist Defense of the Divine Command Theory 

Semester 1, 2018-19

  • 11 October, Julian Perlmutter (Cambridge), ‘Against Kivy:  Sacred Music and Affective Response’
  • 25 October, Sophie-Grace Chappell (Open University), ‘Epiphanies: An Ethics of Experience’
  • 8 November, Tasia Scrutton (Leeds), ‘'Religion and Mental Health: Reading St John of the Cross'
  • 22 November, Mikel Burley (Leeds),  'Film and Philosophy of Religion: Discussing Dead Man Walking'

Semester 2, 2017-18

  • 1 February: Simon Hewitt (Leeds), 'Thomistic Therapy: Herbert McCabe's Approach to Philosophical Theology'
  • 15 February: Emily Paul (Leeds), 'God and the Metaphysics of Time: Revealing Old Assumptions and Suggesting New Directions'
  • 1 March: Julian Perlmutter (Cambridge), 'Against Kivy: Sacred Music and Affective Response'. (Postponed due to weather conditions)
  • Friday 9 March: Thomas Oord (Northwest Nazarene University), 'Why a Loving God Can't Prevent Evil: Putting Love First'
  • 19 April: Bevis McNeil (Leeds Beckett), 'Nietzsche's Idea of Eternal Recurrence: Absurdity or Serious Thought Experiment?'
  • 3 May: Simon Oliver (Durham)
  • 10 May: John Schellenberg (Mount Saint Vincent University), 'Truth-Triggered Religious Commitments'

Semester 1, 2017-18

  • 5 October: Esther McIntosh (York St John), 'Living Religion: The Fluidity of Practice'
  • 19 October: Elena Kalmykova (Birmingham), 'Holding Doctrinal Belief as an Artefact'
  • 2 November: Yujin Nagasawa (Birmingham), 'The Problem of Evil for Atheism and Pantheism'
  • 23 November: Denis Alexander (Cambridge), 'Genes, Determinism and God'
  • 7 December: Mikel Burley (Leeds), 'Philosophy of Religion as Cultural Critique'

Semester 2,  2016-17

  • 9 February, Constantinos Athanasopoulos (Open University), 'Hesychia and quietude: Gregory Palamas and Ludwig Wittgenstein on misconceptions of salvation and metaphysical hinges'
  • 9 March, David McPherson (Creighton University), 'Deep desires: a theistic account'
  • 31 March, Michael Rea (University of Notre Dame), 'Divine presence in a material world'

Semester 1, 2016-17

  •  6 October, Mikel Burley (Leeds), 'Eating human beings: varieties of cannibalism and the heterogeneity of human life'
  • 13 October, Kevin Schilbrack (Appalachian State University), 'Religious practices and the formation of subjects'
  • 27 October, Andrew Moore (Regent's Park, Oxford), 'What is it for faith to seek understanding?'
  • 10 November, Roger White (Leeds), 'Barth and Anselm: why did Barth claim that Anselm's work was a key to understanding the Church Dogmatics?'
  • 24 November, Natalja Deng (Cambridge), 'Religion for naturalists'
  • 8 December, Jon Robson (Nottingham), 'Omni-beauty as a divine attribute'
  • Northumbrian Triangle in Philosophy of Religion (scholars from Leeds, Durham and York)

  • Wednesday 18 January in Leeds. The theme was Religion and the Arts, and the speakers were:
  • David Efird (York), 'Finite and Infinite Beauty: A Framework for Aesthetics'
  • David Merrill (Durham), 'The Theological Significance of Beauty in Thomas Treherne'
  • Mark Wynn (Leeds), 'The Contribution of Aesthetic Goods to the Spiritual Life'