Call for Papers: The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion

by Luke Muehlhauser on June 15, 2010 in News

Because there are a surprising number of philosophers and philosophy graduate students who read this website, I’ve accepted a request to post a call for papers on the topic of continental philosophy of religion. Details below.

Postmodernism, Culture and Religion 4
“The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion”
Syracuse University
April 7-9, 2011

Plenary Speakers:

Watson Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Syracuse University

Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Nottingham

Professor of Philosophy
University of Paris-X, Nanterre

Paper submissions are invited on the topic “The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion,” its past and present, its history and its prospects, in the widest possible terms, addressing the whole range of its implications—politics, feminism, constructive theology, philosophy, history, literature, interfaith dialogue, and the hermeneutics of sacred texts.

In the past, these conferences, which have provided a forum for the most influential philosophers, theologians, and cultural theorists to interact, have consisted solely of several keynote speakers. This conference will be different. It will feature three plenary speakers and offer multiple concurrent sessions devoted to papers submitted on a diversity of issues relating to the primary theme. This call for papers is deliberately open, befitting the conference’s animating concern with the future. Papers are invited that address questions like (but not limited to) the following. What now, or what comes next—specifically, after the death, if not of God, at least of the generation consisting of Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, Levinas, etc.? This question concerns not only the future after those significant theorists, but also the future after-life of these eminent minds who have left such a deep impact on Continental philosophy of religion. What is the future of Kant and German Idealism, of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche in Continental philosophy of religion? What remains for the future of phenomenology? Of the “theological turn” in the phenomenology of Jean-Luc Marion and others? Of Gadamer, Ricoeur and philosophical hermeneutics? Of apophatic or mystical theology? What is the future of feminism and Continental philosophy of religion? What are the status and future of the new trinity of Agamben, Badiou and Zizek? What relevance do the political interpretations of Antonio Negri, Michael Hardt, and the more recent Continental philosophers such as François Laruelle and Catherine Malabou have to philosophy of religion and political theology? What about the future of sovereignty, of money and capitalism, as in the work of Philip Goodchild? What is the future of the movements of Radical Orthodoxy and of radical death of God theology, whether in their original or contemporary manifestations? What about the new sciences of information and complexity in thinkers like Mark C. Taylor and Michel Serres? What about Continental philosophy of religion and our “companion species” in Donna Haraway? What about “Post-Humanism”? What is the future of Continental Philosophy of religion and Judaism? And Islam? Or world religions generally? What is the relationship between postmodernism, religion and postcolonialism? What role can Continental philosophy play in the future of religion? In the professional study of religion? How does Continental philosophical theology relate to the ethnological and empirical-scientific study of religion? How does Continental philosophy of religion differ from traditional philosophy of religion? Or from analytic philosophy of religion? What is continental philosophy of religion anyway?

Instructions: Submit electronic copies of completed papers (up to 3000 words). Abstracts cannot be considered. Papers will be subject to a double blind review by a selection committee. Include your name, paper title and contact information on a separate page. Include the paper title but not your name on a header or footer on each numbered page of the paper itself. The papers must be previously unpublished in any format. The Conference reserves the right of first refusal of the submitted paper for inclusion in a projected volume to be based upon the conference. Paper submissions are due by December 15, 2010 and acceptances will be made by February 15, 2011. Send your papers to:

Coordinator: John D. Caputo, Watson Professor of Religion, Syracuse University

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Chris K June 16, 2010 at 11:50 am

Thanks for posting this, Luke. I, for one, do think that continental philosophy of religion adds significantly to the PR discussion in general.


lukeprog June 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I shall try to interview some continental philosophers of religion for my podcast. :)


Alex June 18, 2010 at 4:31 am

If you like Luke, I can hook you up with Philip Goodchild mentioned there…I’m sure he would love to talk on the theology of money (analysing capitalism as a form of religion through the tools of philosophy of religion) which would dovetail with your anti-capitalist perspectives you have occasionally displayed here. Mail me.


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