The Society of Christian Philosophers, Eastern Regional Meeting
March 12-13, 2010
Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC
Kathrin Koslicki (University of Colorado)
Commentator: E. J. Lowe (Durham University)
Jeffrey Brower (Purdue University)
Commentator: Hud Hudson (Western Washington University)
Samuel Newlands (University of Notre Dame)
Commentator: Robert M. Adams (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
After a difficult 20th century, metaphysics has made its way back into the mainstream, and current work in metaphysics is often admirably well-argued, scientifically-informed, and engagingly-written. But much of the most important work in contemporary metaphysics is done without serious attention to the history of the discipline. (Needless to say, there are notable exceptions!) The theme of this conference is the relation of metaphysics to its history. Relevant topics abound. For example, should metaphysicians look to historical figures for guidance or inspiration? Perhaps advances in science make earlier thinkers obsolete. Are Christian metaphysicians likely to profit from more attention to history? Do Christians have more motivation (or less?) than non-Christians for turning to historical figures? Can the thought of a great dead philosopher guide contemporary thinking on a specific metaphysical problem? Can our understanding of great dead philosophers be improved by reading them in the light of contemporary metaphysics?
However, papers on any philosophical topic are welcome, as is participation by both Christians and non-Christians.
Submission Deadline: January 1, 2010
Papers (of 25-30 minutes reading time) should be prepared for blind review, and submitted electronically in an easily accessible form. Decisions will be made by February 1. For more information or to submit a paper, contact Patrick Toner.