Science, Philosophy and Belief
The Philosophy Department at Calvin College and The Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP) announce a major, three-year initiative for Chinese scholars to reflect on the relationship between science, philosophy and belief. This initiative, which receives major support from the John Templeton Foundation, will include a variety of projects:
- An intensive four-week seminar at Calvin College from June 23 - July 18 in the summer of 2008 for selected Chinese scholars and graduate students, in conversation with some of the leading Western experts in this field.
- A major academic conference at Peking University in the summer of 2009, at which the seminar participants present papers they have prepared, alongside SCP members.
- A volume of essays drawn from the conference, published by a
Chinese University Press.
- A three-year series of lectures and seminars in China taught by visiting SCP scholars.
- Two visiting fellowship programs, one for junior faculty and one forgraduate students. Graduate student fellows will be hosted for a year of study at Baylor University, University of Notre Dame, Calvin College, and Hope College; while junior faculty fellows will be hosted for a year at Notre Dame, Baylor and Calvin.
- A program of book distribution for Chinese seminar participants and universities hosting SCP programs.
Kelly James Clark, Ph.D., Project Director.
Clark, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College and Executive Director of SCP, has been a principal organizer, coordinator, and fund-raiser for many ventures in China. An accomplished philosopher with a focused interest on epistemology and Chinese philosophy, his is the author, editor, or co-author of more than ten books and author of over forty articles; his books include Return to Reason, The Story of Ethics, and 101 Key Philosophical Terms of Their Importance for Theology. Professor Clark has hosted and mentored twelve Chinese graduate students at Calvin College, arranged for thousands of books to be shipped to Chinese universities, organized and participated in SCP conferences in China, lectured and taught mini-courses in Chinese universities, helped other colleges set up China exchange programs, and had one of his treatises, Return to Reason,translated and republished by Peking University Press. Currently Clark is developing a reexamination of the metaphysics of Confucius.