Philosophy of Religion (For Russian, Ukraine, and Belarus Scholars)
July 9 - July 30, 2011
Dr. Michael Rota and Dr. Kenneth W. Kemp (University of St. Thomas)
David Bradshaw is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of Aristotle East and West: Metaphysics and the Division of Christendom (Cambridge U.P., 2004), a comparison of the theology of the Greek Fathers with the Latin scholastic tradition. He is also the author of several recent articles including “The Divine Energies in the New Testament” (St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly), “The Divine Glory and the Divine Energies” (Faith and Philosophy), and “Time and Eternity in the Greek Fathers” (The Thomist).
Jeffrey Brower (PhD, University of Iowa) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. Specializing in Medieval Philosophy, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Religion, Brower is coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to Abelard and author of various articles in medieval philosophy and the philosophy of religion. He is currently working on a book entitled, “Aquinas on Material Objects”.
Bruce Foltz (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) is Professor of Philosophy at Eckerd College. Foltz draws on the history of philosophy (especially Ancient Greek, Byzantine, and Russian philosophy) and contemporary European methodologies (especially hermeneutics and phenomenology) in both his teaching and his writing to address issues in environmental philosophy and the philosophy of religion. He has published numerous articles on Heidegger, Russian and Byzantine philosophy, mysticism, and the philosophy of the natural environment, while contributing more than thirty articles to five encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy (Macmillan), the Dictionary of Continental Philosophy (Yale), and the Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity (Blackwell). He is author of Inhabiting the Earth: Heidegger, Environmental Ethics, and the Metaphysics of Nature (Humanities Press) and co-editor of Rethinking Nature: Essays in Environmental Philosophy (Indiana). Prof. Foltz directs the Senior Honors Program at Eckerd College and has served regularly as Visiting Professor at the St Johns College Graduate Institute in Santa Fe, NM. He has traveled widely and led off-campus programs to the American Southwest, England, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. He has founded or co-founded three professional societies (including the International Association for Environmental Philosophy and the Society for Nature, Philosophy, and Religion) and his writings have been translated into Greek, Arabic, and Portuguese.
Alvin Plantinga is one of the most important and influential philosophers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. After receiving his Ph.D. from Yale in 1958, he taught at Wayne State University (1958-63), Calvin College (1963-82), and has filled the John A. O'Brien Chair of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame from 1982 until his retirement in 2010. His publications range over a wide variety of fields, but his most enduring contributions have been in metaphysics, epistemology, and, especially, the philosophy of religion. In 1980, Time Magazine, reporting on the remarkable resurgence of religious philosophy, identified Plantinga as the world’s “leading philosopher of God.”
Eleonore Stump is the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, where she has taught since 1992. She has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. Her books include her major study Aquinas (Routledge, 2003) and her extensive treatment of the problem of evil, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford, 2010). She has given the Gifford Lectures (Aberdeen, 2003), the Wilde Lectures (Oxford, 2006), and the Stewart Lectures (Princeton, 2009). She is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division.
Richard Swinburne studied at the University of Oxford, and spent around a decade each lecturing at the University of Hull and the University of Keele. Swinburne returned to Oxford to become Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion from 1985 to his retirement in 2002. His first three books—The Coherence of Theism, The Existence of God, and Faith and Reason—comprised a tetralogy. The first installment argued for the possibility of God’s existence, the second for the probability of God’s existence, and the third applied this to the matter of religious faith. A simpler and shorter account of Swinburne's views on Christian doctrine was published in a short book Was Jesus God? in 2008. This second book is meant as a companion volume to Is There a God?
Swinburne’s other works include a tetralogy on philosophical theology, consisting of Responsibility and Atonement, Revelation, The Christian God, and Providence and the Problem of Evil, and a study of the mind-body problem, The Evolution of the Soul. He has also worked outside the philosophy of religion, writing Personal Identity, Epistemic Justification and The Resurrection of God Incarnate.