Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy
April 8th and 9th 2014
Riverside Innovation Centre, University of Chester
Main Speakers: Professor Clayton Crockett: University of Central Arkansas (US), Professor Elaine Graham: University of Chester (UK) and Professor Adam Dinham: Goldsmiths College, London (UK)
AHRC Research Network: Philosophy and Religious Practices Network presents an International Conference on the theme of: Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy. The rationale for the event emerges from the original aims and objectives of the Philosophy and Religious Practices network http://philosophyreligion.wordpress.com/, namely:
• Public Policy, philosophy of religion and research on religion generally seem to live in their own separate bubbles without realising or even acknowledging the mutual benefit of dialogue etc.
• Hence, philosophers of religion (in both the continental and analytic traditions) have long been accused of distancing themselves from concrete religious practices. As one critic puts it, much philosophy of religion displays a blatant ‘disregard of reality.’ A key aim of the network is thus potentially to reconnect philosophy with research on religion. We intend to investigate how philosophers and religious communities can communicate fruitfully, producing the kind of change outlined by Scott-Baumann, ‘Scepticism about philosophy [among faith communities] is replaced by a dialectical process of using philosophy to help people live together and look forward, alert to new possibilities.’
• The involvement of other relevant disciplines - including researchers in sociology, anthropology, geography, religious studies, experts in Islam and Buddhism as well as Christian practical theologians – arises out of the need to assess critically ways of measuring these relations between theory and practice. Working with philosophers has become especially urgent owing to the increased philosophical literacy demanded by movements such as Radical Orthodoxy.
• Public debate and policy often takes place at a superficial level that skirts and fights shy of the substantive issues underpinning conflict between religions and between religious and secular worldviews. The visibility of the New Atheist critique of religion is perhaps the most obvious example of this.
• The rationale of this conference is then both to start bringing these three discourses into a mutually-beneficial dialogue, but also to model ways in which such a dialogue can and should be undertaken.
The conference flyer is available to download here
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: March 28th 2014. For any enquiries, please contact Carly McEvoy: firstname.lastname@example.org +44 1244 511031
Please visit http://www.chester.ac.uk/find-us and click Riverside Campus for travel and location instructions.
Day Rate: Registration Per Person: £40.00 for one day, £80.00 for two days (including lunch and tea and coffee, but excluding breakfast and dinner) . A concessionary rate is also available for students priced at £25 for one day and £40 for both days.
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