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AAR Annual Meeting
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November 21-24, 2015

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Philosophy of Religion Section

Statement of Purpose: 

This Section analyzes the interface between philosophy and religion, including both philosophical positions and arguments within various specific religious traditions and more generalized philosophical theories about religion. We include in our purview not only traditional topics of Western philosophy of religion but also those arising from non-Western traditions and from the study of religion in a comparative context.

Call for Papers: 

This section invites proposals on the following topics:

Gender and the practice of philosophy of religion
The Philosophy of Religion and Approaches to Afro-pessimism
Idealism in Indian Philosophies of Religion
Colonial hauntings
Spiritual perception
Responses Thomas A. Lewis’s Why Philosophy Matters for the Study of Religion--and Vice Versa (Oxford, 2015)
Hume on religion
Philosophical and theological perspectives on hope and/or optimism
Grief-shaming: who can/should mourn for whom?
Implicit Religion

Although proposals for individual papers will surely be given due consideration, we particularly encourage proposals for prearranged "papers sessions" (i.e. an entire session with a designated group of presenters) on these or other topics that will be of interest to philosophers of religion. Proposals have a much greater chance of acceptance if they are written so as to be accessible to philosophers with no expertise on the particular topics or figures dealt with in the proposed paper, and they make very clear the central thesis and main line(s) of argument of the proposed paper.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Comments: 
Although proposals for individual papers will surely be given due consideration, we also encourage proposals for prearranged sessions on the topics in our call or on other topics that will be of interest to philosophers of religion. Proposals have a much greater chance of acceptance if they are written so as to be accessible to philosophers with no expertise on the particular topics or figures dealt with in the proposed paper, and they make very clear the central thesis and main line(s) of argument of the proposed paper.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee