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Seminars

Winter/Summer Seminars

Each yearly seminar will have a balanced leadership: a mixture of theists, non-theists, and/or agnostics. Leaders will be flown in 4 at a time, each spending one full week at the seminar location. Each day will have a theme and two assigned leaders, one lecturing and leading discussion in the morning and the other doing so in the afternoon. Lectures and discussion will follow the “graduate seminar” model, and not the “conference presentation” model (leaders are expected to address their topic at least partly by working through one or two papers).

The two daily leaders will be expected to engage with each other during their presentations, modeling a charitable and constructive philosophical disagreement, and will be expected to answer critical and clarificatory questions from the participants and other leaders as well. The assigned daily leaders will be at liberty to further define how they will address each topic, and will be free to devise engaging group activities that go beyond the lecture-seminar format. In total, each leader will spend a week at the seminar location and will be responsible for two seminar sessions. Leaders are not expected to participate in all 3 years.

Brazil 2019 – Universidade de Brasilia (July 8-19)

Week 1

Mon/Tue - Testimony, Experience, and Rationality

  • Stephen Wykstra (Calvin)
  • L. A. Paul (Yale)

Wed – Break
Free morning and a free early afternoon. Later in the day, a local philosopher will provide a public lecture on some topic in the epistemology of religion (in English).

Thu/Fri - Doubt, and Religious Knowledge

  • Jane Friedman (NYU)
  • Andrew Moon (VCU)

Week 2

Mon/Tue - Evidence, Belief, and Values

  • John Hawthorne (USC)
  • Agnes Callard (Chicago)

Wed – Break
Free morning and a free early afternoon. Later in the day, a local philosopher will provide a public lecture on some topic in the epistemology of religion (in English).

Thu/Fri - Epistemic Virtue and Blame

  • Jason Baehr (LMU)
  • Miriam McCormick (Richmond)

On three evenings during each seminar, Luis Oliveira (together with any leader who volunteers) will lead three instructional sessions: one on how to successfully apply to a North American graduate program (MA, PhD, and Post Doc), and one on how to produce a clearly written and well-organized journal article in English, and one on how to apply for a JTF small grant.