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Workshop Call for Papers


We invite applications from philosophers, theologians, and faculty and graduate students in related fields for four funded participant slots in a three-day workshop on the classical conception of God. This conception includes the claims that God is immutable, impassible, wholly simple, and atemporally eternal. Among the questions that the workshop will investigate are:

  • Can a being that knows and wills also be metaphysically simple?
  • Can God interact with human beings if God is unchanging and atemporal?
  • Is the existence of evil in the world compatible with God’s omnibenevolence?
  • Is human freedom compatible with God’s omniscience?

Each of the participants will circulate a work in progress—not an already published or accepted paper. Full papers from accepted applicants will be due no later than June 1st, 2016. The majority of the workshop will be devoted to intensive discussion of the papers; every participant will be expected to have read all of the essays prior to arrival at the workshop, as the papers will not be read during the meetings but only discussed. All participants will be expected to revise their contribution in light of the workshop and submit it for publication in an appropriate venue within one year of the workshop date.

Workshop dates: Thursday July 21st through July 23rd, 2016

Workshop Location: University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Confirmed Participants in the 2016 Workshop Include:
Jeffrey Brower (Purdue University)
Bonnie Kent (University of California-Irvine)
Alexander Pruss (Baylor University)
Katherin Rogers (University of Delaware)
Alan Torrance (University of St. Andrews)
Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)

Application Deadline and Instructions: A complete application will include: (1) a cover letter that explains your interest in the workshop, (2) a current CV and (3) an abstract of the proposed paper that is no longer than 750 words. Please email all of these materials as a single PDF, named “lastname, firstname – Workshop” (e.g., Pawl, Tim – Workshop) to by January 8th, 2016.  Please include in the body of your email your name, professional status (e.g., graduate student; assistant professor), departmental affiliation, and school (e.g., Gloria Frost, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas).  Final decisions will be announced by March 1st, 2016.

Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of (a) their interest in the workshop and (b) their perceived potential to disseminate ideas and methodology discussed at the workshop in peer-reviewed publications. The referees will be the two project co-organizers and two distinguished theologians from the University of St. Thomas Department of Theology.

Additional Details: Participants will receive $1,500.00 (total) for both travel costs and a stipend. Lodging and meal expenses during the workshop will be covered by the grant.

Please email any questions to