On the following pages you will find information about the history, organisation and present activities of the European Society for Philosophy of Religion

If you work in the field of philosophy of religion in Europe, we invite you to participate in our activities - especially in our biannual European Conferences on Philosophy of Religion.

If you plan and organise a conference in philosophy of religion, we would be happy to advertise information about such a conference on our homepage.

28 - 31

August 2018

22nd ESPR Conference

22nd ESPR Conference

Philosophy of Religion in a Pluralistic World

Charles University, Prague

28–31 August 2018


Tuesday 28 August

12.00-14.00 Registration (Charles University, campus Jinonice, outside metro JINONICE)

14.00-14.15 Conference opening (Aula)
Chair: Janusz Salamon (Charles University)

14.15-16.15 Keynote Panel (Aula)
Chair: Jakub Jirsa (Director, Department of Philosophy, Charles University)
Tomas Halik (Charles University)
Alistair McGrath (University of Oxford)
Scott Appleby (University of Notre Dame)

16.15-16.45 Coffee

16.45-19.00 Short Papers Session 1
Andrea Aguti, Jason Alvis, T Ryan Byerly, Petr Dvořák, Marcin Iwanicki, Ivo Frankenreiter, Georg Gasser, Hans-Peter Grosshans, Piotr Gutowski, Kirill Karpov, Svetlana Konacheva, Andrea Loffi, Marius Timmann Mjaaland, Oli-Pekka Vainio, Sami Pihlström, Christopher Insole, Vladimir Shokhin, Sergio Sorrentino, N. Verbin, Jacek Wojtysiak

19.00 Conference dinner

Wednesday 29 August

9.00-10.30 Plenary Session 1: Philosophical Responses to Religious Diversity (Aula)
Chair: Hans-Peter Grosshans (University of Muenster)
Victoria Harrison (University of Macau)
Philipp Stoellger (University of Heidelberg)

10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00-13.15 Short Papers Session 2
German Bokov, Thomas Donald Caroll, Roberto Di Ceglie, Błażej Gębura, Damiano Biondi, Jiří Hoblik, Anna Honnacker, Krzysztof Kędziora, Hermen Kroesbergen, Jose Maria Mira de Oduna Gil, Ulrik Nissen, Burkhard Nonnenmacher, Julian Perlmutter, Alexey Rakhmanin, Janusz Salamon, Ignacio Sanchez Camara, Jon Stewart, Jeff Shawn, Pierluigi Valenza, Markus Wirtz

Lunch at your own convenience

14.45–16.15 Plenary Session 2: Epistemological Challenges of Religious Diversity (Aula)
Chair: Ulf Zackariasson (University of Uppsala)
Mikael Stenmark (University of Uppsala)
Roger Pouivet (Universite de Lorraine)

16.15-16.45 Coffee

16.45-17.45 Meetings of regional societies for philosophy of Religion
Germany & Austria (Conf. Room 1), UK/Ireland (Conf. Room 2), Benelux (Conf. Room 3), Southern Europe (Conf. Room 4), East and Central Europe (Aula)

17.45-19.00 General Assembly of the European Society for Philosophy of Religion (Aula)
Chair: Janusz Salamon (President of ESPR)

Thursday 30 August

9.00-10.30 Plenary Session 3: The Metaphysics of Religious Diversity (Aula)
Chair: Victoria Harrison (University of Macau)
Mikel Burley (University of Leeds)
Christian Polke (University of Goettingen)

10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00-13.15 Short Papers Session 3
Carlo Cogliati, Bosco Corrales, Yiftach Fehige, Yulia Gorbatova, Victor Gorbatov, Elisa Grimi, Jan-Olav Henriksen, Jacob Hesse, Sander Klaase, Timo Koistinen, Dariusz Łukasiewicz, Stanisław Obirek, Ana Petrache, Anna Piazza, Shoshana Ronen, Michael Roseneck, Stefano Santasilia, Georg Sauerwein, Assaf Sharon, Li Teng

Lunch at your own convenience

14.45–16.15 Session 4: The Socio-theoretic Implications of Religious Diversity (Aula)
Chair: Peter Jonkers (Tilburg University)
Marianne Moyaert (VU University Amsterdam)
Ivana Noble (Charles University)

16.15-16.45 Coffee

16.45-19.00 Short Papers Session 4
Marta Albert, Francesco Angelone, Omar Brino, Giovanna Costanzo, Sebastian Gab, Igor Gasparov, Dirk-Martin Grube, Leland Harper, Miłosz Hołda, Peter Jonkers, Oliver Li, Damiano Migliorini, Benjamin Murphy, Tony Pacyna, Marek Pepliński, Boris Raehme, Renee van Riessen, Valeriia Sleptsova, Ake Wahlberg, David Worsley

Friday 31 August


YOUR QUESTIONS regarding all matters related to the conference may be directed to: espr2018@ff.cuni.cz

The conference website: https://cspf.ff.cuni.cz/en/espr-conference/

4 - 5

March 2019

Philosophy of Religion Today

Philosophy of Religion Today

ESPR invites to a Conference on

"Philosophy of Religion Today: Concepts - Approaches - Methods"

within the Second Conference of EuARe, the European Academy of Religion (4- 7 March 2019 in Bologna); see: https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/

Organiser and Moderator: Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Grosshans (University of Muenster, Germany; E-Mail: grosshans@uni-muenster.de)

Call of Paper will be announced. Applications are possible directly to the European Academy of Religion.

22 - 26

July 2019

Hume Society Conference 2019

Hume Society Conference 2019

The 46th Annual Hume Society Conference

Hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Philosophy, Paul and Gwen Leonard Endowment,

July 22th-26th 2019

Lorne Falkenstein (Western University)
Jason Fisette (University of Nevada, Reno)
Alison McIntyre (Wellesley College)
Christopher Williams (University of Nevada, Reno)

The Hume Society is pleased to announce its 46th annual conference.
We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions bearing some relation to the conference themes.
Faith and Testimony
Hume and Democratic Theory
Hume and Genealogical Explanations
Hume and Idealism

Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words). All self-references should be deleted for anonymous review. Papers and Abstracts must be submitted in English. Papers should not have been published by the date of the conference. Authors may submit their papers as either MS Word documents or in rich text format (RTF).

Submissions should be sent to http://www.humesociety.org/conferences/cmgr/

Hume Society Young Scholar Awards are given to qualifying graduate students whose papers are accepted through the normal anonymous review process.

Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2018

To see the invited speakers and learn more about the excursion to Lake Tahoe, please visit the conference website:

Please email web@humesociety.org for questions regarding paper submissions.

9 - 11

January 2019

Philosophy and Theology after the Empirical Turn

Philosophy and Theology after the Empirical Turn





Although fundamental research is still in high esteem, it is clear that all academic disciplines meet the challenge of the so-called empirical turn. This implies that research should deal with what is often labelled as “real-life problems” and be relevant to society at large. An empirical basis or component of the research should guarantee this relevance.
On another level, it seems that philosophy and theology have received more competition from other humanities than ever before. While some decades ago civil society looked at philosophers and theologians for moral guidance, nowadays disciplines like psychology, sociology and evolutionary studies have taken over this role to a certain extend. These disciplines collect empirical data to arrive at descriptions of the present situation. These are subsequently often used to answer topical questions, whether this was originally intended by the research or not. In this last step the descriptive research often takes on a normative weight.
Given this climate, what is the specific strength of fundamental or speculative reflection like it has been developed traditionally in philosophy and theology? Is it in danger of becoming obsolete? Is it still meaningful to keep on aiming for a bond between philosophy and theology as strengthening both disciplines? Or should one rather aspire an empirical turn, as slogans like ‘lived theology’ or ‘lived philosophy’ seem to indicate?
These questions are all the more urgent insofar as religion is concerned. The comeback of religion and metaphysics in philosophy of the last decades has led to models of reflection with a highly speculative appearance which seem to have lost interest in engaging in societal
debates. In the meantime, theology is under severe attack from religious studies approach for its abstract or dogmatic character. The call for a theological turn to ‘lived religion’ is widespread. Are the times of an obvious bond between philosophy and theology past? What do the disciplines have to offer each other, as critical sparring partners in times in which their academic position is all but self-evident, as is religion itself? Is the divide between analytical and continental varieties of both disciplines symptomatic for the trend mentioned before or is there a chance for mutual reinforcement? Can theology and philosophy perhaps reinvent their coalition as one of ‘sisters in arms’, that is, of aiming for unfashionable approaches of academically neglected questions?

Researchers are invited to contribute to the parallel sessions by presenting a paper (20’ presentation + 10’ Q&A) on the conference topic.
Papers on the general topic of the journal, namely the intersection between philosophy and theology are also welcome.
Applicants send an abstract of max. 250 words to: walter.vanherck@uantwerpen.be
Extended deadline is September 20, 2018. Notification of acceptance will follow asap.
Note: the organizers have the intention of following the SWIP/BPA guidelines. See: http://bpa.ac.uk/resources/women-in-philosophy/good-practice.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS will include:
 David Jasper
 Rhiannon Grant
 Beverley Clack
 Simon Hewitt
 (other names to be confirmed shortly)

Registration fee
- full programme (9-11 Jan 2019) = € 110 or £ 100
- only Wed 9 Jan = € 55 or £ 50
- only Thu 10 Jan = € 55 or £ 50
- only Fri 11 Jan = € 35 or £ 30
(incl. all coffee breaks, lunches and dinners on the day(s) of attendance)

Accommodation in The Møller Centre
in single or double en-suite **** rooms
- two nights = € 240 or £ 220
(arrival on 9 Jan; departure on 11 Jan 2019)
- one night = € 120 or £ 110

Registration via an online form which will be made available on 25 Sep 2018 through

President of the ESPR is Prof. Dr. Victoria Harrison; Vice-Presidents are Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Grosshans, Prof. Dr. Peter Jonkers, Prof. Dr. Vladimir Shokhin, Prof. Dr. Sergio Sorrentino and Dr. Ulf Zackariasson.

Members of the Board of the Society are:

University of Münster, Germany

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Grosshans


University of Macau, SAR

Prof. Dr. Victoria Harrison


University of Tilburg, Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Peter Jonkers


Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Prof. Dr. Vladimir Shokhin


University of Uppsala, Sweden

Dr. Ulf Zackariasson


The Society was founded in 1976 with the aim to arrange regular biennial European conferences on the philosophy of religion. These conferences are intended to further the study of the philosophy of religion and the cooperation between philosophers of religion in Europe. Originally the conferences were set up as joint meetings of the British Christian Philosophers Group (later to become the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion), the GermanScandinavian Society for Philosophy of Religion and the Netherlands Society for Philosophy of Religion. However, from the very beginning, philosophers of religion who were not members of these organizations, also from outside Europe, were always welcome.

At the 9th conference in Aarhus, it was decided to have official statutes drawn up for the Society and to have the Society officially registered as such. The draft statutes were approved by the general meeting of the Society in Swansea in September 1994 and officially registered before a notary on the 24th of June 1996 by professors Vincent Brümmer and Henk Vroom, who at the time were president and treasurer of the Society. Included below is a copy of the official statutes of the Society as these are entered in the Register of Societies at the Utrecht Chamber of Commerce [Kamer van Koophandel en Fabrieken], as well as an English translation for use in the Society.

  • 2018

    "Philosophy of Religion in a Pluralistic World", ESPR President: Janusz Salamon (Prague), Conference commitee: Janusz Salamon (Uppsala)

  • 2016

    "Evil", ESPR President: Ulf Zachariasson (Uppsala), Conference commitee: Ulf Zachariasson (Uppsala) and Jonna Bornemark (Södertörn)

  • 2014

    "Transforming Religion", ESPR President: Hans-Peter Grosshans (Münster), Conference commitee: Hans-Peter Grosshans (Münster) and Klaus Müller (Münster)

  • 2012

    "Embodied Religion", ESPR President: Peter Jonkers (Tilburg), Conference commitee: Peter Jonkers (Tilburg) and Marcel Sarot (Utrecht)

  • 2010

    "Religion in the Public Sphere", ESPR and conference President: Roger Trigg (Oxford)

  • 2008

    "Sacrifice", ESPR President: Marius Timmann Mjaaland (Oslo), Conference commitee: Marius Timmann Mjaaland (Oslo) and Jan-Olav Henriksen (Oslo)

  • 2006

    "Religion after Metaphysics", ESPR President: Ingolf U. Dalferth (Zürich), Conference commitee: Ingolf U. Dalferth (Zürich) and Hans-Peter Grosshans (Tübingen)

  • 2004

    "The Criticism of Enlightenment", ESPR President: Henk Vroom (Amsterdam), Conference commitee: Henk Vroom (Amsterdam), Lieven Boeve (Leuven), Joeri Schrijvers (Leuven)

  • 2002

    "Religion, Aesthetics and the concept of the Imagination", ESPR and Conference President: Douglas Hedley (Cambridge)

  • 2000

    "The Future of Religion and the Future of Suspicion", ESPR and conference President: Reijo Työrinoja (Helsinki)

  • 1998

    "The Concept of Religion", ESPR and conference President: Ingolf U. Dalferth (Zürich)

  • 1996

    "Revelation and Experience", ESPR and conference President: Vincent Brümmer (Utrecht)

  • 1994

    "The Concept of 'Person', human Subjectivity and its Consequences for the Philosophy of Religion", ESPR President: Michael Durrant (Cardiff), Conference commitee: Michael Durrant (Cardiff) and Dewi Zephania Phillips (Swansea)

  • 1992

    "Traditional Theism and its modern Alternatives", ESPR and conference President: Svend Andersen (Aarhus)

  • 1990

    "Divine Agency", ESPR and conference President: Ingolf Dalferth (Tübingen)

  • 1988

    "Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Language and their Relevance for the Study of Religious Discourse", ESPR and conference President: Vincent Brümmer (Utrecht)

  • 1986

    "Philosophy and Eschatology", ESPR and conference President: Michael Durrant (Cardiff)

  • 1984

    "The Concept of Revelation", ESPR and conference President: Hampus Lyttkens (Lund)

  • 1982

    "The Concept of Sin", ESPR and conference President: Eilert Herms (Munich)

  • 1980

    "Religion and Understanding", ESPR and conference President: Vincent Brümmer (Utrecht)

  • 1978

    "Transcendence and Religious Experience", ESPR and conference President: Donald Hudson (Exeter)

  • 1976

    "Recent Subjects in Philosophy of Religion", ESPR and conference President: Hampus Lyttkens (Lund)

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Article 1
1. The name of the society is the European Society for Philosophy of Religion.
2. The Society is registered in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
3. The Society is founded for an unlimited period of time.

Article 2
1. The aim of the society is to promote the study of the Philosophy of Religion in Europe and to undertake actions which directly or indirectly further or have a bearing on this aim.
2. The Society will try to achieve this aim by means of biennial European conferences for scholars engaged in teaching and/or research in the philosophy of religion, and by all other legal means which are considered necessary or useful in order to realize its stated aim.
3. The location of these conferences will rotate between various European geographical Areas including at least: (a) the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, (b) the Benelux, (c) German speaking countries, (d) Nordic and Baltic region, (e) Central and Eastern Europe, and (f) Mediterranean region.

Article 3
The Society year consists of two consecutive calender years. The first Society year started on the first of September nineteen hundred and seventy six and ended on the thirty first of December nineteen hundred and seventy eight.

Article 4
1. Membership of the Society is open to scholars engaged in teaching and/or research in the Philosophy of Religion. Members are appointed by the Board, to whom applications for membership should be submitted.
2. The Board keeps a register of the names and addresses of all members. Members are required to inform their representative on the Board directly of any change in address.

Article 5
Members are required to pay a biennial membership fee as determined by the General Meeting of the Society.

Article 6
1. Membership is terminated by:
1. The death of the member;
2. Cancelation of membership by the member;
3. Cancelation of membership by the society;
4. Expulsion from the Society.
5. Nonpayment of membership fee within six months after the end of the society year.
2. Cancelation of membership and expulsion from the Society occur in accordance with Dutch law.

Article 7
The Board of the Society consist of at least four and not more than six members elected by the General Meeting of the Society from among its members. Each of the geographical areas mentioned in article 2.3 should be represented by one member in the Board. The member in whose area the next biennial conference is to be held, will act as President of the Society.

Article 8
1. Board members are elected for a period of four years, except when the General Meeting of the Society should decide otherwise. At the end of this period, Board members are eligible for reelection. In accordance with Article 7, the president is appointed for the period between two conferences.
2. Membership of the Board is terminated when a Board member: 1. ends his/her membership of the Society 2. resigns from the Board in writing 3. loses his/her capacity to function as Board member.
3. If a vacancy should occur in the Board during the period between two General Meetings of the Society, the Board will be entitled to appoint a temporary representative for the geographical area not represented on the Board. This representative will serve on the Board until the next General Meeting of the Society, when the vacancy will be filled.
4. Any Board member can be dismissed at any time by the General Meeting of the Society.

Article 9
1. The function of president rotates among Board members in the sense that the Board member in whose area the next biennial conference is to be held, functions as president. The remaining board members function as vice presidents.
2. Decisions can only be taken in the Board when at least half the members are present. Decisions can also be taken without a meeting, provided that all Board members express their views on the relevant issue in writing.
3. All decisions in the Board are taken by majority vote.

Article 10
The management of the Society is vested in the Board. The Board is entitled to delegate any of its tasks provided these are clearly circumscribed. Persons to whom such tasks are delegated, act under the responsibility of the Board.

Article 11
The Society is legally represented by the Board. It can also be represented by two Board members acting jointly.

Article 12
1. The Board shall conduct the financial administration of the Society in such a way that the rights and duties of the Society can be made known at all times.
2. At the General Meeting of the Society the Board shall report on the activities of the Society and submit a financial report for the period since the previous General Meeting

Article 13
1. A General Meeting of the Society will be held during every biennial conference of the Society referred to in Article 16 below.
2. Further General Meetings of the Society may be convened whenever the Board deems this necessary.

Article 14
1. The General Meeting of the Society is convened by the Board. At least fourteen days before the General Meeting all members are invited to attend. Convocations are sent in writing to the members' addresses as these occur in the register kept by the Board.
2. Convocations for the General Meeting are accompanied by a written agenda.
3. All members of the Society are admitted to the General Meeting. The Board may also invite others to attend the General Meeting.

Article 15
1. All members are entitled to vote at the General Meeting of the Society Each member can cast one vote.
2. Decisions are taken by majority of the valid votes cast.

Article 16
1. The Board shall convene a biennial conference of the Society, by rotation in the area from which the current president comes.
2. The president shall be responsible for organizing the conference. In this heshe shall be assisted by the other members of the Board in working out the programme and inviting the speakers. Each Board member shall be responsible for the contacts with the members from the area which heshe represents.
3. In organizing the conference, the president shall be assisted by a secretary and a treasurer from the area where the conference is to be held. Together they form the conference committee. The secretary and treasurer are nominated by the president and appointed by the Board.
4. The Board can invite scholars from other countries who are not members of the Society to take part in the conference.

Article 17
1. Changes in the statutes of the Society can only be made by decision of the General Meeting of the Society.
2. The written text of proposed changes are to be sent in advance to the members with the convocation for the General Meeting.
3. A decision to change the statutes can only be taken by a twothirds majority of the valid votes cast at the General Meeting of the Society.

Article 18
Statutory changes take effect after these have been legally registered. Any Board member is empowered to sign the relevant registration documents.

Article 19
1. The Society can be dissolved by a decision of the General Meeting taken in accordance with Article 17 above.
2. The Board members function as liquidators of the Society. Wherever applicable, the statutes remain valid during the period of liquidation.
3. In the event of dissolution of the Society, any accounts remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts shall be applied to charitable purposes of a like nature of those of the Society, such at the discretion of the General Meeting.
4. After dissolution the accounts of the Society shall be held in safe keeping for a period of ten years by some person nominated by the General Meeting.
(These statutes were approved by the General Meeting of the Society in Swansea in September 1994. A revision of these statutes was approved by the General Meeting of the Society in Muenster in August 2014.)

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