Challenges to Religious and Moral Belief: Disagreement and Evolution

Conference Schedule, September 6-8, 2012

All paper presentations will be in Stewart Center, Room 214

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I. Moral Disagreement and Religious Disagreement

6:00-7:30pm: "Normative Disagreement as a Challenge to Moral Philosophy and Philosophical Theology"

7:45-9:15pm: "Theologies of Hell and Epistemological Conflict"

9:15pm: Reception (Stewart Center, Rooms 302 and 306)

Friday, September 7, 2012

9:00-10:30am: "Moral Disagreement among Philosophers"

  • Presenter: Ralph Wedgwood (University of Southern California, Philosophy)
  • Commentator: John Pittard (Yale University, Philosophy and Religious Studies)
  • Chair: Karen Stohr (Georgetown University, Philosophy)


10:45am-12:15pm: "Disagreeing With Psychopaths"

12:15-1:45pm: Lunch (on own)

II. Religious vs. Nonreligious Sources of Moral Belief

1:45-3:15pm: "Not by Reason Alone: The Priority of Sanctity over Dignity"

  • Presenter: Timothy Jackson (Emory University, Candler School of Theology)
  • Commentator: Kevin Hector (University of Chicago, Divinity School)
  • Chair: Andrew Moon (University of Missouri, Philosophy)


3:30-5:00pm: "Conscience and the Moral Epistemology of Divine Command Theory"

5:30-7:15pm: Conference Banquet (Purdue Memorial Union, East and West Faculty Lounge, reservations required)

7:30pm-9:00pm: "Toward God's Own Ethics"

Saturday, September 8, 2012

III. Evolutionary Accounts of Moral and Religious Belief

9:00-10:30am: "Religion is more than Belief: What Evolutionary Theories of Religion Tell Us about Religious Commitments"

  • Presenter: Richard Sosis and Jordan Kiper (University of Connecticut, Anthropology)
  • Commentator: Kelly James Clark (Grand Valley State University, Philosophy)
  • Chair: Joshua Thurow (University of Texas at San Antonio, Philosophy)


10:45am-12:15:pm: "Primate precursors to moral behavior"

12:15-1:45pm: Lunch (on own)

1:45-3:15pm: "Darwinian Normative Skepticism"


3:30-5:00pm: "The Existence of God as a Normative Question"