The annual Philosophy of Religion Conference at Claremont Graduate University has a long history of providing a place for philosophical conversation about important themes in the philosophy of religion. It was established by John Hick, who held the Danforth chair from 1979 to 1992, with a special emphasis on issues of inter-religious dialogue. D.Z. Phillips, Hick’s successor, carried on the conference from 1993 to 2006, focusing on contemporary issues.

Ingolf Dalferth was named the Danforth chair in 2007, and the following year opened up conference discussions between leading scholars in philosophy of religion, theology, and religious studies to include younger scholars and junior researchers as equal partners in the conversation.

2018 Conference

February 23-24, 2018: “The Unique, the Singular, and the Individual: The Debate about the Non-Comparable” the 39th Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference.

Participants this year include:

  • Ahmed Alwishah (Claremont)
  • Richard Cross (Notre Dame)
  • Vincent Delecroix (Paris)
  • Miguel Garcia-Lopez (Madrid)
  • Elizabeth Gräb-Schmidt (Tübingen)
  • Hans-Peter Grosshans (Münster)
  • Thomas Lewis (Brown)
  • Jacqueline Mariña (Purdue)
  • Peter Ochs (Virginia)
  • Hartmut von Sass (Zürich)

Conference Grants

The Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum (Hamburg) has generously provided 10 conference grants ($2200 each) to enable doctoral students and new PhDs (not earlier than 2012) to participate in the conference. The grant is meant to cover all expenses. Please also cc your application to block.marlene@gmail.com. Deadline: August 31, 2016 (midnight Pacific time). Applications will be blind reviewed by an international committee of scholars. Recipients will be notified in October. Drafts of the papers are due by January 15, 2017.

Conferences & Publications

The Claremont Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference has a long history of providing a place for philosophical conversation about important themes in the philosophy of religion. Many of these conferences have resulted in publication, which are available for purchase.