UCR Philosophy Department Conferences
On December 11, UCR and UCI will co-sponsor a conference in honor of Nelson Pike. It will be held at UCI. The speakers will be: Robert Adams, Marilyn Adams, David Woodruff Smith, and John Fischer. More details as they develop.
Our 2010 Alumni Conference will take place on March 6th, 2010. Here is the conference program.
Our 2010 annual conference, which took place on February 26th and 27th, was a two-day symposium entitled “Saving the Sacred in a Secular Age.” It was hosted by the Department of Philosophy, and co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, the Center for Ideas and Society, and the Templeton Foundation. Charles Taylor, author of A Secular Age (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007) presented the keynote address for the conference, entitled “Modes of the sacred in the post-Axial Age.” This interdisciplinary meeting presented philosophical, sociological, and religious responses to contemporary secularism as we sought to understand and articulate different notions of the sacred. An important theme was to consider how we can recover and secure practices that are responsive to an experience of the sacred in the world. We explored questions like: What are the stages by which our culture became monotheistic and then secular? Does this history show, as Nietzsche claims, that our culture has outgrown Christianity and needs a way to come to terms with nihilism? Or if not, what is the place of the sacred and our Judeo-Christian heritage in the current age? Can we learn to appreciate and repossess our Judeo-Christian heritage? If so, how? Or should we turn to other ways of imagining and experiencing the sacred? For more details, please visit the conference website.
Our 2009 annual conference, focusing on the work of John Perry, took place on April 26th, 2009. Additional conference information, including the program and driving directions, can be found here. Pictures from the conference can be found here.
Our 2009 Alumni Conference took place on March 7th, 2009. Here is the program.
For further information on these and other events, please visit our department calendar.