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The Rutgers Center for Philosophy of Religion hosts several events throughout the year, including the annual Sanders Lecture as well as other lectures by distinguished visiting professors. 

Videos are available of the following recent events:

  • SANDERS LECTURE: LINDA ZAGZEBSKI
    April 12, 2018 at 3:30pm
    Philosophy Dept Seminar Room, 106 Somerset St, 5th Floor
    The 2018 Sanders Lecture was given by Linda Zagzebski on the topic of "The Two Greatest Ideas."
    Abstract: There have been ideas in human history that are so simple that it is easy to overlook their tremendous power, and it is easy to forget that human beings have not always had them. In this talk I tell a short story about the origin of the two ideas and how their relationship eventually changed, leading to a battle for dominance between them that has never been resolved. The ideas are (1) the idea that the human mind can grasp the universe, and (2) the idea that the human mind can grasp itself. I believe that the ways we think of the world, ourselves, religion, science, ethics, political theory, and even art and literature are dramatically affected by the dominance of one of these ideas over the other.

    Watch a video of the lecture (Vimeo)

  • A FORTUNATE UNIVERSE AN INTRODUCTION TO FINE-TUNING ARGUMENTS: A TALK BY LUKE BARNES
    February 20, 2017 at 7pm
    Hageman Hall, 35 Seminary Place (New Brunswick Theological Seminary)
    An introduction to the scientific side of fine-tuning given by Luke Barnes (an astrophysicist from the University of Sydney).

    Watch a video of the talk (YouTube)

  • ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION OF FINE-TUNING ARGUMENTS: LUKE BARNES AND OTHERS
    February 21, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm
    Alexander Library Lecture Room

    Round-Table on Design Arguments, with remarks from Luke Barnes (Sydney), Barry Loewer (Rutgers), Hans Halvorson (Princeton), and comments from Tim Maudlin (NYU) and Alex Pruss (Baylor).  An open-ended exchange of ideas on the prospects and problems for using the "fine-tuning of the cosmos for life" (or for something) in arguments for a designer, or for a multiverse, or for… other things.

    Watch a video of the discussion (YouTube)

  • SANDERS LECTURE: NICHOLAS WOLTERSTORFF
    March 9, 2017 at 3pm
    Philosophy Dept Seminar Room, 106 Somerset St, 5th Floor
    The 2017 Sanders Lecture was given by Nicholas Wolterstorff on the topic of "Repetition and Reenactment in Liturgy."

    Watch a video of the lecture (Vimeo)

  • SANDERS LECTURE: ELEONORE STUMP
    Philosophy Dept Seminar Room, 106 Somerset St, 5th Floor
    The 2016 Sanders Lecture was given by Eleonore Stump on the topic of "The Personal God of Classical Theism."

    Watch a video of the lecture (Vimeo)

  • SANDERS LECTURE: PETER VAN INWAGEN
    Philosophy Dept Seminar Room, 106 Somerset St, 5th Floor
    The 2015 Sanders Lecture was given by Peter van Inwagen on the topic of "The Rev'd Mr. Bayes and the Life Everlasting."

    Watch a video of the lecture (Vimeo)

  • SANDERS LECTURE: ROBERT ADAMS
    Philosophy Dept Seminar Room, 106 Somerset St, 5th Floor
    The 2014 Sanders Lecture was given by Robert Adams on the topic of "Pantheism."

    Watch a video of the lecture (Vimeo)

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