Department of Philosophy

Philosophy and Religion Workshop

Auburn Philosophy & Religions Workshop banner of the Thinker with a halo

Director: Kelly Dean Jolley

The workshop hosts a speaker or two a year, who is invited to bring a work-in-progress and share it with the members of the workshop. The members also participate in various reading groups (usually one per semester), movie screenings, occasional social events, etc. If you would like more information or would like to be on the Workshop email list, contact Kelly Dean Jolley or James Loxley Compton.

Spring 2019:

Thursday April 18: Dr. Peter Leithart (Theopolis Institute) 3:30 in Haley 2352. The title of the paper is 'He Called Light Day: God and Time in Genesis.' Prof. Leithart studied at Cambridge and is currently president of the Theopolis Institute. He has published several scriptural commentaries and has written on Dante, Shakespeare, and Jane Austen. He is a regular contributor to First Things. 

Fall 2017 Events:

Thursday September 21, 2017: Dr. Stanley Hauerwas (Duke University) will speak on the role of the church and theology in the development of the modern university and how Soren Kierkegaard's work on the relationship between theology and society can help us better understand the interaction between the theological and the socio-political in today's university. The talk will be at 5:00 pm in Langdon Hall.

poster for Kierkegaard and the Academy: A Theological Meditation

Wednesday November 1, 2017: Aaron Cobb (Auburn University Montgomery) will deliver a paper with the title "Perinatal Hospice, Meaning, and the Scaffolding of Hope". The talk will be at 6:00 pm in Mell 2250. Abstract for the paper:

 Advances in antenatal testing have led to the increased detection of rare and often significantly life-limiting conditions (e.g., Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13, anencephaly, polymicrogyria). Diagnoses of these kinds undermine both the hope for a healthy child and the litany of hopes parents hold for their future. In these contexts, families who choose to continue an affected pregnancy need communities who find creative ways to help them recover meaning and restructure their hopes. In this paper, I argue that the provision of perinatal palliative and hospice care (PPHC) can act a scaffolding for hope in the face of traumatic loss. And I offer some provisional remarks on how one might promote an institutional culture that sustains hope in families struggling to find meaning following an adverse in utero diagnosis.


Spring 2017 Events:

February 23, 2017: Edward Halper (Georgia) "Is Religion Rational? Hermann Cohen's Rational Deduction of the Necessity of Religion" 3:30 PM Haley 6088

The Contemplative as Writer: Thomas Merton

January 20-21, 2017 at Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill

Thomas Merton Conference Poster

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attendees talking at the Thomas Merton Conferenceguest speaker at the Thomas Merton conferencegroup panel at the Thomas Merton Conference

Fall 2016 Events:

September 8, 2016 at 7:00pm: A Roundtable Discussion "Prayer" at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church. Everyone is invited.

October 27, 2016 at 6:00pm: Public Lecture "The Problem of Evil for Atheists" by visiting lecturer Prof. Yujin Nagasawa, Univ. of Birmingham (UK) at

. All are invited.

October 28, 2016 at 3:00pm: AUPS "Maximal God and the Modal Ontological Argument" Prof. Yujin Nagasawa, Ross Hall 136.

Spring 2016 Events:

January 27, 2016 at 7:00-8:15pm : A Roundtable Discussion "Faith and the Intellectual Life" at the Coffee Cat

April 7, 2016 at 7:00pm: Religious Pluralism at The Loft 129 South College, Upstairs

April 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm: David O'Connor (Notre Dame) will deliver the first Philosophy and Religion Workshop Distinguished Lecture at St. Dunstan's on "Enchantment and Temptation:  Beauty in the Philosophy of Religion".  The public is invited.

April 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm:  David O'Connor (Notre Dame) will speak on "The Phantom of Narcissism in Plato's Phaedrus" in Ross 136.  All are invited.

Reading Groups:

Fall 2016 Fingarette's *Confucius:  The Secular as Sacred"

Spring 2016 Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy

Spring, Summer 2015  Aquinas and Kirkegaard on Original Sin.

Fall 2015 John Wisdom on Other Minds

Last Updated: June 06, 2019