UTSA Brackenridge Symposium features top scholars in fideism, faith, rationality

John Bishop

Professor John Bishop, University of Auckland

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(Feb. 20, 2014) -- The UTSA Department of Philosophy and Classics in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will host the 2014 Brackenridge Symposium, "Fideism, Faith and Rationality," Feb. 20-22 in the H-E-B University Center Travis Room (2.2.02) and the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28) on the UTSA Main Campus. The conference is free and open to the public.

This year's conference theme, "Whether and How Faith in God Can Be Justified," will feature presentations from eight of the nation's top scholars studying the fields of fideism, faith and rationality. Fideism is the view that faith can be justified in some sense independent of reason or evidence.

John Bishop, professor of philosophy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, will present the keynote speech at 4:25 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 in the H-E-B University Center Travis Room (2.202). Bishop has written more than 20 publications on the philosophy of religion and authored the book "Believing by Faith" (Oxford University Press, 2007).

He received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from the Australian National University and his doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Other scheduled speakers over the three-day conference include Daniel Bonevac, University of Texas at Austin; Howard Wettstein, University of California, Riverside; Michael Pace, Chapman University (California); Jonathan Kvanvig, Baylor University; Paddy McShane, Georgetown University; Blake Roeber, University of Notre Dame; and Jeff Jordan, Delaware University.

The UTSA Department of Philosophy and Classics brings together award-winning faculty with expertise in philosophy, humanities and classical studies. The department offers a major and minor in both philosophy and classics, and minors in religious studies and humanities.

>> View the conference schedule.

For more information, contact Terri Gerondale at 210-458-6031 or visit the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts website.