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Drake University (Des Moines, IA 50311-4516)
Timothy Knepper (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Nathan Loewen (Co Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Gereon Kopf (Co Project Director: April 2022 to present)
Global Philosophy of Religion: Developing New Questions and Categories for Cross-Cultural Inquiry

Planning and holding a two-day conference and the preparation for publication of an essay collection on the topic of a Global Philosophy of Religion. (12 months)

To this day, philosophy of religion remains preoccupied with the Christo-centric questions and categories of its European origins, which simply do not apply to a significant number of the world’s religious traditions. If philosophy of religion is to be relevant to the globalized, 21st-century world, it must develop new questions and categories that are suitable for unbiased cross-cultural inquiry. This convening grant brings together, in a 2-day conference, 17 scholars who collectively specialize in the religious philosophies of S Asia, E Asia, W Asia, Africa, indigenous N America, and Europe too. Each will prepare and present questions and categories for philosophy of religion informed by her own area of study, then test them against and modify them in view of the other proposals. These proposals, assessments, and modifications will be published as essays in an edited volume along with a comparative conclusion by the project director.

Project fields:
Philosophy of Religion

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022