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Drake lecture series to explore philosophy of religion

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Thomas D. Carroll

CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

The future of philosophy of religion will be the topic for a lecture at Drake University by philosophy scholar Thomas D. Carroll on Thursday, Feb. 25.

The talk, which is the second in a series of lectures about philosophy of religion, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room, 2725 University Ave.

Carroll will discuss “The Ethics of Belief, Religious Pluralism and Defensible Difference: Reflection on John Clayton and the Future of Philosophy of Religion.”

His lecture will explore contributions of John Clayton — one of Carroll’s former professors at Boston University — to the philosophy of religion. Clayton refocused attention on the contexts in which traditional proofs for the existence of God were offered as well as the ends toward which such proofs were offered.

Carroll helped bring Clayton’s book, “Religions, Reasons, and Gods: Essays in Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Religion,” to press in a posthumous volume of essays by Clayton. Carroll and Anne Blackburn of Cornell University, edited Clayton’s completed essays and researched and finished uncompleted works. The book won an award from the American Academy of Religion in 2007.

An adjunct philosophy professor at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., Carroll is also working on a book project, titled “Wittgenstein, Religion, and the Ethics of Philosophy.”

His research interests include history of philosophy of religion, theory and method in the study of religion, history of analytic philosophy and cross-cultural ethics.

Carroll holds a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from Boston University, a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Occidental College and a master’s degree in philosophy from San Francisco State University.

The lecture is being sponsored by the Drake Center for the Humanities, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the Center for Global Citizenship and the Honors Program.

For more information, call 515-271-2167 or send an e-mail to tim.knepper@drake.edu.