Ethics and the Challenge of Secularism: Russian and Western Perspectives

May 25-26, 2012

McKenna Hall, University of Notre Dame

 Both Russia and the West today face challenges posed by secularism, but in ways shaped by their very different histories and cultures.  This conference brings together Russian and western scholars in order to explore such questions as:  Is there an adequate secular basis for morality?  What can the sciences contribute to ethics?  Is society destined to become more secular, and what are the resources and challenges facing religion in the 21st century?

Speakers

  • Tim Mawson, Oxford University
  • Vladimir Shokhin, Moscow State University
  • Alexander V. Razin, Moscow State University
  • Japa Pallikkathayil, New York University
  • Ruben G. Apressyan, Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Christian Miller, Wake Forest University
  • Rev. Dr. Andrey Shishkov, Theological Commission of the Moscow Patriarchate
  • Rev. Dr. Vladimir Shmaliy, Theological Commission of the Moscow Patriarchate
  • David Solomon, University of Notre Dame

Registration is free, with a charge imposed only for meals. Register at conferences.nd.edu by selecting this events from their list of upcoming conferences. 

Sponsored by the Society of Christian Philosophers, the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Theological Commission of the Moscow Patriarchate, and hosted by the Center for Ethics and Culture and the Philosophy Department, University of Notre Dame. 

Funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.


Conference Schedule:

Friday, May 25

 

8:30-9:00         Continental breakfast

9:00-10:15       “Is Whether or Not There’s a God Worth Thinking about?”

                        Prof. Tim Mawson, Oxford University

10:15-10:30     Break

10:30-11:45     “But One Thing is Needful: Gratitude as the Foundation of Theistic Ethics”

                        Prof. Vladimir Shokhin, Moscow State University

11:45-1:00       Lunch

1:00-2:15         “Freedom of Choice and Principles of Personal Self-Determination”

                        Prof. Alexander V. Razin, Moscow State University

2:15-3:30         “Freedom of Expression in Mill and Kant”

                        Prof. Japa Pallikkathayil, New York University

3:30-3:45         Break

3:45-5:00         “On the Normative Contexts and Associations of the Commandment, Do Not Resist Evil”

                        Prof. Ruben G. Apressyan, Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences

6:30-8:00         Dinner

 

Saturday, May 26

8:30-9:00         Continental breakfast

9:00-10:15       “Do People have the Virtues or Vices? Some Results from Psychology”

                        Prof. Christian Miller, Wake Forest University

10:15-10:30     Break

10:30-11:45     “The Post-Secular in Post-Atheistic Russia”

                        Rev. Dr. Andrey Shishkov, Theological Commission of the Moscow Patriarchate

 

11:45-1:00       Lunch

 

1:00-2:15         Ethical Discussion in Post-Secular Perspective: The Russian Situation”

                        Rev. Dr. Vladimir Shmaliy, Theological Commission of the Moscow Patriarchate

2:15-3:30         “Filling the Void: Academic Ethics and Secular Medicine”

                        Prof. David Solomon, University of Notre Dame

3:30-3:45         Break

3:45-5:00         Round-table discussion

                        Commentators TBA

6:30-8:00         Dinner