Political Philosophy & Religion Workshop

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion will host the first annual Political Philosophy and Religion Workshop on November 8-9, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. The workshop will bring together scholars from political philosophy, political science, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and theology to foster interdisciplinary research at the intersection of political philosophy and religion.

Workshop Schedule

The workshop will feature papers in political philosophy, philosophy of religion, theology, and law that explore connections not widely discussed in the literatures of these disciplines. The application period for submissions is now closed.

To register for the workshop or volunteer as a chair or discussant, please complete the registration form below by October 15. Registration is free.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Anna Bialek, professor of religion and politics at Washington University, St. Louis

Dr. Kyla Ebels-Duggan, professor of philosophy at Northwestern University

Additional Confirmed Speakers:

Toni Alimi (Princeton University)

Jessica Flanigan (University of Richmond)

David Henreckson (Gustavus Adolphus College)

Brock Mason (Fordham University)

Mary Nickel (Princeton University)

Kevin Vallier (Bowling Green State University)


Toni Alimi (Princeton University, Religion)

Ryan Davis (Brigham Young University, Political Science)

Anne Jeffrey (Baylor University, Philosophy)

Mark Satta (Harvard University, Law)

Below is a list of possible research questions:

  • What insights can theology bring to bear on a general theory of justice?
  • What are the grounds of a legitimate civil religion?
  • How should religious disagreement be regulated by states, if at all?
  • How can religious texts or tradition inform how religious citizens should think about engaging those with conflicting values?
  • Are there theologically informed civic virtues?
  • Should religious commitments influence political outlook and participation in a liberal democracy? If so, how?
  • In what ways do religious institutions or theological doctrines bear responsibility for political injustices in the present or past?
  • What are the ideals of justice that ought to be upheld in religious communities in particular?
  • What is the best political arrangement for religious institutions?

Email anne_jeffrey@baylor.edu with questions.