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7th International Whitehead Conference, panel session on: Alfred North Whitehead, Religious Pluralism, and the South Asian Tradition

Deadline: June 30, 2008

Conference Name: 7th International Whitehead Conference, panel session on: Alfred North Whitehead, Religious Pluralism, and the South Asian Tradition
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Start Date: 1/5/2009
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1/9/2009
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City: Bangalore
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Country: India


Description: Much work has been done of late on developing a Whiteheadian religious pluralism based on his process metaphysics and its plurality of ontological cum religious ultimates: God and Creativity. John B. Cobb, Jr. and David Ray Griffin are largely responsible for developing and articulating what has been called a “deep religious pluralism” based on Whitehead’s metaphysical schema. This religious pluralism seeks to explain how various religious traditions can be simultaneously true at the same time; the answer is found in Whitehead’s plurality of ontological ultimates, specifically God and Creativity. This deep religious pluralism seeks to uncover how various traditions can be complementary in their prescribed paths, descriptions of the object(s) or greatest religious concern, and even provide an explanation for the compossibility of myriad soteriological achievements. Religious pluralism, in this sense, is not a descriptive account of a pluralistic society, but rather a philosophical hypothesis that attempts to explain the veridicality of a myriad of religious traditions. The positive receptivity of this theory by diverse philosophical and religious traditions is evidenced by Griffin’s edited volume Deep Religious Pluralism (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005) wherein scholars from various religious perspectives speak positively of Cobb’s religious pluralism. Among these are a handful of essays from the South Asian perspective, viz., the Muslim philosopher and mystic Muhammad Iqbal, Theravada Buddhist, and Hindu (broadly and narrowly construed) perspectives. The purpose of this session at the 7th International Whitehead Conference is to push the application and analysis of this Whiteheadian religious pluralism further from a South Asian, rather than the dominant Western academic, and therefore largely Christian, perspective. Abstracts are welcome that directly relate to the theme of the session, the purpose of which is to respond to, relate, complement, critique, or apply Cobb’s Whiteheadian religious pluralism to South Asian religio-philosophical traditions. Suggested topics include: comparative philosophical applications of Whiteheadian religious pluralism to, or critiques of this pluralism from both ancient and modern South Asian philosophical perspectives. Systemic comparative work in classical areas such as Whiteheadian religious pluralism and Yoga, Vedanta, Jain, South or Central Asian Buddhist, Tantra (such as Kashmir Shaivism), Vedas and Upanishads, and even South Asian specific forms of Judaic, Catholic, and Zoroastrian philosophical perspective are welcome. So too are comparative pieces on Whiteheadian religious pluralism and modern thinkers such as Sri Aurobindo, Mohandas Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Mohammed Iqbal, K. C. Bhattacharya, and Radhakrisnan, among others. Final papers should be closely related to the topic of the panel because contributing essays from this session will be compiled for potential publication as a book. Deadline for abstracts: June 30, 2008 Deadline for final papers: December 15, 2008 Electronic submissions should be sent to Matthew Lopresti at mlopresti@hpu.edu

Deadline for Submission: 6/30/2008

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Name: Matthew   Lopresti
Email: mlopresti@hpu.edu

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