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Discussion Group

Fri Sep 7, 2018 10:00AM - 11:30AM 220 Malloy Hall

The group will discuss "How Can Christians Make Sense of Decent Sensible Skeptics?" by Michael Bergmann, Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University.…

Discussion Group

Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:00AM - 11:30AM 220 Malloy Hall

The group will discuss "Why Tolerate Religion? A (Surprising) Nietzschean Answer" by David Dudrick, George Carleton Jr. Professor of Philosophy at Colgate University.…

17th Annual Alvin Plantinga Fellow Lecture: "Divinity, Humanity, and the Ground of Morality"

Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM 138 DeBartolo Hall

Presented by Patrick Kain, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University and 2018-2019 Alvin Plantinga Fellow in the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame.

Abstract: Immanuel Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (1785) inspires and puzzles many attentive readers. One puzzle is that, in the midst of an analysis of a categorical imperative, Kant repeatedly alludes to the idea of a “divine” or “holy will,” not subject to imperatives. Other puzzles surround Kant's claim that the moral law must have a “ground” and that “humanity" is that ground. In response to some of these puzzles, I will sketch Kant's model of divine rational agency and argue that this model offers important clues about how humanity is supposed to ground the moral law. The upshot is a richer understanding of Kantian moral philosophy, and of how it can be grounded in human dignity and remain open to careful theological reflection.…