Hope, Optimism, and God

“Hope, Optimism, and God” is a $320,000 research initiative intended to support work in philosophy of religion and/or philosophical theology related to the connections between hope and/or optimism and various kinds of practical arguments for and against theistic theses. We seek to encourage research from both new and established scholars into the structure of various kinds of “practical” (e.g. pragmatic, moral) arguments concerning religious theses – in particular arguments that are either motivated by or designed to produce states of hope or optimism.  We anticipate applicants from philosophy of religion, epistemology, and philosophical theology, but will welcome proposal from other fields as well. We will invite requests for between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects not to exceed one year in duration. We intend to make up to 4 awards over a two-year period.

The Templeton Research Fellowships in the “Hope, Optimism, and God” Program is a residential fellowship program that provides one-year awards for up to two visiting fellows at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion during academic year 2015-2016. Awards will be for research that provides new insights into the structures of various kinds of “practical” (e.g., pragmatic, moral) arguments for and against theistic theses—in particular arguments that are either motivated by or designed to produce states of hope or optimism.

Hope, Optimism, and God Timeline

February 15, 2015: Philosophy of Religion residential and non-residential applications due

Spring 2015: Funding decisions for Philosophy of Religion competitions

February 15, 2016: Philosophy of Religion non-residential applications due (subject to funding availability)

Spring 2016: Funding decisions for philosophy of religion competition

 

For more details, please visit the project website: hopeoptimism.com