New directions for philosophy of religion: Introduction and ...

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New directions for philosophy of religion: Introduction and ...

2 Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses 000(00)Religion at Trinity College and the University of Toronto and does research on thepsychoanalysis of religious experience. She is currently working on a book on Freudianpsychoanalytic theories of religion and the ways in which they are relevant to contemporarywork in developmental and neuro-psychology.Kevin Schilbrack of Western Carolina University, who is currently working on abook-length consideration of the future of the philosophy of religion, responded to theirwork. Although the individual emphases of each paper may have shifted slightly fromthe original proposal, the papers nonetheless make focused and potentially useful suggestionsfor the development and improvement of the philosophy of religion. Benefittingfrom the commentary and response given by Kevin Schilbrack in Toronto the paperswere modified and updated and Schilbrack re-worked his response for publication here.The original contributors were given one last chance to reply briefly to Kevin Schilbrack’sresponse. No doubt the conversation will go on through many further iterations;however, for the purposes of publication we had to end at some definite point and thiswas it.The participants would like to express their gratitude to the journal’s anonymousreviewers, whose comments further helped to focus and refine our work. As the convenerof the session and the editor of the papers, I would like to thank Ivan Strenski, GregoryAlles, and Marsha Hewitt for their time and effort and for their valuable and helpful contributions.Special thanks go to Kevin Schilbrack for his successive responses and toPatricia Caillé of the University of Strasbourg for providing translations of the abstracts.I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers of the IAHR Congress inToronto, especially Donald Wiebe and Sydney Yeung. Finally, our thanks go to FrancisLandy of Studies in Religion for suggesting the publication of this collection.

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