Naturalising Religion: Kazimierz Naturalist Workshop 2012

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland – July 2nd to 6th, 2012

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Invited key-speakers

Helen de Cruz (Oxford/Leuven)
Robert McCauley (Emory)
Jesper Sorensen (Aarhus)
John Wilkins (Melbourne)

Call for papers 

Recent scientific research treating religion as a natural, cognitive/cultural phenomenon that is the product of evolutionary processes has the potential to fundamentally alter how philosophers discuss religion. The aim of the workshop is to explore this potential by examining questions such as: What kinds of new philosophical questions regarding religion can now be meaningfully pursued? What is the significance, if any, of the current research for traditional issues in philosophy of religion? Is there scope for a new, naturalist philosophy of religion? Or is it simply that philosophy of religion has come to an end?


Abstracts of less than 500 words will be accepted till March 31st. All submissions should be made through the easychair website. Abstracts will be evaluated on a first come basis so early submission is strongly encouraged in order to avoid missing out on available spots.

Registration and accommodation

Early registrations will be till April 30th. The early registration fee is 150 Euro (reduced rate – 75 Euro), while the late registration fee is 200 Euro. Fees cover the workshop sessions, conference materials, lunches, coffee breaks and the minibus to and from Warsaw airport.

Accommodation is available at the conference hotel. The cost is 100 Euro in total for four nights (July 2nd to 6th) in shared twin en suite rooms and includes breakfasts (limited single rooms available at higher price). Availability of accommodation cannot be guaranteed for late registrants.

Registration and accommodation fees might change in the event of significant movement in the exchange rate of the Polish currency.


Following the meeting, an effort will be made to publish selected papers from the workshop as either a special issue of an appropriate journal or as a separate volume of collected papers. In addition, participants are encouraged to consider a special issue of The Monist on naturalising religious beliefs, to be edited by James Beebe. That call for papers is not officially connected to the workshop but it is focussed on the same topic and closes soon after our meeting.

KNEW’12 is being organised by Marcin Milkowski (PAN, CPR) and Konrad Talmont-Kaminski (UMCS, CPR) with financial assistance from the Philosophy and Sociology Faculty of Marie Curie-Sklodowska University as well as the Centre for Philosophical Research. 

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