Time and place: 27-28 May 2021, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki
Theme: The nature and possible existence of human free will is a perennial theological topic. It touches upon doctrines of God, grace and sin. Recently, analytic theologians have invigorated these discussions by injecting them with tools, theories and insights from analytic philosophy, where free will has become a cottage industry. HEAT 2021 invites papers on all topics related to free will in theology. These include (but are not limited to) the conditions of human moral responsibility, its compatibility with various kinds of determinisms, predestination, grace and free will, the nature of God’s freedom, and free will in heaven and hell. The papers should be constructive and argumentative rather than merely historical or descriptive in nature. However, we also value engagement with traditional text as well as modern sciences (including psychology and biology).
Keynote Speakers: Leigh Vicens (Augustana, USA) Kevin Timpe (Calvin College, USA) Jesse Couenhoven (Villanova University, USA)
Submitting your paper: Please send an abstract as a .doc file (no PDFs) with a maximum of 700 words to Dr. Rope Kojonen (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 15th of October 2020.
In addition to the abstract, please include your name, title, affiliation and email address in the same document as your abstract. We will let you know whether your abstract has been accepted by the end of October. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any bursaries.
Registration: The workshop is open for all and free of charge. Even if your paper is not selected for presentation, you are most welcome to join the discussion. However, if you plan to attend, please let us know beforehand so that we can take this into account in selecting a suitable venue given social distancing measures. We will post more information about registration in due time.
Covid-19: At this stage, it is impossible to know what will be the situation in May 2021, but we plan to have the meeting physically in Helsinki. If you already know that you cannot attend in person, mention this in your paper. We will also work towards making the seminars available for online viewing. Of course, we will follow the situation closely and keep you informed.