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Research Fellowships (EXPIRED)

Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS AOS open, though projects that bear some connection to philosophy of religion are required
AOC AOC open, though special preference will be given to applications that prioritize projects addressing research questions related to Narrative Conceptions of the Self
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Location Notre Dame, Indiana, United States
Start date August 2020
Job description

Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion invites applications for up to 2 Research Fellowships (up to $75,000 a piece) for AY2020-2021. These fellowships are for philosophers, theologians, or religious studies scholars working on topics that bear some connection to philosophy of religion. Philosophers applying need not propose a project in philosophy of religion--projects need only bear some connection to the field. In recent years, we've funded work in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and history, for example. We encourage philosophers working in all fields to apply!

In this funding cycle, special preference will be given to applications that prioritize projects addressing one or more of the following research questions (or related questions):

  1. Is there a viable non-eliminativist, non-substance view of persons, construed as subjects of thought or experience, according to which narrative (either in the ordinary sense, or on some plausible revisionary understanding) is partly constitutive of a person? 

  2. If a person is a substance and not (even partly) constituted by narrative, might there still be something else—a self, or an identity—that is narratively constituted and is, in some theoretically identifiable way, metaphysically, psychologically, and theologically important? 

  3. What is the relationship between a narrative conception of the human person and other apparently rival conceptions—e.g., substance dualism, property dualism, hylomorphic and non-hylomorphic versions of animalism, “brainism” (the view that persons are brains, or parts thereof), Lynne Baker’s constitutionalism, and the various forms of emergentism defended by philosophers?

  4. What role do narrative construction and the appropriation or ownership of a narrative play in explaining or bringing about changes in a person’s psychological traits, self-understanding, or identity?

  5. What role do narrative construction and the appropriation or ownership of a narrative play in other kinds of positive self-transformation?

  6. What are the constraints on—i.e., the conditions for and obstacles to—narrative appropriation? 

  7. What are the implications of such narrative theories for the thesis that God, or Jesus of Nazareth (understood as God incarnate) is a self and an agent? (Or, conversely, what do the key tenets of Christian theology pertaining to these issues imply about the viability of such narrative theories?)

  8. What possibilities are opened or closed by such narrative theories for understanding the ways in which human persons can be transformed by grace, or indwelt by the Holy Spirit?

Research fellows will spend AY2020-2021 in residence at the Center for Philosophy of Religion. Stipends may be used for salary replacement, research, and for relocation.

For further details, including application instructions, please visit https://philreligion.nd.edu/fellowships/.

How to apply
Application type Email
Web address to apply https://philreligion.nd.edu/fellowships/apply/
Email to apply
Hard deadline February 1, 2020, 11:59pm EST
Web address for more information https://philreligion.nd.edu/fellowships/
Contact name Joshua Seachris
Contact email
Contact phone 5746315377
Time created September 12, 2019, 8:36am EST
Scheduled expiry date February 1, 2020, 11:59pm EST
Expired on February 3, 2020, 12:46am EST
Last updated February 3, 2020, 12:46am EST
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