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Professor Alan Revering successfully delivered his paper, "Resources for a Political Philosophy of Labor Unions: Contract, Conflict, Loyalty," to the Boston Theological Society, March 14, 2013, with a lively discussion following.
The intrepid Curry scholars, Professors Rob Smid and Les Muray went to Spain as co-chairs of The Sixth International Conference of the Institute for American Religious and Philosophic Thought, " Atlantic Crossings: Empiricism, Pragmatism, and Naturalism" in Pamplona, Spain, July 29-August 1, 2013. As co-chairs they organized the program and by all accounts it was a grand success. Both of them also presented papers, Rob's entitled "Dodging the 'Epistocracy': How a Peircean Theory of Inquiry Can Rebalance Contemporary Democratic Values" and Les' "An Anti-Utopian Utopia: Reinhold Niebuhr and Istvan Bibo."
Professor Smid also has had his article, "Pragmatism, Pluralism and the Role of Inquiry in Comparative Philosophy" published the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Vol. 33 No. 2, May 2012, pp. 146-158 (originally a paper presented at Highlands Institute for American Philosophical and Religious Thought conference on "New Directions in Pragmatism," Highlands, NC, June 2011). Rob also presented his paper "Marketing Religious Naturalism" at the (formerly Highlands) Institute for American Religious and Philosophic Thought conference on"Metaphysical and Religious Naturalism: Present Forms and Future Prospects" in Manitou Springs, CO in June.
Professor Smid was also recently recognized as the recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship.
Professor Bette Manter delivered her paper, "Royce's Problem with Sin: Morbid Obsession or Moral Insight?" at this year's Josiah Royce Society Conference, August 16-18, in Grass Valley, California (Royce's birthplace). Her paper consisted of a fascinating philosophical study of the notion of sin as defined by the individual and an assessment of the American philosopher Josiah Royce's contributions to this issue.
Dr. Manter's essay "The Incompleteness of Loyalty" has been included in the book Josiah Royce for the Twenty-first Century: Historical, Ethical, and Religious Interpretations (edited by Kelly A. Parker and Krzysztof Piotr Skowronski) by Lexington Books. (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739173374).
Professor Les Muray presented his paper, "Biocracy and the Rights of Nature" at the Ninth International Whitehead Conference in Krakow, Poland, September 9-12, 2013. While there, he also chaired a section on Continental Philosophy. Les has been given some indication that his paper will be included in a forthcoming book of essays selected from the conference offerings.
In 2012, Professor Muray gave two papers. The first was entitled "Process Thought and Naturalism" at the (formerly Highlands) Institute for American Religious and Philosophic Thought conference on "Metaphysical and Religious Naturalism: Present Forms and Future Prospects" in Manitou Springs, CO in June. At the 14th International Conference on the Literature of Region and Nation in Pécs, Hungary, he presented a paper on "The Influence of Henri Bergson on Mihály Babits." He also delivered a paper entitled "Everlasting Life, A Process-Relational Naturalism, and the Akashic Field" to the "Open and Relational Theologies" section of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago right before Thanksgiving 2012.
The papers and pictures from the session have been published online.
The Whitehead Society of Japan has also posted an online video of Professor Muray presenting his paper, "Citizenship in an Ecological Civilization," at the Eighth International Whitehead Conference in Tokyo in September, 2011.
Dr. Les Muray, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study in his native Hungary during the spring of 2014. Dr. Muray will be researching the influence of French philosopher Henri Bergson on Mihaly Babits and Zsigmond Moricz, two major figures in early twentieth century Hungarian literature, whose work anticipated contemporary environmental ethics.