Dr. Joseph Runzo

 

 
     
 


Presentations

INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

  • Barcelona, Spain - "Human Rights and Religion," Fourth Parliament of the World Religions, July 2004

  • Ahmedabad, India - "War and Universal Ethics," Gujarat University, December 2003

  • Chiang Mai, Thailand - "Globalization, War and Relgion," August 2003

  • Halifax, Canada - "War and the Destruction of the Soul," invited Religion and Society Plenary Lecturer, 72nd Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, June 2003

  • Toronto, Canada - "War and the Religions Traditions," Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion, November 2002

  • Beijing, China - "Is a Universal Ethics Possible?: the Problem of Conflicting Metaphysics Among Religious Worldviews," Tsinghua University, December 2000

  • Durban, South Africa - "Human Rights and Religion" and "Parameters for a Universal Ethic," International Association for the History of Religions, August 2000

  • Capetown, South Africa - "Human Rights and Religious Leadership" and "Religion and the United Nations," Parliament of the World Religions, December 1999

  • Cambridge University - 1985, 1988, 1990, 1998, 2001, 2003

  • Oxford University - 1998, 2001

  • University of Birmingham, England - 1998

  • University of London
    King's College - 1985, 1988, 1990
    University College - 1985, 1990

  • University of Wales, Lampeter - 1990

  • University of Lancaster - 1985, 2001

  • University of Edinburgh - 1985

 

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

2002-03

  • "War and Universal Ethics" - Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India, December 2003

  • "Globalization, War and Relgion" - Chiang Mai, Thailand, August 2003

  • Religion and Society Plenary Lecturer, 72nd Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, "War and the Destruction of the Soul," - Halifax, Canada, June 2003

  • "Religious Egoism and War" - Cambridge University, May 2003

  • "Can There be Just Wars?" - Conference on "War and Reconciliation: Perspectives from the World Religions," California State University, Northridge, April 2003

  • "Can There be a Universal Ethic of Peace?" - Orange County Peacebuilders Network, Chapman University, March 2003

  • "War and the Religions Traditions" - Toronto, Canada, Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion, November 2002

  • "What is a Saint and Why Do We Need Global Saints?" - University of California, Los Angeles, October 2002

2001-02

  • "War and the Destruction of the Soul" - Cambridge University, May 2002

  • "War and the Destruction of the Soul" - California Lutheran University, Plenary Address, March 2002

  • "Religion and Violence: Prospects for the Future" - Panelist Conference on "Violence and Human Dignity," California Lutheran University, March 2002

  • "War and the Destruction of the Soul" - University of Hawaii, January 2002

2000-01

  • 2001 Boston University Lowell Lecturer, "Is a Universal Religious Ethic Possible?," Winter 2001.

  • "Religion as a Resourse for Global Reconciliation" - Conference on "War and Reconciliation in the World Religions," California Lutheran University, Spring 2001

  • "Is a Universal Ethics Possible?: the Problem of Conflicting Metaphysics Among Religious Worldviews," - Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, December 2000

1999-2000

  • "Human Rights and Religion" - International Association for the History of Religions, Durban, South  Africa, August 2000

  • "Parameters for a Universal Ethic," - International Association for the History of Religions, Durban, South Africa, August 2000

  • "Human Rights and Religious Leadership" - Parliament of the World Religions, Capetown, South Africa, December 1999

  • "Religion and the United Nations" - Parliament of the World Religions, Capetown, South Africa, December 1999

1998-1999

  • McManis Lectures, Wheaton College, Illinois - "Science and Religion at the End of the Millenium" April 15-16, 1999
    I: "Science and Religion : World Views and Faith"
    II: "Science and Religion : Values and Love"

  • "Toward a Universal Ethic: the Case of Torture" - Chapman University International Conference on "Human Rights and Responsibilities: the Contribution of the World Religions," Spring 1999

  • Chair, Symposium on "A Universal Declaration on Human Rights from The World Religions" - Loyola Marymount University, Spring 1999

1997-98

  • "Erotic Love and God: A Paradigm Shift" - University Lecture Series, California Lutheran University, Fall 1998

  • "The Symbolism of Sex and the Reality of God"- Chapman University International Conference on "Gender and Love in the World Religions," Spring 1998

  • "Erotic Love and the Love of God"- Oxford University, Spring 1998

  • "Symbolism and Meaning in Sex and Religion"- University of Birmingham, England, Spring 1998

  • "Erotic Love and the Love of God"- Cambridge University, Spring 1998

1996-97

  • "Erotic Love and the Love of God" - Plenary Address, Society of Christian Philosophers, Pacific Division

  • "Eros and Meaning in Life and Religion" - Chapman University International Conference on
    "The Meaning of Life in the World Religions"

  • Symposiast on "What Philosophy can Bring to Religion" - University of California, Riverside

  • Symposium chair "Are Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism Comparable and Compatible?" - American Philosophical Association, Annual Pacific Division Meeting

1994-95

  • "Ethics and Theological Realism"- Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

  • Chair, Colloquia in Philosophy of Religion - Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

  • Chair, "Biblical Criticism and Theological Epistemology" - Western Regional Meeting, Society of Christian Philosophers

1992-93

  • "Perceiving God, World Views and Faith: What About Religious Pluralism?" - Annual Meeting, American Academy of Religion

  • "Perceiving God, Religious Pluralism and Faith" - Annual Pacific Regional Meeting, Society of Christian Philosophers

  • Chair, Invited Symposium on William Alston's Perceiving God (Philip Quinn, Richard Gale, Robert Adams, William Alston) - Annual Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

1991-92

  • Respondent to Plenary Address by Philip Quinn, "Religious Relativism vs. Religious Pluralism" - Annual Meeting, Society of Christian Philosophers

  • Commentator, "John Hick's Philosophy of Religion"- Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference, Claremont Graduate School

  • Chair, Philosophy of Religion Section - Annual Meeting, American Academy of Religion

  • Chair, Invited Symposium on "The Problem of Evil: From One Extreme to the Other," (Marilyn Adams, Philip Quinn) - Annual Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

  • Chair, Invited Symposium on "Pluralism" (Alvin Plantinga, William Alston, William Wainwright), Philosophy of Religion Society Session - Annual Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

1990-91

  • "Ethics and Theological Realism: The Failure of Non-Realism" - Annual Meeting, American Academy of Religion

  • Commentator on "Religion as Skillful Means: A Hint from Buddhism" (John Hick) - Pacific Regional Meeting, American Academy of Religion

  • Commentator on "Divine Action: Shadow or Substance?" (William Alston) - Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference, Claremont Graduate School

  • "Theological Non-Realism and Ethics: A Defense of Realism" - Annual Pacific Meeting, Society of Christian Philosophers

  • Commentator on "The Fulfillment of Promises" (William Alston) - University of Santa Clara Conference on "The Epistemology of Religious Belief"

  • Chair, Invited Symposium on "Is There a Place for Religion in Contemporary Ethics?" (Philip Quinn, Robert Adams, John Langan) - Annual Meeting, American Philosophy Association, Pacific Division

  • Chair, Invited Symposium on "Religious Experience - Its Nature and Validity" (John Hick, William Alston, Nelson Pike), Philosophy of Religion Society Session - Annual Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

  • Chair, Invited Symposium on Divine Nature and Human Language (William Alston) - Annual Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

1989-90

  • "Ethics and the Challenge of Theological Non-Realism," presented at: Cambridge University, King's College, University of London, and University of Wales, Lampeter

  • "Is Belief in God Epistemologically Justified?" - University College, University of London

  • Commentator on "A Pluralistic Conception of Religious Truth" (Gordon Kaufman) - Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference, Claremont Graduate School

  • Commentator on "In Defense of Realism" (John Cobb) - Philosophy of Religion and Theology Colloquium, Claremont Graduate School

  • Chair, Colloquium Sessions in Philosophy of Religion - American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

1988-89

  • "Realism, Non-Realism, and Atheism: Why Believe in an Objectively Real God?" - Annual Meeting, American Academy of Religion

  • Chair, Symposium on "Edwards' the Sense of the Heart and the Rationality of Religious Belief" (William Wainwright), Philosophy of Religion Society Session - American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

  • Chair, Invited Symposium in Philosophy of Religion - American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

1987-88

  • "Kant on Reason and Justified Belief in God" - Conference on "Kant's Philosophy of Religion Reconsidered," Marquette University

  • "Realism, Non-Realism and Atheism: Why Believe in an Objectively Real God?" - Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference, Claremont Graduate School

  • "The Noumenal God and 'the' God of History" - Philosophy of Religion and Theology Colloquium, Claremont Graduate School

  • Chair, Symposium on "Aquinas on the Doctrine of Atonement" (Philip Quinn), Philosophy of Religion Society Session - American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

  • Chair, Colloquium Sessions in Philosophy of Religion - Annual Meeting, American Academy of Religion

1986-87

  • "The Epistemic Foundations of Theism," - "D" (Philosophy of Religion) Society, Cambridge University

  • "Relativism and Rational Faith" - Cambridge University

  • "The Epistemic Foundations of Theism" - King's College, University of London

  • "Mysticism and Knowledge" - Claremont Graduate School

  • Chair, Colloquium Sessions in Philosophy of Religion - American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

1985-86

  • Chair, Symposium on Revelation (George Mavrodes), Philosophy of Religion Society Session - American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

  • Chair, Symposium on "Flavors, Colors, and God" (Robert Adams) - Society. of Christian Philosophers, Pacific Regional Meeting

  • Chair, Colloquium "Problem of Evil" (Brian Hebblethwaite) - Philosophy of Religion Society

1984-85

  • "Absolute Faith, Relativism, and Rationality" - University of London Philosophy Society, University College, London

  • "The Rationality of Absolute Faith in an Age of Relativism," presented at: King's College, University of London, University of Lancaster, University of Edinburgh, and Society of Christian Philosophers, Pacific Regional Meeting

  • "Mysticism, Knowledge, and Ineffability" - Claremont Graduate School

  • Chair, Symposium on "Perceiving God" (William Alston), Philosophy of Religion Society Session - American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

1983-84

  • Commentator on "God's Freedom and Simplicity" (Norman Kretzmann and Eleanore Stump) - Society of Christian Philosophers, Pacific Regional Meeting

  • Commentator on "Human Freedom and Divine Foreknowledge" (Linda Zagzebski) - Philosophy of Religion Society

  • Chair, "Direct Justification and Theistic Belief" - NEH Research Conference in the Philosophy of Religion, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

  • Chair, Symposium on "Toward an Epistemology of Religions" (John Hick), Philosopy of Religion Society Session - American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

1982-83

  • Chair, "The Euthyphro Objection to Divine Normative Theories" (Paul Faber) - Philosophy of Religion Society

  • Chair, Colloquium "The Rationality of Theistic Belief" (John Hick) - Society of Christian Philosophers, Pacific Regional Meeting

1981-82

  • "Conceptual Relativism and Religious Experience" - Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference, Claremont Graduate School

  • Panelist, Symposium on "Faith, Skepticism and Evidence" - Society of Christian Philosophers Session, American Philososphical Association, Pacific Division

  • Commentator, "Is the Past Preventable?" (George Mavrodes) - Society of Christian Philosophers, Pacific Regional Meeting

  • Chair, "A Bayesian Analysis of Arguments For God's Existence" (Loren Meierding) - Philosophy of Religion Society

  • Chair, "Grading Religions" (John Hick), Philosophy of Religion Society

  • Chair, "Philosophy, Miracles and the Resurrection of Jesus" (Stephen Davis) - Philosophy of Religion Society

1980-81

  • "Relativism, Theology, and Religious Experience," presented at: Society of Christian Philosophers Session, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division and the Philosophy of Religion Society

  • "Relativism, Religion, and Objectivity," presented at: American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division and American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting

  • "Relativism, Religious Experience and Knowledge of God"- Conference on"Religion, Mysticism and Knowledge," California State University, Fullerton

  • "Relativism and Religious Belief"- Claremont Graduate School

  • Chair, "Toward an Epistemology of Religious Pluralism" (John Hick) - Philosophy of Religion Society

  • Chair, "Faith as a Virtue" (Robert Adams) - Philosophy of Religion Society

  • Chair, Colloquium of Society of Christian Philosophers - American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

1978-79

  • "The Radical Conceptualization of Perceptual Experience" - American Philosophical Association, Western Division

  • "Our Minds and Our Perceptions of Reality" - Philosophy-Religion Colloquium, Chapman College

1977-78

  • Panelist for "Legal and Ethical Problems in Medically-Induced (Iatrogenic) Injury" - National Endowment for the Humanities, Mississippi Council, Forest General Hospital

 

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