International Conference

Arguing Religion
Disagreement, Recognition, and the Reach of Argumentative Debate

Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Via S. Croce 77, 38122 Trento, Aula grande
June 6–8, 2017


The conference is organized in collaboration with the research project “Arguing Religion” of the Center for Religious Studies (ISR) at Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK). Please note that to attend the conference you have to register on the conference website.
Scientific organization: Boris Rähme, Paolo Costa, Geert Keil, Ralf Poscher

The aim of this conference is to advance our understanding of the epistemology of religious disagreement (RD), to explore the goals and prospects of argumentative debate in responding to RD, and to shed light on the intersections between current philosophical debates in the epistemology of RD and contemporary theories of recognition and toleration. Whereas the question of how pluralist societies can accommodate RD has been the topic of extensive research (e.g. in ethics, social theory, and political philosophy), the challenging question of how much room RD leaves for argumentative debate in its own right and terms has attracted much less attention. The conference will take a step towards remedying this situation. Moreover, it will pave the way for establishing a dialogue between current research in the epistemology of RD and contemporary work in theories of recognition and toleration.

Daniele Bertini (Rome)
Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia)
Paolo Costa (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)
Katherine Dormandy (Innsbruck)
Fiona Ellis (Heythrop College)
Richard Feldman (Rochester)
Rachel Jonker (Notre Dame)
Geert Keil (HU Berlin)
Winfried Löffler (Innsbruck)
Joonas Pennanen (Jyväskylä)
Sami Pihlström (Helsinki)
John Pittard (Yale)
Ralf Poscher (Freiburg)
Boris Rähme (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)
Christoph Schamberger (HU Berlin)
Marco Ventura (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)

  • In cooperation with Kiel University