The primary goal of the workshop is to initiate research in the field of epistemology of religious belief and philosophy of science for the theology among Russian philosophers and to motivate to publish their work in anonymously peer-reviewed Russian- and English-language philosophy journals. The workshops will raise the questions highly debated in Western culture, but almost ignorant in Russian culture, such as Can persons be justified when they believe religious propositions? What role do religious experience, Revelation or testimony play in religious belief-formation? Can people control their belief-formation? Are there different types of rationality: religious, scientific, everyday? If there are, in what lies their boundaries? What should people from different traditions think of the other religious people with whom they disagree? How can sincere intelligent people disagree? What is the nature of atheism” is it a type of religious belief? So we believe they will reveal potentialities of Russian culture, specifics of its religiosity and philosophical reflection, so that there will appear specifically Russian view topics. The workshops will play an important role in promoting the project among Russian academics, because the leaders are well-respected philosophers from the best philosophical centers. Therefore, scholars from other fields and scientist will trust the results of the workshops. The format of recurring workshops will be particularly efficient as all sessions will be open to the public and we will make sure that advanced PreDoc-students and postgraduate students will attend the sessions. We intend to include at least one postgraduate student in the second and third workshop. As a result we believe they will be of much help for promoting the quality of the academic work of young Russian scholars in the field of philosophy of religion.
The workshop is intended for professional philosophers, and the majority of selected participants have the Candidate or Doctorate of Science degree in philosophy. However, in exceptional cases we will consider applications from current post-graduate students in philosophy. Topics of the workshops reflect the rubrics of the general project and as such concerns the most important sides of human life — faith, knowledge and experience — which will be considered from the ‘philosophy of religion perspective’.