History & Publications

Founded in 1970 with the cooperation of three academic units of Boston University—the Department of Philosophy, Department of Religion, and School of Theology—the institute was envisioned as a home for serious philosophical and religious reflection. Under the successive directorships of Professor Lee Rouner and Professor M. David Eckel, the institute has become one of the premier locations on the American academic landscape for interdisciplinary conversation about perennial and pressing intellectual concerns. Over the years, the institute’s lecture series have focused on issues that cross the boundaries between different academic disciplines, and between scholars and the educated public. Past topics have included “Courage,” “Loneliness,” “Civility,” “Life, Death, and Immortality,” “Responsibility,” and “Evil.”

Past lecturers and participants have included Karen Armstrong, Robert Bellah, Wendy Doniger, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Charles Hartshorne, Bernard Lonergan, Jürgen Moltmann, W.V. Quine, Christopher Ricks, Paul Ricoeur, Ninian Smart, Huston Smith, Robert Thurman, and Elie Wiesel.

Publications

Boston Studies in Philosophy, Religion and Public Life

The institute is proud to announce the publication of the first volumes in its renewed research series (now published by Springer).

Justice, Responsibility and Reconciliation in the Wake of Conflict (published December 2012)

Alice MacLachlan and Allen Speight, editors

Contributors:
Nir Eisikovits
Anat Biletzki
Gregory Fried
François Tanguay-Renaud
Brian Orend
Paul Robinson
Colleen Murphy
Ajume Wingo
Lynne Tirrell
Alice MacLachlan
Margaret Urban Walker

Narrative, Philosophy and Life (forthcoming)

Allen Speight, editor

Politics, Religion and Political Theology (forthcoming)

Allen Speight and Michael Zank, editors

Boston University Studies in Philosophy and Religion

For further information and to purchase past volumes, please contact the University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, IN 46556 (www.undpress.nd.edu).

Click on the volume title to see a list of contributors.

VOLUME I Myth, Symbol, and Reality

Alan M. Olson, editor

Contributors:
Herbert Mason
Elie Wiesel
J. F. Bernard
S. J. Lonergan
Jacques Waardenburg
Harold H. Oliver
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Alan M. Olson
Dennis Tedlock
Howard Clark Kee
J. N. Findlay

VOLUME II Transcendence and the Sacred

Alan M. Olson and Leroy S. Rouner, editors

Contributors:
Huston Smith
Peter Slater
Edith Wyschogrod
J. G. Arapura
Robert A. F. Thurman
Robert Lee
Pheme Perkins
Leroy S. Rouner
J. N. Findlay
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Frederick G. Lawrence

VOLUME III Meaning, Truth, and God

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Charles Hartshorne
David B. Burrell
Robert R. Williams
Paul Ricoeur
John B. Cobb, Jr.
Howard Clark Kee
John E. Smith
Marx W. Wartofsky
J. N. Findlay
Ernest L. Fortin
Thomas F. O’Meara

VOLUME IV Foundations of Ethics

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
John R. Silber
Charles Davis
John Howard Yoder
Walter G. Muelder
Lynda Sharp Paine
Edward W. James
Sissela Bok
Daniel R. DeNicola
John B. Carman
Steven Katz
Roger S. Gottlieb
Robert S. Cohen

VOLUME V Religious Pluralism

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Eugene B. Borowitz
Frederick E. Sontag
Milic Capek
Joseph Prabhu
Raimon Panikkar
David Tracy
Eliot Deutsch
Ninian Smart
John B. Cobb, Jr.
J. N. Findlay
John Hick
George Rupp

VOLUME VI On Nature

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
W. V. Quine
Stephen Toulmin
Huston Smith
Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis
Carl Ruck
Robert A. F. Thurman
Tu Wei-Ming
Jürgen Moltmann
J. N. Findlay
Charles Hartshorne
John C. Bennett

VOLUME VII Knowing Religiously

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Eliot Deutsch
Cornel West
Charles Hartshorne
J. N. Findlay
Ninian Smart
Kai Nielsen
Antony Flew
Naomi R. Goldenberg
Gordon D. Kaufman
Wolfhart Pannenberg
Langdon Gilkey
Leroy S. Rouner
Jürgen Moltmann

VOLUME VIII Civil Religion and Political Theology

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Thomas A. McCarthy
Jürgen Moltmann
Yaron Ezrahi
Robert N. Bellah
Richard John Neuhaus
John F. Wilson
Leroy S. Rouner
Johann Baptist Metz
Matthew L. Lamb
Margaret R. Miles
James H. Cone
John B. Cobb, Jr.

VOLUME IX Human Rights and the World’s Religions

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Michael Fishbane
Trutz Rendtorff
Mihail Markovic
Mansour Farhang
Nikki R. Keddie
Ann Elizabeth Mayer
John B. Carman
Taitetsu Unno
Robert A. F. Thurman
Henry Rosemont, Jr.
W. Theodore de Bary
Roger T. Ames

VOLUME X On Freedom

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Nicholas Lash
Jürgen Moltmann
David W. Tracy
Robert C. Neville
John E. Smith
Frithjof Bergman
James R. Langford
J. N. Mohanty
Louis Dupré
Ruth L. Smith
Edith Wyschogrod

VOLUME XI Celebrating Peace

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
John J. Gilligan
John Howard Yoder
Sissela Bok
Stephen Toulmin
Trutz Rendtorff
Jürgen Moltmann
Paul S. Minear
Gerald J. Larson
Ninian Smart
Bhikhu Parekh
Daniel Berrigan, S.J.
Denise Levertov

VOLUME XII On Community

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Eliot Deutsch
R. W. Hepburn
Hilary Putnam
Leroy S. Rouner
Merry I. White
Katherine Platt
Benjamin Schwartz
Huston Smith
Patrick Hill
Jürgen Moltmann
Catherine Keller
George Rupp

VOLUME XIII Selves, People, Persons

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Erazim Kohák
Harold H. Oliver
Lawrence E. Cahoone
Edward W. James
Eliot Deutsch
John B. Carman
Livia Kohn
Krister Stendahl
Alfred I. Tauber
John E. Mack
Bhikhu Parekh

VOLUME XIV Can Virtue Be Taught?

Barbara Darling-Smith, editor

Contributors:
Huston Smith
Amélie Oksenberg Rorty
Bhikhu Parekh
Elizabeth Kamarck Minnich
Frederick J. Streng
Katherine Platt
Ninian Smart
Leroy S. Rouner
Robert C. Neville
Sharon Daloz Parks
George Rupp

VOLUME XV The Changing Face of Friendship

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Eliot Deutsch
Jürgen Moltmann
David B. Burrell
John E. Smith
David L. Hall and Roger T. Ames
Bhikhu Parekh
Emily Albu Hanawalt
Eberhard Bethge
Ninian Smart
Mary E. Hunt
Gilbert Meilaender
Michael Pakaluk

VOLUME XVI In Pursuit of Happiness

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Charles L. Griswold, Jr.
Margaret R. Miles
Huston Smith
Michael Fishbane
Robert A. F. Thurman
Tu Wei-Ming
Leroy S. Rouner
Ruth L. Smith
William M. Sullivan
James R. Langford

VOLUME XVII The Longing for Home

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Elie Wiesel
Erazim Kohák
Werner Gundersheimer
Frederick Buechner
Leroy S. Rouner
Rémi Brague
Katherine Platt
Wendy Doniger
Alfred I. Tauber
Jürgen Moltmann
Edith Wyschogrod
Rosemary L. Haughton
Karen J. Warren
Bhikhu Parekh
Martin E. Marty

VOLUME XVIII Is There a Human Nature?

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Bhikhu Parekh
Daniel O. Dahlstrom
Stanley H. Rosen
Knud Haakonssen
Lisa Sowle Cahill
Robert C. Neville
Glenn C. Loury
Ray L. Hart
Graham Parkes
Tu Wei-Ming
Leroy S. Rouner
Sissela Bok

VOLUME XIX Loneliness

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Wesley J. Wildman
Daniel O. Dahlstrom
William Desmond
Juliet Floyd
Hilary Putnam
Eliot Deutsch
Elie Wiesel
Ruth Anna Putnam
Daniel Berrigan, S.J.
Christopher Ricks
Lawrence E. Cahoone
Kathleen M. Sands
Dennis O’Brien
Robert C. Neville
M. David Eckel

VOLUME XX Religion, Politics, and Peace

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Jürgen Moltmann
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Elie Wiesel
Bhikhu Parekh
Stephen Darwall
John Clayton
Ronald F. Thiemann
John Hick
Stephanie Kaza
Raimon Panikkar

VOLUME XXI Civility

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
James W. Schmidt
Lawrence Cahoone
Adam Seligman
Adam McClellan
Stephen Toulmin
Robert B. Pippin
Daniel O. Dahlstrom
Alan Wolfe
Edwin J. Delattre
Carrie E. Doehring
Henry Rosemont, Jr.
David B. Wong
Ninian Smart
Virginia Straus

VOLUME XXII If I Should Die: Life, Death, and Immortality

Leroy S. Rouner, editor

Contributors:
Rita Rainsford Rouner
Peter J. Gomes
Jürgen Moltmann
M. David Eckel
Brian Jorgensen
Wendy Doniger
John Lachs
Aaron Garrett
David Roochnik
David Schmidtz

VOLUME XXIII Courage

Barbara Darling-Smith, editor

Contributors:
William Desmond
Leroy S. Rouner
Rémi Brague
Geoffrey Hill
Philip J. Ivanhoe
John M. Taylor
Daniel Berrigan, S.J.
Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr.
Robert C. Neville
Katherine Platt

VOLUME XXIV Promise and Peril: The Paradox of Religion as Resource and Threat

Anna Lännström, editor

Contributors:
Karen Armstrong
Marc Gopin
Gerald James Larson
Bhikhu Parekh
Frederick Beiser
Alfred I. Tauber
Huston Smith
Ian Reader
Wendy Doniger

VOLUME XXV The Stranger’s Religion: Fascination and Fear

Anna Lännström, editor

Contributors:
Stephen Prothero
John de Gruchy
Bhikhu Parekh
Eliot Deutsch
Robert C. Neville
Wendy Doniger
John Carman
Werner Gundersheimer
Pravrajika Vrajaprana

VOLUME XXVI Responsibility

Barbara Darling-Smith, editor

Contributors:
David Roochnik
David Eckel
Roger Ames
Michael Zank
Bhikhu Parekh
Anna Lännström
Margaret Miles
Alfred I. Tauber
Tom Chappell
Andrea Nightingale
Steven C. Rockefeller