Ultimate Reality / Divinity as the Ground: Exploring the Structure of Reality across Eastern and Western Traditions

July 15, 2024 - July 16, 2024
Birmingham Centre for Philosophy of Religion, University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham, Alan Walters Building – Harvard Theatre (Room 223
United Kingdom


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University of Lisbon
Washington and Lee University
Canterbury Christ Church University
University of Notre Dame
CUNY Graduate Center
London School of Theology
University of Manchester


University of Birmingham

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The Birmingham Centre for Philosophy of Religion will host its first workshop on Grounding on July 15 & 16, 2024. This event will bring together scholars from Eastern and Western traditions to explore the Structure of Reality.

Registration: Attendance is free, but registration is required for space and food considerations. If you are interested in attending, please send an email by July 5, 2024, to Mohsen Moghri at [email protected]



Day 1 - Monday - July 15, 2024


13 – 14:   Lunch at the Venue


14 - 14:10:   Introduction


14:10 - 15

Soufiane Hamri (University of Birmingham)

Fundamentality and Essential Existence


15 – 16

Jessica Frazier (University of Oxford)

The Modal Signature of the World: Types of Ground, Types of Divinity


16 - 16:20:   Coffee Break


16:20 – 17:20

Daniel Nolan (University of Notre Dame)

Zoroastrian Cosmic Struggle



Day 2 - Tuesday - July 16, 2024


9:30 – 10:15

Youssef Aguisoul (University of Lisbon)

God as All-Grounding


10:15 – 11

Finley Lawson (Canterbury Christ Church University)

A Holistic Foundational Paradigm for Divinity as the Ground-of-Being

11 - 11:20:   Coffee Break


11:20 – 12:20

Mohammad Saleh Zarepour (University of Manchester)

Modal Collapse, Grounding, and Future Contingency in Avicenna


12:20 – 13:20

Joshua Sijuwade (London School of Theology)

Grounding Christianity


13:20 – 14:20:   Lunch at the Venue


14:20 – 15:10

Zishan Khawaja (University of Durham)

The Emptiness of Metaphysical Foundationalism: Nāgārjuna's Madhyamaka


15:10 – 16:10

Li Kang (Washington and Lee University)

Is There an Ultimate Ground in Huayan Buddhism?


16:10 - 16:30:   Coffee Break


16:30 – 17:30

Graham Priest (CUNY Graduate Centre)

Buddhism, Emptiness, and Paradox

We look forward to welcoming you to this enriching dialogue!

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July 5, 2024, 11:00pm BST

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Iranian Institute of Philosophy (IRIP)
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