CFP: Worship and the Human

Submission deadline: March 1, 2020

Conference date(s):
March 8, 2021 - March 11, 2021

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

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As part of the John Templeton Foundation-sponsored project, entitled “Worship: A Jewish Philosophical Investigation,” we welcome abstracts for papers on the theme, “Worship and the Human”.

We are looking to receive abstracts (1) with relevance to the summer’s theme, (2) that could feasibly be completed within the project time-frame, (3) from scholars with a demonstrated ability to carry out a philosophical research project. A relevant but not decisive criterion will be the extent to which the application draws on or contributes to Jewish philosophy.

Questions such abstracts might address include: In what ways might worship be constitutive of a good life? Does it ever make sense to worship someone or something? Is it ever ethical to engage in worship, and is it ever unethical not to engage in worship? How might attitudes like worship and deference contribute to a meaningful relationship among worshippers and between the worshippers and the thing that is worshipped? When might such attitudes be detrimental? What conception of human flourishing might lead to a role for worship, and how might worship play that role? What conception of communal flourishing might lead to a role for communal worship, and how might worship play that role? What role, if any, do icons and iconography play in a good life?

Nine abstracts will be selected from those that we receive. Authors of selected abstracts will be expected to write a draft paper on the proposed topic by July 31, 2020 and present/discuss that paper at a four-day workshop, to be held August 3-6, 2020 at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center in Jerusalem. 

Authors of the selected abstracts will receive a stipend of $4,000 and room and board for the duration of the workshop.

To enter your (approximately 500 word) abstract for consideration, please send it along with your CV, no later than March 1, 2020, to

Authors of submissions selected for funding will be notified by April 15, 2020. For more information on the project and the summer workshop, please see our website (below) or contact us at


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