The Institute for Research on the Philosophy of Religion at Goethe University has launched a new fellowship program. In the fall of 2020, the first Fellow will be Ingolf Dalferth, scholar of the philosophy of religion.
Starting in 2020, the Institute for Research on the Philosophy of Religion (IRF) will invite one scholar each year to spend two to three months as a Fellow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften (FKH) at Goethe University. Thomas M. Schmidt, currently executive director of the IRF, explains the motives for the program: »With the IRF Fellows we want to strengthen research in the philosophy of religion at the university. The visiting scholars, known for their outstanding research, will collaborate with the doctoral students at the IRF and participate in the international and interdisciplinary exchange within the Fellows community at the FKH. There are also plans for a larger lecture, which – depending on the topic – will be addressed to the university academic community or to a broader public.«
The first IRF Fellow in the fall of 2020 will be Ingolf Dalferth. Dalferth is a professor emeritus at the University of Zurich, where he was a professor of systematic theology, symbolism and philosophy of religion from 1995 to 2013 and headed the Institute for Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion from 1998 to 2012. Since 2007 he has been Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Claremont Graduate University in California. In his research, teaching, institutional work and countless publications, he deals with theological and religious thought from the 19th century to the present.
The IRF is an interdisciplinary research institute founded in 1999. As an academic center of Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, it is supported by the Institute of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and History as well as by the Departments of Protestant Theology and Catholic Theology. The IRF Board of Directors consists of the Executive Director Thomas M. Schmidt (philosophy of religion/Catholic theology) with Matthias Lutz-Bachmann (philosophy) and Christian Wiese (Jewish philosophy of religion) as well as members of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften.
(FKH - 21.02.2020)