The Institute for American
Originally located in Highlands, North Carolina USA
The Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, Inc., is a community of productive scholars with diverse theological and philosophical perspectives. The Institute contributes to the academic study of religion and philosophy through interpretive, critical, and constructive reflections whose principal focus is on distinctively American religious and philosophical thought. It fosters broad discussion of relevant options through its sponsorship of conferences, seminars, workshops, and publications. Prior to June, 2012, the organization was known as "The Highlands Institute."
The work of the Institute emphasizes the following:
- efforts to connect theological and philosophical reflections, especially where these efforts have utilized the American philosophical and religious traditions;
- the history and development of liberal religious thought in America;
- themes pertinent to the "Chicago School" of theology; and
- naturalism in American theology and philosophy.
Board of Directors
President: William Hart
Vice-Presidents: Randy Auxier and Nancy Howell
Vice President of Publications: Miguel Raposa
Secretary: Mike Hogue
Treasurer: Daniel Ott
Board Member: Nat Barrett
Directors: Randy Auxier; Tom Byrnes; John Gallagher; William Hart; Michael Hogue; Jennifer Jesse; James McLachlan; Vaughan McTernan; Robert Mesle; Robert Neville; Miguel Raposa; Jon Taylor; Zandra Wagoner; David Conner (ex officio, non-voting)
Past Presidents: Robert Neville, Creighton Peden
The periodical associated with the Institute is The American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, edited by Michael Raposa. The Book Review editor is Mike Hogue. The journal is published by University of Illinois Press.
Prof. William D. Hart, President
3916 Linden Terrace
Durham, NC 27705
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