Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy


6th-9th September, 2012


Dr. John Bowlin

Princeton Theological Seminary

John Bowlin

John R. Bowlin is the Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Associate Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Society for Values in Higher Education, and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Ethics since 2003. His areas of specialization are Christian ethics, moral philosophy, social ethics and criticism, and the history of moral theology, and his courses cover ethics and the problem of evil, ethics and politics in Augustine, war and Christian conscience, and friendship, love, and justice. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Dr. Dawn DeVries

Union Presbyterian Seminary

Dawn DeVries

Dr. DeVries’s scholarship includes the history of doctrine and Reformed theology. The recipient of numerous academic honors, she was named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 1997–1998. She was a delegate for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to the 8th Assembly of the World Council of Churches and for the World Alliance of Reformed Churches to the International Eastern Orthodox/Reformed Dialogue. She served on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Special Committee on Catechism. She has published Jesus Christ in the Preaching of Calvin and Schleiermacher and is currently editing the New Westminster Dictionary of Christian

Dr. Gordon Graham

Princeton Theological Seminary

Gordon Graham

Gordon Graham, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts, earned M.A. degrees from the University of St. Andrews and the University of Durham, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Durham. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s premier academy of letters, in 1999. He is an ordained Anglican priest, and his areas of academic interest include aesthetics, moral philosophy, philosophy of religion, and the Scottish philosophical tradition. He is editor of the Journal of Scottish Philosophy and a founding editor of the Kuyper Center Review. His courses include “Philosophy and the Arts,” “Political Philosophy and Public Theology,” and “Wittgenstein on Natural Religion.”

Dr. Stephen J. Grabill

Acton Institute

Stephen Grabill

Stephen Grabill earned his B.A. in philosophy and political science from Liberty University and his M.T.S., Th.M., and Ph.D. from Calvin Theological Seminary. Mr. Grabill's research interests include Protestant social thought, the thought of Abraham Kuyper, and Christian social ethics. His responsibilities at the Institute include serving as executive editor of the Journal of Markets & Morality.

Dr. Jennifer Herdt

Yale Divnity School

Jennifer Herdt

Professor Herdt joined YDS in 2010 after eleven years on the faculty of theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Religion and Faction in Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Putting on Virtue: The Legacy of the Splendid Vices. Her primary interests are in early-modern and modern moral thought, classical and contemporary virtue ethics, and contemporary Protestant social ethics and political theology. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Religious Ethics, the Journal of Religion, Modern Theology, Soundings, Studies in Christian Ethics, and the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. They deal with subjects ranging from humility and the code of the streets to indiscriminate divine love, Milbank’s critique of political economy, and connections between divine compassion and the mystification of power. Her current project on ethical formation, Bildung, and the Bildungsroman, is supported by a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She has been the recipient of a Carey Senior Fellowship at the Erasmus Institute (2004–2005), a postdoctoral fellowship from the Center for Philosophy of Religion (1998–99), a Mellon Graduate Prize Fellowship from the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University (1992), and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities (1989). She has served on the board of directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Ethics.

Dr. Alan Keys

Former U.S. Ambassador

Alan Keyes

Dr. Alan Keyes is an American conservative political activist, author, former diplomat, and perennial candidate for public office. A doctoral graduate of Harvard University, Keyes began his diplomatic career in 1979 at the United States consulate in Bombay, India and the United States embassy in Zimbabwe. President Ronald Reagan appointed Keyes as Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations; in his capacities as a UN ambassador, among Keyes's accomplishments was contributing to the Mexico City Policy. He ran for President of the United States in 1996, 2000, and 2008, and was a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1988, 1992, and 2004. Keyes served in the U.S. Foreign Service, was appointed Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations under President Ronald Reagan, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 1985 to 1987. Keyes also hosted a radio talk show, The Alan Keyes Show: America's Wake-Up Call, and a television commentary show on the MSNBC cable network, Alan Keyes Is Making Sense.

Dr. Keith Lehrer

University of Arizona

Keith Lehrer

Dr. Lehrer's concentrations are on epistemology, free will, rational consensus and Thomas Reid. He has been a fellow of the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, among others. He has received citation and medal for distinguished achievement from Brown University and an honorary degree, Doctor of Philosophy, from Karl Franzens University of Graz, Austria, where holds the position of Honorary Professor. He is past president of American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, and past Chair of the Board of Officers. He is former Editor-in-Chief and present Special Editions editor of Philosophical Studies and present co-editor of book series Philosophical Studies Series as well as co-editor of the Dimensions Series of Westview Press. His present research is focused on the coherence theory of knowledge.

Dr. Dan Robinson

Oxford Unviersity

Dan Robinson

Robinson has authored more than seventeen books and edited over thirty volumes in a wide variety of subjects, including moral philosophy, the philosophy of psychology, legal philosophy, the philosophy of the mind, intellectual history, legal history, and the history of psychology. Among his works are An Intellectual History of Psychology (Wisconsin, 1995), Wild Beasts & Idle Humours: The Insanity Defense from Antiquity to the Present (Harvard, 1996), and Praise And Blame: Moral Realism and Its Applications (Princeton, 2002). His early research was in the field of psychophysics. He previously served as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology. He was a visiting professor at Brigham Young University in 1999. In addition to his university positions, Robinson also served as the principal consultant to PBS and the BBC for their award-winning series The Brain and The Mind. He is on the Board of Consulting Scholars of Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions and is a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, Princeton, New Jersey.

Dr. Scott Segrest

Dr. Rene van Woudenberg

Free University Amsterdam

Rene van Woudenberg






The Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy at Princeton Theological Seminary (Director: Gordon Graham) was established in 2006. A series of conferences on a variety of themes have been held under its auspices. Its publication program includes the international Journal of Scottish Philosophy, and a book series – The Library of Scottish Philosophy – that makes expertly edited selections of key writings by Scottish philosophers available in attractive and inexpensive volumes. Publication of the 13th volume in the series – on Scottish Philosophy in America – is planned to coincide with the bi-centenary conference. A three volume Oxford History of Scottish Philosophy, initiated by the CSSP, is currently in preparation under the general editorship of Gordon Graham.

This conference has been made possible through the generous support of Theresa Khuri and the Foundation that is being created of which she will be honorary chairman.