Human and Divine Providence
International Symposium

17-19 September 2018


Can the study of human providential action offer any insights into our knowledge of divine providence?

This international symposium, part of the research project Human and Divine Providence, seeks to offer an original answer to this question by examining human providential action as a source of metaphors that are suited specifically to the richness of personal action, and hence to the purported providential action of a personal God.

The event, which will be fully in English, will cover the most diverse topics including prudence, grace, contingency, free will, nature, and technology.

The symposium will have 10 presentations, gathering between 15 and 20 scholars, representing philosophy of religion, analytic theology, psychology and cognitive science.

See the confirmed speakers to-date.


Monday 17 September

10:00am Welcome to the Symposium
10:05am Francisco O’Reilly (Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay)
The Providence of a Personal and Benevolent God
11:05am Coffee break
11:30am Craig Boyd (St Louis University, US)
Prudence and Human Providence
12:30pm LUNCH
2:30pm Andrew Pinsent (University of Oxford, UK)
Grace and Supernatural Providence
3:30pm Coffee break
4:00pm Michael Burdett (University of Oxford – University of Nottingham, UK)
Technology’s ‘Invisible Hand’?: An Account of Divine Providence and the Techno-scientific Myth of Progress

Tuesday 18 September

10:00am Neal Judisch (University of Oklahoma, US)
Human Providence and Indeterminsm
11:00am Coffee break
11:30am Ignacio Silva (Universidad Austral, Argentina)
Divine Providence and Natural Contingency
12:30pm LUNCH
2:30pm Emily Reed Burdett (University of Oxford – Coventry University, UK)
Cognitive Science Approaches to Human Providence

Wednesday 19 September

10:00am Connie Svob (Columbia University, US)
Perspectives from the Cognitive Psychology of Memory and
Decision-Making in Human Providence
11:00am Coffee break
11:30am Tim Pawl (University of St Thomas, US)
The Interaction Between Human and Divine Providence