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      Molly Farneth is a Ph.D. candidate in the Religion, Ethics, & Politics subfield. Her research interests include philosophy of religion and modern Western religious thought, ethics, ritual studies, and feminist and gender studies in religion. In particular, her research explores the relationship between religious diversity and democracy, and the ways that members of diverse communities confront ethical conflicts across religious and other differences.

      Her dissertation, "Agon and Reconciliation: Ethical Conflict and Religious Practice in Hegel's Account of Spirit," approaches these themes through the lens of Hegel's best-known work, the Phenomenology of Spirit. It offers a new reading of that text, highlighting Hegel's view that rituals like sacrifice, confession, and forgiveness contribute to the ongoing social processes of conflict and reconciliation. It also demonstrates the relevance of this reading of Hegel for broader conversations about religion, ethics, and democratic politics.

      Molly has received several competitive fellowships to support her research, including a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship for 2013-2014. Her recent publications include work on Hegel's philosophy of religion, Hegel's critique of "the given" and its relevance for feminist ethics, and affinities between the moral vocabularies of James Baldwin and Simone de Beauvoir. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Molly earned an A.B. from Bowdoin College and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.

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      "G.W.F. Hegel as Philosopher of Spirit." In Religion and European Philosophy: Key Thinkers from Kant to the Present, edited by Hollis Phelps and Philip Goodchild (Durham, UK: Acumen Publishing, forthcoming).

      Book review: "Pamela Sue Anderson: Re-visioning Gender in Philosophy of Religion: Reason, Love and Epistemic Locatedness." APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy. (forthcoming).

      "Gender and the Ethical Given: Human and Divine Law in Hegel's Reading of the Antigone." Journal of Religious Ethics 41.4 (forthcoming).

      "James Baldwin, Simone de Beauvoir, and the 'New Vocabulary' of Existentialist Ethics." Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 96:2 (2013), 170-88.

2013 Danforth Lecture

  • featuring Robert Wuthnow
    Princeton University
    Title: "Polls, Surveys, and the Shaping of American Religion"
    Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
    Time: 4:30 PM
    Location: Betts Auditorium School of Architecture