Posted by: Pam Hackbart-Dean | January 17, 2014

Science, Religion, and Philosophy: A Commemoration of the World’s Parliament of Religions

“Science, Religion, and Philosophy: A Commemoration of the World’s Parliament of Religions” conference to be held February 21-22, 2014 at the Hegeler-Carus Mansion, LaSalle, Illinois.

In 1893, The World’s Parliament of Religions met in Chicago from the 15th of May until the 28th of October. 2013 marked the 120th anniversary of this gathering where the leading representatives of the religions of the world engaged in dialogue. To commemorate this event, Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in conjunction with the Hegeler-Carus Foundation and the Alwin C. Carus Mineral Trust is hosting a symposium on the relationship between science, religion, and philosophy.  One of the themes of the Parliament was “…the actual harmony of science and religion; and the origin and nature of the alleged conflict between them.” Featured speakers will address these issues igniting fascinating conversations you will not want to miss.

Our Keynote Speaker is Cornelis de Waal. He will give a paper on Friday evening entitled, “The Marriage of Religion and Science Reconsidered: Taking Cues from Peirce.” Cornelis de Waal is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Indiana and is the Editor-in-Chief of Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society.  Professor de Waal is also a recipient of the Alwin C. Carus Research Award.  

To register, please visit

[1] Bonney, Charles C. “The World’s Parliament of Religions” in the World’s Parliament of Religions and the Religious Parliament Extension.  (Chicago: The Open Court Publishing Company, 1896) 6.


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