Posted by William Nunnelley on 2010-10-05
Dr. Robert M. Baird, philosophy professor at Baylor University, will deliver the keynote address at the biennial conference of the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers at Samford University this weekend.  The group will meet Friday-through-Sunday, Oct. 8-10.

Dr. Baird, a Baylor faculty member since 1968 and philosophy department chair during 1987-2005, will speak on “Achieving the Self: Part Two” Saturday night, Oct. 9, at Samford’s Oak Mountain Interpretive Center.  Baird is a prolific writer and editor in his field, having written numerous scholarly articles and book chapters and edited 18 books. 

Professors from 11 universities and colleges will deliver papers during the meeting in Samford’s Chapman Hall. Schools represented include Baylor, Birmingham-Southern, University of Bristol (U.K.), Georgetown College, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Mississippi College, Notre Dame, Southern Mississippi, Union, Wingate and Samford. 

Samford faculty presenting papers include Dr. Wilton Bunch, ethics professor, “The Ethical Duties of Patients,” Friday, 4:40 p.m., Chapman 316; Dr. William Collins, political science professor,  “The Goodness of God: Resolving the Science and Religion Conflict,” Friday, 4:40 p.m., Chapman 318; 3. Dr. Keith Putt, philosophy professor, “Different Names, Different Gods: A Postliberal Reading of Caputo's Postsecular Poetics of Religion,” Friday, 7 p.m., Chapman 316; Dr. Greg Smith, philosophy lecturer, “Can Knowledge Transform Us? Reflections on Socrates, the Bios Theoretikos, and the End of Liberal Educations,” Friday, 7:50 p.m., Chapman 316; 5. Dr. Dennis Sansom, “A Philosophy of Prayer: Kierkegaard Versus Kant,” Sunday, Oct. 10, at 10:20 a.m., Chapman 318. 

Samford assistant dean for spiritual life Matt Kerlin will deliver the Sunday morning devotional in Reid Chapel at 11:15 a.m. 

 For more information, call (205) 726-2925. 

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.