University of California, Riverside

UCR Newsroom

The Topic is Evil at 10th Annual UCR Philosophy Conference

The Topic is Evil at 10th Annual UCR Philosophy Conference

(January 25, 2000)

"The Problem of Evil," a subject that has fascinated philosophers, theologians and writers for millennia, is the theme of the 10th Annual Philosophy Conference at the University of California, Riverside on Sunday, Feb. 6 and Monday, Feb. 7.

The conference, including panel discussions, a film about the aftermath of the Holocaust and remarks from a Pulitzer-prize winning author, is free and open to the public. Events will be held in room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building at UCR. Campus parking costs $3.

At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, David Brandes, a filmmaker who wrote the screenplay for "The Quarrel," will screen the film that was featured on PBS and then lead a discussion about the Holocaust and its aftermath.

At 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jack Miles, a former journalist and author of the Pulitzer-prize winning book "God: A Biography," will speak on: "Global Requiem: The Apocalyptic Moment in Science, Religion and Art."

Also speaking are several distinguished philosophers from St. Louis University, University of Colorado, Boulder, Yale University, UCR, Princeton University and Stanford University. This conference will be especially accessible to the public because it takes on a topic that is universally engaging, according to John Fischer, UCR professor of philosophy and conference co-coordinator with colleague Howard Wettstein.

"In its most traditional guise, this question is how our world, with its abundance of pain and suffering, is compatible with the existence of an all-knowing, all-powerful, perfectly good and loving God," Fischer said. "In a less theological mode, the pr oblem is how to find meaning and purpose in a world that is as dark as our own can be."

Mark Ravizza, a former member of UCR's philosophy faculty who is now a Catholic priest and adjunct professor at Berkeley's Jesuit School of Theology, will participate; as will Tamra Wright, a lecturer from the London School of Jewish Studies at the University of London.

Registration information is available from the Department of Philosophy at UCR, (909) 787-5208 or on the Web at:


Sunday, February 6, 2000

9:15 a.m.Welcome and Introductory Remarks Andrews Reath, chair of the Department of Philosophy, UCR

9:30 a.m. "Can God Not Suffer If We Do?" Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale University

10:45 a.m. Commentator: Howard Wettstein, professor of philosophy, UCR

11:45 a.m. No Host Lunch

1:30 p.m."The Quarrel" David Brandes, Writer/Producer

3:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: Eric Barr, Department of Theatre, UCR Harry Frankfurt, Department of Philosophy, Princeton University Jack Miles, Senior Advisor to the President, Getty Museum Howard Wettstein, Department of Philosophy, UCR

4:30 p.m. "Evidential Argument from Evil: The Inductive Step" Michael Tooley, professor of philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

5:45 p.m.Commentator: John Perry, professor of philosophy, Stanford University

6:45 p.m.Hosted Reception

Monday, February 7, 2000

9:30 a.m."Job and The Problem of Evil" Eleonore Stump , Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

10:45 a.m. Commentator: Tamra Wright, Lecturer, London School of Jewish Studies, University of London, London, England

11:45 a.m.Hosted Lunch

1:30 p.m."Global Requiem: The Apocalyptic Moment in Science, Religion and Art" Jack Miles, Senior Advisor to the President, Getty Museum Author of Pulitzer-prize winning: "God: A Biography"

2:45 p.m.Commentator: Mark Ravizza, adjunct faculty, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA

4 p.m.Discussion Moderator, Harry Frankfurt, professor of philosophy, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

6:30 p.m. No Host Dinner With Participants

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

A broadcast studio with fiber cable to the AT&T Hollywood hub is available for live or taped interviews. UCR also has ISDN for radio interviews. To learn more, call (951) UCR-NEWS.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Media Relations
900 University Avenue
1156 Hinderaker Hall
Riverside, CA 92521

Tel: (951) 827-6397 (951) UCR-NEWS
Fax: (951) 827-5008

Related Links