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Davison selected as keynote speaker

Photo: Dr. Scott DavisonMorehead State University’s Dr. Scott A. Davison, professor of philosophy, has been chosen as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Grand Dialogue in Grand Rapids, Mich., on May 13.

Dr. Davison will lecture on the topic of his second book (Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation, Oxford University Press, 2017). The Grand Dialogue is an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary, and interfaith exploration of science and religion, sponsored by a number of colleges and universities in the west Michigan area and administered by the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

Dr. Davison has written extensively on issues in the philosophy of religion, including entries concerning prophecy and petitionary prayer for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and his first book On the Intrinsic Value of Everything (Continuum, 2012).  He currently serves as associate editor for Faith and Philosophy and book review editor for the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion.  Recently a research fellow in the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland in Galway, he also has taught philosophy at Calvin College and Minzu University of China, served on the Executive Committee of the Society of Christian Philosophers, and is past president of the Society for Philosophy of Religion. 

He has taught philosophy at MSU for the past 21 years.

Dr. Davison earned bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy from The Ohio State University before earning master's and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. He won the Distinguished Researcher Award in 2011.

For additional information, contact Dr. Davison at 606-783-2273 or email
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