Leftow from Oxford to Rutgers

Brian Leftow, currently Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at Oriel College, Oxford University, has accepted a position at Rutgers University as the William P. Alston Chair for the Philosophy of Religion and director of the Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion.

Professor Leftow works in philosophical theology, medieval philosophy, and metaphysics. He will take up the Alston chair, which is funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, in the Fall of 2018.

(via Dean Zimmerman)

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6 years ago

any idea as to who will replace him at Oxford?

Dean Zimmerman
Dean Zimmerman
6 years ago

I should point out that the Alston Chair was not exactly endowed by the Templeton Foundation. An anonymous donor (not associated with Templeton) provided a number of $1.5 million grants toward the endowment of several chairs at Rutgers, including this one. Templeton does not itself directly endow chairs, as a matter of principle. So they did not, and could not, provide a direct matching grant. But they provided the Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion with a very generous start-up grant which paid for a great many things (including seminars taught by Robert and Marilyn Adams). Indirectly, that grant made it possible for the university to contribute the rest of the endowment money, and thereby create the Chair. I say this not to distance the Alston Chair from Templeton, but just to clarify something that matters to the foundation. The grant they provided made the Center, and the full endowment of the Alston Chair, possible.