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Tim Knepper

Professor of Philosophy 
Director, The Comparison Project
Office Location: 203 Medbury Hall
515-271-2167                                                               Knepper CV

Timothy Knepper is a professor of philosophy at Drake University, where he directs The Comparison Project, a public program in comparative philosophy of religion, the study of local-lived religion, and the cultivation of interfaith leadership. He is the author of books on the future of the philosophy of religion (The Ends of Philosophy of Religion, Palgrave, 2013) and the sixth-century Christian mystic known as Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (Negating Negation, Wipf & Stock, 2014). He is also the editor of student-written, photo-narratives about religion in Des Moines (A Spectrum of Faith, Drake Community Press, 2017) and in Beijing (Religions of Beijing, Bloomsbury, 2020), as well as The Comparison Project's lecture and dialogue series on ineffability (Ineffability: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion, Springer, 2017) and on death and dying (Death and Dying: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion, Springer, 2019). He co-chairs a seminar in global-critical philosophy of religion for the American Academy of Religion.

The Comparison Project programming for 2020-21 includes a lecture series about, and the development of a photo-narrative project on, religion in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa (in collaboration with University of KwaZulu-Natal), an annual interfaith youth leadership camp (in collaboration with the Des Moines Area Religious Council), a monthly series of panels on “Faithfully Community” (in collaboration with CultureALL, the Des Moines Area Religious Council, and Interfaith Alliance of Iowa), and perhaps also the hosting of a springtime interfaith conference for Iowa colleges and universities. Tim's chief research project at the time is an undergraduate textbook in "global-critical" philosophy of religion.

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