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Gary Comstock - October 6th 1PM ET

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Gary Comstock is leading a quasi-randomized study of critical thinking pedagogy at North Carolina State involving 1,000 students. He is Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Philosophy at NC State where he conducts research on ethical questions in the biological sciences. He wrote Research Ethics: A Philosophical Guide to the Responsible Conduct of Research (Cambridge, 2013).

You can find his course here:

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Find out more about him on his homepage: Gary Comstock (


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Olli-Pekka Vainio is the Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology. Vainio’s research is focused on following themes: 1) contemporary systematic and analytic theology, 2) theological epistemology, 3) theology of the Reformation and 4) political theology.

In his doctoral dissertation Justification and Participation in Christ. The Development of the Lutheran Doctrine of Justification from Luther to the Formula of Concord (Brill, 2007), Vainio studied various interpretations of justification in Early Lutheranism. His habilitation Beyond Fideism: Negotiable Religious Identities (Ashgate, 2010) focused on the recent discussion on rationality, theological method and religious identity.  

Vainio is a Member of Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, where he was a resident scholar in 2008 and 2016-2017. The latter visit was enabled by the NASA-funded research project on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology. He was a visiting faculty member at the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford (2011-2012) and a member in Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Unit (2008-13), which was one of the National Centres of Excellence in Research funded by the Academy of Finland. He is a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.


Click here to find his book on virtuous disagreement about religion:

And here to see his book on the role that certainty plays for faith:

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