Any consistent and coherent effort to philosophically explore a rich and complex tradition like the Reformed tradition requires philosophers who are working together, coordinating their efforts, and helping each other in a variety of ways. The purpose of this Society is to facilitate this activity. The aim of the society will be to acquaint philosophers working on or within the Reformed tradition with each other, to facilitate both the coordination of projects and the improvement of individual projects through feedback and encouragement, and to bring work on Reformed philosophy to the attention of the wider philosophical community, and indeed the wider world, through publication and by other means.
One concern that was raised by some of the original founders of the Society of Christian Philosophers was that such a society might have the effect of isolating Christian philosophers from the broader philosophical community by drawing them off into their own enclaves and gatherings, which would have a detrimental effect on the larger society and on the Christian philosophers themselves. This concern is magnified in the case of this proposed new society. We do not wish, as the result of limited time and travel budgets, to draw off the participation of Reformed philosophers in other philosophical societies, especially other Christian philosophical societies, because that would contravene the stated purpose of the society. In light of this concern, the activities of the Society for Reformed Philosophy will mainly be limited to online fora and to the organization of panels or presentations at the meetings of other philosophical societies, such as the Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP), the Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS), and the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers (BAPT).
The main activity of the society will be the facilitation of online exchanges between members, with the aim of organizing, developing, improving, and facilitating the publication of philosophical work developing or exploring some aspect of the Reformed tradition.