Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
November 8-12, 2020


Extended Deadline: May 31, 2020
Submission: EasyChair submission for WoCoLoR 2020
Notification of acceptance: June 12, 2020


Note on the COVID-19 Crisis


The conference world is severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The organizing and scientific committees of the 3rd Congress of World on Logic and Religion are deeply concerned with the crisis. As our conference is still a few months ahead (November 8-12) and we still cannot say with confidence how the situation will be in two or three months, we cannot yet say anything about a possible postponement of our congress. Ideally, of course, we should keep the original date. However, the physical and psychological health of our speakers and attendees is a priority. As soon as we have a definitive position on this issue we will let everyone know. 

The World Congress on Logic and Religion - WoCoLor


Although logic, a symbol of rationality, may appear to be opposed to religion, both have a long history of cooperation. Logical concepts and tools have always played important roles in the world's religious traditions; philosophical theology has provided many illustrious attempts to prove the existence of God. Nevertheless, it seems that as an academic field, the area of logic and religion has not yet been consolidated. 


The purpose of the World Congress on Logic and Religion (WoCoLoR) series is to bridge this gap by providing a place where scholars from all fields, as well as theologians of all religions, can come together to hear from one another about the latest developments in the relationship between logic and religion, reason and faith, rational inquiry and divine revelation. 




The 3rd World Congress on Logic and Religion - WoCoLoR 2020 will take place at the Banaras Hindu University, in Varanasi, India, November 8-12, 2020. We invite submissions of contributed papers on general topics related to Logic and Religion, including but not restricted to:


  • Arguments for and against God’s existence

  • Logic and the concept of God 

  • Science and religion

  • Rationality and religious belief

  • Argumentation and reason in world religious traditions

  • Justification in religious legal traditions

  • Non-classical logics and religion

  • Religion and history of logic


Abstracts must have a maximum of 600 words and be written in English according to our template; they must be submitted via Easychair by April 3 (note that prior registration with EasyChair is required). If the abstract is being submitted to a workshop (see below), the title of the workshop should be one of the keywords. Notification of acceptance will be released on April 20, 2020. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the congress. 



Accepted abstracts will be published in the congress proceedings, which will be available during the congress. After the meeting authors will be invited to submit a complete version of their works, which will be peer-reviewed and published in a book and/or special issues of journals with publishers of international recognition. Peer-reviewed papers of previous WoCoLoR’s appeared as special issues of Logica Universalis (Springer), Sophia (Springer) and the Journal of Applied Logics (College Publications). For more details click here.




The following workshops will happen inside the WoCoLoR 2020:



Mathematics and Religion: The Jesuits in China

Joseph Dauben

City University of New York (USA)


The Logical Problem of Evil from a Paraconsistent Perspective

Itala D'Ottaviano

University of Campinas (Brazil)

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The Jews and the Logic of the Trinity: Relative Identity, Modalism, The Social Trinity

Jerome (Yehuda) Gellman

Emeritus, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)


Quantum Consciousness

Stephen Priest

University of Oxford (UK)


Defeasible Reasoning in Navya-Nyāya

Ebhard Guhe

Fudan University (China)


Godel's Proof of the Existence of God (and El)

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

University of Turin (Italy)


Presumptive Acceptability, Defeasibility, and Classical Indian Natural Theology

Stephen Phillips

University of Texas (USA)

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On Leibniz's Vision of the (logical) Creation of the World

Wolfgang Lenzen

University of Osnabrueck (Germany)


Religion and the "Metaphysical Need"

Christopher Janaway

University of Southampton (UK)


Islamic Logic

Ali Sadegh Daghighi

Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (Iran)


Enhanced Treatment of Basic Law of Logic: From Gongsun Long to Later Mohist

Bo Mou

San Jose State University (USA)


Interreligious Theology and the Rationality of Dialogue

Ephraim Meir

Bar-Ilan University (Israel)

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Andrew Pinsent

Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford (UK)

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The Liberal Triangle of Shastri, Gokhale and Gandhi: early 20th Indian Thinking on Liberalism

Purushottama Bilimoria

Ashoka University (India)


Logical Pluralism and Indian Logic

Anand Vaidya

San José State University (USA)



Registration Fees 

  • Early Bird (payment until September 8th, 2020)

150 USD      Regular fee

80 USD        Reduced fee (professors and researchers with annual income below 12,000 USD)

40 USD        Graduate student fee

  • Late Registration (payment after September 8th, 2020, or on location)

300 USD      Regular fee

160 USD       Reduced fee (professors and researchers with annual income below 12,000 USD) 

80 USD        Graduate student fee



Important Notes

  1. Undergraduate students are exempt from the fee.

  2. The fee can be paid on the spot either in American dollar, Euro or Indian Rupee.

  3. If your annual income is above 1,200 USD but you still think that the reduced fee applies to you, then send an email to WoCoLoR2020@gmail.com stating your reasons.

  4. Registration form and details about how to pay the fees will be posted soon.

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  • Musa Akrami, Islamic Azad University, Iran

  • Mihir Chakraborty, Jadavpur University, India

  • Newton da Costa, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

  • Gianfranco Basti, Pontifical Lateran University, Vatican

  • Christoph Benzmüller, Free University of Berlin, Germany

  • Dov Gabbay, King's College London, UK

  • Benedikt Paul Göcke, Oxford University, UK

  • Agnaldo Cuoco Portugal, University of Brasília, Brazil

  • Basil Lourie, University of the Aerospace Instrumentation, Russia

  • Eleonore Stump, Saint Louis University, EUA



  • Ricardo Sousa Silvestre (co-chair), Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil

  • Arvind Kumar Singh (co-chair), Banaras Hindu University, India

  • Jean-Yves Beziau (co-chair), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Arun Kumar (co-chair), Banaras Hindu University, India

  • Stanisław Krajewski, University of Warsaw, Poland

  • Marcin Trepczyński, University of Warsaw, Poland

  • Jens Lemanski, University of Hagen, Germany

  • Fabio Bertato, University of Campinas, Brazil 

  • Francisco de Assis Mariano, Boston College, USA



Varanasi Cantt, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Photo by Julio Arcadio Santamaría Reyes on Unsplash