Nancy K. Frankenberry

John Phillips Professor in Religion, Emeritus

A specialist in philosophy of religion, Nancy Frankenberry received her Ph.D with distinction from the Graduate Theological Union in conjunction with the University of California-Berkeley with a dissertation on A. N. Whitehead, under the direction of Bernard M. Loomer. She is a recipient of the Dartmouth Award for Distinguished Creative or Scholarly Achievement, and of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. She has served as Chair of the Department of Religion as well as Co-Chair of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Dartmouth. Nationally, she has served as President of the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, as well as President of the Metaphysical Society of America. Frankenberry is the author or editor/co-editor of five books, Religion and Radical Empiricism (1987), Interpreting Neville (1999), Language, Truth, and Religious Belief (1999), Radical Interpretation in Religion (2002), and The Faith of Scientists: In Their Own Words (2008), and has published or in press some seventy referred journal articles or book chapters. For the 2015-16 academic year she was a Senior Fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago. She is currently an Emeritus professor, working on a book about American pragmatism and religious belief, and planning another on the reception of Darwinism in American religious and philosophical circles over the last 150 years.

Selected Publications

  • "Wildman's Eff'ing Symbology," in a volume on the philosophy of religion of Wesley Wildman, eds. Robert C. Neville and LeRon Shults (Albany: SUNY Press, 2022).

    Contingency After Nagarjuna and Rorty," 2017 Presidential Address, Metaphysical Society of America. Review of Metaphysics (March 2019): 563-86.

    "Map is Not Territory, Menu is Not Meal," Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 31 (2019): 3-13.

    "The Fate of Radical Empiricism and the Future of Pragmatic Naturalism," Pragmatism and Naturalism: Scientific and Social Inquiry After Representationalism, edited by Matthew C. Bagger (Columbia University Press, 2018).

    "Naturalisms, Ineffability Claims, and Symbolic Meanings," The Question of Methodological Naturalism, edited by Jason N. Blum (Leiden: E. J. Brill Academic Publishers, 2018).