Visiting Faculty

Douglas Geivett
Douglas Geivett (Fall 2014)

Doug Geivett is professor of philosophy in the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University (La Mirada, CA) where he was director of the MA program in philosophy for ten years.

He is the author of Evil and the Evidence for God and editor or co-editor of several books, including Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology; In Defense of Miracles; Faith, Film, and Philosophy; and, Being Good:; Christian Virtues for Everyday Life. He is currently working on two books in theology and biblical studies and co-editing a collection of new essays on The Testimony of the Spirit (Oxford University Press) and a two-volume reference work on Christian Apologists and Their Critics (Wiley Blackwell).

He is former president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He lectures nationally and internationally on topics in philosophy and religion and their real-world application.

Alan Thomas
Alan Thomas (Spring 2015)

Alan Thomas is currently Professor of Ethics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Educated at King’s College, Cambridge, Harvard (as a Kennedy scholar) and Oxford, he has taught at the Universities of London and Kent and has held visiting positions at UBC and Tulane. Thomas has published papers in ethics, political philosophy, the philosophy of mind and epistemology. He is the author of two books (Value and Context, OUP, 2006; Thomas Nagel, McGill-Queen’s, 2008) and has edited a third (Bernard Williams, CUP, 2007). He is currently completing a book on egalitarianism and will, during his time at St. Louis, complete a book on moral particularism provisionally entitled The Verdict of Reasons. This latter project explains how a particularist account of moral judgement flows from an independently attractive account of the epistemic virtues in general and an account of epistemic humility in particular.

Visiting Scholars

Caleb Cohoe
Caleb Cohoe (2014-2015 Academic Year)

Caleb Cohoe is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of research interest include ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. He works on a number of different topics related to the philosophy of religion, including the nature of epistemic authority, the relationship between divine and human agency, divine simplicity, and theories of personal identity and survival. He received his PhD in Philosophy from Princeton University in 2012. His dissertation examined Aristotle’s theory of understanding and its implications for his conception of the human being. He received his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College. His articles have appeared in Faith and Philosophy, Phronesis, British Journal of the History of Philosophy, and Philosophy Compass. He and his wife Samantha have three lovely children: Isaac, David, and Una.

Kent Dunnington
Kent Dunnington (Fall 2014)

Kent Dunnington is associate professor of philosophy at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Texas A&M University and an M.T.S. in theology from Duke University. He is the author of Addiction and Virtue (2011) and is currently editing a book entitled The Uncertain Center: An Arthur McGill Reader.

Christine Helmer
Christine Helmer (Fall 2014)

Christine Helmer is Professor of Religious Studies and German at Northwestern University. Her area of research and teaching specialization is Christian theology from historical and constructive perspectives. Her work is focused on German intellectual history with primary interest in the theology of Martin Luther, the philosophy and theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher, and the early twentieth-century Lutherrenaissance. She is the author of many articles as well as contributing editor (and co-editor) of numerous volumes in biblical theology, philosophy of religion, Schleiermacher studies, and Luther studies, including most recently The Global Luther (Fortress Press 2009), Transformations in Luther’s Theology (EVA-Leipzig 2011), and forthcoming in 2014, Lutherrenaissance: Past and Present (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht). She is the main editor of the Christianity section for the Encyclopedia of Bible and its Reception (de Gruyter). Her monographs are: The Trinity and Martin Luther (Zabern 1999) and Theology and the End of Doctrine (Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming in August 2014). Her research has been supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Humboldt Foundation. During 2012-2013 she was the Marie Curie EURIAS (European Institutes of Advanced Study) Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies in Helsinki, Finland. Her current book project explores the epistemological, hermeneutical, and ethical dimensions of humility in Schleiermacher’s thought in order to work out a constructive theological theory of doctrinal truth.

David Henderson
David Henderson (2014-2015 Academic Year)

David Hendersonson holds the Robert R Chambers Chair in Philosophy at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he has taught since 2007. His research interests are in epistemology, philosophy of social science, and philosophy of science. He has published widely in general epistemology, naturalized epistemology, perspectives on both coherentism and foundationalism, and reliabilist epistemology, and on virtue epistemology. In much of this work, he has worked in close collaboration with Terry Horgan.) He has also published on interpretation and explanation in the human sciences, and on simulation of others. During the grant period he is working on issues in the epistemology of testimony, the epistemology of disagreement, and in social epistemology more generally. He is particularly interested in the range of information human epistemic agents have and deploy in accommodating testimony generally, and disagreement specifically. He will also be concerned with the social character of epistemic norms.

Jonathan Kvanvig
Jonathan Kvanvig (Fall 2014)

Jonathan L. Kvanvig is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, having held previous faculty positions at the University of Notre Dame, Texas A&M University, and the University of Missouri. His scholarly activities focus in metaphysics & epistemology, philosophy of language and logic, and philosophy of religion, with more than 10 books and over 100 articles published. He is the editor of Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Religion. He has received grants from the NEH and the Templeton Religion Trust to further his research, and is the recipient of distinguished research awards from Texas A&M and Baylor.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Scott Cleveland
Scott Cleveland (2014-2015 Academic Year)

Scott Cleveland received his PhD in philosophy from Baylor University in August 2014. His research interests are in ethics, moral psychology, and philosophy of religion. He is especially interested in the study of virtues and emotions, the relation between the two, and the role of each in the moral and intellectual life. His work is deeply influenced by Aristotle and Aquinas. His dissertation defends an account of the virtue of courage with focus on its emotional excellences. Before pursuing his PhD, he received an MA in philosophical theology & philosophy of religion from Yale Divinity School. He and his wife Lindsay, who works in metaphysics, have a toddler named Mariam, who they hope comes to see the inseparability of ethics and metaphysics

Matthew Siebert
Matthew Siebert (2014-2015 Academic Year)

I grew up mostly in a small rural town in Manitoba, Canada, and in the large capital city of Colombia, South America. I left my a high school teaching position in Winnipeg to study philosophy, and my graduate studies in Oxford (masters) and Toronto (PhD) have been focused on medieval philosophy and epistemology. I find the innovative social epistemologies of Augustine, Aquinas, Henry of Ghent, and Scotus fascinating, and I think they have something to contribute to the current debate on the nature of testimony. More generally, I’m interested in normative topics in ancient, medieval and early modern philosophy. I care most about topics that blend ethics and epistemology, like the topic of intellectual humility.

Ross Inman
Ross Inman (2014-2015 Academic Year)

Ross Inman recently completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin in June 2013. His dissertation was titled Substantial Priority: An Essay in Fundamental Mereology and broadly served to explicate and defend a metaphysical grounding-based conception of the part-whole structure of material objects. This past year Ross was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame, Center for Philosophy of Religion. His research to date has focused primarily on themes in metaphysics such as substance, powers, persistence, time, and truthmaking and has appeared in journals like Philosophical Studies, Metaphysica, Philosophia Christi as well as an edited volume dedicated to the intersection of Aristotelian-Scholastic metaphysics and contemporary analytic metaphysics. He also spent part of the 2012-2013 academic year at Oxford University working alongside the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies project. Ross and his wife Suzanne, who are high school sweethearts, will celebrate their eighth year of marriage this summer.

Hui Xia
Hui Xia (2014-2015 Academic Year)

Hui Xia (Sonja) came originally from Shanghai (China). During her study of philosophy in college (East China Normal University), she became interested in western philosophy and theology and decided to pursue theology degrees in Europe. After participating in the one-year Master’s Programme in Ecumenical Studies in Universität Bonn (Germany), she arrived in Leuven (Belgium) where she has spent seven years studying Christian theology (KU Leuven). Now she has submitted her dissertation, entitled From Light to Light: An Investigation into the Role of the Light Imagery in Gregory of Nyssa’s Spiritual Theology. As a Chinese, who has experienced different cultures and religions, her main concern is whether the inter-religious dialogue is possible and how the dialogue may contribute to our understanding of the unknown God. The project of intellectual humility provides her with a platform of reflection and exploration. She and her husband, Thomas, got a little girl one year ago, the best gift she could ever hope for.

Dissertation Fellows

Pedro Humberto Haddad Bernat
Pedro Humberto Haddad Bernat (Fall 2014)

Pedro Haddad is a graduate student at the Legal Philosophy Department at the University of Girona. The aim of his dissertation is to find out what contributions does a responsibilist approach to virtue epistemology provide to the elucidation of the epistemological issues that arise in the context of legal fact-finding. Aside from virtue epistemology, Pedro is interested in other philosophical topics like doxastic voluntarism, epistemic normativity and the distinction between belief and acceptance.

Josh DiPaolo
Josh DiPaolo (2014-2015 Academic Year)

Josh specializes in epistemology, with additional research interests in metaethics and metaphysics. He is a PhD candidate at UMass Amherst and he receieved an MA in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His dissertation focuses on higher order evidence. It appeals to lessons from the theory of knowledge to help solve problems that arise when attempting to accommodate higher order evidence into a theory of rational belief revision.

Matthew Frise
Matthew Frise (2014-2015 Academic Year)

Matthew Frise is a philosophy PhD student at the University of Rochester. His research centers on epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion, and has appeared in Synthese and Religious Studies.

In his dissertation he draws heavily on research in the cognitive psychology of memory in an effort to undermine externalism about epistemic justification and to defend an internalist form of evidentialism.

Maura Priest
Maura Priest (2014-2015 Academic Year)

I am an ABD graduate student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. I am working on a largely theoretical, but partly empirical, exploration into issues related to individuals I call epistemic elites. Epistemic elites are those who are epistemically better off than non-elites. I plan five chapters: Credit and Costs, The Limits of Virtue Responsibilism, Intellectual Humility, Collective Intellectual Humility, and Non-Peer Disagreement. The first two chapters propose a conceptual account of epistemic elites. The following three address normative implications, both epistemic and ethical. I also have interests in political philosophy and the tensions between liberty, public health, and social norms.

When not philosophizing, I enjoy competitive endurance sports and coffee.

My favorite part of philosophy is philosophical correspondence. So please feel free to contact me about anything philosophical. I am also happy to answer questions about crossfit, marathons, ultra marathons, and swimming.