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Paul K. Moser (born 1957 in Bismarck, North Dakota) is an American philosophy professor who writes on the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of religion. He is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago[1] and Editor of American Philosophical Quarterly.[2] He is the author of many works in epistemology and the philosophy of religion, in which he has supported versions of epistemic foundationalism and volitional theism. His latest work brings these two positions together to support volitional evidentialism about theistic belief, in contrast to fideism and traditional natural theology. His work draws from some epistemological and theological insights of Blaise Pascal, John Oman,[3] and H. H. Farmer,[4] but adds (i) a notion of purposively available evidence of God’s existence, (ii) a notion of authoritative evidence in contrast with spectator evidence, and (iii) a notion of personifying evidence of God whereby some willing humans become salient evidence of God's existence.

Authored books Edit

  • The Elusive God: Reorienting Religious Epistemology[5]
Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 304 pages. isbn: 978-0-521-88903-2
  • The Evidence for God: Religious Knowledge Reexamined[6]
Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, November 2009. isbn: 978-0-521-73628-2
  • Philosophy After Objectivity[7]
New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993. 267 pages. Paperback edition, 1999. Electronic version published in NetLibrary, 2002.
  • Knowledge and Evidence[8]
Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989. Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series (Series Editor: Sydney Shoemaker). 285 pages. Paperback edition, 1991.
  • Empirical Justification[9]
Boston/Dordrecht: D. Reidel (Kluwer/Springer) Publishing Company, 1985. Philosophical Studies Series in Philosophy, Vol. 34 (Series Editors: Keith Lehrer and Wilfrid Sellars). 263 pages. Published also in Reidel's Pallas Paperback Series, 1985.
  • The Theory of Knowledge: A Thematic Introduction (with D.H. Mulder and J.D. Trout)[10]
New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. 212 pages. Translated by Marcelo Brandao Cipolla as A Teoria Do Conhecimentio: Uma Introducao Tematica. Sao Paulo: Martins Fontes, 2004. 233 pages.

Edited books Edit

  • Human Knowledge: Classical and Contemporary Approaches[11] (with A. vander Nat). New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987, 1995, 2002.  (A 582-page anthology with a 28-page general introduction and five section introductions and bibliographies; second edition, 1995; third edition, 2002.)
  • A Priori Knowledge.[12] Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. Oxford Readings in Philosophy Series. (A 222-page anthology with a 14-page general introduction and a 10-page bibliography.)
  • Empirical Knowledge: Readings in Contemporary Epistemology[13]   Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, Publishers, 1986, 1996. (A 468-page anthology with a 34-page general introduction and a 17-page topical bibliography; Second Edition, 1996.)
  • Reality In Focus: Contemporary Readings on Metaphysics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., A Division of Simon & Schuster, Publishers, 1990. (A 456-page anthology with an 11-page general introduction and five section introductions and bibliographies.)
  • Rationality In Action: Contemporary Approaches.[14] Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990. (A 493-page anthology with a 10-page general introduction, three section introductions, and a topical bibliography.)
  • Contemporary Approaches to Philosophy[15] (with D.H. Mulder). New York/Toronto: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1993. (A 488-page anthology on metaphilosophy, with a 13-page general introduction, four section introductions, and a 15-page topical bibliography; now distributed by Prentice-Hall, Inc.)
  • Contemporary Materialism[16] (with J.D. Trout). London/New York: Routledge Ltd., 1995. (A 378-page anthology with a 32-page general introduction and a topical bibliography.)
  • Morality and the Good Life[17] (with T.L. Carson). New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. (A 522-page anthology on contemporary ethical theory, with a 22-page general introduction and a 16-page topical bibliography.)
  • Moral Relativism[18] (with T.L. Carson). New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. (A 337-page anthology on contemporary ethical relativism, with a 21-page general introduction and a 6-page topical bibliography.)
  • Divine Hiddenness: New Essays[19] (with Daniel Howard-Snyder). Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002. (A 242-page anthology of previously unpublished essays by eleven authors on the idea of a God who hides.)
  • Oxford Handbook of Epistemology.[20] New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. (A 595-page anthology of previously unpublished essays by nineteen authors, in the series Oxford Handbooks of Philosophy, a series of which Paul Moser is the General Editor.) Also in Oxford Scholarship Online, 2004.
  • The Rationality of Theism[21] (with Paul Copan). London/New York: Routledge Ltd., 2003. (A 292-page anthology of previously unpublished essays by thirteen authors on evidence for Christian theism.)
  • Jesus and Philosophy: New Essays.[22] Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. (An anthology of ten previously unpublished essays on what Jesus has to do with philosophy.)

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References Edit

  1. Home page
  2. American Philosophical Quarterly
  3. John Oman, The Natural and the Supernatural. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1931.
  4. H. H. Farmer, The World and God. London: Nisbet, 1936.