Linda Zagzebski

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Professor - Philosophy

University of Oklahoma

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Recent and forthcoming named lectureships:

Wilde Lectures in Natural Theology, Oxford University, spring 2010. Topic: Epistemic authority and epistemic autonomy in religious belief.

Bitar Lectures, Geneva College, April 2-3, 2008.

McCarthy Lectureship in Philosophy, Gregorian University, Rome, Feb-April 2006

Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship of Philosophy, 2005-6 .

President, Society of Christian Philosophers, 2005-8

President, American Catholic Philosophical Association, 1996-7.

Former academic position: Department of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles 1979-1999; Department Chair 1995-99.


I work primarily in philosophy of religion, epistemology, and ethics. Research in recent years is mainly at the intersection of ethics and epistemology, religious epistemology, religious ethics, virtue theory, and the varieties of fatalism.

Some recent papers

"Omnisubjectivity," Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion.

"The Quantitative Problem of Evil: the C.S. Lewis Approach," co-authored with Joshua Seachris, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

"Epistemic and Ethical Egoism and the Ideal of Autonomy," Episteme: A Journal of Social Epistemology.


On Epistemology (Wadsworth, 2008).

Philosophy of Religion: A Historical Introduction (Blackwell 2007).

Divine Motivation Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Intellectual Virtue: Perspectives from Ethics and Epistemology, edited with Michael De Paul (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Virtue Epistemology: Essays on Epistemic Virtue and Responsibility, edited with Abrol Fairweather (Oxford University Press, 2001).

Virtues of the Mind (Cambridge University Press, 1996)

The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge (Oxford University Press, 1991)

Rational Faith: Catholic Responses to Reformed Epistemology (edited), (University of Notre Dame Press, 1993).

Readings in Philosophy of Religion: Ancient to Contemporary, edited with Timothy D. Miller, forthcoming, Blackwell.

Recent Publications
Divine Motivation Theory
Zagzebski, L. T. Divine Motivation Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. "At the core of the book lies a new form of virtue theory based on the emotions. Distinct from deontological, consequentialist, and teleological virtue theories, this one has a particular theological, indeed Christian, foundation. The new theory...
Intellectual Virtue: Perspectives from Ethics and Epistemology
DePaul, M. R., & Zagzebski, L. T. Intellectual Virtue: Perspectives from Ethics and Epistemology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. "The idea of a virtue has traditionally been important in ethics, but only recently has gained attention as an idea that can explain how we ought to form beliefs as well as how we ought to act. Moral philosophers and epistemologists have different...
Virtue Epistemology: Essays on Epistemic Virtue and Responsibility
Fairweather, A., & Zagzebski, L. T. Virtue Epistemology: Essays on Epistemic Virtue and Responsibility. New York: Oxford University Press US, 2001. "Virtue epistemology is an exciting, new movement receiving an enormous amount of attention from top epistemologists and ethicists; this pioneering volume reflects the best work in that vein. Featuring superb writing from contemporary American philosophers...
Virtues of the Mind: An Inquiry Into the Nature of Virtue and the Ethical Foundations of Knowledge
Zagzebski, L. T. Virtues of the Mind: An Inquiry Into the Nature of Virtue and the Ethical Foundations of Knowledge. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996. "Almost all theories of knowledge and justified belief employ moral concepts and forms of argument borrowed from moral theories, but none of them pay attention to the current renaissance in virtue ethics. This remarkable book is the first attempt...
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University of Oklahoma

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Professor - Philosophy

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Ph.D. Univ. of Calif., Los Angeles

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