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Nathan KingNathan King

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4726
Fax: 509.777.4512
Office Location: Lindaman Sem.Center 126


Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
M.A. in Philosophy, Biola University
B.A. in Philosophy, Seattle Pacific University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Epistemology; philosophy of religion; ethical theory; history of analytic philosophy; philosophy of science; philosophy of mind

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Selected papers: “If at First You Don’t Succeed... Reflections on Intellectual Perseverance,” forthcoming in Heather Battaly (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Virtue Epistemology (London: Routledge Press); “‘Why Can’t We Be Friends?’ Reflections on Empirical Psychology and Virtue Epistemology,” forthcoming in Christian Miller (ed.), The Character Project: New Perspectives in Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology (New York: Oxford University Press); “Toward Intellectually Virtuous Discourse: Two Vicious Fallacies and the Virtues that Inhibit Them,” (with Robert K. Garcia, Texas A&M), forthcoming in Jason Baehr (ed.) Educating for Intellectual Virtues: Applying Virtue Epistemology to Educational Theory and Practice (London: Routledge Press); “Religious Skepticism and Higher-Order Evidence,” forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion; “Disagreement and the Epistemology of Theology” (with Thomas Kelly, Princeton University), forthcoming in Fred Aquino and William Abraham (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology (Oxford University Press)“Conscientious Self-Reflection to the Rescue?” (with Josh Orozco, Whitworth University), European Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2014); “Perseverance as an Intellectual Virtue,” Synthese 191 (2014); “Responsibilist Virtue Epistemology: A Reply to the Situationist Challenge,” The Philosophical Quarterly (2014); “Getting Our Minds Out of the Gutter: Fallacies that Foul Our Discourse, and Virtues that Clean it Up” (with Robert K. Garcia, Texas A&M), in Michael Austin (ed.), Virtues in Action (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013); “Disagreement: The Skeptical Arguments from Peerhood and Symmetry,” in Diego Machuca (ed.), Disagreement and Skepticism (London: Routledge, 2013); “Disagreement: What’s the Problem? or A Good Peer is Hard to Find,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2012); “McGrath on Moral Knowledge,” Journal of Philosophical Research (2011)published with a reply by Sarah McGrath (Princeton) along with my rejoinder; “Religious Diversity and its Challenges to Religious Belief,” Philosophy Compass (2008).

Edited book: Is Goodness without God Good Enough?, ed. with Robert K. Garcia (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). Contributors: Louise Antony, William Lane Craig, John Hare, Donald C. Hubin, Paul Kurtz, C. Stephen Layman, Mark Murphy, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong.

Selected presentations: “Religious Disagreement and Higher-Order Evidence,” Gonzaga University Socratic Club (2014); “Responsibilist Virtue Epistemology: A Reply to the Situationist Challenge,” The Character Project Final Conference, Wake Forest University (2013); “Getting Our Minds Out of the Gutter: Fallacies that Foul Our Discourse, and Virtues that Clean it Up” (With Robert Garcia), Educating for Intellectual Virtues Conference, Loyola Marymount University (2013); “Religious Skepticism: A Cumulative Argument from Higher-Order Evidence,” Society of Christian Philosophers Group Meeting at the Pacific APA (2013); “On Two Arguments for Religious Skepticism,” presented at the Kileen Chair Conference, St. Norbert College (Green Bay, WI) (2012);“Perseverance as an Intellectual Virtue,” presented three times: first, at APA Pacific Division Meeting (2012), second, at Gonzaga University Socratic Club (2011), and third, at the Educating for Wisdom Conference, Baylor University (2011);Comments on Michael Thune, “Does Disagreement Lead to Skepticism?,” APA Pacific Division Meeting (2010); “‘We’re Not Very Good at This’: Dealing with Evidence of Unreliability,” Baylor Philosophy of Religion Conference (2010); “Disagreement: What’s the Problem? or A Good Peer is Hard to Find,” Northwestern University Philosophy Brown Bag Series (2009); “Disagreement: How to be a Moral Skeptic,” Notre Dame Research Group (2008); “Ethical Desiderata and the Ethics of Jesus,” Pacific Division Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers (2005); “Some Problems for Mentalist Internalism,” University of Rochester Graduate Conference in Epistemology (2002).

Honors/Awards/Memberships: Junior Faculty Award, Whitworth University (AY 2013-14); Grant Winner for The Character Project Grant Competition (The John Templeton Foundation), and awarded a grant of $44,185 for work conducted during AY 2012-13; Grant title: “Virtue Epistemology: Unexplored Territory”