Linda Zagzebski


(Ph.D., UCLA), George Lynn Cross Research Professor; Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics; B.A., Stanford; M.A., UC Berkeley; Ph.D., UCLA; Research areas: virtue epistemology and virtue ethics, philosophy of religion and philosophical theology, epistemology, and the metaphysics of fatalism.

Recent News:
Dr. Zagzebski gave the Gifford Lectures on her exemplarist virtue theory at the University of St. Andrews, October 2015. The book based on the lectures, Exemplarist Moral Theory, will be published by Oxford University Press in March 2017. She was President of the American Philosophical Association 2015-16 and gave the Presidential Address, “The Dignity of Persons and the Value of Uniqueness,” at the Central Division meeting in Chicago, March 2016. She gave the Dewey Lecture, “The Joys and Sorrow of a Philosophical Life,” at the Pacific Division meeting of the APA in San Francisco, April 1, 2016.  She is currently the Co-PI on a major project from the Templeton Foundation: The Virtues in Higher Education, University of Oklahoma.

About Her Work:
Linda Zagzebski is George Lynn Cross Research Professor, and Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, at the University of Oklahoma. She is the past President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (1996-7) and of the Society of Christian Philosophers (2004-7), and President of the American Philosophical Association Central Division (2015-16). She writes in the areas of epistemology, philosophy of religion, and virtue theory. Her most recent book is  Epistemic Authority: A Theory of Trust, Authority, and Autonomy in Belief (Oxford University Press, 2012). Other books include The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge, (Oxford University Press, 1991), Virtues of the Mind (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Divine Motivation Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Philosophy of Religion: An Historical Introduction (Blackwell, 2007), and On Epistemology (Wadsworth, 2008), as well as many edited books and over a hundred articles reprinted many times and translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, Turkish, Chinese, Farsi, Russian, and Korean. Her Aquinas Lecture, Omnisubjectivity: A Defense of a Divine Attribute, is published by Marquette University Press (2013).

Her current book project based on her Gifford Lectures is called Exemplarist Moral Theory, a form of virtue ethics based on direct reference to moral exemplars. This book incorporates empirical literature on the emotion of admiration, on emulation, and work on the neuroscience of exemplars. It is supported by grants from the Templeton Foundation and from the Character Project at Wake Forest University. The book will be published in March 2017 by Oxford University Press.

Recent Courses:
3263 Virtue ethics (has an open version on in addition to its traditional format).
6203 Graduate seminar on exemplarist virtue theory
6473 Graduate seminar on the varieties of fatalism
6523 Graduate seminar on epistemic authority and autonomy
4293/523 Survey of ethical theory
4473/5473 Survey of contemporary philosophy of religion
4523/5523 Survey of contemporary epistemology
3433 Modern philosophy of religion

Named Lectureships:
Malcolm Reid Lecture, Gordon College, 2016.
Dewey Lecture, American Philosophical Assoc. Pacific Division, 2016.
Gifford Lectures, University of St. Andrews, 2015.
Bellingham Lectures in Philosophy and Religion, Western Washington University, 2014.
Harold Stoner Clark Lectures, California Lutheran University, 2014.
The Aquinas Lecture, Marquette University, 2013.
Kaminski Lectures, Catholic University of Lublin, 2011
Olaus Petri Lectures, University of Uppsala, 2011
Wilde Lectures in Natural Theology, Oxford University, 2010.
Bitar Lectures, Geneva College, 2008
True Family Lecture, University of Oklahoma, 2007
Joseph McCarthy Lectureship in Philosophy, Gregorian University, Rome, 2006
Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship of Philosophy, 2005-6
Killeen Lecture, St. Norbert College, Wisc, 2002
Rossner Lecture, Rockhurst College, 2000
Eslick Lecture, Saint Louis University, 1998
Jellema Lectures, Calvin College, 1996
McManis Lectures, Wheaton College, 1996
Sahlin Lecture, Bethel College, Minn, 1995

John Templeton Foundation, 2013-14
Wake Forest Character Project, 2012-13
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, 2011-2012
Lilly Fellows Program, 1998-9
Center for Philosophy of Religion, Univ of Notre Dame, Fall 1997
National Endowment for the Humanities, 1994-5

Prof. Linda Zagzebski
George Lynn Cross Research Professor and
Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
Department of Philosophy
University of Oklahoma
455 W. Lindsey Room 605
Norman, OK 73019