Hugh Burling

Visiting Graduate Fellow


Hugh Burling is visiting from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, where he is writing a doctoral thesis on the epistemology of religious experience under the supervision of Douglas Hedley.

Hugh's thesis articulates and defends a way of measuring the evidential force of conflicting religious experiences from outside any particular confessional tradition. Doing so involves interacting with debates in formal epistemology and decision theory, the problems of peer disagreement and the nature of evidence, and a variety of topics in the philosophy of religion. During the fellowship, Hugh will finish his thesis and produce articles on method in theology and the epistemic relationship between religious believers and religious authorities. In the past Hugh has published and presented articles on divine immutability, natural theology, "onto-theology", the value of theology, and worthiness of worship.