The University of Notre Dame, the Center for the Philosophy of Religion, and The John Templeton Foundation are pleased to announce that the recipients of a Templeton Research Fellowship in Skeptical Theism are David Anderson, Trent Dougherty, and Paul Draper.
David Anderson received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in August 2011. His dissertation work, under the direction of Michael Bergmann, focuses on issues in contemporary epistemology, but his interest in the problem of evil began with his undergraduate thesis at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. He has published and presented work in both areas. Anderson was born and raised in the Yukon Territory in northern Canada where he developed a love of the outdoors and met his wife Gina.
Trent Dougherty received his PhD from the University of Rochester, where he wrote a dissertation arguing against the notion that whether one knows depends on one's practical interests. He is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, where he regularly teaches graduate seminars in epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion. When not writing philosophy, he is usually riding a bike, often with his wife or one of his children.
Paul Draper is Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of California, Irvine. This is his third year at the center. His first year was in 1985-86 and his second was last year when he was the Plantinga Fellow. Draper's current research interests include the evidential problem of evil, skeptical theism, atheism, the theoretical virtue of simplicity, and the problem of conflict of interest in philosophical research on religion. He also edits the journal Philo and serves on the editorial boards of Faith and Philosophy, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, and Religious Studies.