**IRCI's Philosophy research program was the precursor to ACU's new Institute for Philosophy. Our two institutes will work in close conjunction. The Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry continues further work in philosophy and religion. Find information about our work in IRCI’s Religion and Theology program pages.**

Much of the research in the Philosophy program is at the intersection of moral and political philosophy and epistemology and metaphysics. Program members investigate issues in social epistemology: trust, testimony, disagreement, and the epistemic implications of digital and social media. Program members also work on social metaphysics: the nature of groups and collectives and what determines their identity over time.

The Philosophy program has particular strengths in:

  • Moral and Political philosophy (Robert Audi, Stewart Braun, Stephanie Collins, Roger Crisp, David Killoren, Steve Matthews, Tyler Paytas, Richard Rowland),
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics (Mark Alfano, Robert Audi, Nevin Climenhaga,Tony Coady, Stephanie Collins, Claude Romano, ),
  • History of Philosophy (Mark Alfano, Michael Champion, Roger Crisp, Christopher Insole, Charles Lockwood, Tyler Paytas, David Runia), and
  • Philosophy of Religion (Robert Audi, Nevin Climenhaga, Steve Evans, Robyn Horner, David Newheiser, Eleonore Stump).

The program has a key strength in metaethics and has recently run conferences on moral epistemology and methodological issues in metaethics. In history of philosophy, program members work on Kant, Nietzsche, and Sidgwick as well as ancient philosophy and the history of moral philosophy.

The program also has a strength in experimental philosophy with several members themselves running large experiments and drawing out the philosophical implications of this empirical work.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies within the Philosophy program, please email Richard Rowland for more information.

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Other programs

Biblical and early Christian studies

A major focus of research in this program is the extent to which different strands of early Christianity aimed to define themselves in relation to Jewish and Greco-Roman religious, philosophical, rhetorical, social, and cultural heritages.

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Medieval and early modern studies

The purpose of this program is to understand and reframe history through dynamic reinterpretations of the medieval and early modern past and to examine the modern world's self-conscious rejections of religious Byzantine and medieval pasts.

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Religion and theology

The Religion and theology program supports constructive work in the study of religion that incorporates a wide range of methodologies. The program includes scholarship in religious studies that draws upon religious thought in order to address issues of widespread concern.

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