— Immanuel KantThe ancient Greek philosophers, such as Epicurus, Zeno, and Socrates, remained more faithful to the Idea of the philosopher than their modern counterparts have done. ‘When will you finally begin to live virtuously?’ said Plato to an old man who told him he was attending classes on virtue. The point is not always to speculate, but also ultimately to think about applying our knowledge. Today, however, he who lives in conformity with what he teaches is taken for a dreamer.
Additional Faculty Information for Blake McAllister
B.A. in Philosophy, Pepperdine University, 2011
M.A. in Philosophy, Baylor University, 2013
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Baylor University, 2016
Philosophy of Religion
Early Modern Philosophy
“The Phenomenal Conservative Approach to Religious Epistemology.” In J. DePoe and T. McNabb, eds., Debating Christian Religious Epistemology: An Introduction to Five Views on the Knowledge of God. New York: Bloomsbury.
“Evidence is Required for Religious Beliefs.” In Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Religion. Edited by Michael L. Peterson and Raymond J. VanArragon. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
“Reforming Reformed Epistemology: A New Take on the Sensus Divinitatis.” Religious Studies 55(4): 537-557.
“A Return to Common Sense: Restorationism and Common Sense Epistemology.” In Restoration & Philosophy. Edited by J. Caleb Clanton. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press.
“The Perspective of Faith: Its Nature and Epistemic Implications.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 92(3): 515-533.
“Seemings as Sui Generis.” Synthese 195(7): 3079-3096.
“Re-evaluating Reid’s Response to Skepticism.” Journal of Scottish Philosophy 14(3): 317- 339.
PHL 105 – Western Philosophical Tradition
PHL 341 – Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy
PHL 342 – Issues in Contemporary Epistemology
PHL 343 – Issues in Contemporary Metaphysics
PHL 420 – Philosophy of Religion
PHL 493 – Philosophy, Science, and Religion
CSP 255 – Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering
CSP 255 – Heaven, Hell & In Between
Spring semester of my freshman year, my British friend Morten insisted that I take Ethics with him. I wanted to live well so I thought, “Sure, why not?” Soon thereafter, I dropped my engineering major and took up philosophy. The rest is history.
Though I officially discovered philosophy in college, I realized that I had been doing it my whole life. When I was debating my family or friends (usually around the dinner table or a bonfire, respectively), I was doing philosophy. I just wasn’t doing it as well as I could have. The training I received taught me how to think with greater clarity, depth, and incisiveness, and to better articulate and defend those thoughts to others. It introduced me to the greatest thinkers in the tradition—dear friends whose ideas have profoundly shaped Western Civilization (and me!). And it cultivated my love for the True, the Beautiful, and the Good. I gained a deeper sense of what life was all about: the initial sparks of wisdom.
Now I get to walk my students through their own version of this process. It is a privilege and a wonder.