Paul Moser

Paul Moser

Paul K. Moser (born 1957 in Bismarck, North Dakota) is an American analytic philosopher who writes on epistemology and the philosophy of religion. He is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago[1] and past editor of the American Philosophical Quarterly.[2] He is the author of many works in epistemology and the philosophy of religion, in which he has supported versions of epistemic foundationalism and volitional theism. His work brings these two positions together to support volitional evidentialism about theistic belief, in contrast to fideism and traditional natural theology. He draws from some epistemological and theological insights of the apostle Paul, Blaise Pascal, Kierkegaard, John Oman,[3] and H. H. Farmer,[4] but adds (i) a notion of purposively available evidence of God’s existence, (ii) a notion of authoritative evidence in contrast with spectator evidence, and (iii) a notion of personifying evidence of God whereby some willing humans become salient evidence of God's existence. His most recent work emphasizes the importance of foundational evidence from the self-manifestation of God's moral character to cooperative humans. An evidential role for agapē, along the lines of Romans 5:5, is central to his theistic epistemology. One result is a distinctive approach to divine hiddenness.

Authored books

Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017.
Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1-107-61532-8
Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-521-73628-2
Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 304 pages. ISBN 978-0-521-88903-2
Winner of the 2011 Alpha Sigma Nu (Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities) Book Award for Philosophy
New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. 212 pages. Translated by Marcelo Brandao Cipolla as A Teoria Do Conhecimentio: Uma Introducao Tematica. Sao Paulo: Martins Fontes, 2004. 233 pages.
New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993. 267 pages. Paperback edition, 1999. Electronic version published in NetLibrary, 2002.
Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989. Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series (Series Editor: Sydney Shoemaker). 285 pages. Paperback edition, 1991.
Boston/Dordrecht: D. Reidel (Kluwer/Springer) Publishing Company, 1985. Philosophical Studies Series in Philosophy, Vol. 34 (Series Editors: Keith Lehrer and Wilfrid Sellars). 263 pages. Published also in Reidel's Pallas Paperback Series, 1985.

Edited books

See also


  1. Home page
  2. American Philosophical Quarterly
  3. John Oman, The Natural and the Supernatural. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1931.
  4. H. H. Farmer, The World and God. London: Nisbet, 1936.
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