Meet the Faculty

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Tomás Bogardus

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Division: Religion and Philosophy Division
Office: Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 103b
Fax: 310-506-6407

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Texas, Austin, 2011
  • M.A., Philosophy, Biola University, 2004, High Honors
  • B.S., General Biology, University of California, San Diego, 2002, Magna cum laude

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Member, Program Committee, Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, 2014-2016
  • Member, Society of Christian Philosophers, 2012-present
  • Featured Author, The Philosophers' Cocoon, 2014
  • SUNY Fredonia Young Philosophers Lecture Series, Invited Lecturer, 2013
  • First Place, St. Thomas Summer Seminar Article Prize, 2012
  • University of St. Thomas Philosophy of Religion Summer Seminar Participant, 2012
  • Cogburn Philosophical Essay Prize, University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • Six Professional Development Awards, Philosophy Department of the University of Texas at Austin, 2006-2011
  • Kohn-Hutter Lutheran Academic Scholarship, 2006-2010
  • 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Induction and Graduate Scholarship, Spring 2003
  • National Science Foundation Research Grant, 2002
  • UCSD National Institute of Health Research Grant, 2000-2001

Academic Interests:

  • Areas of Competence
    • Metaphysics
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Logic
    • Ethics
  • Areas of Specialization
    • Philosophy of Mind
    • Epistemology

Selected Works:

  • "Only All Naturalists Should Worry about Only One Evolutionary Debunking Argument," forthcoming in Ethics
  • Review of Epistemology of Disagreement: New Essays by David Christensen and Jennifer Lackey (eds.), co-authored with Pepperdine student Anna Brinkerhoff, Analysis 75(2): 339-342 (2015)
  • "Yes, Safety is in Danger," co-authored with Pepperdine student Chad Marxen, Philosophia 42(2): 321-334 (2014)
  • "Knowledge under Threat," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 88(2): 289-313 (2014)
  • Review of Linda Zagzebski's Epistemic Authority, co-authored with Pepperdine student Paige Massey, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 88(3): 610-613 (2014)
  • "The Problem of Contingency for Religious Belief," Faith and Philosophy 30(4): 371-392 (2013)
  • "Undefeated Dualism," Philosophical Studies 165(2): 445-466 (2013)
  • "Disagreeing with the (Religious) Skeptic," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 74: 5-17 (2013)
  • "Foley on Self-Trust and Religious Disagreement," Logos & Episteme 4(2): 217-226 (2013)
  • "What Certainty Teaches," Philosophical Psychology 25(2): 227-243 (2012)
  • "A Vindication of the Equal-Weight View," Episteme: A Journal of Social Epistemology 6(3): 324-335 (2009)
  • Zhu et al., "Nerve Growth Factor Exerts Differential Effects on the Growth of Human Pancreatic Cancer Cells," Clinical Cancer Research 7: 105-112 (2001)


  • "Hick's Variety Problem and Religious Disagreement"
    October 2015. Brackenridge Philosophy Symposium in honor of Marilyn McCord Adams, University of Texas--San Antonio, invited by Michael Almeida.
  • "Debunking Religious and Moral Beliefs"
    April 2014. Loyola Marymount University, invited by Tom Ward.
    November 2013. St. Norbert College, invited by Joel Mann.
  • "Overdetermination, Backtracking, and Physicalism"
    SUNY Fredona Young Philosophers Lecture Series, February 2013
    Southern California Philosophy Conference, San Diego State University, October 2014
  • "Knowledge Need Not Be Safe"
    University of Edinburgh Graduate Philosophy Conference, March 2011
  • "Presence at a Distance"
    Personal Identities, their Embodiments and Environments. University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, England, July 2010
  • "Foley on Self-Trust and Religious Disagreement"
    5th Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference. Baylor University; invited by Jon Kvanvig, February 2010
  • "Disagreeing with the Skeptic"
    Responsible Belief in the Face of Disagreement. Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, August 2009
  • "A Vindication of the Equal-Weight View"
    Episteme Conference: The Epistemological Significance of Peer Disagreement. Northwestern University, June 2009
  • "Can Brains Be Certain?"
    37th Annual Meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy. University of Alberta, May 2009.
    The Arche/CSMN Graduate Conference. University of Oslo, Norway, November 2008.
    62nd Annual Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference. Hays, Kansas, October 2008 Society of Christian Philosophers Conference. UC Riverside, October 2008
  • "Defeating Dualism"
    UCLA/USC Graduate Student Conference. University of Southern California, February 2008
    UT/UNAM Philosophy Conference. UNAM, Merida, Mexico, October 2007
  • "Is Introspection Mechanistic?"
    PhilMiLCog 2007. University of Western Ontario, May 200
  • "Two Wrong Turns for Type-Identity Physicalism"
    Oxford Graduate Philosophy Conference. Oxford University, November 2006.
    Yale/Uconn Graduate Conference. Yale University, October 2006

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