Harold Stoner Clark Lectures

"Omnisubjectivity: the Subjectivity of God"

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
11:10 am, Samuelson Chapel

In this lecture, Zagzebski proposes a divine attribute she calls "omnisubjectivity," God's property of having a complete and perfect knowledge of every conscious state of every conscious being from the perspective of each one. Arguing against the charge that too close a grasp of evil conscious states would morally sully God, she then relates God's omnisubjectivity to the practice of Christian prayer, and the doctrines of sanctification and grace.

"Knowing God: a Defense of Religious Authority"

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
4:00 pm, Samuelson Chapel

The modern rejection of belief grounded on authority arises from historical causes that make authority of all kinds suspicious, and from a mistaken view of the nature of autonomy, argues Zagzebski in her second lecture. She extends Joseph Raz's well-known defense of political authority, on grounds that make it compatible with autonomy, to the epistemological domain. Finally, she applies this argument to belief on religious authority, affirming it to be compatible with the autonomy of the mind.

Linda Zagzebski, Ph.D.

Linda Zagzebski, Ph.D.

Linda Zagzebski is George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Philosophy and Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at the University of Oklahoma.

She is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, past president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and the author of six books, as well as many edited books and articles, on theology, virtue epistemology, philosophy of religion, and virtue ethics.

In 2012-2013 she held a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete her book Epistemic Authority: A Theory of Trust, Authority, and Autonomy in Belief (Oxford UP).

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