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Kirk Lougheed
McMaster University
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    Undermining the Axiological Solution to Divine Hiddenness.Perry Hendricks & Kirk Lougheed - forthcoming - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion:1-13.
    Kirk Lougheed (2018) argues that a possible solution to the problem of divine hiddenness is that God might hide in order to increase the axiological value of the world. In a world where God exists, the goods associated with theism necessarily obtain. But Lougheed also claims that in such a world it’s possible to experience the goods of atheism, even if they don’t actually obtain. This is what makes a world with a hidden God more valuable than a world where (...)
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    The Axiological Solution to Divine Hiddenness.Kirk Lougheed - 2018 - Ratio 31 (3):331-341.
    Philosophers have recently wondered whether the value impact of the existence of God on the world would be positive, negative, or neutral. Thus far discussions have distinguished between the value God's impact would have overall, in certain respects, and/or for particular individuals. A commonality amongst the various positions that have been taken up is to focus on the goods and drawbacks associated with both theism and atheism. Goods associated with atheism include things like privacy, independence, and autonomy. I argue that (...)
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    Anti-Theism and the Objective Meaningful Life Argument.Kirk Lougheed - 2017 - Dialogue 56 (2).
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  4. Indirect Epistemic Reasons and Religious Belief.Kirk Lougheed & Robert Mark Simpson - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (2):151-169.
    If believing P will result in epistemically good outcomes, does this generate an epistemic reason to believe P, or just a pragmatic reason? Conceiving of such reasons as epistemic reasons seems to lead to absurdity, e.g. by allowing that someone can rationally hold beliefs that conflict with her assessment of her evidence’s probative force. We explain how this and other intuitively unwelcome results can be avoided. We also suggest a positive case for conceiving of such reasons as epistemic reasons, namely, (...)
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    Pro-Theism and the Added Value of Morally Good Agents.Myron A. Penner & Kirk Lougheed - 2015 - Philosophia Christi 17 (1):53-69.
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    Religious Commitment and the Benefits of Cognitive Diversity: A Reply to Trakakis.Kirk Lougheed - 2018 - Sophia 57 (3):501-513.
    Metaphilosophical discussions about the philosophy of religion are increasingly common. In a recent article in Sophia, N.N. Trakakis advances the view that Christian Philosophy is closer to ideology than philosophy. This is because philosophy conducted in the Socratic tradition tends to emphasize values antithetical to religious faith such as independence of thought, rationality, empiricism, and doubt. A philosopher must be able to follow the arguments wherever they lead, something that the religious believer cannot do. I argue that there are two (...)
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    Divine Creation, Modal Collapse, and the Theistic Multiverse.Kirk Lougheed - 2014 - Sophia 53 (4):435-446.
    Either a ‘best world’ scenario is true or a ‘no best world’ scenario is true. In a ‘best world’ scenario, God actualizes a world that is unsurpassable. In a ‘no best world’ scenario, for any possible world God actualizes, God could have actualized a better world. A ‘no best world’ scenario precludes theism, so the theist should endorse a ‘best world’ scenario. However, a ‘best world’ scenario leads to the highly counter-intuitive conclusion of modal collapse: the position that nothing could (...)
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    The Epistemic Value of Deep Disagreements.Kirk Lougheed - 2018 - Informal Logic 38 (2):263-292.
    In the epistemology of disagreement literature an underdeveloped argument defending the claim that an agent need not conciliate when she becomes aware of epistemic peer disagreement is based on the idea that there are epistemic benefits to be gained from disagreement. Such benefits are unobtainable if an agent conciliates in the face of peer disagreement. I argue that there are good reasons to embrace this line of argument at least in inquiry-related contexts. In argumentation theory a deep disagreement occurs when (...)
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    The Epistemic Significance of Disagreement.Kirk Lougheed - 2018 - Philosophia Christi 20 (1):301-303.
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    On How to Argue for Preferring God’s Non-Existence.Kirk Lougheed - forthcoming - Dialogue:1-23.
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    Recognition and Epistemic Injustice in the Epistemology of Disagreement.Kirk Lougheed - 2018 - Philosophical Forum 49 (3):363-377.
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    The Role of Idealized Cases in the Epistemology of Disagreement.Kirk Lougheed - 2017 - Southwest Philosophy Review 33 (2):251-270.
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    Intuitive Knowing as Spiritual Experience PHILLIP H. WIEBE New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015; 226 Pp.; $100.00. [REVIEW]Kirk Lougheed - 2017 - Dialogue 56 (3):605-606.
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    Klaas J. Kraay, Ed.: God and the Multiverse: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Perspectives.Kirk Lougheed - 2015 - Faith and Philosophy 32 (4):480-484.
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    Leibniz, God and Necessity Griffin Michael V. Cambridge University Press, 2013; XI + 195 Pp.; $80.00 (Hardback). [REVIEW]Kirk Lougheed - 2013 - Dialogue 52 (3):607-608.
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    Disagreement Bryan Frances Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014; 214 Pp,; $20.34. [REVIEW]Kirk Lougheed - 2015 - Dialogue 54 (3):563-564.
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    No Title Available: Dialogue.Kirk Lougheed - 2013 - Dialogue 52 (3):607-608.
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  18. Is Religious Experience a Solution to the Problem of Religious Disagreement?Kirk Lougheed - 2018 - Logos and Episteme 9 (2):173-197.
    Many religious believers do not appear to take the existence of epistemic peer disagreement as a serious challenge to the rationality of their religious beliefs. They seem to think they have different evidence for their religious beliefs and hence aren’t really epistemic peers with their opponents. One underexplored potential evidential asymmetry in religious disagreements is based on investigations of religious experience attempting to offer relevant evidence for religious claims in objective and public terms. I conclude that private religious experience can (...)
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