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Linda Zagzebski

George Lynn Cross Research Professor
Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

Research areas: virtue epistemology and virtue ethics, philosophy of religion and philosophical theology, epistemology, and the metaphysics of fatalism.

Office: Dale Hall Tower, Room 605

Linda Zagzebski is George Lynn Cross Research Professor, and Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, at the University of Oklahoma. She is the past President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (1996-7), past President of the Society of Christian Philosophers (2004-7), and past President of the American Philosophical Association Central Division (2015-16). She writes in the areas of epistemology, philosophy of religion, and virtue theory.

Her most recent book, Exemplarist Moral Theory(Oxford University Press, 2017), presents a form of virtue ethics based on direct reference to moral exemplars. This book incorporates empirical literature on the emotion of admiration, on emulation, and work on the neuroscience of exemplars. It was supported by grants from the Templeton Foundation and from the Character Project at Wake Forest University. It was also the topic of her Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews in October 2015. Listen to her interview on New Books in Philosophy.

Her other books include Epistemic Authority: A Theory of Trust, Authority, and Autonomy in Belief (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge, (Oxford University Press, 1991), Virtues of the Mind (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Divine Motivation Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Philosophy of Religion: An Historical Introduction (Blackwell, 2007), and On Epistemology (Wadsworth, 2008), as well as many edited books and over a hundred articles reprinted many times and translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, Turkish, German, Chinese, Russian, Farsi, and Korean.

Her Aquinas Lecture, Omnisubjectivity: A Defense of a Divine Attribute, is published by Marquette University Press (2013).

Recent Courses

  • PHIL 3263 Virtue Ethics (see for lecture videos and online material, and click here for course promo video) 
  • PHIL 6203 Graduate seminar on Exemplarist Virtue Theory 
  • PHIL 6473 Graduate seminar on the Varieties of Fatalism 
  • PHIL 6523 Graduate seminar on Epistemic Authority and Autonomy 
  • PHIL 4293/523 Survey of Ethical Theory 
  • PHIL 4473/5473 Survey of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion 
  • PHIL 4523/5523 Survey of Contemporary Epistemology 
  • PHIL 3433 Modern Philosophy of Religion

Named Lectureships

  • Dewey Lecture, APA Pacific Division, 2016 
  • Bellingham Lectures in Philosophy and Religion, Western Washington University, 2014. 
  • Harold Stoner Clark Lectures, California Lutheran University, 2014. 
  • The Aquinas Lecture, Marquette University, 2013. 
  • Kaminski Lectures, Catholic University of Lublin, 2011 
  • Olaus Petri Lectures, University of Uppsala, 2011 
  • Wilde Lectures in Natural Theology, Oxford University, 2010. 
  • Bitar Lectures, Geneva College, 2008 
  • True Family Lecture, University of Oklahoma, 2007 
  • McCarthy Lectureship in Philosophy, Gregorian University, Rome, 2006 
  • Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship of Philosophy, 2005-6 
  • Killeen Lecture, St. Norbert College, Wisc, 2002 
  • Rossner Lecture, Rockhurst College, 2000 
  • Eslick Lecture, Saint Louis University, 1998 
  • Jellema Lectures, Calvin College, 1996 
  • McManis Lectures, Wheaton College, 1996 
  • Sahlin Lecture, Bethel College, Minn, 1995


  • John Templeton Foundation, 2013-14 
  • Wake Forest Character Project, 2012-13 
  • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, 2011-2012 
  • Lilly Fellows Program, 1998-9 
  • Center for Philosophy of Religion, Univ of Notre Dame, Fall 1997 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 1994-5