Matthew Bagger joins the department as an instructor
in the fall of 2015. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy
of Religion at Columbia University. He has taught previously
at Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Brown University,
and Auburn University. As he joins us this fall, he will be
teaching REL 105 and REL 360.
He has published two books: Religious
Experience, Justification, and History (Cambridge
University Press, 1999) and The
Uses of Paradox: Religion, Self-Transformation and the Absurd
(Columbia University Press, 2007). He has recently completed
editing a volume of essays on the topic of pragmatism, naturalism,
and religion. Additionally, he as published articles on (among
other topics) Hume, Kierkegaard, the ethics of belief, and
the place of religion in American public life.
In his research Bagger attempts to bring philosophical tools
and approaches to bear on interpretive and explanatory questions
that arise from the social-scientific study of religion.
to read one of Dr. Bagger's recent essays in JAAR.