Dr. Linda Zagzebski is George Lynn Cross Research Professor, and Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, at the University of Oklahoma. Her research has garnered international acclaim in three different fields in philosophy: ethics, epistemology and philosophy of religion.
She has given numerous distinguished lectures, including the Wilde Lectures in Natural Theology at Oxford University (2010), the Kaminski Lectures at the Catholic University of Lublin (2011), The Aquinas Lecture at Marquette University (2013), and most recently the prestigious Dewey Lecture at the meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division (2016), and the Presidential Address at the meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Central Division (2016). Upcoming lectures include the Cardinal Mercier Chair at University of Leuven in Belgium (October 2017) and the Soochow Lectures at Soochow University in Taiwan (March 2018). In November 2017 she will receive the prestigious Aquinas Medal at the meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.
Dr. Zagzebski has served as President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (1996-7), the Society of Christian Philosophers (2004-7), and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division (2015-16). She has also published numerous books and scholarly articles. 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.