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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Joshua Thurow, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Graduate Advisor of Record
Department of Philosophy and Classics

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Phone: 210-458-5352
Office: MH 4.05.30 E
Office hours: Mon. & Wed. 2:00PM - 3:00PM Thurs. 3:00 - 5:00PM

Research area: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion

  • Biography

    Dr. Thurow was born, raised, and educated in Wisconsin.  He's still getting used to living without snow and seasons.  Having philosophical conversations with students and seeing them grow their skills over time are his favorite parts of teaching.  In addition to his philosophical interests, he is an avid reader of various genres (including fiction, poetry, and theology), and he enjoys playing sports and following Wisconsin sports teams, playing boardgames, and spending time with his wife and kids.


    • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison (2007)
    • M.A. in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison (2004)
    • B.S. in Astronomy/Physics and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Madison (1999)
  • Recent Courses

    Teaching Topics

    • Basic Philosophical Problems
    • Contemporary Moral Issues
    • Approaches to Knowledge and Reality
    • Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
    • Issues and Movements in 20th century Philosophy
    • Personal Identity and Resurrection
  • Research in Progress

    Current Research Areas

    • Explanations of a priori knowledge
    • The nature of intuition and its relationship to the a priori
    • Basic beliefs and the nature of defeat
    • The value of truth
    • The cognitive science of religion
    • The doctrine of the atonement
    • Collective responsibility
  • Recent Publications

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