Curriculum Vitae

Last updated 2/09/2021

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Philosophy, Purdue University, Indiana, (expected Spring 2022).

M.A. Philosophy, Purdue University, Indiana, 2020.

M.A. Interdisciplinary Humanities, Trinity Western University, British Columbia, 2018.

B.A. Philosophy, Trinity Western University, British Columbia, 2016.

A.A. General Studies, Whatcom Community College, 2014.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Areas of Specialization: Ethics; Epistemology; Philosophy of Religion.

Areas of Competence: Philosophy of Mind; Cognitive Science.

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

21. (forthcoming). “The Axiology of Abortion: Should we Hope Pro-Choicers or Pro-Lifers are Right?” Ergo.

20. (2021). (with Kirk Lougheed). "Conceptions of Faith" Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/OBO/9780195396577-0421

19. (2021). [online first] "How to Debunk Animism" Philosophia. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11406-021-00401-y.

18. (2021) [online first]. “My body, not my choice: against legalised abortion” The Journal of Medical Ethics . DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2020-107194

17. (2021). “Divine Hiddenness or De Jure Objections to Theism: You Cannot Have Both” Analysis 81 (1): 27-32. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/analys/anaa043

16. (2021). “We are not in the Dark: Refuting Popular Arguments Against Skeptical Theism” American Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2): 125-134. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/48614000.

15. (2021). (with Bruce Blackshaw) "Fine-Tuning The Impairment Argument" The Journal of Medical Ethics 47 (9):641-642. DOI: 10.1136/medethics-2020-106904

14. (2020). (with Bruce Blackshaw) “Strengthening the Impairment Argument Against Abortion” The Journal of Medical Ethics 47 (7):515-518. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2020-106153.

13. (2020). “The Subject’s Perspective Objection to Externalism and Why it Fails” Logos & Episteme 11 (3): 323-331. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5840/logos-episteme202011324

12. (2020). “Skeptical Theism Proved” The Journal of the American Philosophical Association (6): 2: 264-274. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/apa.2019.45

11. (2020). “Skeptical Theism Unscathed: Why Skeptical Objections to Skeptical Theism Fail” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 101 (1): 43-73 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/papq.12293

10. (2020). (with Tina Anderson) “Does the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism Defeat God’s Beliefs?” Sophia 59: 489-499. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11841-019-00748-6

9. (2020). “Response to Wunder: objective probability, non-contingent theism, and the EAAN,” Religious Studies 56 (2): 292-296. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0034412518000306 [published online in 2018]

8. (2019). “(Regrettably) Abortion remains immoral: The impairment argument defended” Bioethics 33 (8): 968-969. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12644

7. (2019). “The Nature of Skeptical Theism: Answering Non-Standard Objections to Skeptical Theism” Philosophia Christi 21 (1): 105-119. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5840/pc201921112

6. (2019). “Why the embryo rescue case is a bad argument against embryonic personhood” Bioethics 33 (6): 669-673. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12588

5. (2019). “Even if the fetus is not a person, abortion is immoral: The impairment argument,” Bioethics 33 (2): 245-253. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12533 (Top cited article in Bioethics 2018-2019)

4. (2019). (with Kirk Lougheed) “Undermining the Axiological Solution to Divine Hiddenness” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 86 (1): 3-15. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11153-018-9693-y

3. (2018). “There is no right to the death of the fetus” Bioethics 32 (6): 395-397. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12455.

2. (2018). “How to be a Skeptical Theist and a Commonsense Epistemologist” Faith and Philosophy, 35 (3): 354-355. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5840/faithphil2018614107

1. (2018). “Sceptical theism and the evil-god challenge,” Religious Studies 54 (4): 549-561. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0034412518000094

BOOK CHAPTERS

1. (2020). “Skeptical Theism, Pro-Theism, and Anti-Theism” and “Replies to Almeida, Dumsday, and Oppy” in Kirk Lougheed (ed.) Four Views on the Axiology of Theism: What Difference Does God Make? (Bloomsbury Academic): 43-44; 83-86; 95-115; 129-136; 164-167.

SELECT PRESENTATIONS

3. "Skeptical Theism Proved," Midwest Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers (Hope College), September 2019. (Winner of Best Graduate Student Paper Award.)

2. "Against the Divine Deception Objection to Skeptical Theism," Northwest Philosophy Conference (Washington State University), October 7, 2017,

1. "Objective Probability, Non-Contingent Theism, and The Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism," Conference on the Philosophy of Alvin Plantinga (Voronezh State University (Russia)), September 2017.

OTHER WRITING

2. "A Publishing Guide for Graduate Students" Daily Nous, January 21, 2021. (https://dailynous.com/2021/01/21/publishing-guide-graduate-students-guest-post/)

1. “Abortion is Immoral Even if the Fetus is not a Person: The Impairment Argument” Philosophers on Abortion, Daily Nous, June 10, 2019. (http://dailynous.com/2019/06/10/philosophers-on-ethics-politics-abortion/)

SUBSTANTIAL DISCUSSIONS OF MY WORK

17. Gillham, Alex. (forthcoming). “Abortion, the Impairment Argument, and Theories of Well-Being.” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.

16. Curtis, Benjamin. (2021). [online first] "The Divine Hiddenness Objection is Not Costly for Atheists" Analysis 1-3.

15. Blackshaw, Bruce. (2021). [online first] “Strengthened Impairment Argument Does not Restate Marquis.” The Journal of Medical Ethics.

14. Lundgren, Bjorn. (2021). "Why the immorality of consuming alcohol during pregnancy cannot tell us that abortion is immoral: A reply to Hendricks" Bioethics 35(4):388-389.

13. Gillham, Alex. (2021). [online first] "Strengthened impairment argument: restating Marquis?" The Journal of Medical Ethics.

12. Simkulet, William. (2021). "On the impairment argument" Bioethics 35(5): 400-406.

11. Nobis, Nathan. (2020). "Fetal Alcohol Syndrome & Abortion." https://www.abortionarguments.com/2020/11/fetal-alcohol-syndrome-abortion.html

10. Chadwick, Ruth and Udo Schuklenk. (2020). This is Bioethics: An Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell. [Section 5.4.4 The Impairment Argument Against Abortion]

9: Crummett, Dustin. (2020). "The MIP Doesn't Save the Impairment Argument Against Abortion" The Journal of Medical Ethics 47 (7):519-520.

8. Gillham Alex. (2020). [online first] “Against the strengthened impairment argument: never-born fetuses have no FLO to deprive.” The Journal of Medical Ethics 1-6.

7. Rasanen, Joona. (2020). “Against the impairment argument: A reply to Hendricks” Bioethics 34(8): 862-864.

6. Crummett, Dustin. (2020). “Violinists, demandingness, and the impairment argument against abortion,” Bioethics 34 (2): 214-220.

5. Pickard, Claire. (2020). “Abortion is incommensurable with fetal alcohol syndrome” Bioethics 34 (2): 207-210.

4. Singh, Prabhpal. (2020). “Fetuses, Newborns, and Parental Responsibility” The Journal of Medical Ethics 46 (3): 188-193.

3. Blackshaw, Bruce. (2019b). “The impairment argument for the immorality of abortion revisitedBioethics 34 (2): 723-724.

2. Blackshaw, Bruce. (2019a). “The impairment argument for the immorality of abortion: A replyBioethics 33 (6): 211-213.

1. Lancaster-Thomas, Asha. (2018). “The Evil-God Challenge Part II: Objections and Responses,” Philosophy Compass 13.8.

AWARDS

2. Best Graduate Student Paper Award “Skeptical Theism Proved,” Society of Christian Philosophers (Hope College), 2019.

1. The Ross Fellowship, Purdue University, 2018-2019.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor:

Introduction to Philosophy (online course, Purdue University),

Ethics (Purdue University).

Teaching Assistant

Biomedical Ethics (Purdue University)

Philosophy and Law (Purdue University),

Religions of the East (Purdue University)

Introduction to Philosophy (Trinity Western University).

Contemporary Ethical Issues (Trinity Western University)

Interdisciplinary Studies (Trinity Western University)

Research Assistant

Cognitive science of religion, for Myron A. Penner (Trinity Western University) (2017-2018).

REFEREE

American Philosophical Quarterly (2021), American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (2021), Philosophical Quarterly (2020), Philosophia Christi (2020), Bioethics (2019 3X), Journal of Medical Ethics (2019, 2021), Sophia (2019, 2020, 2021), Philosophy Compass (2018), European Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2018), Journal of Philosophical Research (2018).

REFERENCES

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