Professor John Christopher Bishop
BA (ANU) , PhD (Cambridge)
John Bishop has been on the Philosophy academic staff since 1981, and has held an appointment as Professor of Philosophy since 1993. He is the author of Natural Agency (Cambridge University Press, 1989) and Believing by Faith (Oxford University Press 2007), and journal articles and book chapters in the area of philosophy of religion and philosophy of action.
Research | Current
- Philosophy of religion
- Philosophy of action
John Bishop's current research is in the following areas:
- the epistemology of religious belief (especially a Jamesian defence of 'doxastic venture') and the nature of faith
- the concept of God, especially the critique of the 'personal omniGod' and the Argument from Evil, and exploration of a non-personal 'euteleological' conception of God
- philosophy of action and the 'free will and determinism' problem,, especially the defence of a Causal Theory of Action as a solution to the problem of natural agency, especially with respect to the problem of causal deviance
Teaching | Current
PHIL 207 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 218 Problems in Epistemology
PHIL 327 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 338 Problems in Epistemology
PHIL 742 Philosophy of Religion 1
PHIL 743 Philosophy of Religion 2
PHIL 746 Philosophy of Mind 2
John Bishop is Advisor for graduate students in Philosophy at MA, BA Honours, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma levels.
Areas of expertise
Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Action
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Bishop, J., & Perszyk, K. (2016). Concepts of God and problems of evil. In A. A. Buckareff, Y. Nagasawa (Eds.) Alternative concepts of God: Essays on the metaphysics of the divine (pp. 106-127). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
- Bishop, J. C. (2015). Christian Conceptions of God. In G. Oppy (Ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion (pp. 138-152). London and New York: Routledge. Related URL.
- Bishop, J. C. (2015). On the Prospects for a Naturalistic Incompatibilist Metaphysics of Agency. Analysis, 75 (4), 655-661. 10.1093/analys/anv048
- Bishop, J. C., & Perszyk, K. (2014). Divine Action Beyond the Personal OmniGod. Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, Volume 5 (pp. 1-21). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704768.003.0001
- Bishop, J. (2014). Causal Pluralism and the Problem of Natural Agency. Res Philosophica, 91 (3), 527-536. 10.11612/resphil.2014.91.3.15
- Bishop, J. C. (2013). Review of Kelly James Clark and Raymond J. VanArragon (eds.) Evidence and Religious Belief (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). Mind: a quarterly review of philosophy, vol. 122, no. 486, pp. 525-529, 122 (486), 525-529. 10.1093/mind/fzt054
- Bishop, J. C. (2013). Evidence. In C. Taliaferro, V. Harrison, S. Goetz (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Theism (pp. 167-181). London and New York: Routledge. 10.4324/9780203123294.ch13
- Bishop, J. C. (2012). Exercising control in practical reasoning: Problems for naturalism about agency. Philosophical Issues, 22 (1), 53-72. 10.1111/j.1533-6077.2012.00218.x