Mr Thomas Avery Yates
BTheol (Laidlaw College), GradDipArts (University of Auckland)
Thomas Yates is a PhD student in philosophy. Since 2015 he has been appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in PHIL 207/327 Philosophy of Religion (2015, 2017), PHIL 105 Critical Thinking (2016, 2018), PHIL 218/338 Problems in Epistemology (2016, 2018), PHIL 100 Mind, Knowledge & Reality (2017), and THEO 101 Bible in Popular Culture (2018). He has also given a guest lecture in PHIL 218/338 (2018).
Research | Current
Thomas' PhD thesis offers a reply to a new form of skepticism about responsibility which holds that we are rarely if ever responsible for our unwitting conduct (that is, for what we do from ignorance of whether we should or shouldn't do it). His response, which contends that we can be directly blameworthy for unwitting wrongdoing when we do so knowing the risk of wrongdoing, is grounded in a wider theory of responsiblity for conduct (including praiseworthiness for good action) under uncertainty of its normative status.
Areas of expertise
Ethics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophical Theology