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 Philosophy of Religion (2015, 2017), PHIL 105 Critical Thinking (2016, 2018), PHIL 218 Problems in Epistemology (2016), and PHIL 100 Mind, Knowledge & Reality (2017).
Research | Current
Thomas' PhD thesis aims to give an account of the conditions under which people are responsible (blameworthy or blameless) for simply believing a proposition, p, or for the closely-related attitude of accepting that p for the purposes of practical reasoning. Drawing upon Aristotle and modern virtue theory (in ethics and epistemology), Thomas develops an answer in terms of the voluntary exercise of (moral and epistemic) virtue and vice. The implications are then spelled out for religious epistemology, religious ethics of belief, and religious ethics of acceptance.
Areas of expertise
Epistemology, Ethics of Belief, Moral Responsibility, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophical Theology