Faculty Profile

Matthew Benton

Matthew Benton

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Email: bentonm@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2220
Office: Marston Hall 207

Education: BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1999; MA, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2002; MA, Yale University, 2005; PhD, Rutgers University, 2012. At SPU since 2016.

Dr. Matthew Benton’s areas of expertise include Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Religion, and Logic; his teaching is focused on each of these areas.

Before coming to SPU, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in philosophy at the University of Oxford from 2012-2015 (as part of the New Insights and Directions in Religious Epistemology project), and from 2015-2016 at the University of Notre Dame (as part of the Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations project).

His main research interests are in Epistemology (recently, on knowledge, knowing persons, epistemic defeat, and fallibilism), as well as some allied areas in Philosophy of Language (on assertion and related speech acts, lying, factive predicates, and testimony) and in Philosophy of Religion (the epistemology of religion broadly construed, and the problem of evil).


Knowledge, Belief, and God: New Insights in Religious Epistemology

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018

Recent decades have seen a fertile period of theorizing within mainstream epistemology which has had a dramatic impact on how epistemology is done. Religion is the place where such rethinking can potentially have its deepest impact and importance. Yet there has been surprisingly little infiltration of these new ideas into philosophy of religion and the epistemology of religious belief. Knowledge, Belief, and God incorporates these myriad new developments in mainstream epistemology, and extends these developments to questions and arguments in religious epistemology. The investigations proposed in this volume offer substantial new life, breadth, and sophistication to issues in the philosophy of religion and analytic theology. They pose original questions and shed new light on long-standing issues in religious epistemology; and these developments will in turn generate contributions to epistemology itself, since religious belief provides a vital testing ground for recent epistemological ideas. (For more, see: Revitalizing the Epistemology of Religion from the OUP blog.)

Selected Publications

Hedged Assertion” (with Peter van Elswyk), in The Oxford Handbook of Assertion, Sanford Goldberg, ed. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Religious Diversity and Disagreement,” in The Routledge Handbook of Social Epistemology, Miranda Fricker et al., eds. Routledge/Taylor & Francis, forthcoming.

Lying, Belief, and Knowledge,” in The Oxford Handbook of Lying, Jörg Meibauer, ed. Oxford University Press, 2019, 120-133.

God and Interpersonal Knowledge,” Res Philosophica 95 (2018): 421-447.

Knowledge, Hope, and Fallibilism,” Synthese (2018, early view): 1-17.

Lying, Accuracy, and Credence,” Analysis 78 (2018): 195-198.

Epistemology Personalized,” The Philosophical Quarterly 67 (2017): 813-834.

Gricean Quality,” Noûs 50 (2016): 689-703.

Expert Opinion and Second-Hand Knowledge,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 92 (2016): 492-508.

Evil and Evidence” (with John Hawthorne and Yoaav Isaacs), Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion 7 (2016): 1-31.

Knowledge and Evidence You Should Have Had,” Episteme 13 (2016): 471-479.

Defeatism Defeated” (with Max Baker-Hytch), Philosophical Perspectives 29 (2015): 40-66.

Iffy Predictions and Proper Expectations” (with John Turri), Synthese 191 (2014): 1857-1866.

Knowledge Norms,”Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2014).

Assertion, Knowledge, and Predictions,” Analysis 72 (2012): 102-105.

Two More for the Knowledge Account of Assertion,” Analysis 71 (2011): 684-687.

Additional resources

Dr. Benton’s website

Please see Dr. Benton's CV (PDF) for a list of his publications.