Dr. Guy Axtell

Professor of Philosophy; Faculty Fellow, Radford University Honors Academy

Dr. Guy Axtell

Hemphill Hall 4205

Ph.D. University of Hawaii'i

Bio: Dr. Guy Axtell is Professor of Philosophy and Faculty Fellow of the Radford University Honors Academy. He received the Outstanding Scholar Award for 2012-2013 in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences. His research addresses areas of epistemology and analytic and comparative philosophy of religion. When not teaching or writing, “Dr. Ax” often seeks his ataraxia* through biking, tennis, skiing, windsurfing, and curiously speaking about himself in the third person.

*Ataraxia: Ancient Greek term for psychic balance and “freedom from disquiet.”


In December 2018, Dr. Axtell published Problems of Religious Luck: Assessing the Limits of Reasonable Religious Disagreement.

Teaching interests: Epistemology and metaphysics, philosophy of science, “STS” or science, technology and society studies, and philosophy of religion. 

Research interests: Sampling of recent and forthcoming research:

Papers and abstracts are available at PhilPapers and Academia.edu.

  • Objectivity. In Key Concepts in Philosophy from Polity Press (Cambridge, UK, Dec. 2015), 978-0-7456-6220-6. 
  • “Navigating the Dialectics of Objectivity.” In The Future of Social Epistemology: A Collective Vision. James Collier (ed.) Rowman & Littlefield (2015), 97-106.  
  • “Moral Learning, Imagination, and the Space of Humor.” Draft for 11th East-West Philosopher’s Conference, Honolulu, U. of Hawaii,  East-West Center, 2016.
  • “William James on Pragmatism and Religion.” In William James, Moral Philosophy, and the Ethical Life: The Cries of the Wounded.  Jacob Goodson (ed.), Lexington Books (2016).
  • “The Emotions in James’ Principles of Psychology.” In William James, Moral Philosophy, and the Ethical Life: The Cries of the Wounded. Jacob Goodson (ed.), Lexington Books (2016).
  • “Possibility and Permission? Intellectual Character, Inquiry, and the Ethics of Belief,” in H. Rydenfelt and S. Pihlstrom, William James on Religion. Palgrave-MacMillan, 2013.
  • “Recovering Responsibility,” Logos and Episteme (2011).
  • “The Dialectics of Objectivity,” Philosophy of History (2012).
  • From Internalist Evidentialism to Virtue Responsibilism” in Evidentialism and its Discontents,Trent Dougherty (ed.) 2011. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • “Three Independent Factors in Epistemology” (with Phillip Olson, VTU’s ASPECT Program),Contemporary Pragmatism, 2010.
  • “Character-Trait Ascription in Ethics and Epistemology,” in H. Battaly (ed.) Virtue and Vice, Moral and Epistemic. Oxford: Wiley/Broadview Press, 2010 (reprinted from Metaphilosophy (2009).
  • “Virtue Theoretic Responses to Skepticism”, in Oxford Handbook of Epistemology, John Greco, ed., 2009.
  • “Epistemic Virtue,” in Routledge Encyclopedia of Epistemology, 2nd edition, 2009, M. Steup, ed.