Dr. Guy Axtell

Professor of Philosophy; Faculty Fellow, Radford University Honors Academy

Dr. Guy Axtell

Hemphill Hall 4205

Ph.D. University of Hawai'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 how we can apply epistemology, the theory of knowledge, to real-life issues of social concern, such as belief polarization, and responsibility in inquiry. 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.”

Teaching interests: Philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, “STS” or science, technology and society studies, applied epistemology, and philosophy of religion. 

Research interests: Sampling of recent and forthcoming research included below.

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


  • 2022 NEH Fellow, Summer Institute (4 weeks) 2022: David Hume in the 21st Century: Perpetuating the Enlightenment. 
  • 2022 Hayek Travel Award, from George Mason University’s Institute of Humane Studies.


Papers and selected publications