Meet a Roadrunner: Joshua Thurow will go to Notre Dame to study philosophy

Joshua Thurow

UTSA Assistant Professor Joshua Thurow

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(May 14, 2014) -- Meet Joshua Thurow. The UTSA assistant professor of philosophy was one of only two scholars selected to receive a one-year research fellowship in the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame.

The Wisconsin native joined UTSA in 2012 and is excited about having the opportunity to take a year to work on a research project with an exclusive focus, specifically related to gaining a better understanding of the Christian doctrine of the atonement.

"President Romo and the rest of the administrators talk about marching to Tier One, and the only way we can get there is by having people who are furthering their research agendas as they try to obtain not only a national but international reputation," said Thurow. "Having more fellowships like this will help us in that regard."

Thurow enjoys teaching philosophy because it addresses questions that no other discipline is really suited to address relating to God's existence, free will, the nature of knowledge and reasonable belief, and how to live life by ethical guidelines.

His main research interests focus on epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of religion.

Thurow believes that philosophy prepares students to be critical thinkers who can understand and present an argument as well as think creatively about difficult problems.

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