Charles Taliaferro

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Charles Taliaferro
Born August 25th, 1952
New York City, New York
Era 21st-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of religion, aesthetics, religion, philosophy of mind, ideal observer theory

Charles Taliaferro is an American philosopher specializing in Theology and Philosophy of Religion. He is a Professor of Philosophy at St. Olaf College, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Faithful Research, and a member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of twenty books, most recently The Image in Mind; Theism, Naturalism and the Imagination, co-authored with the American artist Jil Evans. He has been a visiting scholar or guest lecturer at a large number of universities, including Brown, Cambridge, Notre Dame, Oxford, Princeton, and the University of Chicago.[1][2][3]


Taliaferro received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Brown University, his M.T.S. at Harvard University, a M.A. at University of Rhode Island, and a B.A. from Goddard College.

Selected Works

  • Image in Mind: Theism, Naturalism, and the Imagination (Continuum Studies In Philosophy Of Religion). London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. With Jil Evans.
  • The Golden Cord: A Short Book on the Secular and the Sacred. Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame University Press, 2012.
  • The Routledge Companion to Theism. New York: Routledge, 2012. Edited, with Victoria Harrison and Steward Goetz.
  • A Brief History of the Soul. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. With Stewart Goetz.
  • Turning Images in Philosophy, Science and Religion: A New Book of Nature. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. With Jil Evans.
  • Esthetics: A Beginner's Guide. London: Oneworld Publications, 2011.
  • A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2010. Editor, with Elsa Marty.
  • A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, 2nd Edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Editor, with Paul Draper and Philip Quinn.
  • The Cambridge Companion to Christian Philosophical Theology. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Editor, with Chad Meister.
  • Dialogues about God (New Dialogues in Philosophy). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009.
  • Philosophy of Religion: A Beginner's Guide. London: Oneworld Publications, 2009.
  • Naturalism (Interventions). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008. With Steart Goetz.
  • Is God Real? (RZIM Critical Questions Discussion Guides). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007. With William Lane Craig.
  • Love, Love, Love: And Other Essays. Lanham, MD: Cowley Publications, 2006.
  • Evidence and Faith: Philosophy and Religion since the Seventeenth Century. (The Evolution of Modern Philosophy). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Cambridge Platonist Spirituality. (Classics of Western Spirituality). Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2004. With Alison Tepley and Jaroslav Pelikan.
  • Praying with C.S. Lewis (Companions for the Journey). Frederick, MN: Word Among Us Press, 2004.
  • Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003. Editor, with Paul Griffiths.
  • Contemporary Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction. (Contemporary Philosophy) Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 1998.
  • Consciousness and the Mind of God. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.


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