Kevin Timpe

Kevin Timpe


PhD, Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 2004


"I love coffee. Oh yeah, and my kids too. And my wife. And did I mention coffee?”

Academic interests

  • Free will
  • Virtue ethics
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Philosophy of disability
  • Metaphysics



Routledge Companion to Free Will, edited with Meghan Griffith & Neil Levy. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Free Will and Theism: Connections, Contingencies, and Concerns, edited with Daniel Speak. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Virtues and Their Vices, edited with Craig Boyd. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Free Will in Philosophical Theology, Bloomsbury Studies in Philosophy of Religion. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Free Will and Its Alternatives, 2nd and expanded edition. London: Bloomsbury, 2012.

Metaphysics and God: Essays in Honor of Eleonore Stump. New York: Routledge, 2009.

Arguing about Religion. New York: Routledge, 2009.

Recent Publications

“Disability and the Theodicy of Defeat" (with Aaron Cobb), in Journal of Analytic Theology 5 (2017), 100-200.

"The Best Thing in Life is Free: The Compatibility of Divine Freedom and God’s Essential Moral Perfection,” in Free Will and Classical Theism: The Significance of Freedom in Perfect Being Theology, ed. Hugh McCann (Oxford University Press: 2016).

“Paradise and Growing in Virtue” (with Timothy Pawl), in Paradise Understood: New Philosophical Essays about Heaven, ed. Ryan Byerly and Eric Silverman (Oxford University Press: 2017).

 “Executive Function, Disability, and Agency,” Res Philosophica, special issues on “Philosophy of Disability,” 93.4 (2016).

“An Argument for Limbo,” Journal of Ethics 19 (2015): 277–292.

“On Analytic Theology,” Scientia et Fides 3.2 (2015): 1-13.

“Cooperative Grace, Cooperative Agency,” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 7.3 (2015): 225– 247.

“Free Will and Naturalism: How to be a Libertarian and a Naturalist Too” (with Jon Jacobs), in The Blackwell Companion to Naturalism, ed. Kelly James Clark (Blackwell: 2015): 319–335.

“Free Will and the Stages of Theological Anthropology” (with Audra Jenson), in Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology, ed. Joshua Farris and Charles Taliaferro (Ashgate, 2015): 233–244.

In the news and on the web

Professor Timpe delivered a public lecture at University of York, October, 6, 2017, titled "Structuring Communities for Inclusion rather than Exclusion." You can watch the lecture here.

Professor Timpe delivered the W. H. Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy inaugural lecture on Nov. 10, 2016. His lecture, Christian Philosophy and Disability, includes an introduction by Alvin Plantinga. You can watch the lecture here.

An interview with Prof. Timpe about the Jellema Chair.



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