John Pittard ’13
John Pittard is an associate professor of philosophy of religion at the Yale Divinity School, with a secondary appointment in Yale’s Department of Philosophy. Pittard specializes in epistemology and the philosophy of religion; several of his publications focus on questions concerning the rational significance of disagreement with informed and intelligent interlocutors. His book Disagreement, Deference, and Religious Commitment (Oxford University Press, 2019), assesses the challenge that religious disagreement poses to confident religious (or irreligious) commitment. Much of Pittard’s work in progress focuses on arguments that purport to show that some worldview or metaphysical outlook is rationally incompatible with epistemic self-trust.
Pittard has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University, a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the Department of Philosophy and Department of Religious Studies at Yale University.