Philosophy Graduate Profile                                             

Name: Kegan Shaw

Undergraduate Degree: Philosophy

What brought you to Liberty?

Before I knew what to study, I knew where I was going to study it. Interested to develop myself both intellectually and spiritually, Liberty University was a prime candidate for post-secondary study. This school offers the full complement: a first-rate liberal arts training which is grounded in biblical principle, and served up by top Christian thinkers. Liberty has a well-deserved reputation for turning out high-quality graduates. Liberty alumni know their field, are students of their craft, and are trained for all levels of professionalism.

What brought you to Libertys Philosophy Department in particular?

I was drawn to Liberty’s philosophy department by the quality, scope, and enthusiasm of the faculty. All members of the faculty have defended dissertations from prominent universities and colleges. Each are published, researched, and engaged in the discipline. Sitting in class, all faculty course instruction is delivered from the cutting edge on the topic, with due care for historical precedent.

The faculty’s competencies span the whole of philosophy. With notable strengths in the philosophy of religion, the faculty are proficient in all of contemporary metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of science, and history of philosophy.

Each professor brings a marked enthusiasm to the classroom. Passionate about their work and their students, each professor creates an environment which both challenges students and buoys success. 

Do you feel your work in the Philosophy Department at Liberty properly prepared you to do well at the doctoral level?

There’s no question that [my BA and MA] degree put me in excellent position to begin my doctoral studies. Most importantly, I learned the art of good research. The program features a strong research component, affording one the research skills essential for PhD work. And so even before beginning my doctorate, I understood how to think critically, ask focused questions, and navigate the literature. The coursework trained me to be conversant on a wide span of contemporary issues in philosophy and I was afforded opportunities even to teach on some of these issues.

I quickly realized upon starting my PhD at Edinburgh that I was as prepared as any of my colleagues. In fact, I often seemed ahead.

Describe your experience with the faculty.

The faculty are well-researched and talented educators. But they’re also servants. Each are followers of Jesus and prioritize their students, even while keeping ahead in their research. I never felt left behind in my study and was assured and reassured of my professors' availability. The professors are approachable and encouraging. Moreover, they are engaging and effective in the classroom, with a way of inspiring interest in the subjects they teach.

What are you doing now?

I’m currently working through a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, under the supervision of Prof. Duncan Pritchard. I am also a tutor of philosophy. My current work explores epistemological disjunctivism in connection with reasons, evidence, and radical skepticism. I’ve also been doing some related work in religious epistemology, defending my own brand of "religious epistemological disjunctivism."