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 Liberty’s Philosophy Dept. in particular?
I was drawn to Liberty’s philosophy department by the quality, scope and enthusiasm of the faculty. All members of faculty have defended dissertations from prominent universities and colleges. Each are published, researched, and engaged in the discipline. You’d discover this while sitting in their classrooms. For all 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.
Not least important, each professor brings a marked enthusiasm to the classroom. Passionate about their work and their students, professors create environments which both challenge students and buoy success.
Do you feel the M.A. in Philosophical Studies properly prepared you to do well at the doctoral level?
There’s no question that the MAPS degree put me in excellent position to begin my doctoral studies. Most notably, 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 very quickly realized upon starting my PhD at Edinburgh that I was no less prepared than my colleagues. In fact I often seemed ahead.
Describe your experience with the faculty.
As I say, 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 professor’s availability. Everyone is very approachable and encouraging. Moreover they are engaging and effective in the classroom, and have a way of inspiring interest in the subjects they teach. There’s no going wrong with this group.
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, where I’m 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’.