I completed my BA in Philosophy & Theology at Hertford College, Oxford, and then a DPhil, at Linacre College, Oxford, under the supervision of Brian Davies and Richard Swinburne. I have held positions at various universities, most recently the University of Leeds, where I was Professor of Philosophy and Religion from 2013 to 2020. From 2020, I have been Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, Oriel College, Oxford.
|Spiritual Traditions and the Virtues: Living Between Heaven and Earth (Oxford UP, 2020)
|Renewing the Senses: A Study of the Philosophy and Theology of the Spiritual Life (Oxford UP, 2013)
|Faith and Place: An Essay in Embodied Religious Epistemology (Oxford UP, 2009)
|Emotional Experience and Religious Understanding: Integrating Perception, Conception and Feeling (Cambridge UP, 2005)
In recent years, I have written on questions such as: the distinctive character of the goods to which religious and spiritual traditions are directed; the structure of such traditions, including the connection between their practical and creedal commitments; the relationship between the various vocabularies that are used to describe, from the insider’s perspective, progress in the spiritual life; the epistemic significance of tradition in religious contexts; and the relationship between the concept of God and accounts of spiritual well-being.