Max Baker-Hytch

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I received my DPhil in Philosophy from Oxford University in 2014, and went on to hold two postdoctoral research fellowships, one at Oxford (2014-15) and one at the University of Notre Dame (2015-16), before taking up my current position in Michaelmas of 2016.

“Meeting the Evil God Challenge” (co-authored with Ben Page). Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (forthcoming).
“Testimony amidst Diversity”, In Knowledge, Belief, and God: New Insights in Religious Epistemology, edited by Matthew Benton, John Hawthorne, and Dani Rabinowitz. 183-202. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
“Complexly-Based Beliefs and the Generality Problem for Reliabilism”. Quaestiones Disputatae 8:2 (2018), 19–35.
“Epistemic Externalism in the Philosophy of Religion”. Philosophy Compass 12:4 (2017)
“Mutual Epistemic Dependence and the Demographic Divine Hiddenness Problem”. Religious Studies, 52:1 (2016), 375–394.
“Analytic Theology and Analytic Philosophy of Religion: What’s the Difference ?”. Journal of Analytic Theology 4 (2016), 347–361.
“Defeatism Defeated” (co-authored with Matthew Benton). Philosophical Perspectives 29:1 (2015), 40–66.
“Religious Diversity and Epistemic Luck”. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 76 (2014), 171–191.


My research interests lie mainly at the intersection of analytic epistemology and philosophy of religion. I'm particularly interested in questions regarding the aetiology of moral and religious beliefs and the epistemic significance thereof. I'm currently working on a monograph that considers the trade-offs that would be involved in God's choice of a world to create, particularly as these trade-offs bear upon the problems of evil and divine hiddenness.

I regularly teach tutorials for the Prelims paper General Philosophy and for the following Final Honours School papers: Philosophy of Religion (107), Knowledge and Reality (102), and Analytic Philosophy and Christian Theology (3203).