• Wes Skolits
  • Wes Skolits
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Part-time Lecturer
  • Degree, Univ: Ph.D., University of St Andrews
  • Specialties: Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mind


Wes Skolits works in philosophy of religion, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. His research examines the rationality of religious belief in light of challenges from naturalism and the natural sciences. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of St Andrews and is currently undertaking (part-time) a DPhil in philosophical theology at Oxford University.


For the Perceiving Divine Presences grant, Wes investigates the extent to which recent empirical work in anthropology, neuroscience, and cognitive science of religion supports the view that religious experiences having a perceptual structure. He further explores the impact of the perceptual structure of religious experience on the rationality of religious belief. Toward this end, he examines challenges to the veridicality of religious experience and to the ability of religious experiences to justify belief.