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    Princeton Initiative in Catholic Thought

    Meet Our Team

    The Princeton Initiative in Catholic Thought holds that you flourish most of all in the company of others united in a common search, all the more so with the support of strong academic leadership. We welcome all participation.

    Mark Johnston

    Senior Academic Advisor to the PICT

    Mark Johnston is the Henry Putnam University Professor of Philosophy, co-founder of The Marc Sanders Foundation, former Chair of the Princeton Philosophy Department and Director of the Program in Cognitive Science. Among the distinguished lecture series he has delivered are the Carl G. Hempel Lectures at Princeton, the Townsend Lectures at UC Berkeley and the Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews. In 2023, he will deliver the Stanton Lectures at Cambridge University.

    Johnston is the author of many influential and widely reprinted articles in ontology, philosophy of mind, philosophical logic, and ethics, along with Particulars and Persistence (Princeton, Ph.D. 1984), Saving God (Princeton University Press, 2009) and Surviving Death (Princeton University Press, 2010). The last two works aim to salvage religious aspiration from its idolatrous lookalikes.


    Christopher-Marcus Gibson


    Christopher-Marcus Gibson is the Director for the Princeton Initiative in Catholic Thought. After graduating from Duke University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Ancient Greek, summa cum laude, he completed an M.A. and Ph.D. at the Program in Classical Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University. His current research focuses on the roles of reason and passion in human life at its best in the writings of Aristotle and of Thomas Aquinas.

    He has taught courses in ancient philosophy and Catholic thought at both Rutgers University and Princeton University. In the Fall 2021 semester he is teaching a freshman seminar on happiness and human nature in Catholic thought.


    Lara Buchak

    Faculty Affiliate

    Lara Buchak is Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and author of Risk and Rationality (OUP, 2013), a monograph concerning how an individual ought to take risk into account when making decisions. It vindicates the ordinary decision-maker from the point of view of even ideal rationality. She also has research interests in the philosophy of religion, ethics, and epistemology. Another ongoing project of hers examines the nature and rationality of faith, both in the religious and mundane sense. She argues that faith requires stopping one’s search for evidence and making a commitment–and maintaining one’s commitment in the face of counterevidence. She details when such faith is rational, and how it is beneficial to human life.

    Other topics she has written on include group decision-making; the relationship between assigning probability to a hypothesis and believing that hypothesis outright; and the nature of free will. Before joining Princeton, she was a professor in the Philosophy Department at UC Berkeley, a position she held for twelve years.

    In the Fall 2021 semester, she is teaching an upper level undergraduate course on faith and knowledge of God.


    Daniel Rubio

    Faculty Affiliate

    Daniel Rubio received his doctorate in Philosophy from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2019. His research is primarily in metaphysics, decision theory, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. His work has appeared in venues such as Philosophical Studies and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. His current projects include papers on identity over time, value theory involving infinities, and arguments against the existence of a best of all possible worlds.

    Daniel Rubio joined the Princeton Project in Philosophy & Religion as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in 2019 after completing his doctorate in philosophy from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He has research interests in metaphysics, decision theory, epistemology, ethics, logic, and the philosophy of religion. Some of his ongoing projects include papers on the badness of death, on the nature and structure of theoretical virtue, on persistence across time, and on the existence of created intrinsic value. In addition to his research specialties, he teaches courses in logic and in medieval philosophy and theology. His work has appeared in venues such as Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

    In the Spring 2022 semester, he will offer an upper level undergraduate course on God and Human Nature in Catholic Thought.