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Prof. Michael Hatcher

Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of Southern California; M.A in Philosophy from California State University of Los Angeles; B.A in Philosophy from Biola University, Torrey Honors Institute, summa cum laude.


Prof. Michael Hatcher is Assistant Professor – Philosophy and Critical Thinking at FLAME University. He received his Doctorate in Philosophy from University of Southern California. He has completed MA in Philosophy from California State University of Los Angeles and BA in Philosophy from Biola University.

Prof. Michael has over three years of work experience and was associated with Valparaiso University.

He loves introducing students to the philosophical conversation and the skills required to do it effectively. He also enjoys thinking about what beliefs are, what sort of control we have over them, and under what conditions we are blameless in holding them. In addition, he takes great pleasure in applying the tools of philosophy to question religious practices – for example, the question of what ‘praying without ceasing’ consists of.


“Accessibilism Defined”, Episteme, 2018, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1-23. 
“Reid’s Third Argument for Moral Liberty”, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2013, Vol. 21, No. 4, 688-710.   

Michael specializes in epistemology and philosophical theology. In epistemology, his research explores the interconnected phenomena of justification, blameworthiness, consciousness, practical reasons, and belief. In philosophical theology, his overall aim is to inform the question of what it means, and what it takes, for one to put on the mind of Christ. He has three papers in preparation on the topic of praying without ceasing, which St. Paul commands in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. For more about his research, please visit his personal website: https://www.michaeldhatcher.com.