University of Houston - Clear Lake
School of Human Sciences and Humanities

— Faculty Profile

Keith M. Parsons
Professor of Philosophy

Keith Parsons

Office: Bayou 1508
Phone: 281-283-3361

Mailing Address:
University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Campus Box 296
Houston, TX 77058


  • Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • M.A., Philosophy, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
  • Master of Theological Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; awarded cum laude
  • B.A., Religion and Philosophy, Berry College, Rome, Georgia; awarded magna cum laude

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Research Interests
  • Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Religion; History of Science

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  • Darwin and His Critics
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Logic (both deductive and inductive)
  • Basic Texts; (Humanities Core); Texts and Images (graduate humanities core)
  • Philosophy of History
  • Metaphysics
  • History of Philosophy I and II
  • History of Exploration
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Science and Pseudoscience; Science and Religion; History of Science

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Selected Publications
  • Rational Episodes: Logic for the Intermittently Reasonable, Prometheus Books, 2010.
  • Copernican Questions: A Concise Invitation to the Philosophy of Science, McGraw-Hill, 2006.
  • The Great Dinosaur Controversy: A Guide to the Debates.  ABC-Clio Press, Santa Barbara, CA, December 2003.
  • The Science Wars: Debating Scientific Knowledge and Technology, an anthology of readings, Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY, 2003.
  • Drawing Out Leviathan: Dinosaurs and the Science Wars.  Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, 2001
  • Why I am not a Christian;  Freethought Press, Atlanta, GA, 2000.  Website publication by Internet Infidels, 2006.
  • God and the Burden of Proof, Prometheus Books: Buffalo, NY, 1989; Foreword by Kai Nielsen.

Articles, Reviews, Book Chapters:

  • “It is Not Reasonable to Believe in Heaven or Hell” in Oxford Dialogues in Christian Theism, edited by Chad Meister, et al., Oxford University Press (forthcoming, 2011).
  • “Natural Theology from the Perspective of Analytic Philosophy,” in The Oxford Companion to Natural Theology, edited by Russell Re Manning and John Hedley Brooke, Oxford University Press (forthcoming, 2010).
  • Review of The Agnostic Inquirer: Revelation from a Philosophical Standpoint, by Sandra Menssen and Thomas D. Sullivan, (Eerdmans, 2007), Notre Dame Philosophical Review (April, 2008).“
  • Bertrand Russell,” a 10,000 word chapter in Icons of Unbelief: Atheists, Agnostics, and Secularists, S.T. Joshi, ed., Greenwood Press (2008).
  • “Atheism: Twilight or Dawn?” in The Future of Athesim: Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett in Dialogue.  R.B. Stewart, ed., Minneapolis: Fortress Press, (2008), pp. 51-65.
  • “Naturalistic Rejoinders to Theistic Arguments,” in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Religion, edited by Chad Meister and Paul Copan, (Routledge, 2007).
  • “Evil and the Unknown Purpose Defense: Remarks Addressed to Theodore Drange’s Nonbelief and Evil,” Philo, Vol. 8, #2, (pp. 160-168).

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Professional Activities
  • “Biological Belief Theories, the Warrant-Basic Status of Theistic Belief, and Atheology,” paper read to faculty colloquium, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, (March 5, 2010)
  • “Charles Darwin, Hammer of the Creationists,” paper to be read at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, (March 4, 2010). 
  • “What, Really, is Whig History;” paper read at the session “Old Bones and New Worlds: Reinterpretations in the History of Science;” European History Section of the Southern Historical Association; New Orleans, Louisiana, October 11, 2008.
  • “Belief: Nurture, Nature, or Neither,” read at the Rice University Religious Studies Colloquium, October 31, 2007.
  • “Belief: Nurture, Nature, or Neither,” read at the Conference on the Evolution of Religion; Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia  (Gulbenkian Institute of Science), Lisbon, Portugal, March 12-13, 2007
  • “Atheism: Twilight or Dawn,” read at the Greer/Heard Forum on the Future of Atheism, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Feb. 24, 2007.
  • “Can Science tell us the Truth about Truth?”: Paper read at the Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science, Boston University, September 11, 2006.
  • “No Creator Need Apply: Why Baby Universes can be Brute Facts”:  Paper read at the Symposium on Science and Religion, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, April 8, 2006.

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