Michael Rota

web picture 2013 

 Associate Professor of Philosophy

University of St. Thomas

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Curriculum Vitae


Together with Dean Zimmerman, I organize the:

St. Thomas Summer Seminars in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology 


I also organize the Ratio project to support philosophy and theology in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.


Selected Publications   

Taking Pascal's Wager: Faith, Evidence, and the Abundant Life (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016)

A pdf of the penultimate version of the Introduction.

"A Better Version of Pascal's Wager," forthcoming in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly.

 "Synchronic Contingency and the Problem of Freedom and Foreknowledge," Faith and Philosophy 32:1 (Jan 2015): 81-96.

“The Problem of Evil and Cooperation,” in Evolution, Games, and God: The Principle of Cooperation, eds. Martin Nowak and Sarah Coakley (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2013): 362-374.

“Freedom and the Necessity of the Present: A Reply to William Hasker,” Faith and Philosophy 29:4 (Oct 2012): 451-465.

A Problem for Hasker: Freedom with respect to the Present, Hard Facts, and Theological Incompatibilism,” Faith and Philosophy 27:3 (July 2010: 287-305).

 The eternity solution to the problem of human freedom and divine foreknowledge,” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 2:1 (Spring 2010): 165-186.

      "An Anti-reductionist Account of Singular Causation," The Monist 92:1 (Jan 2009):133-152.

        For a longer version of this paper, click here.

Causation,” in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Aquinas, eds. Brian Davies and Eleonore Stump, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

"Infinite Causal Chains and Explanation," Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 81 (2007): 109-122.

"Evolution, providence, and Gouldian contingency," Religious Studies 44:4 (Dec 2008): 393-412. (Link to the online edition of Religious Studies.)

The Moral Status of Anger: Thomas Aquinas and John Cassian,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 81:3 (Summer 2007): 395-418.

Multiple Universes and the Fine-tuning Argument: A Response to Rodney Holder,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 86 (2005): 556-576.

“Substance and Artifact in Thomas Aquinas,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, 21:3 (July 2004): 241-259.


Video and Audio

 Here's a video of a talk I gave to undergraduates on Pascal's Wager (March 2011). The actual talk starts 2 minutes in (after some lengthy announcements).

 Here's an audio recording of a debate between Professor Shane Courtland and myself on the reasonableness of Christianity. (February 10, 2014). The debate begins 6 minutes in.