Laura Rediehs has a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Earlham College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. She is interested in the history of philosophy of science, scientific realism (e.g., how is theoretical knowledge in science possible?), and comparing scientific and religious knowledge. Her research interests also include the problem of incommensurability of paradigms, both as a problem studied within the philosophy of science, and as a problem addressed by theories of non-violent conflict resolution. She teaches a wide range of philosophy courses, including Philosophy of Science and Religion, Modern Philosophy, Ethical Theory, Symbolic Logic, and courses in Peace Studies.
- Science and Religion
- Philosophy of Science
- Philosophy of Religion
- Philosophy of Peace and Nonviolence
- Epistemology and Metaphysics
Presentations, Exhibitions, Performances and Published Work:
- “Thoughts Toward Healing a Divided World,” Common Threads, hosted by Soka Gakkai International: Buddhism in Action for Peace, April 2016. A version will also be published in their magazine, SGI Quarterly, July 2016.
- “A Distinctive Quaker Theory of Knowledge: An Expanded Experiential Empiricism,” Quaker Studies, forthcoming.
- “Truth and Nonviolence: Living Experimentally in Relation to Truth,” in Dudiak, J., (ed.), Befriending Truth; Longmeadow, PA: Full Media Services, 2015, pp. 164-81.
- “Candlestick Mysteries,” Quaker Studies, 18:2, March 2014, pp. 151-169.
- “From Dehumanization to Rehumanization,” Carnegie Ethics Online, February 14, 2014.
- Dudiak, Jeffrey and Laura Rediehs, “Quakers, Philosophy, and Truth,” Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies, edited by Ben Pink Dandelion and Stephen Angell, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 507-19.
- “Economics Has Replaced Ethics,” one of the winning essays for an essay contest sponsored by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, 2012.
Regularly Taught Courses:
- Introduction to Peace Studies
- Modern Philosophy
- Philosophy of Science and Religion
- Symbolic Logic