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Alberto G. Urquidez

Born: Salinas, California, 1982


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Purdue University, 2016
  • M.A., Philosophy, Claremont Graduate University, 2007
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of California Los Angeles, 2006


  • St. Olaf College, Visiting Assistant Professor (2021-present)
  • Bowdoin College, Consortium for Faculty Diversity (CFD) Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy (2019-2021)
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2017-2019)
  • Purdue University, Alain Locke Visiting Scholar (Spring term, 2017)
  • Sacred Heart University, Adjunct Instructor (2015-2016)
  • Ivy Tech Community College, Adjunct Instructor (2011-2013)
  • Indiana University, Kokomo, Adjunct Instructor (Fall term, 2010)
  • Chaffey College, Adjunct Instructor (Summer terms, 2008, 2009)

Select Publications:

  • Forthcoming, "White Individualism and the Problem of White Co-optation of the Term 'Racism,'" Radical Philosophy Review
  • Forthcoming, "Anti-Ethics as Insurrectionist Ethics: An Analysis of the Normative Foundations of Philosophies Born of Struggle," in Insurrectionist Ethics: Radical Perspectives on Social Justice, eds. Jacoby A. Carter and Darryl L. Scriven.
  • "The Religious Significance of Miracles: Why Hume's Critique of Miracles is Superfluous," Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory Vol. 20, No. 1 (Winter 2020): 144-166.
  • (Re-)Defining Racism: A Philosophical Analysis. African American Philosophy and the African Diaspora. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham: 2020.
  • "Reply to My Critics: (Re-)Defining Racism: A Philosophical Analysis," Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Symposium on (Re-)Defining Racism Vol. 24, No. 3 (July 2021): 679-698. View-only access here.
  • "A Revisionist Theory of Racism: Rejecting the Presumption of Conservatism," Journal of Social Philosophy Vol. 51, No. 2 (Summer 2020): 231-260.

Published on the Secular Web

Modern Library

In Defense of a Subjective Condition on Proving Religious Miracles

The argument from miracles is typically held to motivate not only the conclusion that God exists, but also that one should believe 'in' God. In other words, if God exists, so the argument goes, then we must also adopt whatever religious precepts and practices God happens to command. In this essay, Alberto G. Urquidez challenges that presumption. Even if successful—as dubious as that supposition is—an argument from miracles does not entail religious belief in God. Such belief requires further subjective ascription of strong religious significance. A religious miracle obligates religious conversion, which goes beyond rational assent to religious propositions. Since arguments from miracles are descriptive rather than normative, they are insufficient to obligate religious conversion. Once the the necessary conditions for establishing a religious miracle are laid bare, Urquidez shows that they render it impossible to objectively establish a miracle so as to be a just foundation for a religion.