Lara Buchak

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Lara Buchak is a Professor in the Philosophy Department at Princeton University. Her research interests include decision theory, social choice theory, epistemology, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. Her current project in philosophy of religion is on the nature and rationality of faith. She argues that faith requires stopping one's search for evidence and making a commitment--and maintaining one's commitment in the face of counterevidence. She details when such faith is rational, and how it is beneficial to human life. Related projects discuss the proper response to disagreement about religious matters, the nature of conversion, and the nature of authority in religious communities. Other topics she has written on include how an individual ought to take risk into account when making decisions; the relationship between assigning probability to a hypothesis and believing that hypothesis outright; distributive ethics; and the nature of free will.