Dr. Daniel Rubio began teaching at Hope College in 2022 following three years as a postdoctoral research associate at the Princeton University Center for Human Values.

His courses include Logic and a Cultural Heritage course. While conducting postdoctoral research at Princeton he taught courses in Catholic thought and the philosophy of religion.  

Much of his work has focused around the nature of agency, addressing questions such as these: What are the demands of rationality on good decision-making? How should we negotiate conflicting normative requirements? Under what conditions are decisions freely made? How does divine agency differ from human agency?


  • Metaphysics
  • Value theory
  • Logic and decision theory
  • Religion


  • Ph.D., philosophy, Rutgers University, 2019
  • M.A., philosophy, Western Michigan University, 2012
  • B.A., philosophy and history, Spring Arbor University, 2010


  • “Intrinsically Good, God Created Them,” Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, forthcoming
  • “Molinism: Explaining Away Our Freedom” (with Nevin Climenhaga), Mind, forthcoming
  • “Death’s Shadow Lightened,” chapter in Non-being: New Essays in the Metaphysics of Nonexistence (edited by Sara Bernstein and Tyron Goldschmidt), Oxford University Press, 2021
  • “Surreal Decisions” (with Eddy Keming Chen), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2020
  • “In Defense of No Best World,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 2020
  • “God Meets Satan’s Apple,” Philosophical Studies, 2018


Beyond work, Daniel enjoys cooking, board games and reading history, science fiction and literature. He has travelled to five of the seven continents and 49 of the 50 states.