Robert Larmer




Carleton Hall 211

1 506 458 7500

Research interests

  • Concept of miracle
  • Models of Divine Agency
  • Intelligent Design
  • Philosophy of Mind

Current projects

  • Hume’s Muddled Mess (book)
  • “Laws of Nature and Special Divine Act” (article)


Dr. Larmer, who received his doctorate from the University of Ottawa in 1985, came to UNB in 1986. During his time at UNB, he has taught a wide variety of courses including business ethics (a subject not taught at UNB before his arrival), health care ethics, environmental ethics, ancient philosophy, modern philosophy, as well as numerous courses in philosophy of religion, an area in which he specializes. He currently serves as Chair of the Philosophy Department.

Dr. Larmer has served on the executive board of the Canadian Philosophical Association and on the executive board of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He currently serves as the President of the Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers. Among his accomplishments is the winning of one of three world-wide course awards in a competition jointly sponsored by Oxford University and the Templeton Foundation. In the area of business ethics, his article “Ethical Investing: A Reply to William Irvine” was awarded the Anbar Citation of Excellence.

Courses regularly taught

  • Phil 2203 Ethical Issues in Business
  • Phil 3431 Philosophy of Religion
  • Phil 4432 Science vs God?
  • Phil 4431 Direct Divine Agency and the World


Dialogues on Miracle (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2015)

The Legitimacy of Miracle (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington, 2014)

Refereed journal articles

“Everlasting Check or Philosophical Fiasco” (Forthcoming International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

“Doubting Thomists and Intelligent Design” (Forthcoming Sophia)

“Special Divine Acts: Three Pseudo-Problems and One Red Herring” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol 7, No. 4, 2015, 61-71.

“Special Divine Acts and the NIODA Project” Philosophia Christi, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2015, 71-85.