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Dallas Willard

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Contact Information
E-mail: dwillard@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-5181
Office: MHP 113

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website


Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, 1/1964
B.A. Philosophy & Religion, Baylor University, 1/1957
B.A. Psychology, Temple College, 1/1956

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Willard studies metaphysics, contemporary European philosophy, ethics and the history of ethics. Special topics: The status of moral knowledge (absence thereof) in contemporary society. I am completing a book, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MORAL KNOWLEDGE, and continuing to write on the Philosophy of Edmund Husserl

Research Keywords

metaphysics, contemporary European philosophy, ethics, history of ethics

Research Specialties

Systematic Metaphysics; Ontology of concepts, language, and thought; Phenomenology: History of Ethics (Plato-Sidgwick, and main figures in 20th Century Ethics); Philosophy of Religion (rationality of belief in God and basic religious practices)

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

""Cognitive Phenomenology"", Am. Phil. Assn. Pacific Division, Roundtable/Panel, San Francisco, Westin St. Francis, Invited, 2009-2010   
"The Critique of Naturalism in Husserl's "Crisis"", The California Phenomenology Circle, Lecture/Seminar, Cal/Poly San Luis Obispo, Invited, 04/04/2008-04/06/2008  



Willard, D. Concerning Phenomenology, trans. of Adolf Reinach's Ueber Phaenomenologie a translation of Adolf Reinach's Ueber Phaenomenologie, (Munchen: Koesel-Verlag, 1951); first published in The Personalist, L, #2 (Spring 1969), pp. 194-221. Partly reprinted in R. N. Beck, ed., Perspectives in Philosophy, 2nd ed. (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 1969), and reprinted whole in Aletheia: An International Journal of Philosophy, Vol. V. Again, thoroughly revised, in a volume of English language Re.



Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

I do a number of "honors theses" and 490s or "directed research" each year., 2009-2010   

Honors and Awards

Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society Initiation, 1991  
USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, Initiation, 1990  
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, USC Student Senate Award for Outstanding Faculty of the Year, 1984  
USC Associates Award For Excellence In Teaching, 1976  
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, Blue Key National Honor Fraternity Outstanding Faculty Member for outstanding contribution to student life at USC, 1976  

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Curriculum Committee School of Philosopy, 2010-2011   


Member, Faculty Rights and Responsibilities, 2010-2011   
Chair, Faculty Committee for the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, 2009-2010   
Member, University Convocations Committee, 2009-2010   
Member, Commencement Marshals, 05/15/2010  
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