David H. Calhoun
Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
|David H. Calhoun is
Associate Professor of Philosophy at Gonzaga University in
Spokane, Washington, where he has been teaching since
1989. Calhoun has degrees from Louisiana State
University (B.A., Philosophy, 1981) and Northwestern
University (M.A., Philosophy, 1985, and Ph.D., Philosophy,
1989). He regularly teaches courses on ancient
philosophy, philosophy of human nature, and
existentialism, and has recently developed a course on
Christianity and Science that explores the origins of
western science in connection with Greek philosophy and
Christian theology and culture and critically examines the
popular view that science is at war with
Christianity. He and his colleague Brian Clayton
have been team-teaching the philosophy of human nature in
summers since 1994, and recently began offering a course
on philosophy in film.
Calhoun directs the Gonzaga Socratic Club, which promotes philosophical inquiry into the Christian worldview after the model of the Oxford Socratic Club, which was presided over by Christian scholar and apologist C. S. Lewis in the 1940s and 50s. He has published articles and book reviews on philosophical theology, ethics, and philosophy of education and spoken at conferences on topics such as the New Atheism, Christian themes in film and literature, and Christianity and science. He is currently working on a book on virtue and character in C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia.
“Human Exceptionalism and the Imago Dei: The Tradition of Human Dignity.” Human Dignity in Bioethics: From Worldviews to the Public Square, ed. Steven C. Dilley and Nathan J. Palpant. Routledge Annals of Bioethics. Routledge, 2012.
“Prospects for Human Dignity before and after Darwin.” Human Dignity in Bioethics: From Worldviews to the Public Square, ed. Steven C. Dilley and Nathan J. Palpant. Routledge Annals of Bioethics. Routledge, 2012.
“From Solitary Individualism to
Post-Christian Stoic Existentialism: Quests for
Community, Moral Agency, and Transcendence in the Films
of Clint Eastwood.”
of Clint Eastwood, ed. Brian Clayton and Richard
of Kentucky, forthcoming January 2014.
Recent Conference and Public Presentations:
“Imagined Cosmologies: The Nature and Unveiling of Nature in Malick’s The Tree of Life and Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey,” Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life: Seminar on Faith, Film and Philosophy, Gonzaga Faith and Reason Institute / Whitworth University Weyerhaeuser Center for Faith and Learning (Spokane WA), October 5-6, 2012
“Darwin, Human Distinctiveness, and Human Dignity.” Biology and and the God of Abraham lecture series. Gonzaga Faith and Reason Institute. April 17, 2013 (link to video)
“Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Anthropology,” Kierkegaard: A Christian Thinker for our Time?: 2013 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Baylor University (Waco, TX), October 31–November 2, 2013 (proposal abstract)
Prayer for the Beginning of the Academic Year (Invocation for Fall Faculty Conference, Gonzaga University, August 29, 2013).
David Calhoun's Curriculum Vitae
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|How to Contact David H. Calhoun|
I am normally in the office or in class most days during the
academic year. Call or email me to make an appointment if
you would like to meet. In the summer, I am in the office
more sporadically, but am often available. If for any reason
you have difficulty reaching me, you can leave a message with the
Philosophy Department secretary at 509-313-6741 (x6741 on campus).
I normally check Email and voice mail several times a day on
weekdays and occasionally on weekends and holidays.
(1205 N Astor St, diagonally across the street from St Aloysius Church on the Gonzaga campus)
Campus Extension 6743
Email: calhoun at (use the "at" sign) gem.gonzaga.edu
|College Hall Box
50, Gonzaga University
Department of Philosophy
Spokane, WA 99258
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