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. Over the past decade he has
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 philosophy of human nature
in summers since 1994, and recently began offering a
course on philosophy in film.
Calhoun has published articles and book reviews on philosophical theology, ethics, and philosophy of education and spoken at conferences on topics such as human nature / philosophical anthropology, New Atheism, Christian themes in film and literature, and Christianity and science. Current projects include the philosophical underpinnings of human dignity, philosophical and theological themes in the films of Terrence Malick, and virtue and character in C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. 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.
“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.”
Philosophy of Clint Eastwood, ed. Brian Clayton
and Richard McClelland.
University of Kentucky, 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)
Anthropology,” Kierkegaard: A Christian Thinker for our
Time?: 2013 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture,
Baylor University (Waco, TX), October 31–November 2,
“Idols to an Ill-Known God:
Signs of Grace in Contemporary Film.” Plenary
lecture at “Defend the Faith” conference. School of
Apologetics. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
(New Orleans, LA). January 9, 2014 (link
“Cinematic Natural Theology:
Design and Providence in
Contemporary Film,” Faith and Film: 2014 Baylor
Symposium on Faith and Culture,
Baylor University (Waco, TX), October 23-25, 2014
“Human Reason and the Limits
of Naturalism: From
Darwin’s Doubt to C. S. Lewis’ Argument from Reason.” Plenary
lecture at “Defend the Faith”
conference. School of Apologetics. New Orleans Baptist
(New Orleans, LA). January 7, 2015
“Galileo as Scientific Martyr? Examining the Myth,” The Crux 1.1 (November 2013):25-29, 31.
Prayer for the Beginning of the Academic Year, Invocation for Fall Faculty Conference, Gonzaga University, August 29, 2013.
Theses on Jeannot on the Subject of Jesuit Catholic Identity. A reflection on basic principle of Jesuit Catholic higher education in the modern context, spurred by Philosophy Department colleague Tom Jeannot (Spring 2014).
David Calhoun's Curriculum Vitae (updated April 30, 2015)
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