David A. Vander Laan

David Vander Laan

Professor of Philosophy

Phone: (805) 565-7041
Email: vanderla@westmont.edu
Office Location: Porter Center 4

Office Hours
Monday: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday:2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
and by appointment

Logic, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion

David grew up in Michigan and graduated from Calvin College (B.A., Mathematics and Philosophy). There he was delighted to discover that even the big, philosophical questions could—sometimes—be addressed with rigorous, conviction-producing arguments. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Ph.D., Philosophy) and from there came to teach at Westmont. He currently serves on the Faith and Philosophy Board of Editorial Consultants.

David and his wife Kate have two daughters.

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of Religion

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Selected Publications


  • Philosophical Perspectives
  • Ancient & Medieval Philosophy
  • Critical Reasoning and Logic
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Metaphysics
  • Free Will and Its Significance

Curriculum Vitae