David A. Vander Laan

David Vander Laan

Professor of Philosophy

Phone: (805) 565-6157
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

Specialization
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 is married to Kate, and they have one daughter, Salem.

Some of David’s extracurricular book recommendations can be viewed on his Hall of Fame shelf at goodreads.com. David enjoys many games; his recommendations will be available at an unspecified future date.

Reseach Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of Religion

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Selected Publications

Courses

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