James E. Taylor

James E. Taylor

Professor of Philosophy
Department Chair

Phone: (805) 565-6157
Email: taylor@westmont.edu
Office Location: Porter Center 8

Office Hours
Monday: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Christian Apologetics

Jim grew up in Oregon, Washington, and California and graduated from Westmont College (B.A., Philosophy), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A., Theology), and the University of Arizona (M.A. & Ph.D., Philosophy). Before coming to Westmont in January, 1994, he taught at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

He is married to Jennifer, and they have three children.

Research Interests

  • Christian Apologetics
  • Epistemology
  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Religion


  • Teacher of the Year, Humanities Division, Westmont College, 1997

Selected Publications

  • “The New Atheism and Models of God: The Case of Richard Dawkins,” in J. Diller and A. Kasher (eds.) Models of God and Other Ultimate Realities, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht (2013) 731-740.
  • “Introduction” and “Physicalism, Dualism, and Resurrection,” In Pursuit of Truth: A Journal of Christian Scholarship. Special issue, October 13th, (2011). http://www.cslewis.org/journal/.
  • “Hume’s Problem of Induction,” in Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy, ed. Michael Bruce and Steven Barbone, Wiley-Blackwell (2011) 174-176.
  • “The Lewis-Anscombe Debate: A Philosophical Reformulation,” Sehnsucht: The C.S. Lewis Journal, 4 (2010) 67-87.
  • “The New Atheists” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  • “Hume on Miracles: Interpretation and Criticism,” Philosophy Compass 2/4 (2007): 611–624.
  • Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment, (Baker Academic, 2006)

Courses Taught at Westmont

  • Philosophical Perspectives
  • Christian Apologetics
  • Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Epistemology
  • Intellectual Virtue and Civil Discourse