Mark Nelson, Ph.D.

Monroe Professor of Philosophy
(805) 565-6259

Office Location

Porter Center Room 6

Office Available

Mon:  2:15 - 3:15
Wed:  3:15 – 4:30
Thurs:  1:15 – 2:30
Fri:  3:15 – 4:30 (*except during monthly Faculty Meetings)



Ethics (especially Metaethics), Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion


Dr. Nelson grew up near Chicago, graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in philosophy, and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to Westmont in 2006, he taught at the University of Leeds in England. He studies ethics, epistemology and the philosophy of religion. His many publications include: “What the Utilitarian Cannot Think,” “Ethical Theory and Moral Practice,” “Non-contradiction: Oh Yeah and So What,” “Think,” and “Y and Z are not off the Hook: the Survival Lottery made Fairer.”