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W. Scott Cleveland


Ph.D., Philosophy, Baylor University (expected dissertation defense March 2014) 

Dissertation: The Virtue of Courage and Courageous Activity

Director: Robert C. Roberts

M.A., Philosophy, Baylor University, 2011

M.A.R., Philosophy of Religion & Philosophical Theology, Yale Divinity School, 2008

B.A., Philosophy, Taylor University, 2003

Areas of Teaching and Research Interest

Ethics, Moral Psychology (especially Virtues), Philosophy of Emotions, Philosophy of Religion, Ancient (especially Aristotle), Medieval (especially Aquinas), Kierkegaard, Epistemology, Applied Ethics, Logic

Teaching Recognition

Received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award in Arts and Humanities for my Spring 2013 course, Today's Moral Issues.

Nomination for the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award in Arts and Humanities for my Fall 2012 course, Today's Moral Issues.


“The Distinctiveness of Intellectual Virtues: A Response to Roberts and Wood,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Volume 86 (2013), 119-129.

"The Problem of Evil," (co-authored with Trent Dougherty), Oxford Bibliographies Online, (under review).


“Christ’s Passions and Perfect Virtue,” The Third Annual Philosophy Workshop: Thomas Aquinas: Free Will  & Virtue, The Catholic and Dominican Institute at Mount Saint Mary College and the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies, Washington D.C., Newburgh, NY, June 13–16, 2013

"The Distinctiveness of Intellectual Virtues: A Response to Roberts and Wood," Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Marina del Rey Marriot, Los Angeles, November 2-4, 2012

“The Pleasure Required for Aristotle’s Virtue of Courage,” Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham University, New York, NY, October 19-21

“An Account of the Virtue of Courage and Whether the Unjust Ever Evince It,” BAPT Summer Seminar: Emotion in the Moral Life with Robert C. Roberts, Moreau Seminary, Notre Dame, IN May 21-25, 2012

“The Primal Sin and the Irrevocability Argument: A Response to Macdonald’s Intellectualism,” Second Annual HBU Philosophy Conference Divine and Human Action: Agency and Action in Philosophy and Theology, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX, March 30-31

 “Response to Alastair J. Norcross, ‘Utility, Determinism, and Possibility: Context to the Rescue.’” Baylor, Georgetown, and Notre Dame Philosophy of Religion Conference, Waco, TX, Jan. 27-28, 2012

“Three Kinds of Wisdom,” Baylor Institute for Faith and Culture, Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century University, Baylor University, TX, October 27-29, 2011

“Foot on Practical Rationality,” Lumen Christi Institute’s Summer Seminar on Aquinas and Contemporary Ethical Theory, June 2011

“A Problem for an Affectual Intuitionist Solution to the Moral Problem,” 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, Moral Emotions and Intuitions Conference, The Hague, Netherlands, May 25-27, 2011

“The Distinctiveness of Intellectual Virtues: A Response to Roberts and Wood,” Society of Christian Philosophers, Mountain-Pacific Regional Conference, George Fox University, March 3-5, 2011

“The Virtues of Childlikeness,” Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, 11th Annual Fall Conference, Nov. 19, 2010

“The Ethics of Belief: Defending and Clarifying Feldman’s Evidentialism,” Baylor University Graduate Colloquium, October 22, 2010

“Robert Adams on Essential Virtue and the Diversity of Virtue,” Society of Christian Philosophers, Eastern Regional Conference, Wake Forest University, March 13, 2010

"Wolterstorff on Forgiveness," Christian Scholar's Forum, Baylor University, April 4, 2009