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David Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Department of Theology and Philosophy, High Sierra Campus
Phone: 559-642-4555
David Williams, Ph.D. is an associate professor of philosophy. David teaches in the Great Works program at APU’s High Sierra Campus (located 12 miles south of Yosemite National Park). The High Sierra program uses a “Great Books” format to integrate history, art history, philosophy, and literature. Students combine rigorous academic inquiry with outdoor experiences in the classroom of the spectacular central Sierra. This gives David the opportunity to combine his love of climbing, skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, and hiking with the craft of philosophy. David is a historian of philosophy specializing in Classical Greek thought. His areas of special research are Aristotle’s philosophy of mathematics and his philosophy of biology.


B.A. - Philosophy, Bethel University, St Paul, MN
M.A. - Philosophy, San Francisco State University
Ph.D. - Philosophy, University of Utah


  • School of Theology
    • Undergraduate: Department of Theology & Philosophy
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Undergraduate Programs

Courses Taught

HUM 224 – Humanities Seminar IV: Great Ideas
PHIL 340 – Concepts of Human Nature
REC 465 – Winter Practicum
HUM 221 – Humanities Seminar I: Great Works

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

2005, The Contemporary Debate Over the Relationship Between Aristotle's Analytics and his Zoological Treatises. Invited presentation to the Arizona State University Department of Philosophy (March)

2004, Aristotle on the Methodology of Mathematical Concept Acquisition: Resolving an Apparent Inconsistency Between Metaphysics 1077B16 and 1077B3, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division (March)

2003, Augustine on Memory, University of California, Berkeley (October)

2001, Aristotle on Necessity in Mathematics and Biology, Minnesota Ancient Philosophy Circle.

2000, Form and Matter as Continuum in Aristotle’s Philosophy of Biology, Minnesota Philosophical Society

Aristotle on the Methodology of Mathematical Concept Acquisition: Resolving an Apparent Inconsistency Between Metaphysics 1077B16 and 1077B33 (under review)

Review Essay of J. Porter’s Natural and Divine Law: Reclaiming the Tradition for Christian Ethics, Faith and Philosophy (20:2)

Review Essay of Andrea Falcon’s Aristotle and the Science of Nature: Unity without Uniformity (Cambridge) (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.10.03)

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Professional Experience

Academic Experience
Chair, Philosophy Department, Bethel University, 2001, 2005-2006

Director of the St. Paul Intercultural Institute, Kumamoto Program 2004-2006

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bethel University, 2003-2006

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Bethel College, 1998-2002

Teaching Fellow, University of Utah, 1994-1995

Consulting Engagements
External Reviewer, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Guidant/Boston Scientific Corporation, St. Paul, MN (2000-2006)

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Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Honors, Awards, Recognition
Bush Grant, 2002-2003
Faith-Learning Integration Grant, 1998-1999
Steffensen Cannon Fellowship, 1997-1998, and 1998-1999
Graduate Research Award, University of Utah, 1998
O.C. Tanner Research Fellowship, 1996-1997
University of Utah Teaching Fellowship, 1994-1996
M.A. Thesis Defended with Distinction, San Francisco State University, 1994
University of Nebraska Regents Fellowship, 1993-1994 (declined)

Associations, Boards, Committees
American Philosophical Association
Society of Christian Philosophers

Special Interests and Activities

History of Ancient Greek philosophy

Office Location

High Sierra Campus, Bass Lake, CA

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