W. Scott Cleveland, PhD

Dr. Cleveland received his B.A. in philosophy and biblical studies from Taylor University, his M.A.R. in philosophical theology & philosophy of religion from Yale Divinity School, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Baylor University (2014). Before coming to UMary, he conducted postdoctoral research at Saint Louis University on the virtue of intellectual humility.

His research interests are in ethics, moral psychology, and philosophy of religion. He is especially interested in the study of virtues and emotions, the relation between the two, and the role of each in the moral and intellectual life. For example, he has defended an account of the virtue of courage with focus on its emotional excellences (look here for some of his work).  He also has broad interests in metaphysics, theology, the history of philosophy, and the thought of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas.

He loves discussing these subjects (and almost anything else) with students and is passionate about students coming to understand and appreciate the worth of philosophical understanding both for its own sake and for its contribution to a flourishing, fulfilling, and fruitful life that serves the common good.

Beyond his life at UMary, he enjoys running, mountain biking, literature, and spending time with his wife, who is also a philosopher who works in metaphysics, and their young daughter, who they hope comes to see the inseparability of ethics and metaphysics.