David Echelbarger, PhD

Philosophy Program Chair


Dr. David Echelbarger earned his PhD in Philosophy from Baylor University and his BA in Philosophy from St. Norbert College. His primary interests are in the moral philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas and moral psychology. He has broad teaching interests that include the capital vices, the history of philosophy, and bioethics. Echelbarger is a faculty mentor for the Gregorian Scholar’s Honors Program. 

About the Program

Philosophical study plays an essential role at our Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine institution because of its commitment to the harmony of faith and reason and its support for the pursuit of philosophical truth for its own sake. Philosophy at the University of Mary reinforces our commitment to the Catholic intellectual tradition, which affirms the potential of the mind to discover and increasingly understand true answers to philosophical questions. 

Philosophy students cultivate a habit of mind that enables clear understanding of concepts, informed judgment, and logical reasoning. Thinking well is an asset for any job. Further, the kind of thinking that philosophy develops contributes to higher performance on the many standardized tests that involve analytic and synthetic reasoning, such as the LSAT, GRE, and GMAT.

Education in philosophy aids its students in ordering the various subject matters of an undergraduate education into a unified understanding. By engaging great ideas and fostering reflection, philosophy sharpens and enlarges minds. It helps students form a comprehensive view of the world and their unique place in it. Above all, the goal of a philosophy education is to help students live well by helping them to see the meaning and significance of all that they do.

Regent’s Award for Teaching Faculty

Student Government Faculty of the Year

“Intellectual Humility and Higher Education,” Christian Faith and University Life: Stewards of The Academy, ed. Laine Scales and Jennifer Howell. New York, Palgrave, 2017.

“Aquinas on the Passions’ Contribution to Moral Reasoning,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Vol. 86, 2012.