Conference in Honor of Dallas Willard

September 14, 2015
Posted by Joe Gorra

Dallas Willard was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California from 1965-2012. He passed away in March 2013 as a result of pancreatic cancer.

Willard taught and wrote on a variety of topics, including phenomenology, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, the history of philosophy, and philosophy of religion, with the express intention of acquiring clearly articulable knowledge concerning topics of ultimate human importance. For Willard, careful investigations into the nature of being, knowledge, the human person, and the good life were the philosopher’s principal tasks, and his own work is brimming with insights on these topics. Those insights informed not only Willard’s thought but his life. To his many students and colleagues, to whom he generously devoted his time and attention, Willard exemplifies philosophical and personal excellence. He was equally dedicated to conforming his thoughts and actions to the objective order of “the things themselves” as he was to the intellectual and personal wellbeing of those whose lives he touched. 

To commemorate his life and work, we will hold a conference in his honor on November 6-7, 2015 at Boston University.

All talks are free and open to the public. Please register here.


  • Friday, November 6: Metcalf Trustee Center, One Silber Way.
  • Saturday, November 7: Photonics Center Colloquium Room, 8 St. Mary’s Street.

Speakers: R. Douglas Geivett, Brian Glenney, Walter Hopp, Burt Hopkins, Greg Jesson, David Kasmier, J.P. Moreland, Aaron Preston, Steve Porter, Erin Seeba, Brendan Sweetman, Gregg Ten Elshoff.

For more information, please visit For questions, please direct them to Walter Hopp [; (617) 358-3620].

The conference is made possible by the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation, the Boston University Center for the Humanities, and the Dallas Willard Center.
Other Evangelical Philosophical Society commemorations of Willard’s life and work, including from presenters at the Boston conference, can be found here