James E. Taylor


Professor of Philosophy
Department Chair

Phone: (805) 565-6157
Email: taylor@westmont.edu
Office Location: Porter Center 8

Office Hours
Monday: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Christian Apologetics

Dr. Taylor grew up in Oregon, Washington, and California and graduated from Westmont College with a degree in philosophy. He earned a master’s degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and completed a master’s degree and doctorate in philosophy at the University of Arizona. He has published “Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christina Commitment,” and the forthcoming “Learning, Wisdom, and the Good Life: A Philosophical Introduction to the Christian Liberal Arts.” His numerous articles include “The New Atheism and Models of God: The Case of Richard Dawkins,” “The Lewis-Anscombe Debate: A Philosophical Reformulation,” “Introduction to Conceptual Foundations,” and “Physicalism, Dualism, and Resurrection.”

He is married to Jennifer, and they have three children.

Research Interests

  • Christian Apologetics
  • Epistemology
  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Religion


  • Teacher of the Year, Humanities Division, Westmont College, 1997

Selected Publications

  • “The New Atheism and Models of God: The Case of Richard Dawkins,” in J. Diller and A. Kasher (eds.) Models of God and Other Ultimate Realities, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht (2013) 731-740.
  • “Introduction” and “Physicalism, Dualism, and Resurrection,” In Pursuit of Truth: A Journal of Christian Scholarship. Special issue, October 13th, (2011). http://www.cslewis.org/journal/.
  • “Hume’s Problem of Induction,” in Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy, ed. Michael Bruce and Steven Barbone, Wiley-Blackwell (2011) 174-176.
  • “The Lewis-Anscombe Debate: A Philosophical Reformulation,” Sehnsucht: The C.S. Lewis Journal, 4 (2010) 67-87.
  • “The New Atheists” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  • “Hume on Miracles: Interpretation and Criticism,” Philosophy Compass 2/4 (2007): 611–624.
  • Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment, (Baker Academic, 2006)

Courses Taught at Westmont

  • Philosophical Perspectives
  • Christian Apologetics
  • Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Epistemology
  • Intellectual Virtue and Civil Discourse