Covenant College, B.A.
Westminster Seminary in California, M.A.R.
University of Notre Dame, Ph.D.

About Dr. Davis

Dr. William Davis currently serves as Professor of Philosophy at Covenant College. He earned his Doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, his Masters in Religion from Westminster Seminary in CA and his B.A. in Philosophy from Covenant College.



  • Biblical Decision-Making at the End of Life (Presbyterian & Reformed, forthcoming Oct. 2017).
  • Thomas Reid’s Ethics: Moral Epistemology on Legal Foundations (Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Continuum, 2006).


  • “Calvin’s Legacy in Philosophy,” in Calvin and Culture: Exploring a Worldview, edited by David Hall and Marvin Padgett, (Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing, 2010).
  • “Thomas Reid on Moral Disagreement,” in Thomas Reid’s Ethics, edited by Sabine Roeser (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
  • “Frame in the Context of Recent Apologetics,” Speaking the Truth in Love: the Theology of John Frame, edited by John J. Hughes, (Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing, 2009).
  • “Extreme Makeover: Moral Education and the Encounter with Aslan,” in The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy, edited by Bassham and Walls (Open Court, 2005).
  • “Choosing to Die: Death and Immortality in Middle-earth,” in The Lord of the Rings & Philosophy, edited by Bronson and Bassham (Open Court, 2003).
  • “Why Open Theism is Flourishing Now,” in Beyond the Bounds, edited by Piper, Taylor, and Helseth (Crossway Books, 2003).
  • “A Critical Look at Consequentialism,” in Metaethics, Normative Ethics, and Applied Ethics: Contemporary and Historical Readings, edited by Feiser (Wadsworth, 1999).
  • “Theistic Arguments,” in Reason for the Hope Within, edited by Murray (Eerdmans, 1998).


  • “Review of Copenhaver & Burris Thomas Reid on mind, knowledge, and value” in British Journal for the History of Philosophy, published online May 16, 2016; DOI: 10.1080/09608788.2016.1176898.
  • “Reid’s Tradition of Inquiry: A Grateful Response to Cuneo,” The Journal of Scottish Philosophy (2006).
  • “Contra Hart: Christian Scholars Should not Throw in the Towel,” in The Christian Scholars Review, vol. XXXIV:2, Winter 2005, pp. 187-200.
  • “God’s Sovereign Knowledge of the Future,” Modern Reformation, Sept.-Oct., 1999.
  • “Thomas Reid,” in The Encyclopedia of Empiricism, edited by Barbanell (Greenwood Press, 1997).
  • “Review of Ronald M. Green’s Kierkegaard and Kant: The Hidden Debt,”Religious Studies, vol. 30 (1994).
  • “Kierkegaard on the Transformation of the Individual in Conversion,” Religious Studies, vol. 28 (1992), pp. 145-163.
  • “Civil Disobedience and Abortion Protests: The Case for Amending Criminal Trespass Statutes,” Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, vol. 5, no. 4 (1991), with Paul R. Davis, J.D.