DALLAS WILLARD was a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles from 1965 to 2012. He was Director of the School of Philosophy from 1982-1985. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, 1960-1965), and has held visiting appointments at UCLA (1969) and the University of Colorado (1984).

His undergraduate studies were at William Jewell College, Tennessee Temple College (B.A., 1956, Psychology) and Baylor University (B.A., 1957, Philosophy and Religion); and his Graduate education was at Baylor University and the University of Wisconsin (Ph. D., 1964: Major in Philosophy, Minor in the History of Science).


His philosophical publications are mainly in the areas of epistemology, the philosophy of mind and of logic, and on the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, including extensive translations of Husserl's early writings from German into English. His English translation and edition of Edmund Husserl's Philosophy of Arithmetic was released in September, 2003. His Logic and the Objectivity of Knowledge, a study of Husserl's early philosophy, appeared in 1984, and his Early Writings in the Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (1993) makes available to the English reader nearly all of the shorter philosophical works that Husserl produced on the way to the phenomenological breakthrough recorded in his Logical Investigations of 1900-1901.

He also lectured and published in religion. Knowing Christ Today was published in May 2009. The Great Omission, which was published in 2006, received a Christianity Today annual Book Award in the Christian Living category in 2007. Renovation of the Heart was published in May 2002, and received Christianity Today's 2003 Book Award in the category of Spirituality. The Divine Conspiracy was released in 1998 and selected Christianity Today's "Book of the Year" for 1999. The Spirit of the Disciplines appeared in 1988, and Hearing God (1999) first appeared as In Search of Guidance in 1984 (2nd edition in 1993).

He served on the boards of the C.S. Lewis Foundation, the Templeton Foundation and Biola University, and was a member of numerous evaluation committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (accreditation). His academic honors include:


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ALPHA LAMBDA DELTA National Honor Society, Initiation May 1991


Lecturer in Corsi Estivi Internazionali di Filosofia, Bozen, Italy, 1990


PHI KAPPA PHI National Honor Society, Initiation in May 1990


USC Student Senate Award for Outstanding Faculty of the Year, 1984


Faculty participant in the COLLEGIUM PHAENOMENOLOGICUM at Monteripido (Perugia, Italy), summer 1977


USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1976-1977


Recipient (1976) of Blue Key National Honor Fraternity's "Outstanding Faculty Member" award for outstanding contributions to student life at USC


Danforth Associate 1967-1975


Dallas & Jane


Dallas Albert Willard was born in Buffalo, Missouri, USA, September 4, 1935. He married Jane Lakes of Macon, Georgia, in 1955. He brought his family to Southern California in 1965, where he remained until his passing in 2013. They have two children, John and Rebecca (married to Bill), and a granddaughter, Larissa.



During the C.S. Lewis Foundation’s Western Regional Conference at the University of San Diego on June 19-22, 2003, Dr. Willard was asked to speak at a Faculty Forum luncheon on the topic, "My Journey To and Beyond Tenure in a Secular University." Click here to read the transcript of his comments.