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W. David Hall

W. George Matton Professor of Philosophy and Religion

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BA - California State University, Sacramento
MDiv & PhD - University of Chicago


W. David Hall joined the Centre faculty in 2002, and in 2005 received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2007 and held the NEH endowed professorship from 2010 to 2013. He has served as chair of the religion program. Prior to coming to Centre College, he taught for two years as visiting assistant professor of religious studies at DePaul University in Chicago. 


Dr. Hall’s primary research interest is in modern and contemporary philosophy and religious studies. He is co-editor of and contributor to a volume of essays entitled Paul Ricoeur and Contemporary Moral Thought (Routledge, 2002), and is the author of Paul Ricoeur and the Poetic Imperative: The Creative Tension Between Love and Justice (SUNY, 2007). His most recent book is Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theology, and Political Resistance (Lexington, 2020), co-edited with Lori Brandt Hale. His approach is broadly interdisciplinary, addressing currents within philosophy, literary theory, and the social sciences.

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