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Dr. David Basinger

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics
585.594.6550
BasingerD@roberts.edu

Education

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A., Philosophy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A., Philosophy, Bellevue College
B.A., Religion, Grace College of the Bible

Biography

Dr. David Basinger is the vice president for academic affairs, chief academic officer, and professor of philosophy and ethics at Roberts Wesleyan College. Most of his research centers on issues in the philosophy of religion, with a current focus on religious diversity. Much of his public speaking focuses on ethical decision-making into today’s world, with an emphasis on bioethical issues. Dr. Basinger also has a strong interest in opening the college setting for students with intellectual disabilities. He was one of the founders of Roberts’ Bridge to Earning, Learning, and Living (BELL) program, a federally-approved program that allows students with intellectual disabilities to engage in the types of academic, social, and vocational activity that will enhance their personal lives and better prepare them to be engaged community members with gainful employment.   

Speaking Topics

  • Miracles
  • Evil
  • Religious Diversity
  • Openness of God
  • Ethical Decision-Making in Today’s World

Selected Publications

Articles

  • “The Transforming Power of Acknowledged Religious Diversity,” in On Religious Diversity, 1st, ed. Robert McKim (Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • “Introduction to Open Theism,” in Models of God and of Other Ultimate Realities, Jeanine Diller and Asa Kasher (Springer, 2013).
  • “Religious Belief Formation: A Kantian Approach Informed by Science,” in God in an Open Universe, eds. Bill Hasker, Tom Oord, and Dean Zimmerman (Pickwick Press, 2011).
  • “Miracles: Definition,” in The Cambridge Companion to Miracles, ed. Graham Twelftree (Cambridge Press, 2011).

Books

  • Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings, 5th, eds. David Basinger, William Hasker, Michael Peterson, and Bruce Reichenbach (Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • Reason and Religious Belief: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, 5th, eds. David Basinger, William Hasker, Michael Peterson, and Bruce Reichenbach (Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • Religious Tolerance through Humility: Thinking with Philip Quinn, eds. David Basinger and James Kraft (Ashgate Press, 2008).

Selected Presentations

  • “Open Theism and Miracles,” (podcast interview, Common Sense Atheism, 2010).
  • Lecture, International Conference on Islam and the Salvation of Non-Muslims, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, 2010.
  • “Ethics in Healthcare Rationing,” (keynote address, Canandaigua VA Clinic Conference Day, Canandaigua, NY, 2009).
  • “Ethical Decision Making in Healthcare Settings,” (training, Canandaigua Veterans Administration, Canandaigua, NY, 2009).
  • “Religious Diversity: A Christian Perspective,” (presentation, Diversity Conference, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, 2008).
  • “Religious Belief Formation: A Kantian Perspective Informed by Science,” (presentation, Science and Religion Conference, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, 2008).
  • “Religious Diversity: A Christian Perspective,” (presentation, Diversity Conference, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, 2008).