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John Pauley

Department Chair of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies


John Pauley teaches in all areas of philosophy. He serves as a mentor for students in philosophy and many other areas of study at Simpson. Professor Pauley’s career at Simpson has been and continues to be dedicated to student growth through interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches to teaching and research. Many of his students have gone on to become lawyers, physicians, professors, and business people.


  • Interdisciplinary work that merges philosophy with multiple social/cultural issues (philosophy of agriculture, philosophy of sustainability, philosophy of technology)
  • Traditional history of philosophy, from Plato and Aristotle all the way through contemporary philosophy.
  • Philosophy of art and literature
  • Theory of knowledge
  • Philosophy of Religion


  • Distinguished research award, 2023 
  • Distinguished Research Award, 2013
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, 2004
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, 1998
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, 1996


  • Ph.D, Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1987
  • Two Years at Harvard University Divinity School studying Theology and Philosophy
  • B.A., Honors College, Commonwealth Scholar Program, Literature and Philosophy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1982