Robert Scott

Professor, Philosophy & Religion


Areas of Expertise:

  • Logic
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1976
  • M.A., University of Delaware
  • B.A., University of Delaware

Professional Achievements:

  • Professor of Philosophy, William Woods University, 1980-present
  • University of Delaware Honors Program, 1976-1980

Honors and/or awards:

  • Project Director, US DOE Title VI Grant, 1996-1997
  • Research Associate; NSF Grant, EVIST Program, 1976-1977
  • University Fellow; University of Pennsylvania, 1975-1976
  • Teaching Fellow; University of Pennsylvania, 1972-1975
  • Recipient of the Dads’ Association-Louis D. Beaumont Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1986, 1996


  • Principles of Critical Thinking MBS Direct: 2004
  • 35 Signed Reviews in Choice, 1978-1996
  • "Five Types of Ethical Naturalism," American Philosophical Quarterly October 1980
  • "Utilitarianism and Obligations to Future Generations," in Obligations to Future Generations Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1979
  • "Swain on Knowledge" Philosophical Studies June 1976


  • “Explanations of Order via the Will of God,” MidSouth Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, February 2001
  • “Epistemic Rules and Religious Belief,” University of Texas at San Antonio Philosophy Conference, November 2000
  • “The Will To Believe Revisited,” Society of Christian Philosophers, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, April 1998
  • "A Simplified Pragmatic Justification of Religious Belief," Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, February 1996
  • Conducted all-day workshop on Integrating Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum to Westminster College faculty; Fulton, MO; June 1995
  • Conducted all-day workshop on Integrating Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum to Westminster College faculty; Hermann, MO; June 1994
  • "Parfit and Promising," Central States Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, University of Missouri at Rolla; Springfield, MO; October 1993
  • "The Ethics of Fetal Research;" Westminster College Faculty Club; Fulton, Missouri; March 1986.
  • "Knowledge and Memory;" Annual Meeting of Central States Philosophical Association; Columbia, Missouri; October 1985
  • "Business Ethics and the Capitalism Socialism Issue;" Annual Meeting of Midwest Association for Social and Political Philosophy; Westminster College; Fulton, Missouri; March 1983
  • "Science and Ethics;" Westminster Philosophy Club; Westminster College; Fulton, Missouri; October 1980
  • "The Philosophy of Bertrand Russell;" lecture series: Great Western Philosophers; sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities; University of Delaware; November 1979
  • "Scientific Method and the Justification of Moral Principles;" University Honors Faculty Seminar; University of Delaware; December 1978
  • "Survival and Justice: A Reply to Jensen;" conference: Can the Corporation Survive?; sponsored by Americans for Competitive Enterprise Systems and the Delaware Humanities Forum; Newark, Delaware; May 1978
  • "Managing Renewable Resources;" seminar for Delaware high school seniors: Energy, Economics, and the Environment; sponsored by Delaware Council for Economic Education; Newark, Delaware; March 1978
  • "Environmental Ethics;" National Science Foundation Conference: Obligations to Future Generations; Newark, Delaware; December 1977