Brian Clayton, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy; Director, Faith & Reason Institute

In my teaching, I hope to challenge students to live examined lives committed to the pursuit of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. This is my aim no matter the course I’m teaching or the career my students are pursuing. Philosophy is a way of...

Portrait of Brian Clayton, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy; Director, Faith & Reason Institute

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

M.A., Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

B.A., Philosophy, Trinity College [Trinity International University]

Courses Taught

PHIL 301: Ethics

PHIL 435: C.S. Lewis

PHIL 436: Walker Percy

PHIL 467: Faith and Reason

PHIL 485: Philosophy in Film


In my teaching, I hope to challenge students to live examined lives committed to the pursuit of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. This is my aim no matter the course I’m teaching or the career my students are pursuing. Philosophy is a way of life aimed at these things. In pursuit of these goals, I find literature and film (particularly popular film) to be ways of exploring what it is to live a good human life as a “sovereign wayfarer” (Walker Percy). I also love soccer, American football, basketball, and NASCAR.
"Building Expert Systems by Learning to Formalize Arguments." Co-authored with Donald I. Barker, Director of Computer-Assisted Learning Center, Gonzaga University. In Incorporating Computing Technology into the Business Curriculum. Ed. David Yen et al. Oxford, OH: International Business Schools Computer Users Group, 1988.

"C. B. Macpherson, Human Nature and Liberal Democratic Society." In Communitarianism, Liberalism and Social Responsibility. Eds., Creighton Peden and Yeager Hudson. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1991.

Review of Darwinism: Science or Philosophy?, edited by Jon Buell and Virginia Hearn. (Richardson, TX: Foundation for Thought and Ethics, 1994) In Christian Scholar’s Review XXVI:1 (Fall 1996) 100-102.

Review of The Modeling of Nature: Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Nature in Synthesis. William A. Wallace. (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1996) In Christian Scholar’s Review XXVIII:1 (Fall 1998) 180-181.

The Philosophy of Clint Eastwood. Edited with Richard McClelland (Gonzaga University). Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky, 2014.

Hereafter and the Problems of Evil: Clint Eastwood as Practical Philosopher.” In The Philosophy of Clint Eastwood. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky, 2014.

“Walker Percy, Semiotics, and the Paradox of the Self.” In Semiotics 2014: The Semiotics of Paradox. Eds., Jamin Peley, Stéphanie Walsh Matthews, and Leonard G. Sbrocchi. Ottawa, Ontario: Legas Publishing, 2015.

Two Wings: Integrating Faith and Reason. Co-written with Douglas Kries (Gonzaga University). San Francisco: Ignatius Press, forthcoming Spring 2018.