Doug McGaughey is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. His completed his doctorate under Paul Ricoeur at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. Since arriving at Willamette University in the fall of 1988, he has published a trilogy of works in Philosophical (1997), Systematic (1998/2001), and Practical Theology (2006), a Festschrift in honor of the New Testament Scholar, Herman Waetjen, from the San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Berkeley Graduate Theological Union (2006), and is the translator of Can Virtue Make us Happy? The Art of Living and Morality (2010) from Otfried Höffe at the Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen, Germany. He is currently completing the final, sixth year as Executive Secretary of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) that has him serving on the national Board of Directors of the AAR and on the Regions Task Force of the national AAR. In 2006, he was among the prize winners of an international essay contest on the theme "Braucht Werterziehung Religion?" ("Does Moral Development Need Religion`) sponsored by the Forschungs Institut für Philosophie in Hannover, Germany. He is a frequent presenter at regional, national, and international conferences with articles published in English and German. His current research and writing is on Immanuel Kant's Critical Idealism, the Marburg Neo-Kantians (Cohen, Natorp, and Cassirer), Martin Heidegger, Phenomenology, and Ethics. He teaches the introduction to the academic study of religion, the theory of intercultural religious studies, the history of Eastern and Western Christianity, seminars on seminal thinkers in the Western tradition who have influenced religious thought, and ethics.
Professor of Religious Studies