W. Scott Cleveland

W. Scott Cleveland, PhD

Catholic Studies Director


Dr. Cleveland is Director of the Catholic Studies Program and Assistant Professor of Philosophy. He received his BA in philosophy and biblical studies from Taylor University, his MAR in philosophical theology & philosophy of religion from Yale Divinity School, and his PhD in philosophy from Baylor University (2014). Prior to the University of Mary, he conducted postdoctoral research at Saint Louis University on the virtue of intellectual humility. Beyond his life at the University of Mary, he enjoys running, mountain biking, reading literature, and spending time with his wife, who is also a philosopher who works in metaphysics, and their daughter and two sons, who they hope come to see the inseparability of ethics and metaphysics.

Cleveland’s research interests are in ethics, moral psychology, and philosophy of religion. He is especially interested in the study of virtues and emotions, the relation between the two, and the role of each in the moral and intellectual life. He also has broad interests in metaphysics, theology, the history of philosophy, and the thought of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas. Cleveland loves discussing these subjects with students in and out of the classroom, especially at Catholic Studies events such as Convivium and Afternoon Parlour and Philosophy events such as colloquia and the Aquinas Gala.

About the Program

Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who seek – with joyful energy and resilient hope – to incarnate the Catholic tradition in order to promote the integrity of the university. We, both faculty and students, cultivate the integration of faith, reason, and life in ourselves and the university to invigorate the culture for Christ.

"Faith and Virtue Formation: Essays in Aid of Becoming Good," co-edited with Adam Pelser, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

“A Marriage of Faith and Reason: One Couple’s Journey to the Catholic Church,” co-authored with Lindsay Cleveland, Faith and Reason: Philosophers Explain Their Turn to Catholicism. Brian Besong and Jonathan Fuqua (Editors). San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2019.

 “The Virtual Presence of Acquired Virtues in the Christian,” co-authored with Brandon Dahm, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 93 (1): 75-100. 2019.

“Humility from a Philosophical Point of View,” co-authored with Robert C. Roberts, Handbook of Humility: Theory, Research, and Applications. Edited by Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Don E. Davis, & Joshua N. Hook. (Editors). New York: Routledge, 2017.

“The Emotions of Courageous Activity,” Res Philosophica: Virtue and the Emotions Special Issue, Vol. 92, No. 4, October 2015.

“The Defeat of Heartbreak: Problems and Solutions for Stump's View of the Problem of Evil Concerning Desires of the Heart,” co-authored with Lindsay Cleveland, Religious Studies, January, 2015.

“The Problem of Evil,” co-authored with Trent Dougherty, Oxford Bibliographies Online: Philosophy, 2014.

“The Distinctiveness of Intellectual Virtues: A Response to Roberts and Wood,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Volume 86 (2012), 159–169.