The late Dallas Willard was a professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
He began his career at USC in 1965, where he was the director of the School of Philosophy from 1982 to 1985. He also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his Ph.D. in 1964, and held visiting appointments at UCLA and the University of Colorado.
His philosophical publications are mainly in the areas of epistemology, the philosophy of mind and of logic, and on the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, including extensive translations of Husserl’s early writings from German into English. His Logic and the Objectivity of Knowledge, a study of Husserl’s early philosophy and of how knowledge of reality is possible, appeared in 1984.
Willard also lectured and published in religion. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God, voted Christianity Today’s Book of the Year for 1998, is the second in a three-part series including Hearing From God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, and The Spirit of the Discipline. His Knowing Christ Today was released in May 2009, and The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge, his final book was released in 2018.
In 1956 Willard was ordained a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention.