Stephen Dilley is an associate professor of philosophy

Stephen Dilley's main area of interest is history and philosophy of biology. In particular, he studies the epistemic role of theology in arguments for evolutionary theory. He contends that claims about God's nature, ways, purposes, or obligations inform a surprising number of pro-evolution arguments. Prof. Dilley also analyzes "methodological naturalism," roughly the view that scientists qua scientists ought to explain natural phenomena only by recourse to natural, as opposed to supernatural, entities, processes, laws, and the like. Prof. Dilley enjoys bowhunting.


  • Ph.D., philosophy, Arizona State University, 2007
  • M.A., philosophy, Gonzaga University, 2002
  • B.A., philosophy, Whitworth University, summa cum laude, 1997

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School of Arts and Humanities