Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Ross Inman serves as Assistant Professor of Philosophy, and Chair of the Philosophy Department, in the School of Theology. His academic research to date has focused primarily on metaphysics and philosophy of religion and has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Philosophical Studies, Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysica, and Philosophia Christi. Dr. Inman currently teaches philosophy and apologetics in the School of Theology at both the Masters and Doctoral levels, in addition to Great Books seminars in the College. Prior to joining the faculty at Southwestern in Fall 2015, he held Templeton Research Fellowships at both the University of Notre Dame, Center for Philosophy of Religion (2013-2014), and Saint Louis University (2014-2015). He completed a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Philosophy at San Diego Christian College, an M.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Theology from Talbot School of Theology (Biola University), and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin. In 2014, Dr. Inman was awarded the Marc Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Religion, a biennial award that aims to recognize younger scholars working in the area of philosophy of religion.
His academic work has taken him abroad to countries like Ireland, England, and the Czech Republic where he has participated in conferences and workshops at universities like Oxford, Cambridge, and Durham. He is deeply committed to equipping the church in the task of creating a cultural milieu that is increasingly receptive to the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Gospel. In addition to being a member of the American Philosophical Association and the Society of Christian Philosophers, Dr. Inman also currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and has been an active member since 2007.
He is married to his high school sweetheart, Suzanne, and (both natives of San Diego) and together they have the joy of raising their two boys, Hudson and Declan. When he’s not engaged in teaching and writing philosophy, he enjoys traveling, hiking, running, coffee, reading dead theologians, and spending precious time with his family and learning to become a better husband, father, and more faithful follower and student of Jesus of Nazareth.
- Ph.D. Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
- M.A. Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology (Biola University, summa cum laude)
- M.A. Theology, Talbot School of Theology (Biola University, summa cum laude)
- B.A. Philosophy and Biblical Studies, San Diego Christian College
- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2015-Present)
- Saint Louis University, Research Fellow (2014-2015)
- University of Notre Dame, Center for Philosophy of Religion, Research Fellow (2013-2014)
- Philosophy of Religion
- Analytic Theology
- Medieval Philosophical Theology
Invited Book Chapters
- “Against Constitutionalism” in The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism, edited by Jonathan Loose, Angus Menuge, and J.P. Moreland (Forthcoming 2016)
- “Theology in the Second Person: Christian Dogmatics as a Mode of Prayer” In Reaching for God: New Essays on Prayer (Forthcoming, Oxford Studies in Analytic Theology)
- “Essential Dependence, Truthmaking, and Mereology”, In Metaphysics: Aristotelian, Scholastic, Analytic, Novak, Novotny, Sousedik, Svoboda (eds.), Ontos Verlag, 2012.
Peer Reviewed Articles
- “Omnipresence and the Location of the Immaterial“, Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion (Forthcoming) Awarded the 2014 Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Religion
- ”Epistemic Temperance and the Moral Perils of Intellectual Inquiry“, Philosophia Christi (2015) 17:2
- “Neo-Aristotelian Plenitude“, Philosophical Studies (2014) 168: 583-597
- “De Re Essentialism, Species, and Modal Ambiguity”, Metaphysica (2014), 15: 43-46
- “Gratuitous Evil Unmotivated“, Philosophia Christi (2013) 15:2, 435-447
- Why So Serious? Non-Serious Presentism and Cross-Temporal Relations” Metaphysica (2012) 13: 55-63
Presentations (see CV for a list of refereed and invited presentations)
- Evangelical Philosophical Society, Executive Committee Member (2013-2016)
- Society of Christian Philosophers
- American Philosophical Association