W. Jay Wood, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy
On Faculty since 1982

Phone: (630)752-5889
Fax: (630)752-7777


Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1986

M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1980 

B.A., Westmont College, magna cum laude, 1976

About W. Jay Wood

My sojourn as a student of philosophy arose out of desire to address a variety of existential, deeply felt personal concerns to which philosophers routinely address themselves: What constitutes the well lived moral and intellectual life?, Is Belief in God Rational?, What is the nature of the human person?, and related questions. To me, these have never been purely ivory-tower, academic concerns, but genuine life concerns. It is my privilege and joy to have colleagues and students who share my love of philosophy.

Courses Taught

  • Epistemology
  • Aquinas
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Virtue Theory

Membership in Professional Societies

  • The Society of Christian Philosophers


  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Virtue Theory

Papers Published and/or Presented (selected)

Books and Book Chapters

  • God, in Central Problems of Philosophy Series, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011.
  • Intellectual Virtues: An Essay In Regulative Epistemology, with Robert C. Roberts, Oxford University Press, January, 2007.
  • "The Philosophy of Religion," in The Fundamentals of Philosophy, J.S. Shand ed.,Routledge Press, 2003.
  • "Humility and Epistemic Goods," with Robert C. Roberts, in Intellectual Virtue: Perspectives from Ethics and Epistemology, eds. Michael Depaul and Linda Zagzebski, Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • "On the Uses and Advantages of An Epistemology for Life," in Postmodern Philosophy and Christian Thought, ed. Merold Westphal (Indiana University Press, 1999).
  • Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous, InterVarsity Press, 1998.

Select Articles

  • “Faith’s Intellectual Rewards,” in Faith and Virtue, ed. Timothy O’Connor, Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • “Prudence,” in Virtues and Their Vices, eds. Kevin Timpe and Craig Boyd, Oxford University Press, February, 2014.
  • “How Might Intellectual Humility Lead to Scientific Insight? <https://www.bigquestionsonline.com/content/how-might-intellectual-humility-lead-scientific-insight> Big Questions Online, December, 2012,Templeton Foundation Project.
  • “Living Like Lance: Everybody Dopes,” Christianity Today online, October 2012
  • “Educating for Intellectual Character,” in Liberal Arts for the Christian Life, eds., Jeffrey Davis and Philip Ryken (Wheaton: Crossway Publishers, 2012) pp. 155 – 166.
  • “Faith and Reason,” for The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology, Gerald McDermott, editor, 2009.
  • "Faith," The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Religion, 2007.
  • "Virtue and Knowledge," Areopagus Journal, Vol.6, No. 2 (March-April 2006): pp. 9-14.
  • "Bad Karma?",  Books and Culture, July/August,2006.
  • "Intellectual Virtues and the Prospects of a Christian Epistemology," in The Death of Metaphysics; The Death of Culture:Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Morality (pp. 38-66), ed. Mark J. Cherry (Dordrecht: Springer, 2005).
  • "Three Faces of Greed," Christianity Today, January 2005.
  • "The Virtue of Lust?," Books and Culture, May 2005.
  • "Proper Function, Emotion, and the Virtues of the Intellect," with Robert C. Roberts in Faith and Philosophy, vol. 21 Number 1, January 2004.
  • "Conscience," in New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics, ed. Steve Carter, InterVarsity Press, 2006.
  • "Epistemology," in New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics, ed. Steve Carter, InterVarsity Press, 2006.
  • "Augustine on Human Sexuality" in Christian History Magazine, Issue 67 (vol. XIX, No. 3), 2000.

Select Reviews

  • The Architecture of Reason by Robert Audi, Cambridge Press, in Faith and Philosophy, forthcoming Faith With Reason by Paul Helm, in Philosophical Review, October, 2001.
  • Moral Wisdom and Good Lives by John Kekes, in Faith and Philosophy, vol. 16, number 1, January 1999.
  • D.Z. Phillips, Faith and Foundationalism, in International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, vol. 36 no. 3. December, 1994.
  • Michael Beaty, Christian Theism and the Problems of Philosophy, Teaching Philosophy, vol. 15, no. 3, September, 1992.

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