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Caleb Clanton

J. Caleb Clanton 

History Politics and Philosophy

Professor of Philosophy
University Research Professor


Caleb Clanton has been on faculty at Lipscomb University since 2012. He taught previously at Pepperdine University, where he served as the Director of the Philosophy Program and was twice named a Seaver Fellow in Humanities. He has also served on faculty at Vanderbilt University. Clanton is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence at Pepperdine (2009-2010), and an Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at Lipscomb (2014).

Prof. Clanton’s research centers on issues in philosophy of religion, moral philosophy, and pragmatism. He has published numerous journal articles and is the author or editor of several books, including Philosophy of Religion in the Classical American Tradition (University of Tennessee Press, 2016); The Philosophy of Religion of Alexander Campbell (University of Tennessee Press, 2013), winner of the Lester McAllister Prize; The Classical American Pragmatists & Religion (Baylor University Press, 2011); The Ethics of Citizenship (Baylor University Press, 2009); and Religion & Democratic Citizenship (Lexington Books, 2008). He teaches a variety of courses at Lipscomb, including Introduction to Philosophy, Ethical Theory, Ancient & Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion.

Ph.D., Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
M.A., Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
B.A., Philosophy, University of Alabama in Huntsville