David A. Vander Laan, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy
(805) 565-7041

Office Location

Porter Center Room 4

Office Available

Dr. Vander Laan is on sabbatical for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters


Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion

Research Interests include: the special composition question, counterfactual semantics, free will, divine conservation, and the afterlife.


Dr. Vander Laan graduated from Calvin College with degrees in mathematics and philosophy and received his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He has been teaching at Westmont since 2000. His publications include: "The Paradox of the End without End,"A Relevance Constraint on Composition,“Persistence and Divine Conservation,” “Counterpossibles and Similarity,” and "The Ontology of Impossible Worlds." He currently serves on the Faith and Philosophy Board of Editorial Consultants.