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William F. Vallicella

William F. Vallicella is an American philosopher.


Vallicella has a Ph.D. (Boston College; 1978), taught for a number of years at University of Dayton (where he was a tenured Associate Professor of Philosophy; 1978–91) and Case Western Reserve University (Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy; 1989–91), and retired to Gold Canyon, Arizona from where he now contributes to philosophy mainly online.[1][2][3][4] He is the author of many published articles, primarily on the subjects of metaphysics and philosophy of religion.[5][6]

In the short chapter on him in the book Falling in love with wisdom: American philosophers talk about their calling, Vallicella discusses the philosophical questions which he happened to think about in his youth, such as "What if God hadn't created anything?", "What if even God didn't exist", and "Why is good, good, and evil, evil?", and his thoughts on the inquiry of philosophy.[7]



  • Kant, subjectivity and facticity, Boston College, 1978
"What is it for any contingent thing to exist? Why does any contingent thing exist? For some time now, the preferred style in addressing such questions has been deflationary when it has not been eliminativist. In its critical half, this book thoroughly analyzes and demolishes the main deflationary and eliminativist accounts of existence, including those of Brentano, Frege, Russell, and Quine, thereby restoring existence to its rightful place as one of the deep topics in philosophy, if not the deepest. In its constructive half, the book defends the thesis that the two questions admit of a unified answer, and that this answer takes the form of what the author calls a paradigm theory of existence. The central idea of the paradigm theory is that existence itself is a paradigmatically existent concrete individual. In this way the author vindicates onto-theology and puts paid to the Heideggerian conceit that Being cannot itself be a being. This work will be of interest to all serious students and teachers of philosophy, especially those interested in metaphysics and the philosophy of religion."


  • The Problem of Existence, by Arthur Witherall, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2002, Philo, 6 (1), 2003, 176–88.[9]
  • Philosophia Christi, Volume 6, Issue 1, Chapter: "The Moreland Willard Lotze Thesis on Being," p. 27, Evangelical Philosophical Society, 2004.
  • The philosophy of Panayot Butchvarov: a collegial evaluation, Larry Lee Blackman, Chapter: "Does Existence Itself Exist?; Transcendental Nihilism Meets the Paradigm Theory", p. 57, Volume 62 of Problems in contemporary philosophy, E. Mellen Press, 2005, ISBN 0-7734-6108-6, ISBN 978-0-7734-6108-6.
  • Proceedings of the Heraclitean Society, Volume 19, Chapter: "Is Existence a Property of Individuals?," p. 19, William F. Vallicella, Western Michigan University, Heraclitean Society.


He has published over 40 scholarly articles,[10] including:

  • The Divine Simplicityarticle on in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2006
  • "Classical Theism and Global Supervenience Physicalism"
  • , 1974Philosophy & Social Criticism"To the Tautological Interpretation: Review of Robert Sokolowski", WF Vallicella,
  • , 1976Cultural Hermeneutics"Sokolowski on Husserl: From the Metaphysical to the Tautological Interpretation," WF Vallicella,
  • "Kant, subjectivity and facticity", WF Vallicella, 1978, Boston College
  • , 1981The Thomist"The Problem of Being in the Early Heidegger", WF Vallicella,
  • , 1983The Thomist"A Critique of the Quantificational Account of Existence", WF Vallicella,
  • "Kant, Heidegger, and the Problem of the Thing in Itself", WF Vallicella, International Philosophical Quarterly, 1983
  • , 1984Monist"Relativism, Truth, and the Symmetry Thesis", WF Vallicella,
  • , 1985The New Scholasticism"Heidegger's Reduction of Being to Truth," WF Vallicella,
  • "A Note on Hintikka's Refutation of the Ontological Argument," WF Vallicella, Faith Phil 6, 1989[9]
  • , 1990International Philosophical Quarterly"Reply to Zimmerman: Heidegger and the problem of being", WF Vallicella,
  • "Two Faces of Theism, WF Vallicella, Idealistic Studies, 1990
  • "Consciousness and Intentionality: Illusions?", W Vallicella, Idealistic Studies, 1991
  • "Divine Simplicity: A New Defense", W Vallicella, Faith and Philosophy, 1992
  • , 1993Religious Studies"Has the Ontological Argument Been Refuted?", WF Vallicella,
  • "Existence and Indefinite Identifiability", WF Vallicella, Southwest Philosophy Review, 1995
  • , 1995Philosophia"No time for propositions", WF Vallicella, ; discussed by Le Poidevan here [11]
  • , 1996The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly"Concurrentism or occasionalism?," Vallicella,
  • "John Polkinghorne, The Faith of a Physicist: Reflections of a Bottom-Up Thinker," WF Vallicella, International Studies in Philosophy, 1996, State University of New York
  • "Bundles and indiscernibility: a reply to O'Leary-Hawthorne", WF Vallicella, Analysis, 1997
  • , 1997Journal of Philosophical Research"The Hume-Edwards Objection to the Cosmological Argument", WF Vallicella,
  • "On an Insufficient Argument Against Sufficient Reason", WF Vallicella, Ratio, 1997
  • "Could a Classical Theist Be a Physicalist?," WF Vallicella, Faith and Philosophy, 1998, The University of Notre Dame
  • , 1999/2004The Modern Schoolman"Bradley's Regress Argument and Relation-Instances", WF Vallicella,
  • , 1999, Cambridge Univ PressReligious Studies"God, causation and occasionalism", WF Vallicella,
  • "Could the Universe Cause itself to Exist?", 75: 604–612, WF Vallicella, 2000, Cambridge University Press
  • "Does the Cosmological Argument Depend on the Ontological?", W Vallicella, Faith and Philosophy, 2000
  • , 2000International Journal for Philosophy of Religion"From facts to God: An onto-cosmological argument", WF Vallicella,
  • , 2000Religion"Heidegger's Beiträge zur Philosophie," 139–56, William F. Vallicella,
  • "Meinong's Complexes", The Monist, LXXXIII, pp. 89–100, William Vallicella, 2000.[12]
  • "Three Conceptions of States of Affairs", WF Vallicella, Noûs, 34 (2), 237–59, 2000
  • "Brentano on Existence", WF Vallicella, History of Philosophy Quarterly, 2001, Bowling Green State University
  • , 2002International Philosophical Quarterly"No self? A look at a Buddhist argument," WF Vallicella,
  • , 2002, Cambridge University PressReligious Studies"The creation–conservation dilemma and presentist four-dimensionalism", WF Vallicella,
  • "Incarnation and Identity," WF Valicella, Philo, vol. 5, no. 1 (Spring-Summer 2002), pp. 84–93[4]
  • 56 (1), 3–35, 2002Dialectica"Relations, Monism, and the Vindication of Bradley's Regress",
  • "A Paradigm Theory of Existence: Onto-Theology Vindicated," William F. Vallicella, L Armour – Philosophy in Review, 2003
  • "Kant Chastened But Vindicated: Rejoinder to Forgie, WF Vallicella, Faith and Philosophy," 2004, The University of Notre Dame
  • "Does Existence Itself Exist? Transcendental Nihilism Meets the Paradigm Theory", WF Vallicella, Problems in Contemporary Philosophy, 2005
  • , 2008, Cambridge University PressReligious Studies"Melville Y. Stewart. The Greater-Good Defence: An Essay on the Rationality of Faith," Pp. xi+, WF Vallicella,

See also


  1. ^ "Notes on Contributors".  
  2. ^ sketchy bio-details here
  3. ^ "Maverick Philosopher: On Being an Independent Philosopher". October 26, 2004. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Mullins, Matthew. "New Contributor – The Prosblogion". Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ (2000), 75 : 475–75,Philosophy Cambridge University Press, December 11, 2000
  6. ^
  7. ^ , David D. Karnos, Robert G. Shoemaker,Falling in love with wisdom: American philosophers talk about their calling Oxford University Press, 1994, ISBN 0-19-508917-0, ISBN 978-0-19-508917-2
  8. ^ Forbes book summary
  9. ^ a b Fifty years of philosophy of ... – Google Books. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ Questions of time and tense – Google Books. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  12. ^ Meinongian Issues in Contemporary ... – Google Books. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 

External links

  • Vallicella's philosophical blog
  • "On Vallicella's Critique of Heidegger," Michael E. Zimmerman, International Philosophical Quarterly, XXXIX, December, 1989
  • , Richard Gaskin,The Unity of the Proposition Oxford University Press, 2009, ISBN 0-19-923945-2, ISBN 978-0-19-923945-0; discusses Vallicella's writings at 221, 316, 355, 370–74
  • , vol. 29, p. 97, 1993)Religious Studies, vol. 29, p. 97, 1994 (response to William F. Vallicella, Religious Studies"Does the ontological argument beg the question?", P.J. McGrath,
  • , p. 331, Graham Robert Oppy, Cambridge University Press, 1995, ISBN 0-521-48120-1, ISBN 978-0-521-48120-5Ontological arguments and belief in God; discusses Vallicella's treatment of Plantiga's ontological arguments
  • "Kant on the Dependency of the Cosmological Argument on the Ontological Argument," DP Smith, European Journal of Philosophy, 2003; argument is inspired by, and takes its lead from, Vallicella's 'Does the Cosmological Argument Depend on the Ontological?', 2000
  • "The reason the universe exists is that it caused itself to exist", Q Smith, Philosophy, 1999, Cambridge University Press; discusses premise that Deltete shares with Vallicella and others.
  • "Relata-Specific Relations: A Response to Vallicella", JW Wieland, A Betti, Dialectica, 2008
  • , 2009, Cambridge University PressReligious Studies"Conservation, discontinuous time, and causal continuity," ET Yang, ; responds to dilemma and analysis posed by Vallicella for continuous-creation accounts of conservation
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