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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Department Chair

Dan Yim

Department Chair and Professor of Philosophy | dyim@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Areas of expertise

Dr. Yim has interests in early modern philosophy, the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, the philosophy of popular culture, and the epistemology of self-deception.


Carrie Peffley

Instructor in Philosophy | carrie-peffley@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Areas of expertise

Peffley is completing a Ph.D. dissertation on 13th century metaphysics at the University of Cambridge. Her area of specialization is in medieval philosophy (Latin and Arabic) and she has written on Neo-Platonism, the Neo-Aristotelian tradition, al-Farabi, Aquinas, and Nominalism. Her interests . . . read more.

Don Postema

Professor of Philosophy | d-postema@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1978

Areas of expertise

Don Postema is active in healthcare ethics in a variety of professional communities. His interests include aesthetics, bioethics, healthcare ethics, 19th-20th century history of philosophy, and film studies.

Paul Reasoner

Professor of Philosophy | reapau@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1984

Areas of expertise

Reasoner presents and publishes on Confucian sincerity, reincarnation and karma, and forgiveness in Buddhist and Christian rituals. His interests include Asian philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and epistemology.

Sara Shady

Professor of Philosophy | s-shady@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Areas of expertise

Shady’s interests include the construction of healthy communities and political societies; the role of religion in politics, especially inter-faith dialogue; and early to mid-20th century Continental philosophy.

Ray VanArragon

Professor of Philosophy | rvanarra@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Areas of expertise

VanArragon explores the ways Christians ought to deal with religious diversity and disagreement about moral and political issues. His interests also include philosophy of religion, skepticism about religious claims, free will, and moral responsibility.

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Keep up with the Department of Philosophy through short essays, musings with some connection to philosophy, and other news and information relevant to our department.

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