David B. Dillard-Wright


David B. Dillard-Wright

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Chair, Honors, Awards, and Scholarships
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801
803-641-3339 work
706-294-4954 cell



Doctor of Philosophy, 2007

Drew University, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies
Dissertation: “Ark of the Possible: The Animal World in Merleau-Ponty”
Winner of the Helen LePage and William Hale Chamberlain Prize
Continental Philosophy, Animal Studies

Master of Philosophy, 2006

Drew University, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, 2006
Philosophy and Theology

Master of Divinity, 2002

Emory University, Candler School of Theology

Bachelor of Arts, 1999

Emory University
Double Major: Religion / Russian Language and Culture


University of North Dakota / Institute for Philosophy in Public Life, March 2010

Project: “Proximity and Sympathy: The Ethical Dimensions of Distance”

Michigan State University / Human-Animal Studies Institute, Summer 2008

Project: “Xenotransplantation and Black Market Organs: Shared Mortality as a Basis for Concern”


Chair, Honors, Awards, and Scholarships Committee, 2010-2011

Subcommittee Chair, Part-time Teaching Award, 2008-2010
Subcommittee Chair, University Service Award, 2008-2010

Quality Enhancement Plan Ad Hoc Committee for SACS Re-Affirmation of

Accreditation, 2009-2011

History, Political Science, and Philosophy Department Assessment Committee,


History, Political Science, and Philosophy Department Strategic Planning Committee, Library Committee, 2008-2011

Energy Use and Sustainability Committee, 2009-2011

Ethics Committee Member, Aiken Regional Medical Center, 2009-2011

Speaker, New Faculty Orientation, 2009, 2010

Assistant Professor of Communications Search Committee, 2009-2010

Volunteer Judge, Aiken County Language Arts Festival, 2009

Group Leader, Freshman Year Reading Experience, 2008-2010

English Department, Composition Instructor Search Committee, Spring 2008

Faculty Advisor, USCA Philosophy Club, 2007-2011

Founder and Coach, USCA Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team, 2007-2011

Student Co-Convener, Theology and Philosophy Area, Drew University, 2005-2006

Graduate Assistant to the Director, Drew London Semester,  Fall 2004

Student Convener, Theology and Philosophy Area, Drew University, 2002-2003


“Life, Transferable: Questioning the Commodity-Based Approach to

Transplantation Ethics.” Society and Animals, forthcoming.

“Bodies, Brains, and Minds: Against a Hierarchy of Animal Faculties.” In

Experiencing Animals: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences. Edited by Robert Mitchell and Julie Smith.  New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming. 

“Figurations of the Ecstatic: The Labor of Attention in Aesthetic Experience”

Forthcoming: Janus Head.

“The Third Covenant: People, Animals, and Land in the Jewish and Christian Scriptures.”

Forthcoming: Journal of Scriptural Reasoning.

Ark of the Possible: The Animal World in Merleau-Ponty. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009

“Thinking Across Species Boundaries: General Sociality and Embodied Meaning” Society and Animals 17, no. 1 (2009): 53-71.

“Sympathy and the Non-Human: Max Scheler’s Phenomenology of Interrelation.”

Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology 7, no. 2 (2007): 1-9.

“Feral Philosophy?: Towards a Relational Phenomenology of Human / Nature.”

Bulletin of Societies for the Study of Religion 35, no. 3 (2006): 68-70.

“The Future of the Animal Rights Movement.” In The Encyclopedia of American Reform Movements.

New York: Facts On File (Forthcoming 2009).

“Animal Rights and Connections to Other Movements.” In The Encyclopedia of American Reform Movements.  New York: Facts On File (Forthcoming 2009).

       Book Review: Evolution’s First Philosopher: John Dewey and the Continuity of Nature. By Jerome A. Popp.  Albany: SUNY Press, 2007.  Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society.  44, No. 1 (2008): 178-181.

Book Profile: Does Human Rights Need God? Ed. Elizabeth M. Bucar and Barbara Barnett. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2005. Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory 8, no. 1 (2006): 168-170.


“Pfänder’s Philosophy of Willing and Motivation.” The Early Phenomenology: Munich and Göttingen. Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Steubenville, OH. April 29-30, 2011.

“Breath of Wisdom: Towards a Philosophy of Respiration and Circulation.” Spirituality, Art, and Global Peace: East and West. Davis and Elkins College, Center for Spirituality, Ethics, and Global Awareness.  Elkins, West Virginia. November 13-15, 2009.

“Reiteration at Lascaux: The Virtual Museum at the Boundary of Humanity.” Reiteration. Twenty-Second Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Charlotte, NC. November 13-16, 2008.

“Mind-in-Heart: Circulation and Respiration as Keys to Animal Consciousness.”
The Minds of Animals: Conceptions from the Humanities, Science, and Popular Culture. University of Toronto. August 12-13, 2008.

“Placing Humanity: The Reconstruction of Pre-History at Lascaux.” International Society for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place. Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland. April 25-27, 2008.

“Habits of the World: Ecological Philosophy Between Pragmatism and Phenomenology.” International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. University of Florida, Gainesville. April 2006.


100-200 Level
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Logic
Comparative Religion
Contemporary Moral Issues

300-400 Level
Ancient Philosophy
17th-18th Century Philosophy and Science
19th-20th Century Philosophy
Philosophy and Science
Philosophy of the Animal
Moral Reasoning

New Biotechnologies
Philosophy and the Environment

Continuing Education
Asian Philosophy