William Young is Professor of Humanities. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College, and received his Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in 2000. Professor Young taught at James Madison University, Loyola College (University) in Maryland, and King's College (PA), and he has taught at Endicott since 2005.
Young's research focus is philosophy of religion, with interests in contemporary continental philosophy, ethnography, the interpretation of scripture, and friendship. He has published two books: The Politics of Praise: Naming God and Friendship in Aquinas and Derrida (Ashgate, 2007), and Uncommon Friendships: An Amicable History of Modern Religious Thought (Cascade, 2009). He has published peer-reviewed articles in a range of journals, including the Journal of Religion, Philosophy Today, and The American Journal of Theology and Philosophy. He has also contributed essays to several volumes on philosophy and popular culture, including essays on South Park, baseball and poker, and The Shawshank Redemption. His current research focus is on the subject of listening in religious communities, and its implications for democratic practice. In 2012-2013, Professor Young received a Sabbatical Grant for Researchers from the Louisville Institute for this project.
Professor Young teaches a range of courses in philosophy and religious studies, as well as courses in the liberal studies program. In 2012 he receiveed the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has served as a faculty advisor for the Student Peace Alliance (2007-11), and for Iota Gamma Chi (2010-current). He lives in Beverly with his family, and loves running, cycling, playing the piano, and soccer.
REL104 World Religions
PHL217 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
REL245 Eastern Religions
REL255 Western Religious Thought
PHL332 Religion and Its Critics: Studies in Philosophy of Religion