Dr. John M. DePoe

Assistant Professor of Philosophy


  • Ph.D., University of Iowa (Philosophy)
  • M.A., Western Michigan University (Philosophy)
  • M.A., Hardin-Simmons University (Religion)
  • B.A., Hardin-Simmons University (Philosophy)

Dr. DePoe joined Marywood's philosophy department in 2011. Prior to teaching at Marywood, he taught at Black Hawk College, the University of Iowa, and Western Michigan University. His areas of research include epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion.  He has published in journals such as Philosophical Studies, Southwest Philosophical Studies, and others. He is currently developing research on the implications of distinguishing conceptual awareness from non-conceptual awareness, especially as it pertains to the epistemology of sense perception.  Additionally, he is developing a book proposal for philosophical essays related to probabilistic reasoning and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

When Dr. DePoe is not immersed in philosophy, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters, and dog.  He has been known to be a sci-fi geek with strong interests in Star Trek, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica.  (Dr. DePoe recently contributed to the book, Futurama and Philosophy.) Moreover, he enjoys playing chess and reading classical works of fiction. Visit Dr. DePoe's website at http://www.johndepoe.com/

Recent Published Work:

  • "RoboMary, Blue Banana Tricks, and the Metaphysics of Consciousness: A Critique of Daniel Dennett's Apology for Physicalism" (Philosophia Christi 2013) http://www.johndepoe.com/Dennett-Consciousness.pdf
  • "Knowledge by Acquaintance and Knowledge by Description" (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2013) http://www.iep.utm.edu/knowacq/
  • "Bergmann's Dilemma and Internalism's Escape" (Acta Analytica 2012)
  • "The Epistemic Framework for Skeptical Theism" (in Skeptical Theism: New Essays [Oxford University Press]) (forthcoming) http://www.johndepoe.com/EpistemologicalFrameworkforSkepticalTheism.pdf
  • "Natural Theology and the Uses of Argument" with Timothy McGrew (forthcoming)
  • "The Heavens are Declaring the Glory of God: Contemporary Teleological Arguments" (forthcoming)


  • Intro to Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Symbolic Logic