Dr. Douglas Langston

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion


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M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
B.A., Stanford University

Professor Langston, holding doctorates in both philosophy and religion, teaches in these two areas. He specializes in the philosophy of religion and in medieval philosophical and religious thought. He offers courses also in nineteenth-century thought, focusing on such figures as Kant, Hegel, and Kierkegaard.

Selected Publications


God’s Willing Knowledge: The Influence of Scotus’ Analysis of Omniscience, The Pennsylvania State University Press, April, 1986.

Conscience and Other Virtues: From Bonaventure to MacIntyre, The Pennsylvania State University Press, January, 2001.

Norton Critical Edition of Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy.  Editor.  Forthcoming, Fall 2009.


“Scotus and Ockham on the Univocal Concept of Being,” Franciscan Studies, 1979.

“The Supposed Incompatibility Between Kant’s Two Refutations
of Idealism,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Fall, 1979.

“The Argument from Evil: Reply to Professor Richman,” Religious Studies, 16; January, 1980.

“The Comical Kierkegaard,” The Journal of Religious Studies, Volume 12, Number 1, 1985.

“Scotus’ Doctrine of Intuitive Cognition,” Synthese, July, 1993.

“Did Scotus Embrace Anselm’s Notion of Freedom?”, Medieval Philosophy and Theology, Volume 5, #2, 1996.

“The Spark of Conscience: Bonaventure’s View of Conscience and Synderesis”, Franciscan Studies,1993, Volume 53.

“Medieval Theories of Conscience,” in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (www.plato.stanford.edu).

“Aquinas on Conscience, the Virtues, and Weakness of Will,” in Paideia Archives(www.bu.edu/wcp/MainMedi.htm).

“The Stoical Aquinas: Stoic Influences on Aquinas’s Understanding of Charity,” in Grammar and Grace. Reformulations of Aquinas and Wittgenstein.  Edited by Jeffrey Stout and Robert MacSwain. SCM Press, 2004.

“The Aristotelian Background to Scotus’s Rejection of the Necessary Connection of Prudence and the Moral Virtues.” Franciscan Studies, 2008, Volume 66, pp. 317-336.