W. David Solomon
W.P. and H.B. White Director Emeritus
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
David Solomon received his B.A. from Baylor University (1964) and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas (1972). He joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in 1968. He has also been a National Endowment of Humanities Research Fellow at Oxford University in 1972-73, a Milbank Research Fellow at Boston University in 1975-77, a University Research Fellow at Oxford University in 1982-83 and 1988-89 (where he was affiliated with Brasenose College), and a visiting professor at Baylor University in 1994-95. He was the founding director of the Notre Dame Arts and Letters/Science Honors Program (1981-86) and the director of the Notre Dame London Program (1985-1986). He was also the founding director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, serving as in that capacity from 1998-2012.
His research interests have focused for the most part on issues in contemporary moral philosophy with a special interest in medical ethics. He was the coauthor of the first study of the public policy implications of the Roe v. Wade abortion decision, Abortion and Public Policy, and a study of the philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars, The Synoptic Vision. He is the author of a number of articles which appear in scholarly journals as well as in more popular journals. He has appeared frequently on television, including The Firing Line, and has been the academic advisor for many years of Notre Dame's nationally syndicated PBS television program, Today's Life Choices, on which he frequently appears. He is a contributor to both the Encyclopedia of Ethics and the Encyclopedia of Bioethics. His videotaped lectures, Ethics in the 20th Century, are included in the Great Teacher's Series. Prof. Solomon has lectured at over 100 colleges and universities in this country and Europe and has recently given the Founder's Day Lecture at Seton Hall University and the McKinlay Scholar Lectures to a consortium of colleges and universities in Ohio. He is currently working on a scholarly monograph on the recent revival of virtue ethics and two volumes of collected materials growing out of the annual Notre Dame Conference on Medical Ethics which he has directed since 1986.
His popular undergraduate course, "Morality and Modernity," which examines the ideas in After Virtue at length, is now available through Notre Dame's Open CourseWare site for free download. Visit here to access the course.