David Lamont Paulsen (born 1936)[1] is a professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University (BYU). From 1994 to 1998 he held the Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding at BYU.


Paulsen received an associates degree from Snow College in English in 1957, a bachelors degree from BYU in Political Science in 1961 (in which he was BYU's valedictorian), a JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 1964, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1975, with emphasis in the the philosophy of religion.[2]

Paulsen is married to Audrey Lucille Leer and has six children and eleven grandchildren.[3]


Paulsen joined the philosophy department at BYU around 1972 and specializes in Kierkegaard, William James and the philosophy of religion. In addition to holding the Richard L. Evans Chair, he has also been an Eliza R. Snow Fellow at BYU.[3]

Paulsen is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), in which he has served as a Bishop and counselor in a stake presidency.[3]

Paulsen has given several lectures related to Mormon Studies, including the 2006 Eugene England Memorial Lecture at Utah Valley University[4] and presentations at conferences of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR). He presented on the "The Divine Feminine" at the 2009 BYU Women's Research Institute Colloquia. Paulsen was also the coordinator for the Society of Christian Philosophers inaugural inter-mountain meeting at BYU in 1992.[5]


Paulsen edited Mormonism in Dialogue with Contemporary Christian Theologies along with Donald W. Musser. Paulsen has contributed articles to The International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, Analysis,[3] The Harvard Theological Review, Faith and Philosophy and Speculative Philosophy. Paulsen also wrote the forward to The Mormon Doctrine of Deity: The Roberts-Van Der Donckt Discussion[6] Paulsen has also written several articles for both the FARMS Review and BYU Studies.

Paulsen's work was used in Jeffrey R. Holland's General Conference sermon explaining that the Mormon belief that Jesus and God have physical bodies does not exclude Mormons from being Christians.[7]



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