Dale Tuggy

Dale Tuggy is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches courses in analytic theology, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and the history of philosophy.


  1. Dale Tuggy
    April 19, 2015 @ 10:37 am

    Thanks for the comments, Randal! “I didn’t quite get to the positive side of what he is” I would describe him, and I don’t think he’d object too much, as a seeker, philosopher, and (to some degree) a Platonist. Definitely not a naturalist, I would say that he is ambivalent between monotheism and what I call Ultimism – belief in an ultimate reality which is not a self (so, not a god). But I think he would say that he believes in God, or at least accepts or hopes for the existence of God. His view is along the lines of “classical theism,” but he’s not committed to that whole wad of medieval claims. I value his friendship and his thoughts.

  2. Randal Rauser
    April 15, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

    Interesting episode, as always. I couldn’t help but wonder how Vallicella’s former departmental colleagues (the mush-heads and bigots) would describe him!

    The best moment is where Vallicella claims that meditation is significantly more challenging than writing a journal article. I’d agree with that. But I suspect that is in significant part a matter of one’s aptitude.

    Vallicella stated that he isn’t a practicing Catholic. But I didn’t quite get to the positive side of what he is, apart from a maverick philosopher who loves the desert south-west.

    Anyway, for some reason I now have a strange desire to drive a Volkswagen van to Sonoma, AZ while listening to The Doors. Break on through to the other side…