Robert Arp, Ph.D.

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Fairly Recent Happenings:

My edited book, Revisiting Aquinas's Proofs for the Existence of God, came out in 2016 through Brill/Rodopi's Philosophy and Religion series. It features scholars writing in a debate-style format.

The X-Files and Philosophy: THE TRUTH IS IN HERE comes out this May 2017. This was a fun book to edit, and all of the contributors wrote interesting papers. 

Ben McGraw is a hard-working scholar. He and I have edited four books:


My edited book, 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think, came out in late 2013 through Simon & Schuster (and several other publishing houses throughout the world). The British cover through Octopus Publishing Group in London is pretty neat, too. It has been translated into numerous languages. The Preface is written by the world-famous philosopher and bioethicist, Art Caplan. You can also read the goodreads reviews. I edited 1001 Quotations To Enlighten, Entertain, and Inspire, which is out now.

The 2nd edition of my logic text with Jamie Watson, Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well, is now available.

Given the success and popularity of my book coedited with David Koepsell titled Breaking Bad and Philosophy: Badder Living through Chemistry, the philosophy acquisitions editor at Palgrave Macmillan contacted me to edit a scholarly work having to do with the hit show. The result has been Philosophy and Breaking Bad, which came out in 2017. David and Kevin Decker helped me co-edit the book.

Contact Information:


(703) 946-4669 / [email protected] / Wikipedia Site / Amazon.com Page


I am a trained philosopher currently teaching in-class, online, and hybrid philosophy, humanities, and world religions courses as an adjunct at several schools.


My specializations, concentrations, and general interests include:


Applied Ethics

Ancient Philosophy

Continental Philosophy

Modern Philosophy

Feminist Philosophy

Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Biology

The History of Western Philosophy

Pop Culture and Philosophy


I have done a lot of academic writing, editing, technical writing, researching, teaching, presenting, and publishing in the areas mentioned above, and in other areas, too.


I have been using Blackboard to teach online classes since the dinosaur days of v1 back in 1998. For years, I also have been using D2L, Canvas, and Moodle. And I am a Quality Matters Certified Online Instructor.


I am a member of:

American Philosophical Association

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics

American Association of Philosophy Teachers

Society for Modern Philosophy

International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Science Association

Professional Experience at a Glance:


1996-Present:
As an adjunct professor, teaching in-class, online, and hybrid philosophy, humanities, and world religions courses at numerous schools, to include:

Southwest Minnesota State University (Assistant Professor, 2005-2006)
Florida State University (Visiting Assistant Professor, 2006-2007)
Saint Louis University (Adjunct Professor, 1996-2005)
University of Missouri - St. Louis (Adjunct Professor, 1999-2005)
Fontbonne College (now University, Adjunct Professor, 1999-2005)
Harris-Stowe State College (now University, Adjunct Professor, 1996-2005)
McKendree College (Adjunct Professor, 1996-2005)
Jefferson College (Adjunct Professor, 1996-2000)
Maryville College (now University, Adjunct Professor, 2000-2005)
Lewis and Clark Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2000-2005)
Forest Park Community College (Adjunct Professor, 1996-2005)
Florissant Valley Community College (Adjunct Professor, 1999-2005)
St. Charles Community College (Adjunct Professor, 1999-2005)
Northern Virginia Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2007-2011)
Barton Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2011-2013)
Maple Woods Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2011-2013)
Penn Valley Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2011-2013)
University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, KS (Adjunct Professor, 2011-2014)
University of Missouri - Kansas City (Adjunct Professor, 2011-Present)
Webster University - St. Louis (Adjunct Professor, 1998-Present)
Webster University - Kansas City (Adjunct Professor, 2011-Present)
Johnson County Community College (Adjunct Professor, 2011-Present)
Missouri Western State University (Adjunct Professor, 2015-Present)

2011-Present:
Researcher, Analyst, Writer, Editor, and Teacher contracted to work for projects with the US Army

2010-2011:
Manager of Team of Analysts contracted to work with the NIH

2009-2010:
Manager of Team of Analysts contracted to work with the US Air Force

2007-2009:
Postdoctoral Research Associate at National Center for Biomedical Ontology with Barry Smith and the Ontology Research Group

2006-2007:
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University

2005-2006:
Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Southwest Minnesota State University

1996-2005:
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Graduate Student at Saint Louis University

1993-1996:
Teacher, Coach, and Guitar Choir Director at Paul VI High School