Kevin DeLapp

Dr. Harold E. Fleming Chair of Philosophy and Department of Religion and Philosophy Chair

Kevin DeLapp holds the Harold E. Fleming Chair of Philosophy and serves as coordinator of the philosophy program at Converse. His research explores the foundations of morality and he regularly teaches courses in ethics, Greek and Chinese philosophy, logic, aesthetics, and metaphysics. Dr. DeLapp has published articles in the fields of metaethics, moral psychology, and cross-cultural philosophy, and he is the author of the books Moral Realism (B2013), Lying and Truthfulness (2016), Partial Values: A Comparative Study in the Limits of Objectivity (2019), and the two-volume Portraits of Confucius: The Reception of Confucianism, 1560-1960 (2021).

Dr. DeLapp often participates in the First-Year Seminar program and the Nisbet Honors program, teaching courses and directing independent studies on topics such as mythology, human nature, science fiction, and heroes and monsters. He has been a recipient of the Curriculum Innovation Award and the Kathryne Amelia Brown award for excellence in teaching and has been recognized by the Association of South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities for his teaching performance. Dr. DeLapp has led several foreign tours with students throughout Europe. He is a past president of the South Carolina Society for Philosophy and he also regularly teaches fencing as a P.E. class at Converse.