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Dr. Daniel Breyer

Associate Professor
Stevenson Hall - STV 323B
  • About
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors
  • Research


I'm an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Director of the Religious Studies program at Illinois State University. I earned my PhD from Fordham University.

Current Courses

254.001Ancient Philosophy

254.002Ancient Philosophy

330.001Topics in Moral Theory

104.001The Ideal Of Democracy

Teaching Interests & Areas

Epistemology Moral Psychology/Freedom and Religion Philosophy of Religion Indian & Buddhist Philosophy Ancient, Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy

Research Interests & Areas

Contemporary epistemology Philosophy of Religion Moral Psychology Buddhist Studies

Ph D Philosophy

Fordham University
Bronx, New York

MA Liberal Arts (Great Books Program)

St. John's College
Santa Fe, NM

BA Classics

University of Montana
Missoula, MT

Advocacy Award

Illinois State University

Impact Award

Illinois State University

Impart Award

Illinois State Univesity

Outstanding University Teaching Award

Illnois State University

Outstanding College Teacher Award,

College of Arts and Sciences, Illinois State University

Outstanding Teaching Award, Teaching Initiative Award

Illinois State University

Funded Participant, Institute on Experimental Philosophy

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Inaugural Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Teaching Fellowship


University Research Grant: Pre-Tenure Faculty Initiative Grant

College of Arts and Sciences, Illinois State University

Summer Research Grant

Department of Philosophy

Book, Authored

Breyer, D. Understanding the Dark Side of Human Nature (2019)

Journal Article

Breyer, D. Freedom with a Buddhist Face. Sophia 52.2 (2013): 359 - 379.
Breyer, D. Knowledge, Credit, and Cognitive Agency. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 94 (2013): 26 pages.
Breyer, D. Molinism, Freedom, and Luck. Philosophia Christi 15.2 (2013): 189 - 206.
Breyer, D. Ownership, Agency, and Defeat. Acta Analytica (2012)
Breyer, D. Reflective Luck and Belief Ownership. Acta Analytica 25 (2010): 133–154.


Ancient Philosophy and the Art of Living. Audition for Road Scholar Program. Illinois Humanities Council. (2014)
Ancient Philosophy and the Art of Living. Mornings with the Professors. ISU Senior Professionals. (2014)
Animal Suffering and the Problem of Evil: The Case Against God. The God Debate: Animal Suffering and the Problem of Evil. Illinois State University Philosophical Society and Religious Studies Faculty Forum. (2014)
The Vedas: The Hymn to Agni and Wisdom's Flame. Vedic Center Grand Opening. (2014)
Quality Online Course: Lessons Learned and Transformations. Annual University-Wide, Teaching and Learning Symposium: Center for Teaching Learning and Technology. Illinois State University. (2011)

Grants & Contracts

International Seminar Series: Fostering World Religious Literacy. International Studies and Programs. Illinois State University. (2019)
Pressing Questions in Religion. College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University. (2017)