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Dr. Randy Ridenour

Professor of Philosophy

Office Location Montgomery Hall, 215
Phone (Office) 405.585.4432


Ridenour joined the OBU faculty in 2000, the same year he completed a Ph.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma. The Copan, Okla., native was an infantry soldier before completing his college degree. He later served as a chaplain’s assistant before being commissioned as a chaplain with the Army Reserve. He served in active duty in 2003 and 2004, stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, supporting the soldiers and families of the 4th Infantry Division during their deployment to Iraq. He has presented papers at philosophy conferences and meetings in the mid-south and midwest. Ridenour serves as a supply preacher in churches around the state.


  • B.A., University of Oklahoma
  • M.A., University of Oklahoma
  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Dissertation: "An Essentialist Theory of Modality"

Courses Taught

  • PHIL 1043: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 3203: Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 1999: Topics of Philosophy
  • PHIL 4603: Metaphysics
  • PHIL 2343, 2353: History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 2143: History of Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 3653: Epistemology
  • PHIL 2363: Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL 3703: Aesthetics
  • PHIL 315: 20th Century Philosophy

Selected Publications

“Naturalism, Theism, and Bayesian Probability” at the Mid-South Philosophy Conference, Spring 2000

“An Example of Technology Use in Humanities Instruction: Bringing Medieval Philosophy out of the Middle Ages” at the Symposium on Technology for Learning Improvement, Spring 1997

“Minds, Machines, and Gödel” at the Mid-South Philosophy Conference, Spring 1997

“A Response to Jim Shelton’s ‘Truth and the JTB Account of Knowledge’” at the Mid-South Philosophy Conference, Spring 1997