Keith Cooper

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Keith Cooper

Office Location:Hauge Administration Building - Room 206-B

Status:Phased Retirement

  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Member: Title IX Working Group
  • Faculty Athletics Representative


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1988
  • M.A, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1981
  • M.T.S., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1979
  • B.A., Gordon College, 1976


  • Faculty Excellence Award - Excellence in Advising 2005


Keith Cooper has been teaching at PLU since 1984. His graduate degrees in philosophy are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; he also has a master’s degree in theology. His main areas of interest are the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of science, especially the question of methodological parallels between metaphysical inquiry and scientific theorizing (e.g., abductive reasoning). Favorite courses, in addition to those areas, include Formal Logic and The Examined Life. He has served as department chair and as dean of the Division of Humanities, as well as on many university committees.