Published on September 26, 2019 by Sean Flynt  
Taylor Cyr and Dennis Sansom
Taylor Cyr and Dennis Sansom

Samford University faculty are active in scholarship as well as teaching, modeling research and professional engagement for next generations of scholars. Philosophy professors Taylor Cyr and Dennis Sansom will continue that tradition as they present their work at the annual conference of the Alabama Philosophical Society Sept. 27-28.

Sansom joined Samford's faculty in 1988 and is the founding chair of the university's Philosophy Department.

Before joining Samford's faculty in 2019, Cyr taught a variety of ethics courses in the philosophy department at Washington University in St. Louis. His scholarly interests lie at the intersection of ethics and metaphysics, including topics like free will, moral responsibility, death, immortality, time (especially time travel), and personal identity. 


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.