Title: Professor; Department Chair, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies; Director of Grand Challenges
Department: Philosophy and Religious Studies
Degrees: B.A., University of Redlands; M.A., Vanderbilt University; Ph.D. Rice University
Phone: (814) 332-3621
Office Location: Odd Fellows, Room 117
Office Hours: Spring 2017
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; 1:30-3:30 p.m. or by appointment
Areas of Specialization
Philosophy of Religion
Modern and Contemporary Theology
History of Christian Thought
Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Areas of Teaching Competence
Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
Comparative Religion, Hermeneutics
Western Philosophy and Intellectual History
Religion and the Arts, Aesthetics
- Film as Philosophy
- The problem of evil
Courses & Syllabi (SP ’17)
- Trauma and Transcendence: Limits of Theory and Prospects in Thinking, co-editor with Peter Capretto (New York: Fordham University Press, forthcoming).
- Saintly Influence: Edith Wyschogrod and the Possibilities of Philosophy of Religion, co-editor with Martin Kavka (New York: Fordham University Press, 2009).
- The Enigma of Gift and Sacrifice, co-editor with Edith Wyschogrod and Jean-Joseph Goux (New York: Fordham University Press, 2002).
- “Historical Trauma, Commemoration, Absence” in Trauma and Transcendence: Limits of Theory and Prospects in Thinking, co-editor with Peter Capretto (New York: Fordham University Press, forthcoming).
- “Exteriority of Religion in Malick’s Tree of Life” in The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace: Philosophical Footholds on the Tree of Life (Northwestern U Press, 2016).
- “Ivan’s Rebellion: Love and the Excess of Evil” Janus Head 11 (2), May 2015.
- “Opening the Doors for Faculty Collaboration: The case of the Allegheny Gateway” co-author with Lee Coates and Laura Reeck,Peer Review, Fall/Winter 2015 Vol.16/17 No.4/1
- “The Transcendence and Banality of Evil” in I More than Others: Responses to Evil and Suffering, edited by Eric Severson (Cambridge: Cambridge Publishing, 2010).
- “Derrida and Religious Reflection in the Continental Tradition” in Theory After Derrida, edited by R. Radhakrishnan and K. Baral (Routledge Press, 2009).
- “Introduction” in Saintly Influence: Edith Wyschogrod and the Possibilities of Philosophy of Religion, co-edited by Eric Boynton and Martin Kavka (New York: Fordham University Press, 2009).
Recent Conference Presentations and Invited Papers
- “Wonder in Science, Religion, Philosophy, and Film” Religion, Science, and the Future Conference: Gainsville, FL: January 15, 2016
- Trauma and Collective Memory” Philosophy Colloquium, Boğaziçi University: Istanbul, Turkey: May 25, 2015
- “Interdisciplinary Models That Support Interconnectivity” AAC&U Annual Conference: Washington DC: January 22, 2015
- Historical Trauma, Commemoration, Absence” Combat Paper Conference: Meadville, PA: October 2, 2014
- “Anti-monuments, Commemoration, and the Building of Absences” Slippery Rock Philosophy Symposium: Slippery Rock, PA: April 23, 2014
- “Evoking Wonder: Terrence Malick’s Films and Martin Heidegger’s Philosophy” Interdisciplinary Conference Exploring Awe and Wonder: Orlando, FL: Sept 7, 2013
- “Love and Evil” North American Levinas Society: Pittsburgh, PA: July 30, 2013
- Building on Trauma” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPHS Annual Meeting): Philadelphia, PA: Oct 23, 2011.
- “The Phenomenon of Evil and the Problem of Evil” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPHS Annual Meeting): Montreal, CA: Nov 6, 2010
- “The Transcendence and Banality of Evil: Modernity, Postmodernity, and Arendt” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy: Alexandria, VA: October 30, 2009
- “Is the ‘Problem of Evil’ Still Broadly Relevant” U. of Pittsburgh Religious Studies Colloquium: Pittsburgh, PA: Oct 14, 2009
- “Giving and Forgiving” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPHS Annual Meeting): Chicago, IL: November 10, 2007
- “Anti-monuments, Commemoration, and the Building of Absences”International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place: Pittsburgh, PA: April 27-29, 2007