Daniel R. DeNicola, Professor of Philosophy, has authored a chapter on "Liberal Education and Moral Education" in the forthcoming anthology, Character and Moral Education, edited by Joseph DeVitis and Tianlong Yu, to be published this spring by Peter Lang.
Another paper, "Friends, Foes, and Noddings on Liberal Education" will be delivered to a general session of the national Philosophy of Education Society conference in St. Louis in March. His respondent will be Nel Noddings of Stanford University, whose views he critiques in the paper. It has also been selected for publication in Philosophy of Education 2011.
Steven Gimbel, Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy has co-authored a book with Steven Stern, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and an Affiliate in Philosophy, titled Einstein's Jewish Science. The book will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2012.
Professor Steve Gimbel and Anne Emerson '08 published "Montessori and the Uncited Influence of Hegel" in Communications, (2009): 39-53. The article shows that Maria Montessori's pedagogy is based upon her picture of human development, a picture shaped by the Hegelianism of her university professor Antonio Labriola. Communications is the journal of the Association Montessori Internationale.
Kerry S. Walters, Bittinger Professor of Philosophy, has authored the volume Atheism: a Guide for the Perplexed in the Guide for the Perplexed Series published by Continuum. A critic's reaction: Kerry "Walters's fine book contributes fairly and substantively to the contemporary discussion of atheism. Unlike most other treatments, this attractive and readable work not only exposes all sides of the God-question succinctly and clearly, but it does so with unrelenting compassion, wisdom, and accuracy. The book is a model of significant and informed intellectual exchange. Highly recommended." - John F. Haught, Senior Fellow, Science & Religion, Georgetown University.
A new, revised edition of Kerry's book, Revolutionary Deists: Early America's Rational Infidels, has just been released by Prometheus Press. First published twenty years ago, this work focuses on the deist views of Franklin, Jefferson, Paine, Ethan Allan, Elihu Palmer, and Philip Freneau.
Professor Lisa Portmess has been selected as a participant in the Fulbright Ambassador Program by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and currently serves on the Northern African Review Committee. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt during her last sabbatical.
Bassam Romaya joins the faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor this year. Having earned his doctorate from Temple University with a dissertation focusing on ethical issues of the Iraqi War, he will teach World Philosophy, Philosophy of Peace and Non-Violence, and other courses at Gettysburg.
Professor Romaya will be presenting an upcoming paper entitled "Queer Perspectives and the Just War Tradition: Prospects for a Queer War Theory?" at the 2011 Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He recently published the paper "Erectus Interruptus: All Erections Are Not Equal," in Thorsten Botz-Bornstein, ed., The Philosophy of Viagra (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011), 191-204, and articles in two volumes of the Wiley-Blackwell Philosophy for Everyone book series edited by Fritz Allhoff. The two papers are "The Straight Sex Experiment," in Michael Bruce and Robert Stewart, eds., College Sex and Philosophy (New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 28-39, and"The Philosopher's Brew," in Mike Austin and Scott F. Parker, eds., Coffee and Philosophy (New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), 113-124.
Raj Ramanathapillai, Associate Professor, published "A Forest Ride on Wild Elephants: The Philosophy of Wilderness in Buddhism" in Gajah: Journal of Asian Elephant Specialist Group, Vol. 30 (2009): 29-33. The article examines the intricate relationship of the forest and elephants to monks and nuns embarking on their spiritual journey and the expression of this process in the philosophical development of Buddhism. He is on leave this year in Australia.