Interdisciplinary Studies

Daniel R. DeNicola

Adjunct Resident Director

Interdisciplinary Studies



Campus Box 0404


Weidensall Hall
Room 306
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


EdD Harvard University, 1973
Harvard University, 1968
BA Ohio University, 1967

Academic Focus

Philosophy of Education, Emotion, Ethical Theory, Ancient Greek Philosophy

Dan DeNicola focuses on aspects of epistemology, philosophy of education, theories of the emotions, and theoretical and applied ethics.  He teaches upper division courses, such as Choice, Chance, Luck, and Fate; Emotion; Philosophy of Place; Ethics & Economic Life; and The Philosophy of Color. He has twice taught the Senior Seminar in Philosophy on the topic of Ignorance.  Previously, he taught First-Year Seminars, such as Designer Genes and the Ethics of Human Enhancement and Secrets and Lies.  He served as Director of the Gettysburg London Seminar in 2013.  Currently, he serves as Chair of the Department of Philosophy.

His latest book is Understanding Ignorance: The Surprising Impact of What We Don't Know, which was published by MIT Press in August 2017 (  Prof. DeNicola also authored the book, Learning to Flourish: A Philosophical Exploration of Liberal Education (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2012:  A book on ethical theory is his current project. He has published numerous articles on such topics as: liberal education; art and morality; educating the emotions; genetics, justice, and respect for human life; Immanuel Kant; John Stuart Mill; the interconnection of scientific theory and instrumentation; sociobiology and religion; and supererogation (action beyond duty).

For ten years (1996-2006), DeNicola was Provost of Gettysburg College; he then served a year as Vice President for Program Development, leading both the Eisenhower Institute and the Leonard Bernstein Center for Learning. In earlier years, he had been Provost at Rollins College, where he had also chaired the Department of Philosophy and Religion. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University and at Lancaster University (UK).  He has led a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on John Stuart Mill.