Dan DeNicola focuses on aspects of epistemology, philosophy of education, theories of the emotions, theoretical and applied ethics. He teaches such First-Year Seminars as Designer Genes and the Ethics of Human Enhancement and Secrets and Lies, and advanced courses such as Choice, Chance, Luck, and Fate; Emotion; Philosophy of Place; Ethics & Economic Life; and The Philosophy of Color. He has taught a Senior Seminar in Philosophy on the topic of "Ignorance and Forbidden Knowledge." In 2013, he served as Director of the Gettysburg London Seminar on the Utilitarians. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Philosophy.
His book, Understanding Ignorance, will be published by MIT Press in 2017. DeNicola authored the book, Learning to Flourish: A Philosophical Exploration of Liberal Education (Continuum/Bloomsbury) in August 2012. His current project is a work on ethical theory. He has previously published 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.
Daniel R. DeNicola
Phone: (717) 337 - 6784
Box: Campus Box 0404
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400
EdD Harvard University, 1973
Harvard University, 1968
BA Ohio University, 1967
Philosophy of Education, Emotion, Ethical Theory, Ancient Greek Philosophy