Bernie Cantens, Ph.D 

Professor of the Philosophy at Moravian College

Welcome to my webpage!

I hope this webpage will serve as an important resource for students and others interested in philosophy. Let me tell you a little about my work. (You may also visit my blog for my most current essays.)  

I  am a professor of philosophy in the Philosophy Department at Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I received my doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Miami, Miami, Florida in 1999. My areas of specialization are Late-Medieval Spanish Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, American Pragmatism, Ethics, and Ethics of Abortion. I also teach History of Philosophy, Logic, and Metaphysics.

I have worked on several major grants in the humanities, including three from the National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH Fellowship (2005-2006), NEH Summer Seminar (2006), and NEH Enduring Questions (2014-2016). I participated in a $800,000 online teaching grant with The Council of Independent Colleges, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In 2003 and 2004, I was humbled and honored to be recognized by my peers with the with the first distinction  of  two essay awards from the The American Philosophical Association: The APA William James Prize  for my essay “Overcoming the Evidentialist's Challenge: Peirce's Conjectures of Instinctive Reason and the Reality of God,” and  The APA Prize in Latin American Thought for my essay, “Francisco de Vitoria's Just Intervention Theory and the Iraq War."

During my career, I have published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and book reviews in my areas of specialization. I have included links to these articles in this webpage. I have also written many works that remain unpublished, some of which I have also included in this webpage.  

From 2008 to 2013, I had the privilege to serve as the editor of the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues. I currently serve on the editorial board of several journals, and I have chaired several outside philosophy departmental evaluation review boards. In 2014, I was the President of The Society for Philosophy of Religion

My most recent work is on the ethics of abortion. I am particularly interested in a virtue ethics approach to the problem of abortion. I am also working on several topics in the philosophy of religion: "Aristotelian Friendship as a Paradigm for Theist,"  "A New Version of the Hiddenness Problem for the Existence of God" and "On the Nature of Religious Assent". Finally, I continue to work on American Pragmatist issues, specifically the conceptions of truth of Peirce, James. and Dewey.

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