Office Hours

  • M/T/W 2:30 - 3:30, and by appointment.




  • Theories of Freedom
  • Ethics/Justice Theories
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Purpose of Life Accounts

Carlo Filice



Welles 102D
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Carlo Filice has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1985.  His areas of expertise include ethics and comparative religious ideas.  His recent book, The Purpose of Life: An Eastern Philosophical Vision tackles som perennial questions and ventures some unusual answers. 

Faculty Information


  • B.A., Western Illinois University
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois; 1986

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Books
    1. The Purpose of Life: An Eastern Philosophical Vision (University Press of America, 2011)
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      Purpose of Life

  • Recent Articles
    1. “Libertarian Autonomy and Intrinsic Motives,” Social Theory and Practice, Vol 36, No 4, 2010

    2. “Review of Understanding World Religions: A Road Map for Justice and Peace." In The Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, Vol 17, No 2, 2008

    3. The Moral Case for Reincarnation, Religious Studies, Vol 42, March 2006

    4. On the Autonomy of the Divine, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 55, No. 2, 2004

    5. On The Obligation To Keep Informed About Distant Atrocities, newly revised and updated, included in Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach, Third Edition, by May and Collins (Prentice Hall, 2002)

Spring 2016 Classes

HUMN 221:
H/Western Humanities II

    A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from 1600 to the present. The course is factual as well
    as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered. Prerequisite: Humn 220.
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PHIL 201:
Environmental Ethics

    An inquiry concerning which entities, if any, have rights, whether non-human entities can have rights, and how one could justify claims about non-human rights. The outcome of the inquiry depends on an
    adequate account of good-in-itself. The course includes a survey of the environmental problems facing this planet. Offered when demand is sufficient
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PHIL 330:
Ethical Theory

    An examination of classical and contemporary philosophical works addressed to the problems of intrinsic value, right conduct, good character, free will and responsibility, and moral knowledge. Prereq
    uisites: One philosophy course or permission of instructor. Offered every spring
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