Office Hours

  • Wed: 9 - 11:30, 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)

Fall 2015 Classes

HONR 101:
The Nature of Inquiry

    An examination of proposed standards for the evaluation of progress in inquiry. The course focuses on the concepts of knowledge, meaning, truth, and evidence and on classic texts addressing these topi
    cs, such as those of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, and Kant. Prerequisites: Admission into the honors program. Offered every fall
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HUMN 220:
H/Western Humanities I

    A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from the beginnings to 1600. The course is factual as w
    ell as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.
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PHIL 202:
M/World Religions &Contemp Iss

    The insights and teachings of major living religions will be analyzed by a study of their basic texts and teachers: Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Compari
    son of how their teachings apply to such contemporary issues as war and peace, the environment, gender, race, sexual orientation, and economic justice. (Cross listed with PLSC 202.) Not offered on a regular basis
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