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Carlo Filice

Professor Of Philosophy
Welles 102D
Portrait of Carlo Filice

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 some perennial questions and ventures some unusual answers.

Office Hours

 Spring 2020 - M/T/W 2:45 - 3:45, and by appointment. 

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., Western Illinois University

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


  • The Purpose of Life: An Eastern Philosophical Vision (University Press of America, 2011) Buy it on Amazon

  • Recent Articles: Libertarian Autonomy and Intrinsic Motives, Social Theory and Practice, Vol 36, No 4, 2010. 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. The Moral Case for Reincarnation, Religious Studies, Vol 42, March 2006. On the Autonomy of the Divine, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 55, No. 2, 2004. 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).


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


  • PHIL 130: Ethics

    An introductory course aimed at the improvement of moral reasoning. Analysis and assessment of contemporary examples are stressed.

  • PHIL 215: M/Eastern Philosophy

    An introduction to some of the central texts and viewpoints of the Eastern philosophical tradition. The views explored will be Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian. The approach will be primarily philosophical, not historical. The goal will be to understand and critically evaluate the main metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical ideas lying at the center of each tradition. The issues explored will include the status and nature of the self, the possibility of some ultimate indefinable immanent reality, the metaphysical status of space-time-matter-causality, the relation between opposites such as good and evil, and the nature of the good life.

  • PHIL 237: Ethical Issues in Business

    This course will introduce students to the central role of ethics in the conduct of business organizations and the people who administer them. Students will learn to identify ethical issues in business and to analyze them from the perspective of several philosophical moral traditions. We will consider ethical issues concerning both the overall economic system and the specific business areas of management, accounting, finance, and marketing. Students will be required to perform analyses of both philosophical readings and recent case-studies from the business world.