Carlo Filice

Professor Of Philosophy
Welles 102D

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.

Portrait of Carlo Filice

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


  • HUMN 220: W/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 well as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.

  • 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.

  • PHIL 420: ApplEthics:Just&Unjust Systems

    This is a slot course that focuses on some area(s) of applied ethics at an advanced level. Each section will take up applied moral, social, and/or political issues from a philosophical perspective, drawing on contemporary philosophical work on the topic.