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Bernie Cantens

Bernardo CantensAssociate Professor of Philosophy (2008)

Education
  • B.A. & M.A., Florida International University
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Florida International University
  • M.A. & Ph.D., University of Miami
Contact

Email: bcantens@moravian.edu
Phone: 610-861-1589
Office: Comenius Hall, Room 107
Personal website: www.berniephilosophy.com

Areas of Research and/or Expertise:

Historical: Medieval philosophy and Modern Philosophy. Systematic: Metaphysics, Epistemology, American Pragmatism, Latin American Philosophy and Hispanic/Latino Issues

Biography:

Bernardo Cantens is an Associate Professor at Moravian College. His areas of competency are Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, American Pragmatism, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Latin American Philosophy and Hispanic/Latino Issues. He was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University in 2006 and has received two prestigious grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities (2005 and 2006). He was awarded two essay prizes by the American Philosophical Association: the APA William James Prize (2003) and the APA Prize in Latin American Thought (2004). He is currently the editor of the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues.

Major Awards, Grants and Fellowships

2006 Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2006 NEH Summer Seminar Negotiating Identities in Art, Literature, and Philosophy: Cuban Americans and Cuban Culture at the University of New York, Buffalo, NY. Directors: Jorge J.E. Gracia, Lynette Bosch, and Isabel Alvarez-Borland ($2,400)
2005 NEH Faculty Research Award 2005-2006 ($40,000) 
“Peirce’s Evolutionary Cosmology and the Naturalism vs. Theism Debate”
2004 American Philosophical Association Prize in Latin American Thought: “Francisco De Vitoria’s Just Intervention Theory and the Iraq War,” symposium paper delivered at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division in Boston, MA on December 27-30, 2004.
2003 American Philosophical Association William James Prize: “Overcoming the Evidentialist’s Challenge: Peirce’s Conjectures of Instinctive Reason and the Reality of God," symposium paper delivered at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division in Washington DC on December 27-30, 2003

Recent Publications
  • “Cognitive Faculties and Evolutionary Naturalism,” American Catholic Philosophical Association Proceedings 80 (2006): 201-208.  
  • “Peirce on Science and Religion” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 59 (2) (2006):  93 - 115
  • “Ultimate Reality in the Philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce: To Want To Learn The Truth” Ultimate Reality and Meaning, 29 (4) 2(2006): 229-243.
  • “Forgiveness and it importance in Post-War Ethics” Journal of Religion, Disability and Health, 12 (3) (2008): 251-266.
  • “Comments on Jaime Nubiola’s “Charles Peirce and the Hispanic World” APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Topic on Hispanic and American Philosophy, Spring 2009
  • “Dewey’s Pragmatism and Social-Political Philosophy: Comments on Rosa Mayorga’s ‘Hispanic Philosophy, American Pragmatism, and Cuba” APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Topic on Hispanic and American Philosophy, Spring, 2009.
  • “Why Forgive: A Christian Response” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 82 (2008): 217-228.
  • “On the Metaphysics of Cultural Identity: A Darwinian Account” Latino Studies 7(2) (2009): 167- 196.
Chapters in Books
  • “Is Political Forgiveness Possible?” in Politics, Pluralism and Religion. Cambridge, England: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.
  • “Suarez on the Cosmological Argument” Interpreting Suarez. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
Encyclopedia Entries
  • "Francisco de Vitoria and Bartolome de las Casas on the Rights of the American Indians." Blackwell Companion to Latin American Philosophy. Edited by Susana Nuccetelli, Ofelia Schutte and Oávio Bueno.  Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2010. Pp. 23-35.
  • “Francisco Suárez.” The History of Western Philosophy of Religion. Volume  3 Early Modern Philosophy. Edited by Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis. Durham: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2009, 75-87.
Recent Works Edited
  • APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Topic on Immigration, Spring 2008. 
  • APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues, editor, Fall 2008.
  • APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Topic on Hispanic and American Philosophy, editor, Spring 2009.
  • APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Topic on Race and Ethnicity, editor, Fall 2009.Special Issue on the Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.
  • APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues, editor, Spring 2010.
  • APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues, Editor, Fall 2010 (forthcoming).
Recent Book Reviews
  • Review of Annuario filosofíco: pragmatismo hispanico for Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44(4) (2008): 739-747.
  • Review of Alvin Plantinga and Michael Tooley, Knowledge of God for American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (forthcoming)
Recent Conference Presentations
  • “A prolegomena to Peirce’s philosophy of Religion,” invited talk delivered at Seminarios del Grupo de Estudios Peirceanos, Universidad de Navarro, Pamplona, Spain, February 15, 2006.
  • “A Reply To Plantinga’s Argument Against Naturalism” invited talk delivered to the faculty of the philosophy department at Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain, March 23, 2006.
  • “Peirce’s Early Conception of Logic” delivered at the III Meeting on Pragmatism: Agency, Inference, and the Origins of Analytic Philosophy, University of Granada, Granada, Spain, April 19-21, 2006.
  • “Cognitive Faculties and Evolutionary Naturalism,” American Catholic Philosophical Association Proceedings in Granville, Ohio, October 27-29, 2006.
  • “A Problem with the Theistic Doctrine Salvation: A Solution from Suárez’s Doctrine of Eternal Truths,” Duquesne University. Pittsburg, PA. March 2007
  • “Philosophical reflection on Cultural and Aesthetic Identity: The art of Alejandro Mendoza and Laura Luna,” Cuban Identity: Religion, Philosophy, and Visual Arts, Barry University, Miami, FL. March 22, 2007.
  • “Evolution and Reliable Cognitive Faculties: A Reply to Plantinga’s Argument against Naturalism” delivered to the Society for Philosophers of Religion at The Hilton Head, Hilton Head, South Carolina on February 23, 2007. 
  • “Toward a Christian Understanding of Forgiveness” Society for Philosophers of Religion at Wilmington, North Carolina on February 23, 2008.
  • “Peirce’s Early Logic, Metaphysics, and the Progress of Science” delivered to the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, at MSU, Michigan, March 13-15, 2008.
  • “Christian  Forgiveness” Niagara University, Niagara, NY, February 25, 2008.
  • “Why Forgive: A Christian Response” American Catholic Philosophical Association Proceedings in Omaha, Nebraska, October 30- November 1, 2008.
  • “Comments on Jaime Nubiola’s ‘Charles Peirce and the Hispanic World’”APA Eastern Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, December 29, 2008.
  • “Comments on Rosa Mayorga’s ‘Hispanic Philosophy, American Pragmatism, and Cuba’” APA Eastern Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, December 29, 2008
  • “Comments on Terrence Tilley’s “Some Ontological Arguments” delivered to the Society for Philosophers of Religion at The Hilton Head, Hilton Head, South Carolina on February 23, 2009
  • “Comments on Edwin Bagley’s “Can God be Virtuous?” ddelivered to the Society for Philosophers of Religion at the Double Tree Hotel, Claremont, California, on February 25, 2010.
Recent Activities of Note:

2009

  • A chapter on Francisco Suárez’s philosophy of religion by Bernie Cantens, associate professor of philosophy, appeared in the recently published The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 3 Early Modern Philosophy, edited by Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis. (Durham: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2009) 75-87. An international team of more than 100 leading scholars contributed to The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, a major work of reference.
  • Professor Canten's article "Why Forgive? A Christian Response" was published in the Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 82 (2008): 217-228, November 2009.
  • Bernardo Cantens, associate professor and chair of philosophy, had several articles published in recent months. They include: "On the Metaphysics of Cultural Identity: A Darwinian Account" Latino Studies 7 (2009): 167-196; "Comments on Jaime Nubiola's 'Charles Peirce and the Hispanic World'"APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Topic on Hispanic and American Philosophy, Spring 2009; and "Dewey’s Pragmatism and Social-Political Philosophy: Comments on Rosa Mayorga's 'Hispanic Philosophy, American Pragmatism, and Cuba'" APA Newsletter on Hispanic-Latino Issues: Special Topic on Hispanic and American Philosophy, Spring 2009.
  • Bernardo Cantens, associate professor and chair of philosophy, edited APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Issue on the Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, Fall 2009.