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Moravian College

Dr. Bernie Cantens 

Professor of Philosophy

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Telephone: 610 861-1589
Office: Comenius Room 107
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B.A., Accounting, Florida International University 
B.A., Philosophy, Florida International University
M.A., Accounting, Florida International University
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 
M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Research and/or Expertise

Historical: Medieval and Modern Philosophy.
Systematic: Philosophy of Religion, American Pragmatism, and Ethics.


Bernie Cantens, Ph.D. is Professor of Philosophy at Moravian College. Dr. Cantens was a recipient of the first American Philosophical Association  Prize in Latin American Thought. He was also the recipient of the American Philosophical Association William James Prize.  His research has received three grants from the National Endowments of the Humanities (NEH Fellowship 2005-2006), (NEH Summer Seminar 2006), and (NEH Enduring Questions Grant 2014-2017). He was also participant in an 800,000 CIC Online Humanities Instruction Grant supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation (2014-2016). He was the editor of the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues from 2008-2013. He has published over 30 scholarly articles, book chapters, and reviews in his areas of specialization. Dr. Cantens serves on the editorial board of several journals and has served as the chair of several outside departmental evaluation review boards. He was the president of The Society for Philosophy of Religion in 2013. He is on the Executive Committee and Treasurer of the Associates for Philosophy of Religion. His current research is on the ethics of abortion.

Major Awards, Grants and Fellowships

National Endowments for the Humanities (NEH) Grants     

2014-16: NEH Enduring Questions: What is Peace? ($32,256)

2006: NEH Summer Seminar Negotiating Identities in Art, Literature, and Philosophy: Cuban Americans and Cuban Culture ($2,400) University of New York, Buffalo, NY. Directors: Jorge J. E. Gracia, Lynette Bosch, and Isabel Alvarez-Borland 

2005: NEH Faculty Research Award 2005-2006 ($40,000) Peirce's Evolutionary Cosmology and the Naturalism vs. Theism Debate".

The Council of Independent Colleges and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ($800,000)

2014-16: CIC Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction

Moravian Grants

2014-2016: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Digital Pedagogy Course Development, Moravian College.  Individual Stipend: $2300.00.

2009-2016: Faculty Development Grant, Moravian College

Recent Publications

  • “Spanish Philosophy and Law.” A New Brill Companion to Spanish Renaissance, forthcoming.
  • “What is Philosophy of Religion?”, 2014.
  • “Suárez’s Argument for the Existence of God” Interpreting Suárez: Critical Essays. Edited by Daniel Schwartz.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • "Is Political Forgiveness Possible?" in Politics, Pluralism and Religion. Cambridge, England: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010, 213-232.
  • "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 Otavio Bueno. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2010, 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.
  • "On the Metaphysics of Cultural Identity: A Darwinian Account" Latino Studies 7 (2) (2009): 167-196.
  • "Why Forgive: A Christian Response" Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 82 (2008): 217-228.
  • "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, Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2009.
  • "Comments on Jaime Nubiola's "Charles Peirce and the Hispanic World" APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Topic on Hispanic and American Philosophy, Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2009.
  • "Forgiveness and it importance in Post-War Ethics" Journal of Religion, Disability and Health, 12 (3) (2008): 251-266.
  • "Ultimate Reality in the Philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce: To Want To Learn The Truth" Ultimate Reality and Meaning, 29 (4) (2006): 229-243.
  • "Peirce on Science and Religion" International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 59 (2) (2006):  93-115.
  • "Cognitive Faculties and Evolutionary Naturalism," American Catholic Philosophical Association Proceedings 80 (2006): 201-208.  

Recent Works Edited  

  • APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Topic on Immigration, Spring 2008. 
  • APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues, editorFall 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 F. Thomas Burke, What Pragmatism Was for Choice, 2014.
  • Review of Robert Schwartz, Rethinking Pragmatism: From William James to Contemporary Philosophy for Choice, 2013.
  • Review of Jorge J. E. Gracia, Forging People: Race Ethnicity, and Nationality in Hispanic American and Latino/a Thought for Choice, 2012.
  • Review of Alvin Plantinga and Michael Tooley, Knowledge of God for American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 84(3) (2010): 644-7.
  • Review of Annuario filosofíco: pragmatismo hispanico for Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44(4) (2008): 739-47.
  • Review of Ward, Roger. Conversion in American Philosophy for Transactions of the Charles Sanders Peirce Society 42 (2005): 444-50.
  • Review of Dekker, Eef. Middle Knowledge for American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 78 (2004): 499-503.


  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Advanced Logic
  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Meta-Ethics
  • Metaphysics
  • American Pragmatism
  • Ethics for the Public's Health
  • Sport Ethics
  • Ethics of Abortion
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Friendship