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Arthur Gianelli

Associate Professor
Ph.D., St. John’s University


  • Ph.D., Philosophy of Science, St. John’s University, 1971
  • B.S., Physics, Georgetown University, 1961


  • History and philosophy of physics
  • Maxwell’s Electromagnetic Field Theory
  • Big Bang Cosmology and the Anthropic Principle
  • The problem of evil

Arthur Gianelli has been a member of the Philosophy Department for 40 years.  Dr. Gianelli has been on the Board of Directors of the Independent Studies Program for 7 years, Director of the Honors Program for 14 years, and Chair of the Philosophy Department for 16 years.  Prior to coming to St. John’s, Dr. Gianelli taught physics for 4 years at Penn State University. 

Dr. Gianelli is currently doing research in the following areas:

  • Metaphysical and epistemological issues in the 19th century sciences of electricity, magnetism, and optics, with special emphasis on the electromagnetic field theory of James Clerk Maxwell.
  • Issues at the interface of contemporary science and philosophy, and contemporary science and religion, especially those issues brought forth by Big Bang Cosmology and the Anthropic Principle.

Dr. Gianelli’s goal is the publication of a book integrating both areas of research.  Research in the first area is close to completion; research in the second area has begun.