Robert A. Delfino

Associate Professor
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D., Philosophy, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2001

B.A., Philosophy and English, St. John’s University, 1994

AREAS OF INTEREST

Metaphysics, especially naturalism and personal identity

The relationship between science, metaphysics, and religion

Medieval Philosophy and Thomas Aquinas

Robert A. Delfino received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he specialized in metaphysics and medieval philosophy, studying under Professor Jorge J. E. Gracia. His current research interests include metaphysics, ethics, and the relationship between science, philosophy, and religion. He has published articles on Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Husserl, philosophy of science, personal identity, and human rights, in various countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia, Poland, and India. He has presented papers at the Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain, the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, in Poland, and the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom. He is a fellow of the Adler-Aquinas Institute, a member of the Board of Advisors for the International Etienne Gilson Society, and the editor of Studies in the History of Western Philosophy (SHWP), a special series within the Value Inquiry Book Series (VIBS).

  • Honors Philosophy of the Human Person
  • Honors Ethics
  • Honors Metaphysics
  • Honors Logic
  • Honors Science and Religion
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Contemporary Philosophy
  • Medieval Philosophy and Literature (cross-listed with English 3510 Medieval Literature)
  • Ancient Philosophy and Literature (cross-listed with English 3500 Classical Literature)

Books

Understanding Moral Weakness. Edited by Robert A. Delfino (Amsterdam and New York: Editions Rodopi B.V., 2006), 166 pp.

What are We to Understand Gracia to Mean?: Realist Challenges to Metaphysical Neutralism. Edited by Robert A. Delfino (Amsterdam and New York: Editions Rodopi B.V., 2006), 261 pp.

Plato’s Cratylus: Argument, Form, and Structure. Edited by Robert A. Delfino (Amsterdam and New York: Editions Rodopi B.V., 2005), 151 pp.

Articles

“Scientific Naturalism and the Need for a Neutral Metaphysical Framework” in Science and Faith within Reason: Reality, Creation, Life and Design, ed. by Jaume Navarro (Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2011), pp. 43-59.

“Bound Idealities and the Metaphysics of Edmund Husserl” in Metaphysik Heute [Metaphysics Today], ed. By Tadeusz Guz, Elzbieta Szczurko, and Leszek Brusniak (Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang, October 2009), pp. 43-64.

"Christian Physicalism and Personal Identity," Global Spiral (November 2008).

"Realism and the Problem of Universals: A Thomistic Solution," Czlowiek W Kulturze: W obronie realizmu, Vol. 19 (March 2008), 301–15.

“Methodological Naturalism and Evolution,” Ewolucjonizm czy Kreacjonizm (Poland: Fundacja Lubelska Szkola Filozofii Chrzescijanskiej, February 2008), 137–56.

“The Problem of Justifying the Right to Freedom of Religion,” Journal of Dharma, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2006), 51–65.

“Neo-Thomism in Gracia’s metaphysics,” What are We to Understand Gracia to Mean?: Realist Challenges to Metaphysical Neutralism (Amsterdam and New York: Editions Rodopi B.V., 2006), 75–87.

“The Beauty of Wisdom: A Tribute to Armand A. Maurer, CSB,” A Thomistic Tapestry: Essays in Memory of Étienne Gilson. Edited by Peter A. Redpath (Amsterdam and New York: Editions Rodopi B.V., 2003), 37–45.

“Mystical Theology in Aquinas and Maritain,” Jacques Maritain and The Many Ways of Knowing. Edited by Douglass A. Ollivant (Catholic University of America Press, 2002), 253–68.