Professor & Interim Dept. Chair Religion & Philosophy
B.A. University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Noel Hubler is a specialist in Ancient Greek metaphysics and science and explores the connections between Ancient epistemology and political theory. He has published articles on Aristotle, Plotinus, and the Neopythagoreans. He also has research interests in contemporary political theory. Additionally, he is the translator of the book of Ezekiel for the New English Translation of the Septuagint (Oxford University Press).
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Baccalauréat, Lycée International des Pontonniers
B.A., Syracuse University
M.A., Syracuse University
M.Phil., Syracuse University
Ph.D., Syracuse University
Dr. Noelle Vahanian’s approach to philosophy is both problem-oriented and existential. Her research interests aim at evaluating the master concepts—concepts that we take for granted, but that play an inordinate role in how we understand ourselves and our actions. Such concepts can be the topic of a class: Happiness, Madness, Faith, or Genocide, for example. On the other hand, her interests go beyond analysis. She is committed to the notion that philosophy is a way of life, not merely a tool to serve other ends: a way of thinking is a way of living. Her teaching expertise in Continental Philosophy of Religion reflects this understanding. She is the author of two books, and is currently engaged in research on philosophy, identity, and genocide.
Robert T. Valgenti
Associate Professor Religion & Philosophy
B.A. College of the Holy Cross
M.A. DePaul University
Ph.D. DePaul University
Dr. Valgenti teaches courses on ethics, Kant, Nietzsche, the history of philosophy, and 19-20th Century Continental philosophy. He is an active translator of Italian philosophy into English and has published and presented in the areas of hermeneutics and contemporary Italian philosophy. His current work focuses on the Italian philosophers Luigi Pareyson and Gianni Vattimo, as well as rethinking the connections between food and philosophy.
Leah D. Schade
Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy
M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Ph.D., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
The Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, Ph.D. is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America serving as the Pastor of United in Christ Lutheran Church in rural Lewisburg, PA, in the Upper Susquehanna Synod (USS). She earned her doctorate from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (where she received her Master of Divinity in 2000), having completed her dissertation focusing on homiletics (preaching) and ecological theology (caring for God’s creation). Her forthcoming book, "Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecological Theology and Homiletics," will be published by Chalice Press in the fall of 2015. She is also an anti-fracking activist and advocate for environmental justice issues, and is a trained workshop leader for Lutherans Restoring Creation, a grassroots movement helping congregations learn how to “go green.”
Hubler, J. N. (2015, August). Republican models for a just city: Aristotle, Harrington, and Pettit. Paper Presented at
Research Committee 21, Urbino, Italy.
Hubler, J. N. (2015, May). Novus Ordo Saeculorum: Machiavelli’s adaptation of Aristotle’s best regime. Paper Presented at
the Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece.
Hubler, J. N. (2015, May). Virtue-directed politics for the modern age. Paper Presented at the Symposium for Re-Founding
Democracy, International Network for Alternative Academia, Barcelona, Spain.
Hubler, J. N. (2015, November). Madison and republican traditions: Adapting Aristotle’s best polities. Paper Presented at
the Northeast Political Science Association, Philadelphia, Pa.
Hubler, J. N. (2014, November 13-14). Aristotle's best regime: An analogical approach. Paper Presented at the Northeast Political Society Association, Boston, MA.
Hubler, J. N. (October 2013). Aristotle's fundamental opposition to Plato's epistemology. Society for the Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York, NY.
Hubler, J. N. (November 2013). The laws as the fulfillment of Plato's philosophy. Northeast Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Hubler, N. (June 2013). Plotinus: Whence the one. International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, Cardiff University, UK.
Hubler, J. N. (December 2012). Aristotle on truth: Identity in difference. American Philosophical Association. Atlanta, GA.
Hubler, J.N. (November 2013). The laws as the fulfillment of Plato's philosophy. Northeast Political Science Association. Philadelphia, PA.
Hubler, J. N. (June 2012). Plato, the Stoics, and the theory of psychic motions. International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, Cagliari, Italy.
Hubler, J. N. (November 2012). Return to the cave: Problems in the politics of transcendence in the Platonic tradition. Northeast Political Science Association. Boston, MA.
Hubler, J. N. (October 2012). Plato's psychic motion: Epistemological, cosmological, and practical consequences. Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy. Fordham University, New York, NY.
Hubler, N. (2011). The eastern origins of the City of God in Zeno of Citium and Chrysippus of Soli. International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, Haifa, Israel.
Hubler, N. (2011). Soul as mover: Plato's theory of cognitive motion in the late dialogues. Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham University, NY.
Hubler, N. (2012). Aristotle on truth: An analogous notion. American Philological Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Hubler, N. (under review). Truth and power: Cognition and political theory in ancient Greek philosophy. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Press.
Schade, L. D. (2015). Creation-crisis preaching: Ecology, theology and the pulpit. St. Louis, Mo: Chalice Press.
Schade, L. D. (2015, December). I am Ruah: A sermon on climate disruption preached from the perspective of the Holy Spirit.
Presentation at the Academy of Homiletics Performance Workgroup, Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tenn.
Schade, L. D. (2015, October). Creation-crisis preaching: A workshop for engaging scripture, ecological context and homiletical
creativity. Presentation at the Parliament of World Religions, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Blanton, W., Crockett, C., Robbins, J. W. & Vahanian, N. (2016). An insurrectionist manifesto: Four new gospels for a radical politics. New York: Columbia University Press.
Vahanian, N. (2014). The rebellious no: Variations on a secular theology of language. New York, NY: Fordham University Press.
Vahanian, N. (2012). Madness or civilization: A draft. In G. Araoz (Ed.), Mad/sad/bad: Philosophical, political, poetic and artistic reflections on the history of madness (). Oxfordshire, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
Valgenti, R. T. (2016, Summer). Go bleep yourself: Why censorship is funny. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 21(3), 103-114.
Valgenti, R. T. (2016, Summer). Vattimo at 80: A hermeneutic reality check. Philosophy Today, 60(3), 615-620.
Vattimo, G. (2016). Of reality. (R. Valgenti, Trans.). New York: Columbia University Press.
Valgenti, R. T. (2015, June 27). The hungriest concept: Metabolizing biopolitics through gastronomy. Paper Presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of ASFS and AFHVS, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Valgenti, R. T. (2015). Nothing in common: Esposito and Vattimo on community. In A. Calcagno (Ed.), Contemporary Italian political philosophy (pp. 25-37). Albany, N.Y.: SUNY.
Valgenti, R. T. (2014). Cucinare come interpretazione. In N. Perullo (Ed.), Cibo, estetica e arte. Convergenze tra filosofia, semiotica e storia (n.p.). Pisa, Italy: ETS.
Valgenti, R. T. (2014, February 19). You are what you eat, but in so many ways: A Conversation between Graham Harman and Robert Valgenti. Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, New York University , New York University, New York, NY.
Valgenti, R. T. (2014, February 24). Territorio: Thinking, eating, and metabolizing our notions of place. Presented at Dickinson College, Program of Italian and Italian Studies, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.
Valgenti, R. T. (2014, January 23). Appetite and a post-Nietzschean ethics of the body. Presented at Mindful Body in the Arts of Eating Conference, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.
Valgenti, R. T. (2014, June 20). “E.A.T. (Engage Analyze Transform): Collaboration and innovation between academic programs and professional dining services. Presented at Collaboration and Innovation Across the Food System, Joint Annual Meeting of ASFS and AFHVS, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
Valgenti, R. T. (2014, September 12). The unfamiliarity of kindredness: How to recognize a hermeneutics of community. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics (NASPH) , Roanoke College, Roanoke, VA.
Valgenti, R. T. (2015, Forthcoming). Nietzsche the communist? A Genealogy of interpretation. In S. Mazzini, & O. Glyn-Williams (Eds.), Weakening communism through hermeneutics (n.p.). New York, NY: Springer.
Valgenti, R. T. (2015, Forthcoming). Nothing in common: Esposito and Vattimo on community. In A. Calcagno (Ed.), Interventions: Contemporary Italian political philosophy (n.p.). Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
Valgenti, R. T. (2016, Forthcoming). Go bleep yourself: Why censorship is funny. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, n.v., n.p.
Vattimo, G. (2015, Forthcoming). Of reality (R. T. Valgenti Trans.). New York, NY: Columbia University.
Valgenti, R. T. (2013). Una cosecha excepcional: El homo sacer y la soberania de la biotecnologia. In A. Quintanas (Ed.), El trasfondo biopolitico de la bioetica (pp. 77-96). Girona: Documenta Universitaria.
Valgenti, R. T. (2013). Translator's introduction: Luigi Pareyson's vindication of philosophy. In S. Benso (Ed.), Truth and interpretation [Verita e interpretazione] (R. T. Valgenti Trans.). (pp. xvii-xxxviii). Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
Valgenti, R. T. (Trans). (2013). Benso S. (Ed.), Truth and interpretation [Verita e interpretazione]. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
Valgenti, R. T. (2010). The tradition of tradition in hermeneutics. In J. Malpas, & S. Zabala (Eds.), Consequences of hermeneutics: Fifty years after Gadamer's Truth and Method (pp. 66-80). Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.
Valgenti, R. T. (2010). Ugo Perone's philosophy at the threshold: Space, time and (simulated) political life. Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, 14(2), 35-44.
Valgenti, R. T. (2011). Foreword. In G. Vattimo (Ed.), Farewell to truth (W. McCuaig Trans.). (pp. vii-xxiv). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
Valgenti, R. T. (2011). Vattimo's Nietzsche. In A. Woodward (Ed.), Interpreting Nietzsche: Reception and influence (pp. 149-163). New York, NY: Continuum Press.