Edward C. Feser
April 16, 1968
|Known for||Neo-scholasticism, religious writings, traditionalist Catholicism, traditionalist conservatism|
|Television||Five Proofs (EWTN, 2018)|
|School||Analytical philosophy, Thomism, Neo-scholasticism, natural law, virtue ethics|
|Institutions||Loyola Marymount University, Pasadena City College|
|Metaphysics, ethics, natural theology, philosophy of mind, political philosophy|
Edward C. Feser (//; born April 16, 1968) is an American philosopher. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Called by National Review "one of the best contemporary writers on philosophy," Feser is the author of On Nozick, Philosophy of Mind, Locke, The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism, Aquinas, Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction, Neo-Scholastic Essay, and Five Proofs of the Existence of God, the co-author of By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment, and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Hayek and Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics. He is also the author of many academic articles. His primary academic research interests are in metaphysics, natural theology, the philosophy of mind, and moral and political philosophy.
Feser also writes on politics and culture, from a conservative point of view; and on religion, from a traditional Roman Catholic perspective. In this connection, his work has appeared in such publications as The American, The American Conservative, Catholic World Report, City Journal, The Claremont Review of Books, Crisis, First Things, Liberty, National Review, New Oxford Review, Public Discourse, Reason, and TCS Daily. He is best known for his writings on philosophy, especially his works on neo-scholasticism, and The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism.
Feser holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an M.A. in religion from the Claremont Graduate School, and a B.A. in philosophy and religious studies from the California State University at Fullerton. His thesis is titled "Russell, Hayek, and the Mind-Body Problem". He also went to Crespi High School in California.
Feser is an associate professor of philosophy at Pasadena City College and has been a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University and a visiting scholar at Bowling Green State University's Social Philosophy and Policy Center.
Feser's book The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism makes a philosophical argument for the classical Aristotelian-Thomistic worldview over and against the materialist assumptions and scientistic prejudices of contemporary atheists such as Richard Dawkins, of whom he is particularly critical.
Feser has written articles for publications such as: The American, The American Conservative, Catholic World Report, City Journal, The Claremont Review of Books, Crisis, First Things, Liberty, National Review, New Oxford Review, Public Discourse, Witherspoon Institute, Reason, and TCS Daily.
In 2009, Feser wrote that the Supreme Court of California's decision legalizing gay marriage had "gone well beyond the sophistical orator of Plato's dialogue in 'confounding good with evil,' not to mention reason with insanity."
- On Nozick (Thomson-Wadsworth, 2003) ISBN 978-0534252335
- The Cambridge Companion to Hayek (Cambridge University Press, 2006) ISBN 978-0521849777
- Philosophy of Mind (A Beginner's Guide) (Oneworld Publications, 2007) ISBN 978-1851684786
- Locke (Oneworld Publications, 2007) ISBN 978-1851684892
- The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism (St. Augustine's Press, 2008) ISBN 978-1587314520
- Aquinas (A Beginner's Guide) (Oneworld Publications, 2009) ISBN 978-1851686902
- Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics (as editor and contributor) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) ISBN 978-0230360914
- Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction (Editiones Scholasticae, 2014) ISBN 978-3868385441
- Neo-Scholastic Essays (St. Augustine's Press, 2015) ISBN 978-1587315589
- By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of the Death Penalty (with Joseph M. Bessette) (Ignatius Press, 2017) ISBN 978-1621641261
- Five Proofs of the Existence of God (Ignatius Press, 2017) ISBN 978-1621641339
- Aristotle's Revenge: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physical and Biological Science (Editiones Scholasticae, 2019) ISBN 978-3868382006
- Russell, Hayek, and the Mind-Body Problem. WorldCat. OCLC 248515504.
- "Edward Feser". Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- Seaman, Mary McWay (September 2011). "The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism". New Oxford Review. Archived from the original on 16 August 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2014.