Brock Bahler

  • Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies


Philosophy of religion, Christian philosophy, Jewish philosophy, continental philosophy, embodied cognition, philosophy of childhood, critical race theory, gender studies


Philosophy of Religion, Religion & Rationality, Science & Religion, Maimonides: Guide of the Perplexed, Modern & Contemporary Jewish Thought, Philosophy of Race & Religion, Classics of Christian Thought, Capstone Seminar

Spotlight: “Teaching Heroes: Religious Studies Lecturer Hopes to break Down Stereotypes.” University Times 51, no. 23: July 25, 2019.

University Affiliation

Secondary appointment in the Department of Philosophy; affiliated faculty in Jewish Studies, Center for Bioethics & Health Law, and Global Studies Center 

Advisory Board, Office of Interfaith Dialogue and Engagement

Education & Training

  • PhD, Duquesne University

Representative Publications

The Logic of Racial Practice: Explorations in the Habituation of Racism (editor), Lexington Books, 2021.

“The Embodied Practices of Whiteness: Unpacking One’s White Supremacist Education.” in The Logic of Racial Practice (Lexington, 2021)

Book Review Essay: “Mara H. Benjamin. The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018.” Journal of Jewish Identities, 13, no. 1 (July 2020): 127–30.

What Hand Transplantation Teaches Us about Embodiment,” AMA Journal of Ethics Special Issue: “Conceptualizing Quality of Life in Reconstructive Transplant Ethics” 21, no. 11 (Nov. 2019): E996–1002.

“The Tree of Life: Wisdom in the Aftermath of Terror.” Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 25, no 1 (2019): 107-20.

“How Levinas Can (and Cannot) Help Us with Political Apology in the Context of Systemic Racism.” Religions 9, no. 11 (2018): 1-22.

“Merleau-Ponty on Embodied Cognition: A Phenomenological Interpretation of Spinal Cord Epidural Stimulation and Paralysis,” Essays in Philosophy 17, no. 2 (July 2016): 69–93.

Philosophy of Childhood Today: Exploring the Boundaries, coedited with David Kennedy (Lexington, 2016)

Childlike Peace in Merleau-Ponty and Levinas: Intersubjectivity as Dialectical Spiral (Lexington, 2016).

“Merleau-Ponty on Children and Childhood,” Childhood & Philosophy 11, no. 22 (2015), 1-20. 

“Levinas and the Parent-Child Relation: A Merleau-Pontyian Critique of Appropriating Levinas to Developmental Psychology,” The Humanistic Psychologist, 43, no. 2 (2015).

“Emmanuel Levinas, Radical Orthodoxy, and an Ontology of Originary Peace.” Journal of Religious Ethics 42, no. 3 (2014): 516-39.

“Al-Farabi’s Religious Inclusivism: Prolegomena for Dialogue between Islam and the West.” Kinesis 39, no. 1 (Spring 2012).

“Kierkegaard’s View of Religious Pluralism in Concluding Unscientific Postscript.” Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies 3, no. 1 (2011).

“Derridean Hospitality in an Age of Political Xenophobia.” The American Future (2010).

“A Catholic Bishop and Two Atheists Bringing Justice to the World: Augustine, Singer, & Nagel on Equality and Partialit.,” Fides Quaerens Intellectum 4.1 (2009)

Religion, Race & Marginalization. Co-Authored with Sameer Yadav. Cambridge University Press (under contract)