Brock Bahler

  • Lecturer II


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

University Affiliation

Secondary appointment in the Department of Philosophy; affiliated faculty in Jewish Studies and Global Studies Center

Education & Training

  • PhD, Duquesne University

Representative Publications

“The Tree of Life: Wisdom in the Aftermath of Terror.” Forthcoming, Philosophy in the Contemporary World.

“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). PODCAST interview with the author.

“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 (2014).

“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)


Research Interests

Current Projects

The Logic of Racial Practice: Embodied Cognition, Habitus, and Implicit Bias (edited collection)