Philosophy Department

Sabatino DiBernardo

Sabatino DiBernardo, Ph.D.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Religion from Syracuse University (2000)
  • M.Phil. in Religion from Syracuse University (1998)
  • M.A. in Theology from St. Bernard's Institute (1994)
  • B.A. in Religious Studies from St. John Fisher College (1992)

Research Interests

  • Pyrrhonian Skepticism
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Deconstruction
  • Philosophy, Religion and Popular Culture

Selected Publications

Articles/Essays

  • “Walker Bite: Differentiating the Dead” in The Ultimate Walking Dead and Philosophy: Hungry for More, ed. Wayne Yeun. Popular Culture and Philosophy Series, ed. George A. Reisch (Chicago: Open Court, 2016)


Book Sections/Chapters

  • Forthcoming “Rock ‘n’ Religion: Dis/Harmony of the Spheres” in Saints, Sinners, and Seekers, edited by Alex DiBlasi and Robert McParland (MacFarland Publishing)


  • “God, Flag, and Country: Ironic Variations on a Metaphysical Theme” in This is the Sound of Irony: Music, Politics and the Public Sphere, ed. Kathleen Turner (Burlington: Ashgate Publishing, 2015)


  • “Reading the Signs” in The Ultimate Walking Dead and Philosophy: Hungry for More, ed. Wayne Yeun. Popular Culture and Philosophy Series, ed. George A. Reisch (Chicago: Open Court, 2016)


  • “Heavy Metal’s Ironic Edge: Distortion, Demonization, and Noise Control” in Music at the Extremes: Essays on Sounds Outside the Mainstream, ed. Scott Wilson (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2015)


  • “Critias” in The Sophists: An Introduction,” ed. Patricia O’Grady (London: Duckworth Press, 2008)


  • “Sextus Empiricus” in Meet the Philosophers: Everything you always wanted to know about Ancient Greek philosophy but didn’t know who to ask, ed. Patricia O’Grady(Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005)


Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11669 PHP3783 Modernity As Phil Problem Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
11185 REL3101 Religion in Popular Culture Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
11186 REL4910 Senior Research Seminar Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81906 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy Web Web Available

This course will introduce variously constructed life philosophies, notions of the “good life,” and questions of truth, reality, belief, meaning, and value in premodern, modern, and postmodern philosophical contexts.  In addition to engaging students in critical thinking about philosophical questions, this course will introduce students to different religious philosophies as developed through "Eastern" and "Western" cultural constructions of reality.  Consequently, this course will facilitate student engagement regarding matters of faith and reason mediated through different philosophical positions and modes of being in the world that have influenced contemporary culture.

81352 PHI3700 Philosophy of Religion Web Web Available

This course will explore the phenomenon of religion with an emphasis on issues of faith, reason, belief, knowledge, and language. We will examine various traditional philosophies of religion (e.g., the problem of evil, faith and reason, arguments for and against the existence of God, death and the immortality of the soul, etc.) as well as postmodern philosophies of religion. This course is an invitation to critical reading and thinking about the ways in which humans encounter religion and assess its significance in relation to issues of value, meaning, and identity.

81444 REL3115 Religion Spirit & Popular Musi Web Web Available

This course is an exploration of the contemporary spiritualities encountered at the intersection of religion, philosophy, and popular music.  It is an invitation to critical thinking about the religious and spiritual implications of popular music.  Operating with an awareness of the different modes of spirituality and religion in an increasingly secular and postmodern culture, we will examine the religious and spiritual import of nontraditional religio-musical "texts."

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51028 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy Web B Web Available

This course will introduce variously constructed life philosophies, notions of the “good life,” and questions of truth, reality, belief, meaning, and value in premodern, modern, and postmodern philosophical contexts.  In addition to engaging students in critical thinking about philosophical questions, this course will introduce students to different religious philosophies as developed through "Eastern" and "Western" cultural constructions of reality.  Consequently, this course will facilitate student engagement regarding matters of faith and reason mediated through different philosophical positions and modes of being in the world that have influenced contemporary culture.



61417 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy Web A Web Available

This course will introduce variously constructed life philosophies, notions of the “good life,” and questions of truth, reality, belief, meaning, and value in premodern, modern, and postmodern philosophical contexts.  In addition to engaging students in critical thinking about philosophical questions, this course will introduce students to different religious philosophies as developed through "Eastern" and "Western" cultural constructions of reality.  Consequently, this course will facilitate student engagement regarding matters of faith and reason mediated through different philosophical positions and modes of being in the world that have influenced contemporary culture.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19861 PHP3783 Modernity As Phil Problem Web Web Available
This course is an overview of modernism and postmodernism through a close reading of primary essays representative of both philosophical positions in order to address modernity as a philosophical problem (for postmodernity). We will analyze and assess this philosophical problem (or problems) through excerpts from primary readings by modern and postmodern philosophers. In the process, students will be encouraged to read and think critically about the philosophical issues at stake, the various types of philosophies that emerged during the respective periods, and their implications for questions concerning meaning, value, truth, belief, knowledge, and language.
11233 REL3101 Religion in Popular Culture Web Web Available
This course is an exploration of the relationship between religion and popular culture. We will be thinking critically about the concept of religion as encountered in and constructed by diverse theoretical and popular culture discourses. Operating with an awareness of the different modalities of religion in our increasingly secular and postmodern culture, this course will explore the religious rhetoric and themes involved (but often unnoticed) in popular culture as well as the possibility of interpreting popular culture phenomena as functioning religiously.
11234 REL4910 Senior Research Seminar Web Web Available
This course will provide a theoretical space to engage critical terms, concepts, and topics in the areas of religion and cultural studies. Students will be expected to utilize the various terms and concepts as they relate to their respective interests in these two related fields of study. This process will culminate with the production of a scholarly research paper in an area of interest for each student in consultation with the instructor. Underlying this discourse will be an ongoing self-reflexive questioning: How does one theorize religion? What role does cultural studies play in this theorizing? What is theory and why is it needed? These questions will set the stage for a number of other questions: How does culture communicate, transmit, or transform meaning and, conversely, how does meaning communicate, transmit, or transform culture? In the process, the student will be invited to think critically about religion and cultural studies by means of various representative theoretical perspectives.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81466 PHI3700 Philosophy of Religion Web Web Available
This course is an exploration of the phenomenon of religion with an emphasis on issues of faith, reason, belief, knowledge, and language. We will examine various traditional topics in the philosophy of religion (e.g., the problem of evil, faith and reason, arguments for and against the existence of God, death and the immortality of the soul, etc.) as well as postmodern philosophy of religion. This course is an invitation to rigorous reading and critical thinking about the ways in which humans encounter religion and assess its significance in relation to questions of value and meaning.
81564 REL2000 Intro to Religious Studies Web Web Available
This course is an introduction to the fields of religion and cultural studies. It will explore religion and cultural studies from various disciplinary perspectives including the relationship between religion and popular culture. Some key questions to be addressed are: What is religion? What is cultural studies? What are some theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and popular culture? What types of definitional approaches are employed in classifying religion and popular culture? How does one study religion in and through popular culture?
Note: this is not a survey of world religions course (viz., REL 2300: World Religions).
81566 REL3115 Religion Spirit & Popular Musi Web Web Available
This course explores popular music and its cultures through the frameworks of the academic study of religion and popular culture studies. In particular, we will begin by thinking about issues of classification and definition in order to address the possibility of rethinking the "religious" and/or "cultic" function(s) of popular music cultures as proposed by two of the authors. This course will engage the student by means of a philosophical exploration of popular music culture and its association with religion through a politics of differentiation involved in identity construction (i.e., religious or musical). It is an invitation to critical thinking about and questioning of the notion that music and its lyrical content function in ways similar to religions in an increasingly secular and postmodern culture.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50622 PHI3684 Ways of Living Web A Web Available
This course is an introduction to various philosophical and religious systems of meaning, value, and truth in premodern, modern, and postmodern historical contexts. In addition to familiarizing students with "Eastern" and "Western" cultural constructions of reality, this course will facilitate critical thinking regarding different worldviews and various modes of being/living in the world that continue to provide meaning and exert influence in contemporary culture regarding.
50982 REL2000 Intro to Religious Studies Web B Web Available
This course is an introduction to the fields of religion and cultural studies. It will explore religion and cultural studies from various disciplinary perspectives. Some key questions to be addressed are: What is religion? What are some theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and culture? What types of definitional approaches are employed in classifying religion and culture?

Updated: Aug 16, 2017

Philosophy Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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