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

  • Philosophy, Religion, and Popular Music
  • Irony Studies
  • Metal Music Studies
  • Deconstruction
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy, Religion and Popular Culture
  • Pyrrhonian Skepticism


Selected Publications

Articles/Essays

  • “Walker Bite: Differentiating the Dead” in The Ultimate Walking Dead and Philosophy: Hungry for More, edited by Wayne Yeun. Popular Culture and Philosophy Series, ed. George A. Reisch (Open Court, 2016)
  • “Politics of Religion in Popular Culture: Religious Rhetoric and Ironic In(ter)ventions,” Verbum, St. John Fisher College Online Journal (Spring, 2013)



  • “American Idol(atry): A Religious Profanation,” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (Summer, 2008)



  • “Read Me Another Story: Bedtime Tales for Those with Postmodern Stress Disorder” Organization Development Journal (Fall, 2003)



Book Sections/Chapters

  • "On Faith/Trust and Confidence in an Alterfactual Sense" in Trumping Truth: Essays on the Destructive Power of "Alternative Facts," edited by Salvador Jiminez Murguia (McFarland, 2019)
  • “Tracing a Dis/Harmony of the Spheres” in Finding God in the Devil's Music: Critical Essays on Rock and Religion, edited by Alex DiBlasi and Robert McParland (McFarland, 2019)
  • “God, Flag, and Country: Ironic Variations on a Metaphysical Theme” in This is the Sound of Irony: Music, Politics and the Public Sphere, edited by Kathleen L. Turner (Ashgate, 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 (Open Court, 2016)
  • “Heavy Metal’s Ironic Edge: Distortion, Demonization, and Noise Control” in Music at the Extremes: Essays on Sounds Outside the Mainstream, edited by Scott A. Wilson (McFarland, 2015)
  • “Critias” in The Sophists: An Introduction,” edited by Patricia O’Grady (Duckworth, 2008)
  • “Sextus Empiricus” in Meet the Philosophers: Everything you always wanted to know about Ancient Greek philosophy but didn’t know who to ask, edited by Patricia O’Grady(Ashgate, 2005)

Conference Papers/Presentations

  • “A Religion Problem: Classification and the Pathologizing of the Religio-Political Other,” Fisher Digital Publications, Northeast Popular Culture Association (Fall, 2012)

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18151 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
18303 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
19546 PHP3783 Modernity As Phil Problem World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
90588 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy World Wide Web (W) Available

This course will introduce variously constructed philosophical notions of "the good life” and address questions of truth, knowledge, belief, reality, meaning, and value in ancient, 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.




90315 PHI3700 Philosophy of Religion World Wide Web (W) Available

This course explores 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 a 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 issues of value, meaning, and identity. 




91993 REL3115 Religion Spirit & Popular Musi World Wide Web (W) Available

This course will explore popular (secular) music and the communal appeal of its philosophies and subcultures through a religious, spiritual, or “cultic” lens. Although the belief in the metaphysics of music is as ancient as the philosophical speculations of Confucius, Pythagoras, Plato, and Aristotle, among others, some contemporary scholars theorize that popular music and its subcultures function as religions or para-religions for many adherents. Consequently, given the influence exerted by popular music in contemporary culture as a source of existential meaning, value, and identity construction, this course will facilitate critical thinking about the significance of popular music in its current cultural contexts. Some of the musical genres and subcultures covered in the course will include country, rap, rock, metal, and electronic dance music.   




Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61170 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy World Wide Web (W) B Available

This course will introduce variously constructed philosophical notions of "the good life” and address questions of truth, knowledge, belief, reality, meaning, and value in ancient, 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
19086 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy World Wide Web (W) 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.




11122 REL3101 Religion in Popular Culture World Wide Web (W) 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.



11123 REL4910 Senior Research Seminar World Wide Web (W) Available

This course will provide a theoretical space to engage critical terms, concepts, and topics in the areas of religion and cultural studies. Rather than limiting the content of the course to texts dealing with a singular topic (and thereby determining the direction of the course for everyone), this course will provide students with key terminology and concepts from contemporary studies across a number of disciplines.  Consequently, 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
81521 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy World Wide Web (W) 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.




93169 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy World Wide Web (W) 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.




81218 PHI3700 Philosophy of Religion World Wide Web (W) 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 a 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 issues of value, meaning, and identity.



Updated: Aug 18, 2019