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Dominic Balestra

Department of Philosophy
Fordham University
Bronx, NY 10458


PhD Phil of Science, St. Louis University, 1977;
Grad Studies in Math, University of Maryland, 1968-69.
BS, Magna Cum Laude, in Mathematics, St. Francis (PA), 1968.


Administrative Experience

  • Acting Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, July, 1997 and July-August, 1998.
  • President, Fordham University Faculty Senate, 1992-94.
  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, Fordham University, 1989-95. & 1999-
  • Chair, Senate Committee on Academic Organization (1993-94).
  • Assistant Chairman of Undergraduates, Department of Philosophy, Fordham University, 1979-1982


Some Articles and Reviews

  1. “In-Between Science and Religion,” in Philosophy of Science, Van Gogh’s Eyes, and God: Hermeneutic Essays in Honor of Patrick A. Heelan, SJ Ed. Babette Babich, Kleuwer Academic Publishers, 2001 (forthcoming).
  2. Review of M. Tripole, ed. Promised Renewed: Jesuit Higher Education for a New Millennium, Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, 17, Spring, 2000, 32-33.
  3. "At the Origins of Modern Science: Demythologizing Pythagoreanism," forthcoming in The Modern Schoolman, LXVII, January/March 1999, 195-210.
  4. "Science and Religion," Philosophy of Religion: A Guide to the Subject. Editor, Brian Davies, O.P. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1998, pp. 328-61.
  5. Review of L. Lampert, Nietzsche and Modern Times: A Study of Bacon, Descartes, and Nietzsche, International Philosophical Quarterly, XXXVII, June, 1997, 245-48.
  6. Review of F. Wormald, Francis Bacon: History, Politics, and Science, 1561-1626, The Sixteenth Century Journal, XXVI/1, 1995, 166-68.
  7. "Galileo's Unfinished Case and Its Cartesian Product: Method, History, and Rationality," International Philosophical Quarterly, XXXIV, 3, September, 1994, 307-322.
  8. "Dueling Ambitions," introduction to Catherine D. Bowen, Francis Bacon: The Temper of a Man. New York: Fordham University Press, 1993, pp. xi-xxv.
  9. "Technology in a Free Society: The New Frankenstein, Thought, V. 65, June, 1990, (155-168).

Scholarly Addresses/Lectures

  1. "From World as Cosmos to World as Object: The Problem Posed by Copernicus and Galileo," at Horace Mann Upper School, March 14, 2000.
  2. "The Rationality of Science: From Logic to Socratic Narrative," Templeton Funded Lecture at Albertus Magnus College (New Haven), February 13, 2000.
  3. Commentary on Ernan McMullin's "Insight and Inference in Aristotle and Descartes," ACPA, St. Paul, MN, November 6, 1999.
  4. "Methodological Demarcation: A Waning Wall between Science and Religion," at Leuven University conference, Belgium, November 19, 1998.
  5. "At the Origins of Modern Science: Demythologizing Pythagoreanism," April 4, 1998 at The Third Henle Conference, at St. Louis University.
  6. Commentary on George Coyne, SJ Templeton Foundation University Templeton Lecture at St. John's University (NY), March 12, 1998.
  7. "Between Science and Religion: Old Rivals or New Allies?" Annual Sullivan Lecture in Philosophy, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, October 9, 1996.
  8. Commentary on "Medieval Technology and the Husserlian Critique of Galilean Science," at ACPA Meeting, Los Angeles, March 24, 1996.
  9. Participation in Templeton Seminar on Science and Religion, St. Catherine's College, Oxford University, July 22-26, 1996.
  10. "Galileo and Descartes: Demythologizing Pythagoreanism," at Albertus Magnus College (New Haven), November 14, 1994.
  11. "The Battle for Human Nature" at The Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, Michigan, February 12,1993.
  12. "Galileo's Unfinished Argument and Its Cartesian Product" at Manchester College (Oxford, Eng.), March 11, 1992.
  13. "The Galileo Legacy: Logic of Authority or Authority of Logic" at St. Charles Borrameo Seminary, Philadelphia, Pa., November 22, 1991.
  14. "Paradigmata, Science and the Postmodern World" at Pace University, (NY,NY), November 19, 1991.