Michael Ventimiglia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor / Co-Director of Hersher Institute
Dr. Ventimiglia co-directs the Hersher Institute for Applied Ethics and oversees the University’s Art of Thinking course required of all freshmen.
Dr. Ventimiglia has been a member of the Philosophy Program at Sacred Heart University since 2001. He plays piano and rides motorcycles, but never at the same time.
Degrees and Certifications
- B.A. in Computer Science and Philosophy from Fordham University
- M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham
- Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Pennsylvania State University
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Love in the Western Tradition
- American philosophy
- The Art of Thinking
- Evolution, Philosophy, Christianity
Research Interests & Grants
Dr. Ventimiglia's research focus is American philosophy, especially American Pragmatism, as well as philosophical and biological perspectives on love and altruism.
Honors, Awards & Fellowships
- University’s Excellence in Teaching award in 2005
Publications and Presentations
- Reclaiming the Cosmology: Existential Abduction and the Growth of the Self,” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44:4. 2008
- “Bruce Springsteen or Philosophy” In Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy, Randall Auxier, Doug Anderson, eds. (Chicago, IL: Open Court Press.) 2008.
- “Seven Lessons in Philosophy You Already Learned Playing Texas Hold ’Em.” In Poker and Philosophy, Eric Bronson, ed. (Chicago, IL: Open Court Press.) 2006.
- “Three Educational Orientations: A Peircean Perspective on Education and the Growth of the Self,” Studies in Philosophy and Education 24: 291-308. 2005.