Bruce V. Foltz

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Professor Emeritus Folz outdoors, wearing a tie

Foltz draws on the history of philosophy (especially Ancient Greek, Byzantine, and Russian Philosophy) and contemporary European methodologies (especially hermeneutics and phenomenology) to address issues in environmental philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and ontology. He has published numerous articles on Heidegger, Russian and Byzantine Philosophy, mysticism, and the philosophy of the natural environment, while contributing more than thirty articles to five encyclopedias, including The Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy (Macmillan), the Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy (Yale), and the Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity (Blackwell). He is the author of Inhabiting the Earth: Heidegger, Environmental Ethics, and the Metaphysics of Nature (Humanities Press) and The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible (Fordham University Press) and co-editor of Rethinking Nature: Essays in Environmental Philosophy (Indiana University Press) and Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation (Fordham University Press). He is currently completing the editing of a sourcebook in medieval philosophy (Bloomsbury Academic) and compiling a book of his own selected essays (Springer Verlag). Foltz has served regularly as Visiting Professor at St John’s College Graduate Institute in Santa Fe, NM and he has founded or co-founded three professional societies (including the International Association for Environmental Philosophy and the Society for Nature, Philosophy, and Religion). His writings have been translated into Arabic, Greek, Portuguese, Romanian, and Russian.