Meet the Speakers

Todd R. Long, Ph.D. (University of Rochester), is Professor in the Philosophy Department at Cal Poly, where he works on the epistemic rationality of belief and the metaphysics of moral
responsibility. He has been selected as a Pew Younger Scholar,
an NEH Summer Scholar, and as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center
for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame.
His work has been published in Philosophical Studies, Religious
Studies, International Journal of Applied Philosophy, and in collections
by Oxford University Press and MIT Press. His article on “Knowledge and Faith” will appear in The Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion (Wiley Blackwell).

Robert Inchausti, Ph.D. (University of Chicago), is Professor
in the English Department at Cal Poly. An internationally
known Thomas Merton scholar, he is editor of two anthologies
of Thomas Merton’s writings and the author of five books, including Echoing Silence: Thomas Merton on the Vocation of Writing and his latest, Hard to Be a Saint in the City: The Spiritual Vision of the Beats. His first book, The Ignorant Perfection of Ordinary People, was nominated for a National Book Award by SUNY Press. His book on classroom teaching, Spitwad Sutras, is taught in teacher education programs across the country.

Eleanor Helms, Ph.D. (Fordham University) is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Cal Poly. Winner of the 2013 Res Philosophica Essay Contest on Kierkegaard and Rationality, Helms is an internationally known Kierkegaard scholar
who also works on 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy, aesthetics, and environmental philosophy. Drawing primarily on resources in phenomenology and existentialism, she has essays published in Faith and Philosophy, Philosophy and Literature, Res Philosophica, and Business & Professional Ethics Journal, as well as in several book collections.