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William Rowe was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1951. He received a BA from Allegheny College in 1973, an MA from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1975, an M.Phil. from the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto in 1979, and a Ph.D. from Duquesne University in 1984.
He became Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The King’s University College in Edmonton, Alberta in 1984, Senior Member in History of Philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in 1986, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Scranton in 1990, and Full Professor there in 1995.
He received a West German government grant to research his dissertation at the Hegel-Archiv in 1982, an NEH grant for curricular development at the University of Scranton in 1995, and a Department of Energy E.L.S.I. grant for study of the Human Genome Project from 1998 to 2003. He became Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for Christian Studies in 1991, a member of the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu, in 1992, a grant reviewer at the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1995, Alpha Sigma Nu Teacher of the Year in 1997, University of Scranton Teacher of the Year in 2003, and Case Professor of the Year Nominee in 2009.
Dr. Rowe has served as Chair of the Philosophy Department from 1995 to 2004 and as Co-Director of the University’s Center for Ethics Studies which he co-founded in 1999. Between 2002 and 2004 he led several interdisciplinary faculty study groups on Jewish and Muslim topics and since 2006 has participated in several Schemel Forum initiatives.
He is the author of fifteen articles and co-editor of the volume From Ghetto to Emancipation (University of Scranton Press, 1997). He has taught in the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts program and in the Judaic Studies program, including its team-taught course on the Holocaust. His principal academic interests concern the history and historicity of philosophy including the philosophy’s problematic relation to things political, literary, artistic and religious. He resides in Clarks Summit with his wife Amy where they raised two sons and are members of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Glenburn, Pennsylvania.