Visiting Faculty Profile 2012-2015

Eugene McCarraher

Elizabeth Kolsky

Eugene McCarraher is an Associate Professor of Humanities.  He is currently the acting assistant director of the Honors Program, and recently completed two years as an Ann Quinn Welsh Fellow in Honors.  Before arriving at Villanova in 2000 he taught at Rutgers and the University of Delaware; he has also been a visiting instructor at Princeton.  In 2005-2006, he was a Charles Ryskamp Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. His research interests include U. S. cultural, intellectual, religious, and economic history, as well as the relations among theology, politics, and economics. Based in the humanities department, where he teaches courses in culture and economics, politics and literature, and traditions of radicalism, he also teaches courses in modern U. S. history, the history of capitalism, and, for the Peace and Justice program, "Peace and Peacemakers."  In addition to publishing in scholarly journals, his book reviews and essays have appeared in Books and Culture,Commonweal, Dissent, the NationIn These Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Hedgehog Review, and Raritan.  His first book, Christian Critics:  Religion and the Impasse in Modern American Social Thought, was published by Cornell University Press in 2000; his second book, the manuscript of which he has just completed, will be entitled The Enchantments of Mammon:  Capitalism as the Religion of Modernity.  Having had a long and happy informal relationship with CPJE, he looks forward to working more closely with colleagues and students there, focusing in particular on issues related to economics, technology, property, and utopian thinking.  

James Wetzel

James Wetzel

Jim Wetzel holds the Augustinian Endowed Chair at Villanova University, where he is also a professor of philosophy. Prior to coming to Villanova in 2005, Dr. Wetzel taught for many years at Colgate University, a liberal arts college in Upstate New York. He has held visiting appointments at Notre Dame, Princeton, and Brown. His intellectual (and existential) interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and the religious life, and he has given a great deal of thought to the nature of philosophical piety and the peculiar expression that this piety takes in Augustinian Platonism. He has written three books on Augustine and Augustinian themes and edited a collection of essays on City of God. His teaching interests have taken him into SCI Graterford, where he has been regular presence in Villanova’s program there since the Spring of 2007, and into Bartley Hall, where he has taught VSB courses with his good friend and colleague, Ron Hill, a professor of marketing and business law and a recent faculty fellow at CPJE. A guiding ambition of Dr. Wetzel’s time at CPJE will be to consult with the regular faculty there about sharpening the focus of a projected new course, The Philosophy of the Social Venture, on peace and justice. This is a course whose design has so far been the collaborative work of visionary graduate students in philosophy and business. It is due to have its inaugural run in the Spring of 2015, where it will be taught by Drs. Wetzel and Hill on campus in VSB and conjointly at SCI Graterford. The basic ambition of the course is to offer a forum for attending to the ties between economy, social vision, and spiritual formation and thereby revisiting, in a community of unfixed possibilities, the true business of business.



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Elizabeth Kolsky and James Wetzel