James Sterba

Professor of Philosophy

James Sterba

225 Malloy/316 Kroc Institute
by appointment


Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Research Interest

Political Philosophy, Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Peace and Justice

Curriculum Vitae

James P. Sterba teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in ethics and political philosophy. He has published 33 books, and over 200 articles. And he is past president of the American Philosophical Association, Central Division, the North American Society for Social Philosophy, past president of Concerned Philosophers for Peace, and past president of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, American Section. He has been visiting professor of philosophy at the University of Rochester and at the University of Lativa in the then Soviet Union on a Fulbright Award. He has also been visiting distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of San Francisco, the University of California at Irvine, and Santa Clara University. Recently. he received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to do research and run two conferences on bringing the yet untapped resources of ethics to bear on the problem of evil.

Representative Publications


Is A Good God Logically Possible? (paper) ( 2019) 

What is Ethics? (paper) (2019)

From Rationality to Equality (paper) (2014)

The Pursuit of Justice: A Personal Philosophical History (2014)


“Solving Darwin's Problem of Natural Evil” Sophia (2019).

“Skeptical Theism and the Challenge of Atheism” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2019).

“Eliminating the Problem of Hell,” Religious Studies (2018)

“There Is No Free Will Defense,” Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion (2017).

“Libertarianism and Refugees,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy (2017).