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Carlin Romano

Carlin Romano joined the Ursinus faculty in 2010 after a long career in both journalism and philosophy. As a journalist, Romano served as Book Editor and then Book Critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years (1984-2009). A former elected President of the National Book Critics Circle, his writings have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Nation and many national publications. Also Critic-at-Large of the Chronicle of Higher Education since 2000, Romano is the only Pulitzer-Prize finalist in the history of that Washington newspaper, cited by the Pulitzer Board for “bringing new vitality to the classic essay across a formidable array of topics.”

As a philosopher, Romano is best known for his book, America the Philosophical (Knopf, 2012), a 672-page overview of the United States as a philosophical culture that won him a Guggenheim. The New York Times Book Review, in a front-page review, called it “ambitious…convincing…an encyclopedic survey of the life of the mind in the United States.” The Los Angeles Review of Books described it as “massive, impressive and indispensable…perhaps the best history of American philosophy of the last half century.” Romano is currently on leave, writing a book about the force and influence of Asian philosophies in our 21st-century globalized world. 


Professor of Philosophy and Humanities


Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • B.A., Princeton University
  • M.Phil., Yale University
  • J.D., Columbia University


Buddhism, Confucianism, and Asian Philosophy
Philosophy of Love and Sex
Philosophy of Law
American Philosophy

Research Interests

Pragmatism, Asian philosophy, Jurisprudence, Cyberphilosophy, Philosophical Problems of Journalism

Recent Work

“Afterthoughts on America the Philosophical,” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, 2017. 

“Thus Spake Romano: A Reply to Essayists on America the Philosophical,” Existenz (International Journal of the Karl Jaspers Society), 2016.