Edward Feser is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an M.A. in religion from the Claremont Graduate School, and a B.A. in philosophy and religious studies from the California State University at Fullerton.
Called by National Review “one of the best contemporary writers on philosophy,” Feser is the author of On Nozick, Philosophy of Mind, Locke, The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism, and Aquinas, and he edited The Cambridge Companion to Hayek.
He is also the author of many academic articles. His primary academic research interests are in the philosophy of mind, moral and political philosophy, and the philosophy of religion.
Feser also writes on politics and culture, from a conservative point of view; and on religion, from a traditional Roman Catholic perspective. In this connection, his work has appeared in such publications as The American, The American Conservative, City Journal, The Claremont Review of Books, Crisis, First Things, Liberty, National Review, New Oxford Review, Public Discourse, Reason, and TCS Daily.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and six children.
Praise for The Last Superstition
- ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year in Religion
- On Booklist Editors’ Choice list of best books of 2008
- “[Feser] has the rare and enviable gift of making philosophical argument compulsively readable… The publisher’s blurb tells us that this book has been widely hailed as the strongest argument ever made against the New Atheists. Having read and reviewed quite a number of other similar books, I concur with this judgment.” Anthony Kenny, Times Literary Supplement
- “Edward Feser… is an immensely talented Aristotelico-Thomistic philosopher, and the pages he devotes to explaining the proofs for the existence of God are as clear, cogent, and convincing as any I’ve ever read (and I’ve read many).” National Review
- “With energy and humor as well as transparent exposition, Feser reestablishes the unassailable superiority of classical philosophy.” ALA Booklist (starred review)
- “Melds philosophic acumen with an acute sense of humor, steadily dismantling the philosophic claims of Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, and others… a sharp critique of modern philosophical errors.” Review of Metaphysics
- “Feser is a talented philosopher who can present Christian thought in broad strokes or in fine detail with equal authority… Though I have spent a lifetime teaching and writing about the same matters as this book discusses, I was challenged and instructed on almost every page.” Graeme Hunter, Touchstone
- “If Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens were at all interested in a serious rebuttal, they now have it.” David Oderberg, Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading
- “Thoughtful and theologically sophisticated… serious and passionately engaged.” Roger Kimball, co-editor and publisher, The New Criterion
- “A tour de force that should be in the library of every thinking citizen, believer or unbeliever.” Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University
- “[A] marvelous book… Given faith’s urgent need for its preambles, [Feser’s] arrival on the scene is a cause for rejoicing.” Matthew Levering, The Thomist
- “Learned, carefully reasoned, and philosophically astute.” J. Budziszewski, Departments of Government and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, author of What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide
- “A crushing reply to the string of recent books by the so-called New Atheists… a stunning work.” Thomas Woods, author of Meltdown
- “A wonderfully clear overview of Thomism.” James Kalb, author of The Tyranny of Liberalism
- “More than anything else, Feser deserves praise for showing, in a comprehensible way, that philosophy makes sense and remains terribly relevant to how to live well in the world today.” National Catholic Register
- “Brilliant… I have never seen the topics that Feser discusses presented so clearly… Agree with him or not, anyone who reads The Last Superstition will learn a great deal about philosophy.” David Gordon, The Ludwig von Mises Institute
- “If [atheists] were willing to dispassionately consider the case for theism that Feser builds here, they would come away from reading this book with their confidence profoundly shaken.” Patrick Madrid, Envoy Magazine
- “A brilliant, careful analysis.” Fr. Kenneth Baker, Homiletic and Pastoral Review
- “A document of singular importance. Of all the books written in response to the ‘new atheists’… this one has to be counted among the very best.” D. Q. McInerny, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly
- “Superb… Feser meets his goal of refuting the new atheism on its own terms, convincingly and with panache.” Bernard Mulcahy, Nova et Vetera
- “Flows with bonhomie and a gusto similar to a ringing oration — an agreeable volume for picking up and putting down whenever one’s earthly existence intrudes on the sublime.” New Oxford Review
- “Feser’s way of doing philosophy is refreshingly red-blooded and virile, not for the philosophically faint of heart.” Joseph Trabbic, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Ave Maria University