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About Jerome P. Soneson

"I have always felt myself caught between my interests in both Philosophy and the Study of Religion. While religion so often structures meaningful pictures of the world, shaping overall understanding and guiding behavior, philosophy is the critical study of these important ideas, symbols, values and practices. As Socrates notes in his trial for his life, 'There is nothing more important to do than to discuss virtue every day, . . . for the unexamined life is not worth living.' In my estimation, it is so important to help students think philosophically about religion in order to help them learn how to live more meaningfully, creatively – and in more reconciling ways – with those who don't agree with them. I can hardly think of a more important task in life."


Present Department Head and Associate Professor, Philosophy and World Religions, University of Northern Iowa Department of Philosophy and World Relgions


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Honors and Awards

  • 1994, University Book and Supply Pre-Tenure Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 1994, UNI Summer Research Fellowship
  • 1985-86, Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship
  • 1982-83, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Merit Fellowship


  • Humanities I
  • Humanities III
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • The Holocaust in Literature and Film
  • The Idea of the University
  • Religion and its Critics
  • Environmental Ethics

Contact Information

University of Northern Iowa
Bartlett Hall 1089
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0501
(319) 273-6221

Office: BAR 1089
Phone: (319) 273-6221