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About Rory Conces

Rory J. Conces  is Associate Professor of Philosophy and a member of the Religious Studies, International Studies, and Islamic Studies faculties. He received his B.A. in psychology and philosophy from Creighton University (1976), M.A. in philosophy from DePaul University (1980), and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1991).

He is the founding editor-in-chief of ID: International Dialogue, A Multi-Disciplinary Journal of World Affairs.

Although Conces works broadly in philosophy and has published articles in ethics, political philosophy, the philosophy of science, aesthetics, and the teaching of critical reasoning, much of his work crosses disciplinary boundaries. For some time his research interests have lied at the intersection of philosophy, political science, psychology, and the visual arts and urban design. He works primarily on questions about the nature of conflict in general; the nature of ethnonationalist conflict in particular; and the array of epistemological, ethical, and psychological issues that comprise peacebuilding, particularly as it pertains to the Balkans.

His more notable publications include a monograph on conflict resolution and applied philosophy entitled Blurred Visions: Philosophy, Science, and Ideology in a Troubled World(1997), "The Hyperintellectual in the Balkans: Recomposed" (Global Outlook 2016) "Epistemical and Ethical Troubles in Achieving Reconciliation, and then Beyond" (European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 2009), and “Rethinking Realism (or Whatever) and the War on Terrorism in a Place Like the Balkans” (Theoria 2009). Some of the other journals in which he has been published include Dijalog, Acta Analytica, Kakanien Revisited, The Locke Newsletter, International Third World Studies Journal and Review, Journal of Philosophy and Social Science, APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy, Southwest Philosophy Review, and Sociological Analysis, and Studies in East European Thought. He is also a contributor to Bosnia Daily, an electronic newspaper in Sarajevo. Conces' work has been translated into Albanian, Bosnian, and German.

During the past thirteen years, Conces has lectured in China at South China Normal University, Zhongshan University, and Hangzhou Teachers College; in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the University of Sarajevo, the University Dzemal Bijedic of Mostar, and the University of Tuzla; in Croatia at the University of Rijeka; in Kosovo at the University of Prishtina, the University of Priština (Kosovska Mitrovica), and at the Academic Training Association Mitrovica Summer School; in Northern Ireland at Queen's University of Belfast; in Austria at The European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Graz; in England at University College; in Denmark at Aarhus University, and in Sweden at Malmö University.


August 2008December 2008 Fulbright Scholar/Visiting Professor, University of Prishtina
20042007 Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, University of Nebraska at Omaha
2007 Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, University of Nebraska at Omaha
19982004 Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, University of Nebraska at Omaha
19942002 Lecturer, Creighton University
January 2001May 2001 Fulbright Scholar/Visiting Professor, University of Sarajevo
May 2000August 2000 Visiting Professor, South China Normal University
19921998 Lecturer of Philosophy and Religion, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar Award, Lecture and Research in Political Science, University of Prishtina, Kosovo, Fall 2008
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, Lecture and Research in Philosophy, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spring 2001


1991 Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Missouri-Columbia
1980 M.A., Philosophy, DePaul University
1976 B.A., Psychology and Philosophy, Creighton University

Contact Information

ASH 205C
Omaha, Nebraska

(402) 554-2947


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