Department of Philosophy
Mathematics and Science Center, Room 752
146 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(248) 370-3390
fax: (248) 370-3144

Pat Trentacoste


Pat Trentacoste
Title: Full-time Adjunct Assistant Professor
Phone: (248) 370-3391
Curriculum Vitae

M.A., Wayne State University

Major Fields
Ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of education

"The Role of Aesthetic Competence for Moral Discernment," Philosophy in the Contemporary World 12(3), 2005, pp.34-40 (pdf) (journal website).

"Why Aren't Moral People Always Moral," Philosophy in the Contemporary World 9(1), 2002, pp. 89-96 (pdf) (journal website). 

Commentary on Molly Gardner’s "Time Travelers Who Kill Their Younger Selves:  They’re Closer Than You Think," Central States Philosophical Association, 2010

Perceptual Wisdom at the Crossroads:  Where Practical Aesthetics Meets Practical Ethics,” OU Philosophy Club, 2009

Perceptual Wisdom: Aesthetic Competence in Art-Neutral Contexts,” Of Aesthetics and Ethics: A Conference on Visual Value, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, 2008

“Aesthetic Competence and Moral Discernment” OU Philosophy Department, 2006

“The Aesthetic Gestalt and the Moral Gaze,” 11th Annual Meeting of Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Western Carolina University, Cullowee, NC, (Peer reviewed presentation), 2004; 31st Annual Conference on Value Inquiry,University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, (Peer reviewed presentation), 2003

“Why Aren’t ‘Moral’ Humans Always Moral?” (Peer reviewed presentation),  8th Annual Meeting of Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, St.John’s University, Santa Fe, NM;  2002; Michael Morden Colloquium, University of MI, Dearborn, March 2002

Courses Taught:  
PHL 101, Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 102, Introduction to Logic
PHL 103, Intro to Ethics
PHL 206, Early Modern Philosophy
PHL 312, Aesthetics