Carlin Romano

Carlin Romano is an American writer and educator. He was cited for "bringing new vitality to the classic essay across a formidable array of topics,"[1] as a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in criticism.

Romano is a critic-at-large for the The Chronicle of Higher Education. He was a writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer for many years.[2] He teaches at Ursinus College [3] and the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication.[4][5] He previously taught philosophy at Bennington College.[6][7][8]

In 1981, Romano reviewed books about philosophers for The Village Voice Literary Supplement.[9] His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal,[10]The Nation,[11] The Weekly Standard,[12] Times Literary Supplement,[13] The New Yorker,[14] and elsewhere.

Romano contributed an article on Umberto Eco to Oxford University Press's Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. In 1993, Romano wrote an essay for Danto and His Critics entitled, "Looking Beyond the Visible: The Case of Arthur C. Dantwo," about art critic Arthur Danto.[15] In his essay, Romano sets up a dichotomy between "pragmatism" and "Hegelianism" and finds statements in Danto's books that he claims fit into one of these two schools of thought. The Institution of Philosophy: A Discipline in Crisis? (published 1989 by Open Court, edited by Avner Cohen and Marcelo Dascal), includes a proposal by Romano to set up a World Court of Philosophy in which appointed philosophers would stipulate philosophical conclusions.[16][17]

He wrote America the Philosophical, a book with the main claim that the current United States has the "most philosophical culture in the history of the world."[18][19][20]

In 2013 he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship.[21]