About Me


I grew up the grandchild of Lithuanian and Windish-Slovenian immigrants in Butztown, PA, Bethlehem Township, my father an engineer for Bethlehem Steel and my mother a teacher.

    Graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University in 1985 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy and economics, I became in 1986 a Woodruff Fellow at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, winning Emory's Award for Excellence in Graduate Research in 1989 and taking a Master of Arts in philosophy the following year. During the 1990-91 academic year, I was a Fulbright Student at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh. In 1992 I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from Emory, writing my dissertation on David Hume’s skepticism under the direction of Donald W. Livingston.

    From 1992-1998 I worked as an assistant professor at Hollins College outside Roanoke, Virginia, where I was tenured and promoted to associate professor in early 1998.

    Later that same year, I took an appointment as associate professor of philosophy at the nation’s 16th oldest university, and the oldest U.S. university west of the Alleghenies-- Transylvania University (founded 1780) in Lexington, KY.  I received there a Bingham Award for Teaching Excellence, and I chaired Transy’s philosophy program from 1999-2009. In 2004, I was promoted to full professor and in 2005 named Transylvania's Professor of the Year.  (See more here about what is today thought of as the university’s strange name and here about the Transylvania colony.)

    From 2004-2006, I was appointed Transylvania's Bingham-Young Professor, a circulating endowed professorship, and director of the university's Bingham-Young program on Liberty, Security and Justice.

    While my research interests have focused on issues in skepticism and the history of philosophy, teaching at liberal arts colleges has drawn me into many different areas including: the philosophy of law, environmental thought, politics, religion, gender, aesthetics, and race theory.

   Through my work with The Philosophers’ Magazine, my Toolkit books, my encyclopedias, and my publications with Bill Irwin’s Philosophy and . . . series, I have worked to bring philosophy to a wider and larger audience.

    In 2006, I received the Acorn Award as outstanding professor in  Kentucky at a four-year public or private university. The award noted "[t]he outstanding quality of his teaching, expertise in his fields of study, the originality of courses and scholarship, and the role he plays as a mentor...."[1] That same year I was named a Kentucky Colonel.

    I’m married to Catherine Fosl, associate professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Louisville, director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, and author of Subversive Southerner, the biography of civil rights activist and author Anne Braden. I as born "Peter Stanley Wasel" but combined my surname with my wife’s maiden name ("Foster") when we married.

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