Dr. Anthony Alioto, Chair
Anthony M. Alioto is Professor and John Schiffman Endowed Chair in Ethics, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri.
Alioto earned a BS in history and literature from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and then served in the US Army during the Vietnam War as a personnel specialist. After his military service, he returned to graduate school at Ohio University, where he was the John F. Cady Fellow, earning his masters and doctorate in the history of science and philosophy.
He is the author of A History of Western Science, Prentice Hall, 1987; Second Edition published in 1993, a work of fiction entitled Toad Familiar, (NPI) 1996, a memoir entitled The Ninefold Path, Red Wheel/Weiser, 2012, and Saintly Sex: Sex, Gender and the Catholic Church with John McHale, 2014. His research and teaching have covered such subjects as: ancient, early-modern, and modern science, philosophy of religion, religion and science, ancient and modern cosmology, the quest for the historical Jesus, as well as Asian philosophies and religions. He teaches Buddhism, Religion and Science, and Revolutionary Theory at the University of Missouri-Osher Foundation. In 2007 he was selected to teach a course entitled The Buddha and Buddhism at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, N.Y.