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Brief Biography of

Richard Schoenig


Name: Richard Schoenig

Born: 1942

Title: Professor of Philosophy, San Antonio College


  • B.S. Chemistry, Fordham University, 1964
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Notre Dame, 1968
  • M.A. Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1974
  • Ph.D. Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1981

Representative Publications:

  1. Exploring Philosophy (5th ed) (Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill, 2005).
  2. Eight technical papers in the Journal of Macromolecular Science—Chemistry from November 1967 to September 1969
  3. "Thoughts in Fall" [poem] in A Vision, A Verse: Vol. II ed. Don Peek (Pittsburg, TX: Poetry Press, 1978), p. 6.
  4. "A Systems Analysis of Qualitative Knowing in Education" (with M. L. Estep) in Proceedings of the Society for General Systems Research 22nd Annual Meeting, pp. 78-91 (April 1978).
  5. "The Logical Status of Prayer," The Southern Journal of Philosophy Vol. XXXV, pp. 115-128 (1997).
  6. "The Truth About Faith," The American Rationalist May/June 1997, pp. 15-18.
  7. "The Free Will Theodicy," Religious Studies, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 457-470 (1998).
  8. "The Argument from Unfairness," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 115-128 (1999).
  9. "Abortion, Christianity and Consistency," Philosophy in the Contemporary World Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 32-37 (Spring 1998).
  10. "The Idiot's Guide to Salvation," The Humanist January/February 2000, pp. 39-41.
  11. "Christians and Abortion" in The Ethics of Abortion, 3rd ed ed. Robert M. Baird and Stuart Rosenbaum [of Baylor University] (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2001).
  12. "Why Do They Even Bother?" Secular Nation April-June 2009, p. 8, 10.
  13. "I'm Not Religious, But I Am Spiritual," Free Inquiry January/February 2011.


Personal: When not trying to figure out the meaning of life, Richard can be found grousing about politics, doing crossword puzzles, working on physical fitness, especially playing basketball, and enjoying the mountains of west Texas and southwestern Colorado.