Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., Religious Studies-philosophy, Northwestern University
M.Div., Theology, Yale University
B.A., Liberal Arts, Westfield State College
Office: 116 Franco Building
Dr. Santaniello, Professor of Philosophy, came to Penn State in the fall of 1996. Weaver, as she prefers to be called, especially enjoys teaching courses on Ethics-ethical theory, Critical Thinking, and debating with students. Her specialized research topic is philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1884-1900). She is the author of Nietzsche, God, and the Jews (SUNY 1994), which addressed the central topic of Nietzsche’s relationship to Jews and Judaism, with a pioneering emphasis on his attack on Christianity and Christian antisemitism in nineteenth-century Germany. Her most recent book, Zarathustra’s Last Supper: Nietzsche’s Eight Higher Men (Ashgate 2005), established the “higher men” as historic individuals; they have always been simply regarded as a group. She is also co-editor and editor of Nietzsche and Depth Psychology and Nietzsche and the Gods, respectively; and has written numerous articles on Nietzsche in relation to Jewish Studies, as well as other topics of interest. She is currently composing a manuscript on Nietzsche’s image in American culture, with a focus on WWII and the Nazis (mis)use of his philosophy.
Most Recent Publications:
“Nietzsche,” in Icons of Unbelief: Atheists, Agnostics, Secularists. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, forthcoming 2008.
“Bitches Gone Wild: The Ethics of Freedom Through Constraint,” in What Philosophy Can Tell You About Your Dog. Chicago, IL: Open Court Press, forthcoming 2008.
Zarathustra’s Last Supper. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2005.
Nietzsche, God, and the Jews: His Critique of Judeo-Christianity in Relation to the Nazi Myth. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994.