Professor Sterling specializes in Medieval Philosophy (particularly rational theology) and Ethics (particularly ethical theory).
In addition to the departmental core curriculum classes, Dr. Sterling regularly teaches PHI 2000 (Ancient Philosophy), PHI 3070 (Philosophy of Law), and PHI 3220 (Medieval Philosophy).
B.A. in Philosophy from Eastern Illinois University, and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Iowa.
He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, and has served as President of the Illinois Philosophical Association. He is also active in several Stoic philosophy groups.
Dr. Sterling's research currently focuses on issues related to free will and moral responsibility, where he defends a traditional version of libertarianism.
Dr. Sterling is the author of Ethical Intuitionism and Its Critics (Peter Lang, 1994).
Professor Sterling has presented papers at numerous professional conferences. He regularly attends the Illinois Philosophical Association meetings, and the meetings of the Mid-South Philosophy conference.