Bica's Biography Page

Education:  B.S., Long Island University; M.A., New York University; M.Phil., City University of New York (CUNY); Ph.D. CUNY

Camillo C. Bica is a  Professor of Philosophy at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. His primary area of specialization is in Social and Political Philosophy and Ethics, specifically in the relation of war and morality. Dr. Bica is a long time activist for veteran rights and for peace and social justice. As a veteran recovering from his experiences as a United States Marine Corps Officer during the Vietnam War, he founded and for five years coordinated the Veteran Self Help Initiative, AKA the HOOTCH Program (a therapeutic community of war veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Brooklyn. Dr. Bica's military awards include the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V device, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal, and the New York State Conspicuous Service Award.. Academically he was the recipient of the 2003 School of Visual Arts Distinguished Scholar and Teacher Award. 

      Dr. Bica has presented numerous papers dealing with such topics as Just War Theory, the effects of war on the participants, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ethics and war, and political and social responsibility, including a presentation on "Terrorism and Response" at the Joint Services Conference On Professional Ethics (JSCOPE) sponsored by the Air Force and Naval Academy. His publications include "Interpreting Just War Theory's Jus in Bello Criterion of Discrimination," Public Affairs Quarterly, vol. 12, no. 2, April 1998; "Establishing Liability in War," Ibid., vol. 11, no. 3, July 1997; "Collateral Violence and the Doctrine of Double Effect," ibid., vol. 11, no.1. January 1997; and "A Therapeutic Application of Philosophy, The Moral Casualties of War: Understanding the Experience," International Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol.13, no. 1, Spring 1999. Dr. Bica's book Meditations on War: The Memories, Flashbacks, Nightmares, and Cynical Ranting of a Vietnam Survivor is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2010.