Rev. Philip J. Rossi, S.J., Ph.D.
Philip J. Rossi, S.J. (Ph.D., University of Texas ), specializes in the philosophy of religion and Christian ethics; he has published extensively on the theological import of the work of Immanuel Kant. He has been visiting professor at Sogang University, Seoul, Korea (1985) and the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines (1998), a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh (1992, 1999), and visiting scholar (1979-80) and visiting fellow (2004-05) at the Woodstock Theological Center, Washington, DC. He served as Interim Dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences from 2010-2013, Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs from 2005-2008, and ten years as Chair of the Theology Department. He is author of The Social Authority of Reason: Kant’s Critique, Radical Evil and the Destiny of Humankind, (State University of New York Press, 2005), Together Toward Hope: A Journey to Moral Theology (University of Notre Dame Press, 1983), editor of God, Grace, and Creation (Orbis, 2010), co-editor (with Michael J. Wreen) of Kant’s Philosophy of Religion Reconsidered (Indiana University Press, 1992) and co-editor (with Paul Soukup, S. J.) of Mass Media and the Moral Imagination (Sheed and Ward, 1994). He has presented papers at meetings of the American Philosophical Association, the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the College Theology Society, the Society of Christian Ethics, the Russian Kant Society, six International Kant Congresses, and The Parliament of the Worlds’ Religions in Barcelona (2004) and Melbourne (2009). He has published more than forty-five articles in books and professional journals, was editor of Philosophy & Theology (1993-2000) and served on the board of editorial consultants for Theological Studies (1991-98). He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Creighton University (Omaha) from 1985-2013. He was the Executive Director of National Conventions for the College Theology Society (2005-09) and served two terms as a member of its Board of Directors. His current research focuses on Kant’s anthropology as a resource for a post-modern theology of grace, the theological appropriation of the work of the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, and the theological warrants for human rights discourse and for just war theory in a globalized, post-modern culture.
- “Models of God and Just War Theory” for Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities, ed. Asa Kasher and Jeanine Diller, Dordrecht: Springer Verlag, 2013: 991-1000.
- “Human Contingency, Divine Freedom, and the Normative Shape of Saving History,” The Shaping of Tradition: Context and Normativity, Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia, 70, ed. Colby Dickinson, with Lieven Boeve and Terrence Merrigan, Leuven: Peeters Press, 2013: 117-130.
- “Kantian Ethics,” New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-13: Ethics and Philosophy, ed. Robert L. Fastiggi. 4 vols. Detroit: Gale, 2013, Vol. 2, 837-838
- “Kant’s Cosmopolitanism: Resource for Shaping a ‘Just Peace’,” From Just War to Modern Peace Ethics, ed. Heinz Gerhard Justenhoven and William A. Barbieri, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2012: 217-230.
- “Reading Kant Ecumenically: Prolegomena to an Anthropology of Hope in the Aftermath of Modernity,” A Man of the Church: Honoring the Theology, Life, and Witness of Ralph del Colle, ed. Michel René Barnes, Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2012: 316-329.
- “Seeing Good in a World of Suffering: Incarnation as God’s Transforming Vision,” Godhead Here in Hiding: Incarnation and the History of Human Suffering, Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 234, ed. Terrence Merrigan and Frederik Glorieux, Leuven: Peeters Press, 2012: 453-466.
- “Reading Kant from a Catholic Horizon: Ethics and the Anthropology of Grace,” Theological Studies 71, 2010 79-100.
Recent Conference Papers and Lectures:
- “Cosmopolitan Religion and the Moral Imperative for Perpetual Peace,” North American Kant Society, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 2013.
- “Grace and Reform in a Secular Age: Contending with the Long Shadows of Augustine,” 12th International Congress for Luther Research: Luther as Teacher and Reformer of the University, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, August 2012.
- “Human Contingency, Divine Freedom, and the Normative Shape of Saving History,” Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology VIII: Tradition and the Normativity of History, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, October 2011.
- “Where Is Abel thy Brother? Reframing the Theological Horizons for Christian Thinking on War and Peace,” 6th Galilee Colloquium “The Concept of Peace and War in Religions,” Swiss-Israel Philosophical Foundation, Kfar Blum, Israel, June 2011.
- “Preliminary Observations on the Future of (the Varieties of) Philosophical Theology,” panel on “The Future of Philosophical Theology,” (with Anthony Godzieba, Maureen O’Connell, and Terrence Tilley), Philosophy of Religion Section, College Theology Society Annual Meeting, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, June 2011.
- “Faith, Autonomy and the Limits of Agency in a Secular Age,” Research Seminar on Faith and Public Life in a Secular Age, The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Catholic University of America, Washington DC, December 2010.
- “Cosmopolitanism: Kant’s Social Anthropology of Hope,” XI International Kant Congress, Pisa, Italy, May 2010.
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- Immanuel Kant
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