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), the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines (1998), and Arrupe College, Harare Zimbabwe (2014), a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh (1992, 1999), visiting scholar (1979-80) and visiting fellow (2004-05) at the Woodstock Theological Center, Washington, DC, and Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium (2013). 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 fifty 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.
- “Kant’s Apophaticism of Finitude: A Grammar of Hope for Speaking Humanly of God,” The Linguistic Dimension of Kant’s Thought: Historical and Critical Essays, ed. Frank Schalow and Richard Velkley, Northwestern University Press, 2014: 154-173.
- “Faith, Autonomy, and the Limits of Agency in a Secular Age,” At the Limits of the Secular: Catholic Reflections on Faith and Public Life, ed. William A. Barbieri, Jr., Grand Rapids, Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2014: 226-249.
- “Building Bridges and Crossing Boundaries: Philosophy, Theology, and the Interruptions of Transcendence,” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 6/1, 2014: 161-176.
- “Where is Abel thy Brother? Reframing the Theological Horizons for Catholic Theories of Just War,” Journal of Catholic Social Thought 11/1, 2014: 229-240.
- “Cosmopolitanism: Kant’s Social Anthropology of Hope,” Kant und die Philosophie in weltbürgerlicher Absicht: Akten des XI. Kant-Kongresses 2010, ed. Stefano Bacin, Alfredo Ferrarin, Claudio La Rocca, Margit Ruffing, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013, Bd. 4: 827-837.
- “Contingency and the Giftedness of Creation: Enacting Grace in a Fractured World,” To Discern Creation in a Scattering World, Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 262, ed. Frederiek Depoortere and Jacques Haers, Leuven: Peeters Press 2013: 31-42.
- “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.
Recent Conference Papers and Lectures:
- Workshop (with Michael Rosenthal, University of Washington), “Politics and Faith: Lessons from Spinoza and Kant,” Graduiertenkolleg: “Theology as an Academic Discipline” at Goethe University, Frankfurt, July 2014.
- “Peacemaking and Victory: Lessons from Kant’s Cosmopolitanism,” International Law and Ethics Conference Series (ILECS): “What Does It Mean to Win a War?” University of Belgrade, Serbia, June 2014.
- Lecture, “Grace and Freedom in a Time of Secularity: Worldly Contingency, Human Freedom and God’s Transforming Vision,” Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2014.
- Lecture, “The Human Place in the Cosmos: Kant’s Philosophy as Critical Anthropology,” Arrupe College, Harare, Zimbabwe, February 2014.
- “Liturgy as Sacramental Mystery: Incarnating Grace in the Worldly Spaces of Contingency,” Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology XI: Mediating Mysteries, Understanding Liturgy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, October 2013.
- “Building Bridges and Crossing Boundaries: Philosophy, Theology, and the Interruptions of Transcendence,” Conference on “Philosophical Perspectives on Theological Realism,” Erbacher Hof, Mainz, Germany, September 2013.
- Workshop, “Immanence, Transcendence, and the Shaping of Agency in A Secular Age,” Summer School on “Philosophical Perspectives on Theological Realism,” Institut für Religionsphilosophische Forschung, Goethe-University, Frankfurt and Philosophisch- theologische Hochschule St. Georgen, Frankfurt, September 2013.
- Philosophical Theology
- Christian Ethics
- Immanuel Kant
- Professional Vision
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- Fall 2015
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