Jorge J. E. Gracia is the Samuel P. Capen Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor at the University of Buffalo. He earned a BA from Wheaton College, an MA from the University of Chicago, an MSL from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, and a PhD from the University of Toronto. Besides his distinguished career at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Professor Gracia has been visiting professor at Universidad de Puerto Rico in 1972-1973, at Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in June of 1984, at Universidad de Michoacán in 1996, at Franciscan University in 1997, at Fordham University in 1997, and at Internationale Akademie für Philosophie, Liechtenstein, in 1998. Professor Gracia has been president of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy from 1991 to1993, of the Society for Iberian and Latin American Thought from 1986 to 1988, of the Federación International de Estudios sobre América Latina y el Caribe from 1987 to 1989, of the American Catholic Philosophical Association from 1997 to 1998, and of the Metaphysical Society of America from 2000 to 2001.
Professor Gracia’s most recent books include How Can We Know What God Means? The Interpretation of Revelation (2001), Hispanic/Latino Identity: A Philosophical Perspective (2000), Metaphysics and Its Task: The Search for the Categorial Foundation of Knowledge (1999), Filosofía hispánica: Concepto, origen y foco historiográfico (1998), Texts: Ontological Status, Identity, Author, Audience (1996), A Theory of Textuality: The Logic and Epistemology (1995), and Philosophy and Its History: Issues in Philosophical Historiography (1992). He has also translated two volumes of the Metaphysical Disputations of Francisco Suárez and edited, alone or with others, eighteen books, as well as special journal issues on the transcendentals in medieval philosophy, on Francisco Suárez, and on Latin American philosophy today.
Professor Gracia has one hundred and ninety-two articles in print, mainly in medieval and in Latin-American philosophy, metaphysics, and hermeneutics. His list of papers presented numbers close to two hundred. His service to the profession of philosophy during his distinguished career is exemplary.