Rev. Philip J. Rossi, S.J., Ph.D.

Philip J. Rossi
Rev. Philip J. Rossi, S.J., Ph.D.Marquette University

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MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3738
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Philip J. Rossi, S.J. (Ph.D., University of Texas [1975]), 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 Seekers and Dwellers: Plurality and Wholeness in a Time of Secularity(Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2016) and 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, seven 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 is a member Executive Committee of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (Washington, DC) and was a member of 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, the theological warrants for an ethics of peacemaking in a globalized, post-modern culture, and the current and future state of interaction between philosophical and theological inquiry.


Recent publications:

  • “Seekers, Dwellers, and the Plural Contingencies of Grace: Hospitality, Otherness and the Enactment of Human Wholeness” Seekers and Dwellers: Plurality and Wholeness in a Time of Secularity, ed. Philip J Rossi, (Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change, Series VIII: Christian Philosophical Studies Volume 20), Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington, DC, 2016: 285-300.
  • “War as Morally Unintelligible: Sovereign Agency and the Limits of Kantian Autonomy,”The Monist 99(1) 2016: 1-12; doi: 10.1093/monist/onv025;
  • “Peacemaking and Victory: Lessons from Kant’s Cosmopolitanism” (Inv & Ref), Philosophia: Philosophical Quarterly of Israel, 43(3), 2015: 747-757
  • “Liturgy as Sacramental Mystery: Incarnating Grace in the Space of Worldly Vulnerability,” Approaching the Threshold of Mystery: Liturgical Worlds and Theological Spaces, Theologie der Liturgie 10, ed. Joris Geldhof, Trevor Maine, and Daniel Minch, Regensburg: Friedrich Pustet Verlag, 2015: 44-57.
  • “Expanding the Horizon of Kant’s Ethics: Recent Interpretations of the Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals,” Chiedza: Journal of Arrupe College (Harare) 17/1, 2014: 74-86.
  • “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.


Recent Conference Papers and Lectures:

  • Recognizing Human Fragility: The Dialogue of Religions as Enactment of Hospitality,” RVP, Shichahai Institute and Peking University International Conference, “Dialogue of Religions and Beliefs in China,” Peking University, Beijing, China, July 2016.
  • “Remarks on Translation as Inculturation: The Language of Otherness and the Otherness of Language in Sacred Texts,” RVP and Wuhan University International Conference, “Hermeneutic Understanding of Translation of Early Buddhism and Christian Scriptures: Theories and Praxis,” Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, July 2016.
  • “The Enduring Value of H. Richard Niebuhr’s The Responsible Self as a Conceptual Framework for Human Moral Responsibility in a Global Context,” RVP and Shangrao Normal University International Conference, “Moral Responsibility and Humanity,” Shangrao Normal University, Shangrao, China, July 2016.
  • “The Relational Anthropology of H. Richard Niebuhr as a Conceptual Framework for the Dynamics of Human Reciprocity,” RVP & Shanghai University International Conference, “Reciprocity: A Human Value in a Pluralistic World,” Shanghai University, Shanghai, China, June 2016.
  • “Vatican II on the Inculturation of Reason and Faith: ‘That the philosophical and theological disciplines be more suitably aligned…’”Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology X: “The Letter and the Spirit: On the Forgotten Documents of Vatican II,” Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, October 2015.
  • “The Crooked Wood of Human History: The Ethical Commonwealth and the Persistence of Evil,” XII International Kant Congress, Vienna, Austria, September 2015.
  • “ The Persistence of Evil in History: An Unfinished Kantian Agenda,” Conference on “The Argument from Evil in Analytic Philosophy: Prospects and Limits,” Sankt Georgen Graduate School for Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt/Main, September 2015.
  • 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.

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  • W 2:30-4:00
  • Th 9:45-11:15
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