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Rev. Dr. James Dominic (Alan) ROONEY, OP

Rev. Dr. James Dominic (Alan) ROONEY, OP

Assistant Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy

Phone number3411 7295
ORCID number0000-0003-0087-3218



Ph.D. Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 2020.
M.A./M.Div. Theology, Aquinas Institute of Theology, 2015.
M.A. Philosophy, University of Toledo, 2009.
Ph.B. Philosophy, Catholic University of America, 2008.

Research area(s):

Metaphysics: Free Will, Composition, Metaphysics of Science (esp. Biology and Physics), Meta-Metaphysics
Philosophy of Religion: Grace and Freedom, Group Activity (esp. Grace, Liturgy, Church), Religious Epistemology
History of Philosophy: Ancient, Medieval (esp. Thomas Aquinas), Chinese Confucianism (esp. Zhu Xi)
Political Philosophy: Public Reason, Perfectionism, Natural Law

Teaching area(s):

Metaphysics, Medieval Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Taught previously at:

Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome), St. Louis University

Selected output(s):

  • Material Objects in Confucian and Aristotelian Metaphysics: The Inevitability of Hylomorphism (Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming).
  • “Why All Classical Theists Should Believe in Physical Premotions, But It Doesn't Really Matter (For Freedom)” in International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, 88 (Feb. 2020): 139-166.
  • “What is the Value of Faith for Salvation? A Thomistic Response to Kvanvig,” in Faith and Philosophy, Vol. 36, Is. 4 (Oct. 2019): 463-490. 10.5840/faithphil20191125134
  • “Grounding Relations Are Not Unified: Aquinas and Heil Versus Schaffer” in International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 59, Is. 1 (Mar. 2019): 59-64.
  • “Believing the Incomprehensible God: Aquinas on Understanding God’s Testimony” in Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Vol. 92 (2018): 111-122.

Current project(s):

  • Freedom and the Good: Beyond Classical Liberalism, edited volume on perfectionist traditions in political philosophy, with co-editor Patrick Zoll.
  • “Classical Theists are Committed to the Palamite Distinction Between God’s Essence and Energies,” in Classical Theism: New Essays on the Metaphysics of God, eds. R. Koons and J. Fuqua (Routledge, forthcoming).

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