Dr. Anderson specializes in conceptions of virtue, both in Thomas Aquinas and contemporary virtue ethics.
Justin M. Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Moral Theology, earned both his Ph.D. and M.Phil. from the Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain). He holds an S.T.B. and a Ph.L. from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, and an M.A. from Gonzaga University. His doctoral dissertation is entitled "Is Thomas Aquinas a Virtue Ethicist? A Critical Examination of Thomas Aquinas's Conception of Virtue and Its Relation to Contemporary Moral Philosophy." Dr. Anderson’s current research focuses on Aquinas’s conception of virtue, the role it plays in his overall moral science, and the potential dialogue between that historically conditioned moral science and contemporary virtue ethics. His research also extends to the rational grounding for the existence of intrinsically evil actions, moral object and intentionality, and the philosophical basis for the social principles of Catholic social teaching. Dr. Anderson is a member of Centre de Hautes Études et de Recherches sur Thomas D’Aquin and the American Catholic Philosophical Association. He is a consultant for "Aquinas and 'the Arabs' International Working Group. His courses include "Fundamental Moral Theology", "Catholic Social Teaching", "The Ethics of Virtue", "Moral Evil and Moral Absolutes", and "Catholicism and Secularism."
- Ph.D., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
- M.Phil., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
- S.T.B., Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas
- Aristotelian Groundings of the Social Principle of Subsidiarity
International Philosophical Quarterly, 55, no. 1: 101-119.,
- An Unmanageable Rationale: How Business Ethic Textbooks Unwittingly Recommend a Virtue Ethic Account of Moral Reasoning
Journal of Markets and Morality, 17, no.1: 85-103.,
- Newman's Liberation of Theology: On the Role of Philosophy in Newman’s The Idea of a University and its Relation to Theology
2013 Faculty Summer Seminar: Newman's Idea of the University Today (2013): 4-7.,
- Critical Thinking as a Reverential Act
Critical Thinking as a Reverential Act,
- Aquinas on the Graceless Unbeliever
Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, 59, no.1 (2012): 5-25.,