Justin M. Anderson, Ph.D., Associate 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 (The Angelicum) in Rome, and an M.A. from Gonzaga University. His doctoral dissertation was titled 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. His articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, International Philosophical Quarterly and Journal of Markets and Morality. Dr. Anderson is a member of Centre de Hautes Études et de Recherches sur Thomas D'Aquin, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the Academy of Catholic Theology. He is a consultant for Aquinas and "the Arabs" International Working Group. Course which he frequently teaches include: Fundamental Moral Theology, Catholic Social Teaching, The Ethics of Virtue, Moral Evil and Moral Absolutes, and Secularism and Catholicism.
- Ph.L., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas
- Ph.D., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
- M.Phil., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
- S.T.B., Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas
- “Clarifying Anscombe’s Ethical Absolutism”, ch. 4 in G.E.M. Anscombe and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Neumann University Press. May 2016.
- "Aristotelian Groundings of the Social Principle of Subsidiary", International Philosophical Quarterly, 55, no. 1: 101-119., August 2014
- "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., June 2014
- "Aquinas on the Graceless Unbeliever, Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie", 59, no.1 (2012): 5-25., September 2012