Justin M. Anderson is Professor and Chair of Moral Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University. Dr. Anderson's overarching interest focuses on the historical sources and conditions under which various ethical positions become possible, especially in the medieval ages and today. He is author of the book Virtue and Grace in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and co-author of Pursuing the Honorable: Honor and Today's Military (Lexington Books, 2019). His articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, International Philosophical Quarterly, and Irish Theological Quarterly. Dr. Anderson is co-founder of the international research group "Thomas Aquinas and Canon Law" and a consultant at "Aquinas and 'the Arabs'". He is a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology and the American Catholic Philosophical Association. He earned his Ph.D. (2011) from the Institute of Philosophy at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain). In 2021, he was selected as Seton Hall University Researcher of the Year.
Courses he frequently teaches include: Fundamental Moral Theology I and II, Catholic Social Teaching, Moral Evil and Moral Absolutes, Christian Decision Making, and Secularism and Catholicism.
- Ph.D., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
- M.Phil., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
- Ph.L., Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas
- M.A., Gonzaga University
- S.T.B., Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas
- Virtue and Grace in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas (Cambridge University Press, July 2020).
- Pursuing the Honorable: Honor and Today’s Military, co-authored with Prof. Kenneth W. McDonald (Lexington Book, 2019)
Peer-Reviewed Edited Books
- The Roman School: Nineteenth-Century Jesuit Theology and its Achievements, edited by Justin M. Anderson, Matthew Levering, and Aaron Pidel, S.J. (forthcoming from Brill).
- Ignatius of Loyola and Thomas Aquinas: A Jesuit Ressourcement, edited by Justin M. Anderson, Matthew Levering, and Aaron Pidel, S.J. (forthcoming from The Catholic University of America Press).
Peer-Reviewed Articles/Book Chapters
- “‘If You Are Led by the Spirit, You Are Not Under the Law’: Lex Privata and Veritas Vitae as a Divine Personal Vocation.” Nova et Vetera (forthcoming).
- "Philosophical Inquiry according to the Roman School: Perrone, Kleutgen, and Contemporary Thomism on the Role of Prima Principia," in The Roman School: Nineteenth-Century Jesuit Theology and its Achievements, edited by Justin M. Anderson, Matthew Levering, and Aaron Pidel, S.J. (forthcoming from Brill).
- "Experiencing the Divine According to Thomas and Ignatius," in Ignatius of Loyola and Thomas Aquinas: A Jesuit Ressourcement, edited by Justin M. Anderson, Matthew Levering, and Aaron Pidel, S.J. (forthcoming from The Catholic University of America Press).
- "Diversity: A Catholic Understanding." Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture 25, no. 3 (2022): 27-60.
- "When Must One Permit Scandals to Arise? A Comparison of Two Traditions." Irish Theological Quarterly 86, no. 3 (2021): 254-72.
- "Thomas Aquinas and Medieval Canon Law: Two Cases of Gratian's Influence in the Summa Theologiae." Ius Ecclesiae 33, no. 1 (2021): 219-40. [co-authored with Jörgen Vijgen]
- “Is it Better to Die Excommunicated than Act Against One’s Conscience? What Aquinas Famously (Never) Said on Conscience and Church Authority.” Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 95, issue 4 (2019): 567-93.
- "The Hermeneutical Function of the Family in Right Understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and Its Use for Catholic University Education," Journal of Catholic Higher Education 35, no. 2 (Summer 2016): 119-32.
- "Clarifying Anscombe’s Ethical Absolutism", Ch. 4 in G.E.M. Anscombe and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (Neumann University Press, May 2016): 49-80.
- "Aristotelian Groundings of the Social Principle of Subsidiary," International Philosophical Quarterly, 55, no. 1 (August 2014): 101-19.
- "An Unmanageable Rationale: How Business Ethic Textbooks Unwittingly Recommend a Virtue Ethic Account of Moral Reasoning," Journal of Markets and Morality, 17, no. 1 (June 2014): 85-103.
- "Aquinas on the Graceless Unbeliever," Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, 59, no. 1 (September 2012): 5-25.