Education

Ph.D., University College Dublin

Research Interests

  • Medieval philosophy
  • Political philosophy
  • Philosophy of law
  • Philosophical anthropology

Biography

James Greenaway, Ph.D., is the inaugural Charles H. Miller Sr., M.D., Chair in Human Dignity at St. Mary’s University. As the Chair in Human Dignity, he is responsible for originating and developing programs that foster a deeper appreciation of the dignity of persons and communities. The work of the Chair enhances the Catholic dimension and identity of St. Mary’s University and is housed in the Center for Catholic Studies, which promotes the study and understanding of Catholicism and Marianist spirituality. The Chair in Human Dignity is named in honor of the late physician and surgeon Dr. Miller, who was known in his community of Parsons, Kansas, for his strong Catholic faith and extensive public and community service.

As chairholder, Greenaway’s duties also include promoting the interdisciplinary richness of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, particularly regarding universal human dignity. He teaches philosophy courses in TDCJ prisons that aim at restoring and cultivating an understanding of human dignity among inmates. He has also promoted awareness of human trafficking in south Texas with public events that allow victims and survivors of trafficking to tell their stories. Greenaway is a distinguished scholar with an understanding of servant leadership and a commitment to liberal arts education in a Catholic setting, who participates in and advances scholarship and teaching. Acknowledging that liberal education is not a preserve of the university, he is responsible for effectively communicating insights of research to parish groups of various educational backgrounds, as well as establishing a permanent program of lectures, seminars or workshops examining issues of human dignity affecting the Catholic Church.

Greenaway holds degrees in philosophy and education. His dissertation in the field of medieval political philosophy was rewarded with a Ph.D. by University College Dublin. Following a year of further research, his book entitled, The Differentiation of Authority: The Medieval Turn toward Existence (Catholic University of America Press) explores some of the philosophical foundations of Western society as it emerged from the self-overcoming of the medieval world. He co-wrote and edited Human Dignity, Education, and Political Society: A Philosophical Defense of the Liberal Arts, and his current book project concerns the meaning of belonging. It is titled, Belonging: Presence and Politics in the Cosmos.

Publications

Books

Belonging: Presence and Politics in the Cosmos (Under contract with The University of Notre Dame Press

Human Dignity, Education, and Political Society: A Philosophical Defense of the Liberal Arts, editor and contributor. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2020

“Foreword”, in Tilo Schabert, The Figure of Modernity: On the Irregularity of an Epoch, trans. Javier Ibáñez-Noé, foreword, James Greenaway. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2020

Belonging, Existential Authority, and the Commissioning that is Subjectivity: A Medieval Philosophical Anthropology.” In Subjectivity: Ancient and Modern, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.

“Existence and Will: The Philosophical Inheritance from William of Ockham.” In The Human Voyage of Self-Discovery, ed. David Walsh, 138-160. Dublin: Veritas, 2013.

The Differentiation of Authority: The Medieval Turn toward Existence Catholic University of America Press, 2012.

Papers

Dominium v. Auctoritas: Nihilism and the Political Community.” Voegelinview.com, November, 2018. https://voegelinview.com/dominium-v-auctoritas-nihilism-and-the-political-community/

Communitas: Belonging and the Order of Being.” In International Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Vol. 79, 1-2, (2018), 194-212.

Politics as Secondary Belonging: Levinas and the Primacy of Fraternity,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (2017).

“The Priority of Existence in Medieval Political Thought” in voegelinview.com, 2013.

Presentations

“The Primordiality of Politics.” Paper to be presented at the American Political Science Association meeting in Seattle, WA, September 2021.

“Opening Remarks: Human Dignity as the Ground of Justice and Social Concerns.” Presentation given virtually at Justice and Social Concerns annual meeting, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX, February 2021

“Conversation with Karla: Victim and Survivor of Sex Trafficking.” Hosted virtual conversation with Karla Scott Solomon at Justice and Social Concerns annual meeting, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX, February 2021

“Discussion on Prison Outreach.” Hosted virtual conversation with former inmates and San Antonio Archdiocesan prison outreach director at Justice and Social Concerns annual meeting, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX, February 2021

“The Dignity of Persons and Divine Presence: The Aim of Education as the Growth of the Soul,” Plenary 2 Discussion Host, Lilly Fellows Program 30th Annual National Conference, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX, October 2020

“Human Dignity, Education, Political Society.” Roundtable on my book, virtual presentation at the American Political Science Association meeting, Washington, D.C., September 2020.

“To Jump the Tenses,” Paper response presented virtually at the American Political Science Association meeting, Washington, D.C., September 2020.

“The Nation, Metaxy, and the Order of Being: Edmund Burke and Eric Voegelin on Political Belonging.” Paper presented at the American Political Science Association meeting, Washington, D.C., September 2019.

“Meaning Within and Without Prison: The Work of Philosophy behind Bars,” Legatus Meeting, St. Mary’s University, June 2019.

“Education Attuned to Human Dignity: The Liberal Arts as a Political Good.” Paper presented at Human Dignity, Education, and Political Society Conference, St. Mary’s University, TX, May, 2019.

Dominium v. Auctoritas: Nihilism and the Political Community.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eric Voegelin Society at the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, September, 2018.

“Human Dignity in Prison.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Kolbe Prison Ministry, St. Dominic Catholic Church, San Antonio, TX, March, 2018.

“Matrimony as the Surplus Beyond Choice.” Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, Steubenville, OH, October, 2017.

“Matrimony: The Order of Being in Agon.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eric Voegelin Society at the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, September, 2017.

“Reasons to Teach Philosophy to Prisoners.” Paper presented to the Archdiocese of San Antonio Prison Outreach, Mexican American Catholic College, San Antonio, TX, April, 2017.

Public Lecture: “Remarks on the Inaugural Installation of the St. Mary’s Charles H. Miller M.D. Chair in Human Dignity”, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX, February 2017.

“Community and the Order of Being,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, 2016

“Belonging, Nations and Moral Debt: The Partnership We Live Within.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, September 2015.

“Moral Debt and the Past, Present, and Future That Holds Us.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the President’s Peace Commission, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX, February 2015.

“Belonging, Existential Authority, and the Commissioning that is Subjectivity: A Medieval Philosophical Anthropology.” Paper presented at a conference organized by the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good on the topic of “Subjectivity: Ancient and Modern”, September 2014.

“Common Law, Responsibility, and the Absence of a Duty to Rescue.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington D.C., August 2014.

“The Subsidiarity of the Political: Levinas and Testimony.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association, San Antonio TX, April 2014.

“Duns Scotus Eriugena and The Philosophy of Belonging.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham University, NY, October 2013.

“The Priority of Existence in Medieval Political Thought.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago IL, August 2013.

“You, Me, and the Intimacy of Being.” Paper presented as a Public Lecture, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio TX, April 2013.

“The Double Irony at the Heart of William of Ockham’s Assessment of Christendom.” Paper presented as a Public Lecture, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio TX, February 2011.

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