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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, M.D., Chair in Human Dignity at St. Mary’s University. As the Chair in Human Dignity he is responsible for enhancing the Catholic dimension and identity of St. Mary’s University and is a part of the Center for Catholic Studies, which promotes the study and understanding of Catholicism and Marianist spirituality.

As chair holder his duties also include promoting the interdisciplinary richness of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, particularly regarding universal human dignity and its application to medical ethics. Greenaway is a distinguished scholar with an understanding of servant leadership and fidelity to Catholic doctrine who participates in and advances scholarship and teaching. Additionally, 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 titled, 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 breakdown of the medieval world. His current book project concerns the experience of belonging. It is titled, Belonging: The Fit Between Perfection and Imperfection.

Publications

Books

“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

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

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

Presentations

“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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