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Find below some examples of my writing and scholarship:

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“Seven Lessons Learned from General Education Reform at Saint Mary’s College,” Liberal Education, Vol. 97, No. 2 (2011), 40–47.


“Response to ‘Reforming Healthcare Ethics,’” in Medical Ethics at Notre Dame:  The J. Philip Clarke Family Lectures, 1988-1999, Margaret Monahan Hogan and David Solomon, eds. (North Charleston, SC:  BookSurge Publishing, 2008), 231–243.

“Similarities and Synergy:  An Augustinian Reading of Aquinas and Wittgenstein,” in Grammar and Grace:  Reformulations of Aquinas and Wittgenstein, Jeffrey Stout and Robert MacSwain, eds. (London:  SCM Press, 2004), 20–54

 “Education for Justice:  Stitching a Seamless Garment,” Horizons, 27 (2000), 296–310.


 “Duns Scotus and the Experience of Human Freedom,” The Thomist, 56 (1992), 229–256.


“The Appropriation of Wittgenstein’s Writings by Philosophers of Religion:  Towards a Reevaluation and an End,” Religious Studies, 21 (1985), 457–474

Additional Testimonials


       Joe is the complete package—an award-winning teacher, an incisive scholar, a consultative administrator, a good listener."

—Thomas Parisi, Ph.D., Saint Mary's College, Emeritus Professor of Psychology  

References to (or discussions of) my work appear in the following:



  • D. Stephen Long, Speaking of God:  Theology, Language, and Truth (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2009), pp. 68n.105, 73, 199n.100, 215-216, 238, 321.

  • David Burrell, Faith and Freedom:  An Interfaith Perspective, Challenges in Contemporary Theology (Blackwell Publishing, 2004), p. 107.

  • David Burrell, Towards a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Theology, Challenges in Contemporary Theology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), nn. 123 & 124.

  • Gregory C. Higgins, Christianity 101:  A Textbook of Catholic Theology (Paulist Press, 2007), p. x.

  • John Bowlin, Contingency and Fortune in Aquinas’s Ethics, Cambridge Studies in Religion and Critical Thought 6 (Cambridge University Press, 1999), p. 10n.17.

  • Stanley Hauerwas, “Why the ‘Sectarian Temptation’ Is a Misrepresentation:  A Response to James Gustafson,” in The Hauerwas Reader, John Berkman and Michael Cartwright, eds. (Duke University Press, 2001), p. 99n.10.

  • Elizabeth Newman, “Theology and Science without Dualism,” The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences Bulletin, 17 (1997), 15-23, reprinted in Cross Currents, 48, (1998), 34-48.

  • Robert MacSwain, “ ‘Solved by Sacrifice:  Austin Farrer, fideism, and the evidence of faith,” Diss. University of Saint Andrews, 2010, p. 272n.56.

  • Thomas Williams, “The Libertarian Foundations of Scotus’s Moral Philosophy,” The Thomist, 62 (1998).

  • John Wright, ed., Postliberal Theology and the Church Catholic:  Conversations with George Lindbeck, David Burrell, and Stanley Hauerwas (Baker Academic, 2012), p. 48n.84

  • Steven Knowles, Beyond Evangelicalism:  The Theological Methodology of Stanley J. Grenz (Ashgate, 2001), p. 46.

  • Robert Holkot, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2001; revised 2013

  • Harold Ernst, Review of Grammar and Grace:  Reformulations of Aquinas and Wittgenstein, Scottish Journal of Theology, 61 (2008), 373-374.

  • Robert Andrew Cathey, God in Postliberal Perspective:  Between Realism and Nonrealism (Ashgate, 2009), p. 49n.1.

  • Anat Biletzi, (Over)Interpreting Wittgensten, Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science (Synthese Library, 2003), p. 210n.4.

  • Jason A. Springs, “What Cultural Theorists of Religion Have to Learn from Wittgenstein; Or, How to Read Geertz as a Practice Theorist” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 76 (2008), 10n.13.

  • John Churchill, “Reading Wittgenstein:  Romantic and Prosaic Appropriations,” Southwest Philosophy Review, 4 (1988).

  • Peter Tyler, The Return to the Mystical:  Ludwig Wittgenstein, Teresa of Avila and the Christian Mystical Tradition (Continuum, 2011), pp. 201, 203.

  • P. F. Bloemendaa, Grammars of Faith: A Critical Evaluation of D.Z. Phillips's Philosophy of  Religion, Studies in Philosophical Theology (Peeters, 2006), pp. 103-104, 118n.52, 128-129, 149n.2, 150 188-190, 192.

  • William Frank and Allan B. Wolter, Duns Scotus Metaphysician, Purdue University Press Series in the History of Philosophy, (Purdue University Press, 1995), p. 207n.16.

  • John T. Slotemaker, “Robert Holkot,” Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy (Springer Netherlands, 2011) 1147.

  • Hester Gelber, It Could Have Been Otherwise: Contingency and Necessity in Dominican Theology at Oxford, 1300-1350 (Brill, 2004), pp. 92n.105, 214n.53, 294n.72, 333n.46, 335n.51, 337n.57.

  • Chris Schabel, Theology at Paris, 1316-1345 (Ashgate, 2000).

  • Kimberly Georgedes, “Robert Holcot,” in Jorge Garcia and Timothy Noone, eds., A Companion to Philosophy in the Middle Ages, Blackwell Companions to Philosophy (Blackwell, 2003), p. 610.

  • Benoît Patar, Dictionnaire des philosophes médiévaux (Fides, 2006), p. 393.

  • Stephen F. Brown and Juan Carlos, The A to Z of Medieval Philosophy and Theology (Scarecrow Press, 2010), p. 376.

  • Stephen Edmund Lahey, John Wyclif (Oxford University Press, 2008), p. 259n.28.

  • Simon Gaine, Will there be Free Will in Heaven? (Continuum, 2003), p. 38.

  • Douglas Langston, “Did Scotus Embrace Anselm’s Notion of Freedom?” Medieval Philosophy and Theology, 5 (1996), 145, 154n.38.

  • William Frank and Allan B. Wolter, trans., Duns Scotus on the Will and Morality (Catholic University of American Press, 1998), pp. ix, 332.

  • Allan B. Wolter, “Reflections about Scotus’s Early Works,” in John Duns Scotus:  Metaphysics and Ethics, Ludger Honnefelder, Rega Wood, and Mechthild Dreyer, eds. (Brill, 1996), p. 55n.66.

  • Berel Dov Lerner, Rules, Magic and Instrumental Reason: A Critical Interpretation of Peter Winch's Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Philosophy (Routledge, 2001), p. 165.

  • Brad Kallengerg, “Unstuck from Yale:  Theological Method after Lindbeck,” Scottish Journal of Theology, 50 (1997).

  • Thomas M. Osborne, “William of Ockham on the Freedom of the Will and Happiness,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 86 (2012).

  • Timothy P. Daaleman, Barbara M. Usher, Sharon W. Williams, Jim Rawlings, and Laura C. Hanson, "An Exploratory Study of Spiritual Care at the end of Life," Annals of Family Medicine, 6 (2008), 410-411.




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