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Dr. Philipp W. Rosemann

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Chair, Professor

Department of Philosophy
Location: Braniff 328
Office Phone: 972-721-5166

Dr. Rosemann, who grew up in the town of Paderborn in northwestern Germany, received his undergraduate education at the University of Hamburg, before obtaining a scholarship to work at the University of London's Warburg Institute. From there, his nascent interest in medieval scholasticism took him to the Department of Scholastic Philosophy in Belfast, where he earned a Master's degree and started his teaching career. The culture of Northern Ireland—its warmth, the almost sacral Christian society, but also the so-called "Troubles"—left a deep impression on him. When the head of the Department of Scholastic Philosophy, the late Professor James McEvoy, received an appointment at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, Rosemann became one of his assistants there while working on his own licentiate and, then, his Ph.D. After his graduation, an opportunity arose to spend a year at the newly founded Uganda Martyrs University, where he had to leave scholasticism behind to teach such topics as African Philosophy and Political Philosophy. The experience of living in a non-Western culture, and a former colonized country at that, proved life-changing.

Dr. Rosemann has been at the University of Dallas since 1997. In recent years, his main interests have revolved mainly around the twelfth-century theologian Peter Lombard and his famous Book of Sentences; the book series he edits, Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations; and the task of rethinking the Christian tradition in light of the challenges of contemporary philosophy.

Recent Courses

Phi 1301 Philosophy and the Ethical Life
Phi 2323 Philosophy of Man
Phi 3311 Philosophy of Being
Phi 3325 Ancient Philosophy
Phi 3326 Medieval Philosophy
Phi 3328 Recent Philosophy
Phi 3334 Business Ethics
Phi 4141 Senior Thesis
Phi 4341 Senior Seminar: Transcendental Philosophy
Phi 4341 Senior Seminar: Evil
Phi 5334 Philosophy of History
Phi 5338 Scholastic Tradition
Phi 5360 ST/Peter Lombard's Sentences
Phi 7344 Text Seminar: Which Nominalism? Which Modernity?
Phi 7355 Christianity and Postmodernism
Phi 7355 Text Seminar: Georg Simmel
Phi 7355 TS/Heidegger, Being and Time
Phi 7355 What is Enlightenment?
Phi 7360 The Nature of Tradition
Phi 7377 ST/From Melancholy to Depression
Hum 6326 The Medieval World
IPS 8326 Augustine and Aquinas
Phi 7381 DR/Michel Foucault

Fall 2015 Course

HUSC 4341-01 Tradition of Innovation
Phi 5100-01 Proseminar
Phi 6331-01 Text Seminar: Ratzinger, The Theology of History in St. Bonaventure

Fall 2015 Office Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
And by appointment

Representative Publications


Tabula, in Opera Roberti Grosseteste Lincolniensis, vol. 1, Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis 130. Turnhout: Brepols, 1995, 233–320.


(In collaboration with Werner Welte:) Alltagssprachliche Metakommunikation im Englischen und Deutschen. Frankfurt am Main/Berne/New York/Paris: Peter Lang, 1990.

Omne ens est aliquid. Introduction à la lecture du "système" philosophique de saint Thomas d'Aquin. Louvain/Paris: Peeters, 1996.

Omne agens agit sibi simile: A "Repetition" of Scholastic Metaphysics, Louvain Philosophical Studies 12. Louvain: Leuven University Press, 1996.

(Edited in collaboration with Michel Lejeune:) Business Ethics in the African Context Today, UMU Studies in Contemporary Africa 1. Nkozi: Uganda Martyrs University Press; Kampala: Konrad Adenauer Foundation, 1996.

(Edited in collaboration with Steve G. Lofts:) Éditer, traduire, interpréter. Essais de méthodologie philosophique, Philosophes médiévaux 36. Louvain-la-Neuve: Éditions de l'Institut supérieur de philosophie; Louvain/Paris: Peeters, 1997.

Africa as the "Other" of the West: Problems, Challenges, Chances, Mtafiti Mwafrika 1. Nkozi: African Research and Documentation Centre, Uganda Martyrs University, 1999.

Understanding Scholastic Thought with Foucault, The New Middle Ages. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.

Peter Lombard, Great Medieval Thinkers. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

(Edited in collaboration with Thomas A. F. Kelly:) Amor amicitiae—On the Love that is Friendship: Essays in Medieval Thought and Beyond in Honor of the Rev. Professor James McEvoy, Recherches de théologie et philosophie médiévales, Bibliotheca 6. Louvain/Paris/Dudley, Mass.: Peeters, 2004.

(Edited:) John Scottus Eriugena, Special Issue of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 79:4 (Fall, 2005): 521–671.

The Story of a Great Medieval Book: Peter Lombard's "Sentences," Rethinking the Middle Ages 2. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.

(Edited:) Mediaeval Commentaries on the "Sentences" of Peter Lombard, vol. 2. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010.

(In collaboration with James McEvoy:) Robert Grosseteste at Munich: The "Abbreviatio" by Frater Andreas, O.F.M., of the Commentaries by Robert Grosseteste on the Pseudo-Dionysius, Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations 14. Paris/Louvain/Walpole, Mass.: Peeters, 2012.

Editorial Work

Editor, Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations


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