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Jonathan Sanford, Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise

Ethics, Catholic Higher Education, Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Metaphysics, Virtue Theory, Social and Political Philosophy, Early Phenomenology


Ph.D., University of Buffalo, State University of New York, 2001
H.A.B. (Honors B.A.), Xavier University, Summa Cum Laude, 1997

Recent Courses


  • Aquinas on the Cardinal Virtues
  • Contemporary Virtue Ethics
  • Emotion and Judgment
  • Modern Political Philosophy
  • Nietzsche and the Greeks
  • Texts of Plato.
  • Texts of Aquinas
  • Texts of Aristotle


  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Foundations of Ethics
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of the Human Person

Selected Publications

Before Virtue:  Assessing Contemporary Virtue Ethics (Washington, DC:  The Catholic University of America Press, June 2015).

Before Virtue: Assessing Contemporary Virtue Ethics, interview

Spider-Man and Philosophy:  The Web of Inquiry
, editor (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2012).

Categories:  Historical and Systematic Essays
, co-edited with Michael Gorman, (Washington, D.C.:  The Catholic University of America Press, 2004).

Neo-Platonism and Its Legacy, co-edited with Sarah Wear, Volume 2, Issues 1 & 2 of Quaestiones Disputatae, Spring-Fall 2011.

“Justice is Beautiful: Aristotle, Aquinas, and Justice as a Virtue,” in Beauty and the Good: Past Interpretations and Their Contemporary Relevance, edited by Alice Ramos (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press), forthcoming 2019.“Whose Aristotelianism? MacIntyre, Neo-Aristotelianism, and Morality,” Politics and Poetics, IV, Article ID: 349644, October 2018.

“Aristotle on Evil as Privation,” International Philosophical Quarterly, 57 (2017): 195-209.

“Nature and the Common Good: Aristotle and Maritain on the Environment,” in On Earth as it is in Heaven: Cultivating a Contemporary Theology of Creation, edited by David Meconi, S.J., and Christopher Thompson (Grand Rapids,MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016): 212-233.

“Newman and the Virtue of Philosophy,” Expositions, 9 (2015): 41-55.

“Aristotle, Aquinas, and the Christian Elevation of Pagan Friendship,” in Love and Friendship, edited by Montague Brown (Washington, DC: The American Maritain Association Press, 2013).

“Greatness of Soul (megalopsychia),” in New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-13:  Ethics and Philosophy, edited by Robert Fastiggi and Joseph Koterski, SJ. The Catholic University of America Press and Cengage Learning, 2013. 

“On Vice and Free Choice,” in The Problem of Evil: Enduring Themes and Pressing Questions, edited by James G. Hanink (Washington, DC:  The American Maritain Association Press, 2013).

“Are You Man Enough?  Aristotle and Courage,” International Philosophical Quarterly  50 (2010): 431-445.

"Aristotle’s Divided Mind:  Some Thoughts on Intellectual Virtue and Aristotle’s Occasional Dualism,”Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Vol. 80 (2007): 77-90.

“Scheler vs. Scheler:  The Case for a Better Ontology of the Person,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 79: 1 (2005): 145-161.

“Christ’s Choice:  Could It Have Been Different?” in Gibson’s Passion and Philosophy, Jorge J. E. Gracia (ed.) (LaSalle, IL:  Open Court, 2004).

“Anselm: Ratio quaerens beatitudinem,” with Jorge J. E. Gracia, in Rationality and Happiness: From the Ancients to the Early Latin Medievals,  Jiyuan Yu and Jorge J. E. Gracia (eds.) (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2003).

“Affective Insight: Scheler on Feeling and Values,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 76, (2002).