Regular Faculty

Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP

DSPT Professor - Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office Location: East 204
Phone: 510-883-2074
Office Hours: Mondays 1:15 pm-3:15 pm and by appointment



MA in History, Art History, and Philosophy, University of Freiburg, Germany; MDiv, MA (Theology), Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology; PhD in Philosophy, University of Munich, Germany.


The Truth will set you free. - Jesus Christ

Fr. Anselm seeks to awaken the minds of his students to the fascination of being and truth. Fr. Anselm combines dialogue, Socratic questioning and lecture for an engaging and intellectual structure in his classes. His students come away with not only knowledge but also critical thinking skills, awareness of problems and a resistance against fallacies and fashions.

Courses Taught:

Research Interests:

Fr. Anselm's academic interests are wide, ranging from the history of philosophy to topics such as free will, philosophy of language and aesthetics (including religion and the arts and art history). Fr. Anselm is knowledgeable in Continental, Medieval and Scholastic philosophers as well as the Ancients, such as Plato and Aristotle and likes to investigate philosophical problems in their larger historical context.

Fr. Anselm brings modern thought into dialogue with the tradition of Aristotle and Aquinas. He is seeking this dialogue in areas such as the question of free will and metaphysics, the concept of personhood, philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of language. Regarding the latter he has also published on Wittgenstein’s and the modern philosophy of language’s influence on contemporary fundamental theology.

Current interests: free will and its underlying metaphysics, philosophy of language, the concept of person, philosophical aesthetics, faith and reason, Thomas Aquinas, Kant and German Idealism, hermeneutics.

Selected Publications:


  • God: Reason and Reality (Basic Philosophical Concepts) (Munich: Philosophia Verlag, 2014), editor and contributor.

  • Thomas Aquinas: De veritate Q. 21-24; Translation, Bibliography and Commentary. Hamburg: Meiner, 2011.
  • Beyond Modernism? - George Lindbeck and the Linguistic Turn in Theology. Neuried: Ars Una, 2005.
  • Gott, Freiheit, Weltenwahl. Die Metaphysik der Willensfreiheit zwischen Antonio Perez, S. J. (1599-1649) und G.W. Leibniz (1646-1716), vol. 72 of Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History. New York: E. J. Brill, 1997.

Articles and Chapters

  • “The Person in the Abrahamic Tradition” (forthcoming, in: ACPQ Fall 2013).
  • “The God of Miracles”, Philosophia Verlag, 2014. 
  • “Hegel and Girard.” Proceedings of Girard conference (forthcoming).
  • “Knowledge and Normality; Bl. John Henry Newman’s ‘Grammar of Assent’ and Contemporary Skepticism.” Nova et Vetera (forthcoming).
  • "The Ineffable Word" Sacred Music: Journal of the Church Music Association of America 138, no. 1 (2011): 65-68.
  • “Are There Family Rights?” Angelicum 88 (2011): 201-229.
  • “When Understanding Seeks Faith: Does Religion Offer Resources for the Renewal of Contemporary Rationality?” Nova et Vetera 8, no. 1 (Winter 2010): 647-664.
  • “The Best of All Possible Sciences: Leibniz’ Alternative Beginning of Modern Science.” Angelicum 86 (2009): 175-189.
  • “Language without Reduction: Aquinas and the Linguistic Turn.” Angelicum 85 (2008): 497-517.
  • “Truth Makers: On Robert Miner’s Genealogy of the genealogists.” Nova et Vetera 5, no. 3 (2007): 647-706.
  • "Die Entwicklung des Konzeptes des Willens von Augustinus bis Kant.“ Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte 46 (2005): 29-67.
  • "Wille II." Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie 12 (Basel: Schwabe, 2005): 769-783.
  • "Unmöglichkeit.“ Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte 43 (2001): 7-36.
  • "Unmöglichkeit." Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie 11 (2001): 242-252.
  • “La Bavaria porta la sua croce,” in: La Nuova Europa, Rivista Internazionale Di Cultura 5 (1996), 21-25.
  • "Wohin führt uns die Kirchenmusik?“, in: Anzeiger für die Seelsorge 7 (1995) 361-362.
  • "Konträre oder kontradiktorische Freiheit: Gibt es reine Unterlassungen?“, in: Leibniz und Europa. VI. Internationaler Leibniz-Kongreß (Hannover 1994), 613-620. 

Book reviews

  • Bernard N. Schumacher. Death and Mortality in Contemporary Philosophy. (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010).  The Thomist (forthcoming).
  • Joseph W. Koterski, S.J. An Introduction to Medieval Philosophy: Basic Concepts. (Chichester, U.K./Malden, MA/Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). Theologie und Philosophie 84 (2009): 585-587.
  • Robert Spaemann. Persons: The Difference between `Someone' and `Something.(South Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). The Thomist 72 (2008): 317-321.


  • Robert Spaemann, “The Paradoxes of Love.” In Love and the Dignity of Human Life: On Nature and Natural Law, by R. Spaemann and David L. Schindler, 1-26. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2012.
  • Robert Spaemann, "Human Dignity and Human Nature." In Love and the Dignity of Human Life: On Nature and Natural Law, by R. Spaemann and David L. Schindler, 27-45. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2012.
  • Robert Spaemann, “Death – Suicide – Euthanasia.” In The Dignity Of the Dying Person; Proceedings of Fifth Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Vatican City, February 24-27, 1999; edited by Juan de Djos Vial Correa and Elio Sgreccia, 123-131. Vatican: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2000.