Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Anselm Ramelow, OP
Phone: 510-883-2074
Office Hours: By appointment
Office Location: East 204

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Curriculum Vitae


PhD, University of Munich, Germany
 - Philosophy

MA, University of Freiburg, Germany
 - History, Art History, and Philosophy

MDiv, MA,  Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology
 -  Theology

Anselm Ramelow, OP

Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy Department Chair

Teleology and Transcendence: The Thought of Robert Spaemann

In my classes, I combine dialogue, Socratic questioning and lecture for an engaging and intellectual structure. I seek to awaken the minds of my students to the fascination of being and truth, and I would like to instill in them the ability to think for themselves, to make creative connections across discourses, to relish truth and insight where they encounter it and to develop resistance to misleading intellectual fashions of the world. Some of the authors from whom I have learned include Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Max Scheler, Theodor W. Adorno, and Robert Spaemann. 

I am currenly working on a book on philosophical aesthetics.

I am a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty of the GTUAmerican Catholic Philosophical Association and Academy of Catholic Theology, a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Institute, and co-editor of “Theologia Ignota” for Philosophia Verlag.

Current DSPT course information and syllabi
Course descriptions and information for all GTU member schools

Past courses taught by Anselm Ramelow, OP:

Do We Have Free Will? (PHST-4810)
Contemporary Philosophy (PHHS-2001)
History of Philosophy: Modern (PHHS-2000)
Does God Exist? (PHST-4811)
Heidegger’s Being and Time (PH-4385)
Contemporary Philosophy (PH-2001)
Philosophical Aesthetics II (PHRA-4322)
Philosophical Aesthetics I (PHRA-4321)
Linguistic Turn in Philosophy & Theology (PHST-4160)
Miracles (PHST-5020)
Hegel's Aesthetics (PHRA-4376)


Gott, Freiheit, Weltenwahl. Die Metaphysik der Willensfreiheit zwischen Antonio Perez, S. J. (1599-1649) und G.W. Leibniz (1646-1716) (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1997). (Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 72).

Beyond Modernism? - George Lindbeck and the Linguistic Turn in Theology (Neuried: Ars Una 2005). (Beiträge zur Fundamentaltheologie und Religionsphilosophie, Band 9.)

Thomas Aquinas: De veritate Q. 21-24; Translation and Commentary (Hamburg: Meiner, 2013).

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


„Konträre oder kontradiktorische Freiheit: Gibt es reine Unterlassungen?“ Leibniz und Europa. VI. Internationaler Leibniz-Kongreß (Hannover 1994): 613-620.

„Unmöglichkeit.“ Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie vol. 11 (Basel: Schwabe, 2001): 242-252.

„Unmöglichkeit.“ Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte 43 (2001): 7-36.

„Wille II.“ Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie vol. 12 (Basel: Schwabe, 2005): 769-783.

„Die Entwicklung des Konzeptes des Willens von Augustinus bis Kant.“ Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte 46 (2005): 29-67.

“Truth Makers: On Robert Miner’s Genealogy of the Genealogists.” Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 5, No. 3 (2007): 647-706.

“Language without Reduction: Aquinas and the Linguistic Turn.” Angelicum 85 (2008): 497- 517.

“The Best of All Possible Sciences: Leibniz’ Alternative Beginning of Modern Science.” Angelicum 86 (2009): 175-189.

“When Understanding Seeks Faith: Does Religion Offer Resources for the Renewal of Contemporary Rationality?” Nova et Vetera, English Edition (Vol 8, Issue 1 - Winter 2010): 647-664.

“Are There Family Rights?” Angelicum 88 (2011): 201-229.

“The Person in the Abrahamic Tradition: Is the Judeo-Christian Concept of Personhood Consistent?” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 87 (2013): 593-610.

“Knowledge and Normality; Bl. John Henry Newman’s ‘Grammar of Assent’ and Contemporary Skepticism.” Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 11, No. 4 (2013): 1081–114.

“The God of Miracles.” In God, edited by Anselm Ramelow (Munich: Philosophia Verlag, 2014), 303-364.

“The Rights of the Family.” Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 13, No. 1 (2015): 1–17. “Aquinas and the History of Philosophy.” Josephinum Journal of Theology vol. 20, No. 2 (2013): 307-336. [actual publication in 2015]

“Miracles: Finite and Infinite Agents: How Aquinas Would Distinguish Divine Revelation from Deception.” Angelicum 92 (2015): 57-92.

“Not a Miracle: Our Knowledge of God’s Signs and Wonders.” Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 14, No. 2 (2016): 659–673.

“Miracles, Metaphysics and Salvation History.” In Habitus fidei – Die Überwindung der eigenen Gottlosigkeit: Festschrift für Richard Schenk OP zum 65. Geburtstag, edited by Jeremiah Alberg and Daniela Köder, 219–280. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2016

“Sacrifice in Hegel and Girard.” In Mimetic Theory and World Religions, edited by Wolfgang Palaver and Richard Schenk, 13-62. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2017.

“Miracles and the Habits and Dispositions of Nature: On Two ‘Gods of the Gap’.” Angelicum 94 (2017): 211-229.


“Aquinas on Supernatural Agency, Finite and Infinite” (submitted to Thomist) “The Rights of the Family” (forthcoming in Nova et Vetera)

“Pallavicino’s God in Part and Whole:” forthcoming in a volume on Cardinal Sforza Pallavicino SJ (1607 - 1667), ed. Marten Delbeke (Leiden: Brill, 2017/2018).

“Persons, Pronouns and Perfections” (on Christ’s knowledge as man); forthcoming in Nova et Vetera 2019.

“God’s Middle Knowledge of His Own Acts” forthcoming in: Probleme der Philosophischen Erkenntnistheorie; Festschrift für Harald Schöndorf SJ, ed. Ulrich Lehner and Ronald Tacelli (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag, 2019).

“Ineffability: Its Origins and Problems”, forthcoming in Sophia.

Book Reviews

Persons: The Difference between `Someone' and `Something.’ By Robert Spaemann (South Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), in: The Thomist 72 (2008), 317-321.

An Introduction to Medieval Philosophy: Basic Concepts. By Joseph W. Koterski, S.J. (Chichester, U.K./Malden, MA/Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), in: Theologie und Philosophie 84 (2009), 585-587.

Death and Mortality in Contemporary Philosophy. By Bernard N. Schumacher (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), in: The Thomist 76 (2012), 158-164.

Ich Denke, Also Bin Ich Ich? Das Selbst Zwischen Neurobiologie, Philosophie und Religion, by Tobias Müller and Thomas M. Schmidt (ed.), Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011, Theology and Science 16 (2018): 1-11.


Thomas Aquinas, De veritate Q. 21-24 (Hamburg: Meiner, 2013), 3-309.

Robert Spaemann, “The Paradoxes of Love,” in: R. Spaemann/David L. Schindler, Love and the Dignity of Human Life: On Nature and Natural Law (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 1- 26.

Robert Spaemann, “Human Dignity and Human Nature”, in: R. Spaemann/David L. Schindler, Love and the Dignity of Human Life: On Nature and Natural Law (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 27-45.

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; ed. Juan de Djos Vial Correa/Elio Sgreccia (Vatican: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2000), 123-131.

Robert Spaemann, “What Do We Mean, When We Say “God”?” in: God: Reason and Reality (Basic Philosophical Concepts), 17-36. Munich: Philosophia Verlag, 2014.

Occasional Publications

“Ist Kirchenmusik eine Zumutung?” Umkehr 4 (1995): 15-18.

“La Bavaria porta la sua croce.” La Nuova Europa, Rivista Internazionale Di Cultura 5 (1996): 21-25.

„Wohin führt uns die Kirchenmusik?“ Anzeiger für die Seelsorge 7 (1995) 361-362.

“The Ineffable Word.” Sacred Music: Journal of the Church Music Association of America 138/1 (2011): 65-68.

On the Place of the Sensus Fidelium

Response to “The Evidence of Creation and Supernatural Design in Contemporary Big Bang Cosmology and Space Time Geometry Proofs”

The Role of Philosophy in the New Evangelization – A Response to the Lineamenta

How To Get Out Of The Bubble

How does Music Imitate Nature? (video recording of an invited lecture given at the Catholic University of America; the first few minutes are unfortunately missing)

Symposium: God, Reason and Reality with: Ramelow: Three Tensions Concerning Miracles: A Response to Edward Feser

Reasoning about Being and Beauty Video of a response to David Schindler’s The Catholicity of Reason

Is it Rational to Believe in Miracles (lecture at UC Berkeley, podcast)

Research interests

  • intersection of faith and reason (e.g. philosophical exploration of miracles)
  • philosophical aesthetics
  • free will
  • philosophy of language
  • philosophy of personhood
  • history of philosophy, particularly modern and contemporary
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