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

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

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.

Spring 2016

Do We Have Free Will? (PHST-4810)
Contemporary Philosophy (PHHS-2001)

Fall 2015

History of Philosophy: Modern (PHHS-2000)
Does God Exist? (PHST-4811)

Fall 2014 

Modern Philosophy (PH-2000)
Heidegger’s Being and Time (PH-4385)

Spring 2014 

Contemporary Philosophy (PH-2001)
Philosophical Aesthetics II (PHRA-4322)

Fall 2013 

Philosophical Aesthetics I (PHRA-4321)

Spring 2013 

Linguistic Turn in Philosophy & Theology (PHST-4160)

Fall 2012 

Miracles (PHST-5020)

Spring 2012

Hegel's Aesthetics (PHRA-4376)

Fall 2011

What Is a Person? (PH-4910)

Fall 2010

Does God Exist? (PHST-5415)


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.


“Sacrifice in Hegel and Girard” (proceedings of Girard conference)

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

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.


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. 

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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