Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Francis Russell Hittinger

Francis Russell Hittinger

Professional Background: 

Since 1996, Francis Russell Hittinger has been the incumbent of the William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, where he is also a Research Professor in the School of Law. In 2001 Bl. John Paul II appointed him to the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, of which he became ordinarius in 2004 and, since 2006, appointed to its governing board. In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences as ordinarius. He is one of only two lay academics in the world to be appointed to two pontifical academies. In 2003, to mark the centenary of the death of Pope Leo XIII, he offered a lecture to the Ministry of Culture of the Italian Government. In December 2006, he addressed the President, Prime Minister, and Speakers of the Polish Parliament, culminating a week-long celebration of human rights and the Polish constitution. 



B.A from University of Notre Dame, summa cum laude

M.A in Philosophy from St. Louis University 

Ph.D in Philosophy from St. Louis University

Point Of Interest: 

Russell insists that apart from the benefits both of contact with faith and of common sense, the modern state places its own authority in peril. His work in law, his examination of culture and its institutions and his analysis of the contemporary social, juridical and political environment stand as witness to the decisive contribution of the philosopher who will dare to maintain a double fidelity: to the truth revealed in Christ and the truths about the person and the world accessible by reason alone, practically manifested in the ordinary relationships and initiatives of everyday life. Russell has identified the absence of a coherent anthropology as the besetting problem of our age: “There can be no efficacy in a systematic philosophy that loses sight of the vocation of the human knower to the whole of reality.” 

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