Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

John Noonan†

John Noonan

Requiescat in Pace - Died April 17, 2017

Professional Background:

Having practiced law in Boston, John Noonan accepted appointment in 1960 to the University of Notre Dame and in 1966 to Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, where he remains as Robbins Professor, Emeritus. In 1985 he was appointed by President Reagan to the Ninth Circuit Court. Noonan has authored fourteen books on such diverse subjects as abortion, bribery, usury, contraception, divorce, euthanasia, family law, legal ethics, religious freedom, and the development of moral theology. 





B.A. in English from Harvard University

M.A. in Philosophy from Catholic University of America

Ph.D in Philosophy from Catholic University of America

LL.B. Degree from Harvard Law School

Points of Interest:

John insists throughout upon the uniqueness of the American Constitution, particularly in its guarantee of religious freedom and the consequent truth that society is a greater reality than can be expressed in government or the courts. He has, indeed, “employed the methods of legal argumentation” but has not stopped at the law; rather, he has never ceased to seek the Truth that is beyond legal argumentation. Noonan's contributions to his nation and to the Academy have been widely recognized: he has been awarded honorary Doctor of Law degrees by seven universities, received the University of Notre Dame's Laetare medal in 1984, and the Aquinas medal from the American Catholic Philosophical Association in 1995.

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