J. Freddoso is John and Jean Oesterle Chair of Thomistic
Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He joined
the Notre Dame faculty in 1979 from Brown University, where
he held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship from 1977 to 1979.
He received his bachelor’s degree from St. John Vianney
Seminary in Buffalo, New York and his doctoral degree from
the University of Notre Dame. During his time at Notre
Dame, he has served as his department’s Director of Graduate
Studies and is currently its Director of Undergraduate Studies.
specialist in metaphysics and ethics within the Catholic
intellectual tradition, as well as in various aspects of
the relation of faith and reason, Professor Freddoso is
best known for his translations of Latin Catholic thinkers,
including William of Ockham, Luis de Molina, and Francisco
Suarez, which have been supported by over $100,000 in grants
from the National Endowment for the Humanites. He
has published seven books and numerous scholarly articles.
His latest major scholarly project is to produce a new translation
of St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae.
Ockham’s Theory of Propositions: Part II of the Summa Logicae,
translated by Alfred J. Freddoso and Henry Schuurman and
introduced by Alfred J. Freddoso (Notre Dame, IN: University
of Notre Dame Press, 1980), viii + 212 pp. Introduction,
entitled “Ockham’s Theory of Truth Conditions,” pp. 1‑76.
(Reprinted: South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s
Luis de Molina, On Divine Foreknowledge (Part
IV of the “Concordia”), translated, with an introduction
and notes, by Alfred J. Freddoso (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University
Press, 1988), xiv + 286 pp. Introduction, pp. 1‑81.
(Reprinted in paperback edition: Ithaca, NY:
Cornell University Press, 2004 (Cornell Classics in Philosophy
William of Ockham, Quodlibetal Questions, Volume
1: Quodlibets 1‑4, translated by Alfred J. Freddoso
and Francis E. Kelley (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press,
1991), xxviii + 391 pp. In Norman Kretzmann, Eleonore Stump,
and John Wippel, eds., The Yale Library of Medieval Philosophy.
(Paperback edition: Yale University Press, 1998).
William of Ockham, Quodlibetal Questions, Volume
2: Quodlibets 5‑7, translated by Alfred J. Freddoso
(New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1991), vii + 305
pp. In Norman Kretzmann, Eleonore Stump, and John Wippel,
eds., The Yale Library of Medieval Philosophy. (Paperback
edition: Yale University Press, 1998).
Francisco Suarez, On Efficient Causality: Metaphysical
Disputations 17‑19, translated by Alfred J. Freddoso
(New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1994), xx + 428 pp.
In Norman Kretzmann, Eleonore Stump, and John Wippel, eds.,
The Yale Library of Medieval Philosophy.
Francisco Suarez, On Creation, Conservation, and
Concurrence: Metaphysical Disputations 20‑22,
translation, notes, and introduction by Alfred J. Freddoso
(South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2002), cxxiii +
267 pp. Introduction, entitled “Suarez on Metaphysical
Inquiry, Efficient Causality, and Divine Action,” pp. xi‑cxxiii.
“Accidental Necessity and Logical Determinism,”
Journal of Philosophy 80 (1983): 257‑278.
“Maximal Power” (with Thomas P. Flint), pp. 81‑113
in Alfred J. Freddoso, ed., The Existence and Nature
of God (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press,
“Logic, Ontology and Ockham’s Christology,” New
Scholasticism 57 (1983): 293‑330.
Review of The Cambridge History of Later Medieval
Philosophy: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Disintegration
of Scholasticism, 1100‑1600, edited by Norman Kretzmann,
Anthony Kenny and Jan Pinborg (New York: Cambridge University
Press, 1982), Journal of Philosophy 81 (1984): 150‑156.
“Human Nature, Potency and the Incarnation,” Faith
and Philosophy 3 (1986): 27‑53.
“The Necessity of Nature,” Midwest Studies in Philosophy
11 (1986): 215‑242.
“Medieval Aristotelianism and the Case against Secondary
Causation in Nature,” pp. 74‑118 in Thomas V. Morris,
ed., Divine and Human Action: Essays in the Metaphysics
of Theism (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1988).
“God’s General Concurrence with Secondary Causes: Why
Conservation is Not Enough,” Philosophical Perspectives
5 (1991): 553‑585.
“On Being a Catholic University: Some Reflections on
Our Present Predicament,” Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
Newsletter 17, no. 1 (December, 1993): 42‑47.
“God’s General Concurrence with Secondary Causes: Pitfalls
and Prospects,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
67 (1994): 131‑156.
“The ‘Openness’ of God: A Reply to William Hasker,”
Christian Scholar’s Review 28 (1998): 124‑133.
“Ockham on Faith and Reason,” pp. 326‑349 in
Paul V. Spade, ed., The Cambridge
Companion to Ockham
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.)
“Two Roles for Catholic Philosophers,” pp. 229‑253
in John P. O’Callaghan and Thomas S. Hibbs, eds., Recovering
Nature: Essays in Natural Philosophy, Ethics, and Metaphysics
in Honor of Ralph McInerny (Notre Dame, IN: University
of Notre Dame Press, 1999.)
“Suarez on God’s Causal Involvement in Sinful Acts,”
pp. 10‑34 in Elmar Kremer and Michael Latzer, eds.,
The Problem of Evil in Early Modern Philosophy (Toronto:
University of Toronto Press, 2001).
“Fides et Ratio: A ‘Radical’ Vision of Intellectual
Inquiry,” pp. 13‑31 in Alice Ramos and Marie George,
eds., Faith, Scholarship and Culture in the 21st Century
American Maritain Association, distributed by Catholic University
of America Press, 2002).
“Good News, Your Soul Hasn’t Died Quite Yet,”
in Michael Baur, ed., Person, Soul, and Immortality:
Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association
(New York: American Catholic Philosophical Association) 75
“Christian Faith as a Way of Life ,” pp. 173‑197
in William E. Mann, ed., The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy
of Religion (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Co., 2004).