is Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University in Jamaica,
New York, where she has taught since 1987. She holds a Ph.D.
in French literature from New York University and a second
Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Navarra in Pamplona,
Spain. Her areas of specialization are metaphysics, ethics,
and Thomas Aquinas; her areas of concentration are philosophy
of religion, epistemology, aesthetics, and Kant.
She has published
a book in Spanish on contemporary semiotics and a metaphysics
of the sign: Signum: De la Semiótica Universal a la Metafísica
del Signo (Pamplona: EUNSA, Colección Filosófica, 1987).
She has also edited two books and published over thirty-five
articles in areas such as Thomistic metaphysics, Kantian ethical
theology, Alasdair MacIntyre’s ethical inquiry, and Karol
Wojtyla-John Paul II’s Christian anthropology. Her present
research projects deal with the foundations of ethics and
the transcendentals in Thomas Aquinas. She is also interested
in the connection between modern moral individualism and aesthetics
in Kant, as well as in Kant’s subjectivization of teleology.
In her search for the foundations of ethics, she follows Alasdair
MacIntyre’s thought that the modern project of morality is
unintelligible due to its rejection of Aristotelian-Thomistic
was President of the American Maritain Association (named
in honor of the French contemporary philosopher Jacques Maritain)
from 2001 to 2004; during her tenure as president of the AMA
she organized three international conferences with sessions
at Princeton University (2002), the University of Chicago
(2003), and Emory University (2004). She has served on the
Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association,
and is presently on the Executive Council of the Metaphysical
Society of America. She is also a member of other scholarly
associations such as the American Philosophical Association.
She currently is on the Board of Directors of Murray Hill
Institute, a new institute in New York City for professional
Dr. Ramos has received several fellowships and grants both
in the United States and abroad. To name a few: she was a
fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University
of Notre Dame in the spring semester of 1995, was awarded
a grant for the study of Lublin Thomism at the Catholic University
of Lublin, Poland, in the summer of 1997, and was the recipient
of a summer seminar fellowship from the National Endowment
of the Humanities in 1991. She was also awarded the St. John’s
University medal for Outstanding Faculty Achievement in 1998,
and a Student Government Teaching Award in 2001.
Faith, Scholarship, and Culture in the 21st
co-edited with Marie George; volume of 19 essays, with
an introduction by Robert Royal (American Maritain Association,
2002, distributed by The Catholic University of America
Art, and the Polis, edited
volume of 22 essays, with an introduction by Ralph McInerny
(American Maritain Association, 2000; distributed by The
Catholic University of America Press).
of Ordinary Life: The Quest for the Good and the Divine,”
in Paul O’Callaghan (ed.) Figlio di Dio nella Chiesa
(Rome: Edizioni Università della Santa Croce, 2004), pp. 45-60.
Beauty and Affective Knowledge in Aquinas,” Acta Philosophica
13, no. 2 (2004), pp. 321-37.
Culture on the Nature of the Human Person: The Relevance of
Edith Stein,” 18 pp., on the website of Murray Hill Institute,
Person as Image and Sign,” 13 pp., on the website of the Pontifical
Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, as of January 2004,
to Philosophy: Faith’s Impact on my Work,” in Curtis Hancock
and Brendan Sweetman (eds.), Faith and the Life of the
Intellect (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of
America Press, 2003), pp. 210-30.
Providence: Toward a New Moral Order,” in Faith, Scholarship
and Culture in the 21st Century (American Maritain Association,
2002, distributed by The Catholic University of America Press),
of Man and Human Action,” Acta Philosophica 10, no.
2 (2001), pp. 315-21.
and the Primacy of Contemplation,” in William May and Kenneth
Whitehead (eds.), The
Battle for the Catholic Mind
(South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine Press, 2001), pp. 404-16.
and the Universe,” in Alice Ramos (ed.), Beauty, Art, and
the Polis (The American Maritain Association, 2000, distributed
by The Catholic University of America Press), pp. 70-84.
Mentality and Academic Freedom,” in Daniel McInerny (ed.),
The Common Things: Essays on Thomism and Education
(The American Maritain Association, 1999, distributed by The
Catholic University of America Press), pp. 35-47.
the Perfection of Being,” Proceedings of the American Catholic
Philosophical Association 71 (1997), pp. 255-68.
Aquinas on Exemplary Causality,” Proceedings of the Patristic,
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference (Augustinian
Historical Institute, Villanova University) 19-20 (1994-1996),
of the Truth of Creation: Foundation of the Desire for God,”
Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association
69 (1995), pp. 237-48.
Paul II's Idea of Ultimate Reality and Meaning,” Ultimate
Reality and Meaning (University of Toronto Press) 18,
no. 2 (June 1995), pp. 102-18.
as ‘Bearer of Reason’ in Alasdair MacIntyre’s Moral Enquiry,”
in Curtis L. Hancock and Anthony O. Simon (eds.), Freedom,
Virtue, and the Common Good (Notre Dame, Indiana: University
of Notre Dame Press, 1995), pp. 179-93.
of the Self: Truth, Asceticism, and Autonomy,” Bulletin
de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française
6, no. 1-2 (Spring 1994), pp. 20-29.
“Man and Woman,
the Image of God Who is Love: Toward an Adequate Anthropology
for a Theology of the Family,” Proceedings of The Fellowship
of Catholic Scholars (Steubenville, Ohio: Franciscan University
Edition, 1994), pp. 25-48.
“Kant as Precursor
of Liberationist Hermeneutics,” Filosofia Oggi 16 (April-December
1993), pp. 317-28.
and Its Dissolution in Kant,” Acta Philosophica 1,
no. 2 (1992), pp. 325-39.
Ideas and the Intelligibility of Creation: A Way Toward Universal
Signification in Aquinas,” Doctor Communis 43, no.
3 (September-December 1991), pp. 250-65.
and Finality in St. Thomas,” Angelicum 68 (1991), pp.
for a Christian Anthropology,” Anthropotes 2 (1989),