The Christian Aristotelianism of James V. Schall, S.J.

The Last Professor

God’s Eros Is Agape


What is a Classic?

Win or Lose, Stir Up Your Soul With the Sporting Life

On Wealth and Poverty (from

Beginning in Gladness from The New Pantagruel

On What is Not Forgotten from The New Pantagruel

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The Mind That Is Catholic
In the end, this is the Catholic mind, to hold the truth because it knows that it is itself mind open to what is, to what is true from whatever source its evidence might arise, even from common sense, even from reason, yes, even from the revelation handed down to us.

On Choosing Not To See
We can think conceptually of a world we create for ourselves that is not itself connected with the world, “pretty” or “sublime,” that is revealed to us by our senses. In this conceptual world, we define what is good and what is evil by denying that such realities are discoverable and not ours to formulate. Deep in our minds, as Johnson told us, we seek to “hide things from ourselves.” This is what happens when we choose “not to see.” We have the uncanny power, because of our evil habits according to which we seek to live, to establish our own content of what is called “wisdom” or “happiness.” It is this power that, more than anything else, rules the modern world. The only proper anecdote is our ability to “know ourselves,” to be able to properly distinguish between what is “pretty” and what is “sublime,” what is true and what is false, not of our own making.

Schall on Faith, Reason and Politics: On Catholic Political Philosophy (Part 1)
Catholicism is not a political movement, but it is concerned with the highest things. Still it also recognizes that some regimes are better than others and understands principles by which such distinction between good and bad regimes can be established. It likewise recognizes and defends the legitimacy of the philosophical consideration of human things.

Schall on Faith, Reason and Politics: On Catholic Political Philosophy (Part 2)
Philosophy and political philosophy seek to know reality, what is. This seeking is what the human mind is for, to know the truth of things. That is, the mind seeks to be conformed to what reality presents to it. In the pursuit of this knowledge, certain limits are continually reached that philosophy only has some more or less informed opinion about their truth. But philosophy rightly seeks to formulate questions and possible answers to these questions. It has an awareness of the insufficiency of some of its own answers. It is curious about this insufficiency.

Schall on Christmas

Crisis Magazine: read Schall's monthly column


Redemptor Hominis: After Twenty-Six Years (HPR May 2005)
The Redeemer of Man is concerned with
whether we see our freedom based in our own will
or in the objective truth of things.

Ratzinger on Europe (HPR Jan 2005)
All Inner Worldly Changes, Both for Good and for Ill, Originate in the Souls of the Dons, Both Academic and Clerical.

Ratzinger on the Modern Mind (HPR Oct 1997)
Ecological Enthusiasts Attempt to Combine Liberation Theology
with Western Academic Relativism and Eastern Mysticism.

Schall on the Pope


Commencement Address Delivered to the Graduating Class
Ave Maria College, Ypsilanti, Michigan, May 6, 2005
On the Kind of “Work” Metaphysicians and Doctors of the Church Do


Published in Fides Quaerens Intellectum, II (Spring 2003), 269-84.


James V. Schall on Natural Law


Published in Journal of Markets & Morals, 7 (Fall, 2004). 409-20.

On Teaching the Important Things
An Ignatius Press Classic selection from chapter five of Another Sort of Learning (1988)


Recent Speeches:

On Leisure and Culture
Why Human Things Exist and Why They Are “Unimportant”
Modern Age, 46 (Fall, 2004), 326-32.

On “What Common Men Call Common Sense”
The Annual Aquinas Lecture Presented at the University of St. Thomas
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (January 28, 2004)


Recent Commentary:

When War Must Be the Answer
Policy Review (Dec 2004)

The Purpose of the Sword
A review of Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World, by Jean Bethke Elshtain

On The Virtue of War

A Brief War Primer

9/11: The Logic of This War

The Morality Election

Catholics and the Election

Read Schall's monthly column in Crisis Magazine


Recent Publications

Schall on Chesterton: "Existence: Cherish It!"
Gilbert Magazine
, 8 (October/November, 2004), 11-12.

On Being Contrary for its Own Sake
New Pantagruel 1.4 <>

On the Insufficiency of Apollo

Logos, 7 (Spring, 2004), 14-29.

in Truth Matters: Essays in Honor of Jacques Maritain,
edited by John G. Trapani
(Washington: American Maritain Association/The Catholic University of America Press, 2004), 12-25.


Reading for Clerics
Homiletic and Pastoral Review, CIV (February, 2004), 46-53.

On the things that depend upon philosophy
Motions: University of San Diego School of Law 39 (October 2003), 6-7.

"Possessed of Both a Revelation and a Reason"
Published in A Thomistic Tapestry: Essays in Memory of Etienne Gilson, edited by Peter Redpath (Value Books Series; Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002), 177-91.


A Meditation on Evil
The Aquinas Review, 7 (#1, 2000). 25-41.

On the Death of Plato
The American Scholar, 65 (Summer, 1996). 401-15.

On the Uniqueness of Socrates
Gregorianum, 76 (#2, 1995), 343-62.



War Commentary

"Belloc Would Not Have Been Surprised at Sept. 11"
Father James Schall on the Essayist's Thoughts on Europe and Islam (Oct 2003)

Belloc on Islam (Feb 2003)

The War: Phase II (March 2003)

The Pious & the War: Iraq and justice
National Review Online, February 13, 2003.

Islam Will Not Be the Loser
Catholic Dossier, 8 (Jan./Feb., 2002), 8-14.

On the Justice and Prudence of This War
The Catholic University Law Review, 51 (Fall, 2001), 1-13.

What kind of a war is it? (2001)


Recent Interviews

Schall on Political Philosophy: A 2nd Claremont Conversation

Schall on Reason and Faith: A Claremont Conversation

Schall on Teaching


Select Publications

The Newness of The New Jerusalem
Published in The Chesterton Review, XXVIII (Winter, 2002), 503-19.

Truth in the Differences
Published in This Rock, 13 (December, 2002), 10-13.

The Liberal Arts
A Student’s Guide to Liberal Arts, ed. William T, Stancil (Kansas City: Rockhurst University Press, 2003), Chapter I, “What Are the Liberal Arts?” pp. 1-19.

On the Joys and Travails of Thinking
New Foreword to 1998 Edition of A. C. Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, and Methods [1923] (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1998), pp. vii-xvi.


On "Merely Being Intelligent": Canavan's Views and Reviews
A Moral Enterprise: Politics, Reason, and the Human Good - Essays in Honor of Francis Canavan, eds. Kenneth L. Grasso and Robert P. Hunt (Wilmington: ISI Books, 2002), Chapter XVII, pp. 321-38.

Belloc on the Character of Enduring Things
The Saint Austin Review, 2 (November, 2002), 11-13.



Address to Students
Remarks by James V. Schall, S. J., Professor, Department of Government, on the Occasion of Receiving the Bunn Medal, Teaching Award designated by Graduating Seniors, College of Arts and Sciences, Georgetown University, Tropaia (University Awards) Exercises, May 21, 2004.

The Hell, It Is
A Lecture delivered at Theology on Tap, Bridgeport, Ct., May 2003; at Wyoming School of Theology, August, 2003.

What Say You of the Peacock's Tail?
Vital Speeches, LXVIII(June 1, 2002), 508-12. 
Lecture delivered at Northern Virginia Community College, April 11, 2002.

On the Sum Total of Human Happiness
Lecture Delivered in Classical Philosophy Lecture Series 
Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, April 4, 2002. 
Published in New Blackfriars, 83 (May, 2002), 232-42.

What Must I Read To Be Saved?
William Rossner, S. J. Lecture, Delivered at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, February 28, 2002.


On Catholicism

Catholicism and "the Truth of Things"
Homiletic and Pastoral Review, CII (May, 2002), 26-30.

Modernity: What Is It? Must We Adopt It?
Homiletic and Pastoral Review, CII (October, 2001), 15-23.

On Being Faithful to Revelation
Homiletic and Pastoral Review, CI (March, 2001), 22-31.


The Path to Rome
Canadian C. S. Lewis Journal, #100, (Autumn, 2001), 16-24.

On the Purpose of "This World"
New Oxford Review, LXIX (February, 2002), 20-26.

Beyond Description: On the Most Wonderful Book
Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, 25 (September 2002), 8-14.


On Political Philosophy

Why is Political Philosophy Different?
Gregorianum, (Roma) 84 (#2, 2003), 419-30.

On the Paradoxical Place of Political Philosophy in the Structure of Reality
Perspectives on Political Science.

From Curiosity to Pride
Faith and the Life of the Intellect, ed. Curtis L. Hancock and Brendan Sweetman (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 2003), Chapter 9, pp. 187-209.

Fides et Ratio: Approaches to a Roman Catholic Political Philosophy
The Review of Politics.


Schall elsewhere on the Web

One Culture, After All
National Review Online, June 2, 2001

Heart of Darkness
National Review Online, April 14, 2001


Confessions of a Practicing 'Socialist'

The State That Justifies
Religion and Liberty 5.1 (Jan/Feb 1995).

Natural Law and Economics
Religion and Liberty 3.3 (May/Jun 1993).



Recent Books

Roman Catholic Political Philosophy (Lanham, MD.: Lexington Books, 2004)

A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning (Free PDF from ISI Books) [HTML version]

Reason, Revelation, and Human Affairs: Selected Writings of James V. Schall,
Edited with an Introduction by Marc Guerra
(Lanham, MD.: Lexington Books, 2001), 188 pp. $50 Hardback.
(Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield, 15200 NBN Way, Bldg. B, Blue Ridge Summit, PA. 17214).

On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2001).

Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton: Volume 20 (Ignatius Press, 2001).

Schall on Chesterton: Timely Essays on Timeless Paradoxes (Catholic University of America Press, 2000).



Schall on Spe Salvi: Part 1 Part 2

Fr. James V. Schall on Pope Benedict and the Defense of Reason (Dec 2007)

A Conversation with James V. Schall

Schall on The Enormity of the Universe (Nov 2007)

Schall Interviews:

Regensburg Revisited (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Schall on Benedict XVI at Regensburg (Oct 2, 2006)

God as Logos, Allah as Will (Oct 3, 2006)

Schall on Faith, Reason, and Politics
(Dec 20, 2005)

Schall on Catholic Political Philosophy (Part 1)
(Sep 10, 2005)
Schall on Catholic Political Philosophy (Part 2)

Schall interviewed by Claremont about
Roman Catholic Political Philosophy

Schall on Pope Benedict XVI


James V. Schall, S.J. @ Georgetown University

Essays (New Series): Philosophical, Political, Economic

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