University of Notre Dame
Alfred 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.
A 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 Press, 1998.)
- 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 Series).)
- 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, 1983).
- “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 (Washington, DC: 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 (2002): 99-120.
- “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).