The Catholic University of America

Richard F. Hassing

Research Associate Professor of Philosophy


OfficeAquinas Hall 209
Phone: (202) 319-6657
Mailing address:

The Catholic University of America
School of Philosophy
Washington, DC 20064, USA


Ph.D. Theoretical Physics, Cornell University, 1972
M.A. Political Theory, University of Toronto, 1976
M.A. Philosophy, Catholic University of America, 1984

Areas of Interest

History of Physics and Philosophy of Nature, Early Modern Philosophy

Curriculum vitae Personal website

Recent Activity


Selected Publications

Final Causality in Nature and Human Affairs. Edited by Richard F. Hassing. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1997.    
The Federalist Post-1989. Ashbrook Essay 8. Ashland, OH: John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, 1995. (Previously published in Romanian as Richard F. Hassing and Anka M. Hassing, Problemele Republicanismului Democratic. Cluj, Romania: Biblioteca Apostrof, 1994.)      
"Descartes on God, Creation, and Conservation.” Review of Metaphysics 64 (2011): 603–20.
Thumos and Psychophysics in Descartes’s Passions of the Soul.” Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 38 (2010): 27–72.
“Leibniz without Physics.” Review of Metaphysics 56 (2003): 721–61.
“Animals versus the Laws of Inertia.” Review of Metaphysics 46 (1992): 29–61.
“The Exemplary Career of Newton’s Mathematics.” The St. John’s Review 44 (1997): 73–93.