The Catholic University of America

Tobias Hoffmann

Ordinary Professor of Philosophy


Office: Aquinas Hall 213
Phone: (202) 319-6643
Mailing address:

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


Ph.D., University of Fribourg (Switzerland), 2002 (oral defense: 1999)

Areas of Interest

Ethics, Metaphysics, Medieval philosophy (esp. 13th and 14th century), focusing on Aquinas and Scotus

Curriculum vitae  Publications with reviews and abstracts

Select Publications

Aquinas and the Nicomachean Ethics. Co-edited with Jörn Müller and Matthias Perkams. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013; paperback edition 2015.    
A Companion to Angels in Medieval Philosophy, edited by Tobias Hoffmann. Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition 35. Leiden: Brill, 2012.    
Johannes Duns Scotus. Freiheit, Tugenden und Naturgesetz. Latin/German. Translation, introduction and explanatory notes by Tobias Hoffmann. Herders Bibliothek der Philosophie des Mittelalters 27. Freiburg: Herder, 2012. (Contains In Met. 9.15, Lect. 2.25, Ord. 2.6 and Ord. 3.36–37.)     
“Aquinas on Free Will and Intellectual Determinism.” Co-authored with Cyrille Michon. Philosophers’ Imprint 17/10 (2017): 1–36. Download here
“Peter Auriol on Free Choice and Free Judgment.” Vivarium 53 (2015): 65–89.
“Freedom Beyond Practical Reason: Duns Scotus on Will-Dependent Relations.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (2013): 1071–90. Download here or here
“The Pleasure of Life and the Desire for Non-Existence: Some Medieval Theories.” Res Philosophica 90 (2013): 323–46. Download here
“Conscience and Synderesis.” In The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas, edited by Brian Davies and Eleonore Stump, 255–64. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012; “The Intellectual Virtues.” Ibid., 327–36.
“Henry of Ghent’s Influence on John Duns Scotus’s Metaphysics.” In A Companion to Henry of Ghent, edited by Gordon A. Wilson, 339–67. Leiden: Brill, 2011. Abstract

“Intellectualism and Voluntarism.” In The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy, edited by Robert Pasnau, 414–27. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Abstract
“Duns Scotus on the Origin of the Possibles in the Divine Intellect.” In Philosophical Debates at Paris in the Early Fourteenth Century, edited by Stephen F. Brown, Thomas Dewender, and Theo Kobusch, 359–79. Leiden: Brill, 2009. Abstract
“Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas on Magnanimity.” In Virtue Ethics in the Middle Ages: Commentaries on Aristotle’s Ethics (1200–1500), edited by István Bejczy, 101–29. Leiden: Brill, 2008. Google books – Abstract
“Aquinas and Intellectual Determinism: The Test Case of Angelic Sin.” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 89 (2007): 122–56. Abstract 

Duns Scotus Bibliography from 1950 to the Present