The Catholic University of America

 

Curriculum vitae John F. Wippel

 

Degrees

B.A., The Catholic University of America, 1955
M.A. (philosophy), The Catholic University of America, 1956
S.T.L., The Catholic University of America, 1960
Ph.D. (in philosophy), University of Louvain, dissertation defended, April 1963 (Summa cum laude).
Degree conferred, January 6, 1965, after publication of first subsequent article.
Post-doctoral degree: Louvain-la-Neuve: Maître-Agrégé de l'Ecole Saint Thomas d'Aquin, May 22, 1981

 

Faculty Positions

1960-1961 and 1963-1965, Instructor in the School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America
1965-1967, Assistant Professor, The Catholic University of America
1967-1972, Associate Professor, The Catholic University of America
1972 to present, Ordinary Professor, School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America
Spring 1969, Visiting Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego
Theodore Basselin Professor of Philosophy, 2001

 

Academic Awards and Distinctions

Basselin Scholarship (CUA), 1953-1956

Penfield Scholarship (CUA) 1961-1963 (for doctoral studies at Louvain)

National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Humanist Fellowship, 1970-1971

Maître-Agrégé from Louvain-la-Neuve (see above)

Cardinal Mercier Prize from Louvain, May 1981, for best book on a metaphysical theme in the previous two years (see The Metaphysical Thought of Godfrey of Fontaines)

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Independent Study and Research (1984-1985 academic year)

Aquinas Medal 1999. American Catholic Philosophical Association

The Catholic University of America's Alumni Association Achievement Award for Research and Scholarship, October 27, 2001.

Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Fellow (Professor Ordinarius), September 2003. 

Doctorate of Letters in Mediaeval Studies honoris causa, conferred by the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, October 1, 2005.

The Catholic University of America Provost Award. Life Time Excellence. Scholarship, Research and Teaching, May 4, 2006.

Scholarly Excellence Award 2012, American Maritain Society

 

Administrative Responsibilities

Executive Council, American Catholic Philosophical Association, 1976-1979

Member of Executive Committee, Chairman of Program Committee, Vice President (1980-
1982), and President (1982-1984) of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

Vice President (1985-1986), and President (1986-1987) of the American Catholic Philosophical Association

Assistant Academic Vice President for Graduate Studies, CUA, January-May, 1989

Academic Vice President, CUA, June 1989-1996

Provost, CUA, July 1996-August 1997

President of the Metaphysical Society of America (2005-2006)

Board of Directors: Journal of the History of Philosophy

 

Publications

Books

Medieval Philosophy: From St. Augustine to Nicholas of Cusa. New York: The Free Press, 1969. Co-edited and co-authored with Allan B. Wolter.

 

St. Thomas Aquinas and Radical Aristotelianism, by F. Van Steenberghen (editor, and with Dominic O'Meara and Stephen Brown, Translator). Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1980.

 

The Metaphysical Thought of Godfrey of Fontaines. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1981.

Metaphysical Themes in Thomas Aquinas. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1984.

 

Les questions disputées et les questions quodlibétiques dans les facultés de théologie, de droit et de médecine by B.C. Bazán, G. Fransen, D. Jacquart, and J. Wippel. Turnhout-Belgium: Brepols, 1985. Part II "Quodlibetal Questions, Chiefly in Theology Faculties," pp. 153-222, by Wippel.

 

Boethius of Dacia: 'On the Supreme Good,' 'On the Eternity of the World,' 'On Dreams.' Tr. and Introd. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1987.

 

Studies in Medieval Philosophy. Editor, and author of Chapter 6 ("Thomas Aquinas and Participation"). Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1987.

 

Mediaeval Reactions to the Encounter between Faith and Reason: The Aquinas Lecture, 1995 (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1995).

 

The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas: From Finite Being to Uncreated Being. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2000. 
 

Metaphysical Themes in Thomas Aquinas II. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2007.
 

The Ultimate Why Question: Why is There Anything at All Rather than Nothing Whatsoever?  Ed. John F. Wippel.  Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, Spring, 2011.

 

Articles

"Godfrey of Fontaines and the Real Distinction between Essence and Existence." Traditio, vol. XX, 1964, pp. 385-410. 


"Etienne Gilson and Christian Philosophy." Twentieth-Century Thinkers. Edited by J.K. Ryan. New York: Alba House, 1965, pp. 59-87.


"Godfrey of Fontaines." New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. VI, pp. 577-78.


"Latin Translation Literature from Arabic." New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. XIV, pp. 254-56.


"George Barry O'Toole." New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. X, p. 812.


"Joseph Pohle." New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. XI, p. 466. 


"Christian Philosophy." Current Issues in Modern Philosophy, ed. by George McLean. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1969, pp. 116-19. 


"U.S.A. Publications in Medieval Philosophy 1964-1969." Bulletin de philosophie médiévale, vol. X-XII, 1968-1970, pp. 288-99. 


"Godfrey of Fontaines: The Date of Quodlibet 15." Franciscan Studies, vol. XXXI, 1971, pp. 300-69. 


"Godfrey of Fontaines and the Act-Potency Axiom." Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. XI, 1973, pp. 299-317. 


"Thomas Aquinas and Avicenna on the Relationship between First Philosophy and Other Theoretical Sciences: A Note on Thomas's Commentary on Boethius's De Trinitate, Q. 5, article 1, ad 9." The Thomist, vol. XXXVII, 1973, pp. 133-54.


"Godfrey of Fontaines: Disputed Questions 9, 10, and 12." Franciscan Studies, vol. XXXIII, 1973, pp. 351-72, ed. of these disputed questions preceded by an Introduction


"The Title 'First Philosophy' According to Thomas Aquinas and his Different Justifications for the Same." The Review of Metaphysics, vol. XXVII, 1974, pp. 585-600.


"The Dating of James of Viterbo's Quodlibet I and Godfrey of Fontaines' Quodlibet VIII." Augustinania, vol. XXIV, 1974, pp. 348-86. 


"Godfrey of Fontaines and Henry of Ghent's Theory of Intentional Distinction between Essence and Existence." Sapientiae procerum amore. Mélanges Médiévistes offerts à Dom Jean-Pierre Müller, O.S.B., Studia Anselmiana, vol. LXIII, Rome, 1974, pp. 289-321. 


Translation of F. Van Steenberghen's "The Problem of the Existence of God in Saint Thomas's Commentary on the Metaphysics of Aristotle." The Review of Metaphysics, vol. XXVII, 1974, pp. 554-68.


"The Condemnations of 1270 and 1277 at Paris." The Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, vol. VII, 1977, pp. 169-201. 


"Metaphysics and Separatio according to Thomas Aquinas." The Review of Metaphysics, vol. XXXI, 1978, pp. 431-70. 


"Teaching Metaphysics: The Value of Aquinas for the Seminarian Today." Philosophy in Priestly Formation, ed. by R. Lawler. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1978, pp. 101-29. Mimeographed reproduction.


"Presentation of the Aquinas Medal to Fernand Van Steenberghen." Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, vol. LII, 1978, pp. 213-15.


"Chroniques Nationales IV, l'Etats-Unis d'Amerique, 1970-1979." Bulletin de Philosophie Médiévale, vol. XXI, 1979, pp. 111-31. 


"Aquinas's Route to the Real Distinction: A Note on Thomas Aquinas's De ente et essentia, ch. 4." The Thomist, vol. XLIII, 1979, pp. 279-95. 


"Boethius." Encylopedic Dictionary of Religion (A-E). Washington, D.C., 1979, pp. 480-81. 


Review Article on J.F. Quinn's The Historical Constitution of St. Bonaventure's Philosophy. The Thomist, vol. XLIV, 1980, pp. 143-49. 


"Did Thomas Aquinas Defend the Possibility of an Eternally Created World? (The De aeternitate mundi Revisited)." Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. XIX, 1981, pp. 21-37. 


"James of Viterbo on the Essence-Existence Relationship (Quodlibet 1, Q. 4), and Godfrey of Fontaines on the Relationship between Nature and Supposit (Quodlibet 7, Q. 5)." Miscellanea Mediaevalia. Bd 13/2: Sprache und Erkenntnis im Mittelalter, Berlin-New York, 1981, pp. 777-87. 


"The Reality of Nonexisting Possibles according to Thomas Aquinas, Henry of Ghent, and Godfrey of Fontaines." Review of Metaphysics, vol. XXXIV, 1981, pp. 729-58. 


"The Relationship Between Essence and Existence in Late-Thirteenth Century Thought: Giles of Rome, Henry of Ghent, Godfrey of Fontaines, and James of Viterbo." Philosophies of Existence Ancient and Medieval. ed. by P. Morewedge. New York: Fordham University Press, 1982, pp. 131-64.


"Godfrey of Fontaines on Intension and Remission of Accidental Forms." Franciscan Studies, vol XXXIX, 1979, pp. 316-55. Actually appeared in 1982. 


"Essence and Existence." The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy, ed. by N. Kretzmann et al. Cambridge University Press, 1982, Ch. 19, pp. 385-410. 


"The Quodlibetal Question as a Distinctive Literary Genre." Les genres littéraires dans les sources théologiques et philosophiques médiévales. Actes du Colloque international de Louvain-la-Neuve, 25-27 mai, 1981. R. Bultot, ed. Louvain-la-Neuve, 1982, pp. 67-84. 


"Quidditative Knowledge of God According to Thomas Aquinas." Graceful Reason. Essays in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy in Honour of Joseph Owens, CSSR on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Lloyd Gerson, ed. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1983, pp. 273-99. 


"Possible Sources for Godfrey of Fontaines' Views on the Act-Potency 'Composition' of Simple Creatures." Mediaeval Studies, vol. XLVI, 1984, pp. 222-44. 


"The Possibility of a Christian Philosophy: A Thomistic Perspective." Faith and Philosophy, vol. I, 1984, pp. 272-90. 


"Divine Knowledge, Divine Power and Human Freedom in Thomas Aquinas and Henry of Ghent." Divine Omniscience and Omnipotence in Medieval Philosophy. Tamar Rudavsky, ed. Dordrecht, Holland/Boston, U.S.A.: D. Reidel, 1985, pp. 213-41. 


"Thomas Aquinas on the Distinction and Derivation of the Many from the One: A Dialectic between Being and Nonbeing." The Review of Metaphysics, vol. XXXVIII, 1985, pp. 563-90.


"Godfrey of Fontaines, Peter of Auvergne, John Baconthorpe, and the Principle of Individuation." In Essays Honoring Allan B. Wolter, ed. by William Frank and Girard Etzkorn. St. Bonaventure, N.Y.: The Franciscan Institute, 1985, pp. 309-49. 


"The Role of the Phantasm in Godfrey of Fontaines' Theory of Intellection." L'homme et son univers au moyen age. Actes du septième congrés international de philosophie médiévale (30 août--4 septembre 1982), vol. 2 (Louvain-la-Neuve, 1986) pp. 573-82. 


"Some Issues Concerning Divine Power and Created Natures according to Godfrey of Fontaines." In Diakonia. Studies in Honor of Robert T. Meyer. ed. by T. Halton and J.P. Williman. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1986, pp. 158-181. 


"Godfrey of Fontaines' Disputed Questions 9 and 10 (Bruges 491): by Godfrey or by Giles of Rome?" Franciscan Studies, vol. XLII, 1982, pp. 216-47. Appeared in 1986. 


"Thomas Aquinas's Derivation of the Aristotelian Categories (Predicaments)." Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. XXV, 1987, pp. 13-33. 


"Thomas Aquinas on Substance as a Cause of Proper Accidents." In Festschrift in honor of Wolfgang Kluxen, entitled Philosophie im Mittelalter, ed. by J.P. Beckmann, L. Honnefelder, G. Schrimpf, and Georg Wieland. Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, 1987, pp. 201-12. 


"Thomas Aquinas and the Axiom 'What is Received is Received According to the Mode of the Receiver'." In A Straight Path. Essays in Honor of Arthur Hyman, ed. by R. Link-Salinger, Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1988, pp. 279-289. 


"Fernand Van Steenberghen." New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. XVIII, pp. 531-533. 


"Gottfried von Fontaines," Lexikon des Mittelalters IV, 1603. 


"Substance in Aquinas's Metaphysics." Presidential Address, in Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, vol. LXI, 1987, pp. 2-22. 


"Truth in Thomas Aquinas." Review of Metaphysics, vol. XLIII, 1989, pp. 295-326; 1990, pp. 543-67. 


"The Latin Avicenna as a Source for Thomas Aquinas's Metaphysics." Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, vol. XXXVII, 1990, pp. 51-90. 


"Thomas of Sutton on Divine Knowledge of Future Contingents." In Knowledge and the Sciences in Medieval Philosophy. Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Medieval Philosophy (S.I.E.P.M.) Vol. II, ed. by S. Knoutila, R. Työrina, S. Ebbesen (Helsinki, 1990), pp. 363-72. 


"Thomas Aquinas on What Philosophers Can Know About God." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, vol. LXVI, 1992, pp. 279-297. 


"Metaphysics." The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas, ed. by N. Kretzmann and E. Stump. Cambridge University Press, 1993, ch. 4, pp. 85-127. 


"Individuation in James of Viterbo," in Individuation in Scholasticism, J. Gracia, (State University of New York Press, 1994), c. 11, pp. 257-69, with reprint of 1985 article "Godfrey of Fontaines, Peter of Auvergne, John Baconthorpe," c. 10, pp. 221-56. 


"Aquinas, Saint Thomas," in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, ed. by R. Audi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995, pp. 31-4. 


"Giles of Rome," in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, p. 296. 


"Godfrey of Fontaines," in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, p. 300. 


"Henry of Ghent," in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, p. 322. 


"Thomism," in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, pp. 800-01. 


"Godfrey of Fontaines: Divine Power and the Principle of Noncontradiction," in Les philosophies morales et politiques au Moyen Age, Actes du IXe Congrès Internationale de Philosophie Médiévale, B. C. Bazán et al. eds. (Ottawa: Legas, 1995), Vol. III, pp. 1388-98. 


"Thomas Aquinas and the Condemnation of 1277," The Modern Schoolman. Vol. LXXII, 1995, pp. 233-72. 


"Bishop Stephen Tempier and Thomas Aquinas: A Separate Process against Aquinas?" Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie. XLIV, 1997, pp. 117-136.


"Thomas Aquinas on Demonstrating God's Omnipotence." Revue internationale de philosophie. Vol LII, 1998, pp. 227-47. 


"Thomas Aquinas and the Axiom that Unreceived Act is Unlimited," The Review of Metaphysics. Vol. LI, 1998, pp. 533-64. 


"Siger of Brabant (c. 1240-c. 1284)," Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London and New York, 1998, vol. VIII, pp. 764-68. 


"Godfrey of Fontaines (c. 1250-1306/9)," Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London and New York, 1998, vol. IV, pp. 119-22. 


"Siger of Brabant: What It Means to Proceed Philosophically," in Was ist Philosophie im Mittelalter? Akten des X. Internationalen Kongresses für mittelalterliche Philosophie der Société Internationale pour l'Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale. Miscellanea Mediaevalia, vol. XXVI (1998), pp. 490-96. 


"Thomas Aquinas, Siger of Brabant, and Their Use of Avicenna in Clarifying The Subject of Metaphysics," in Metaphysics. The Paideia Project: Proceedings of the 20th World Congress of Philosophy, Vol. II (1999), pp. 15-26. 


"Thomas Aquinas on Creatures as Causes of Esse." International Philosophical Quarterly, vol. XL (2000), pp. 197-213. 


"Aquinas Medalist's Address," in Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, vol. LXXIII, 1999, pp. 21-30.


"Godfrey of Fontaines at the University of Paris in the Last Quarter of the Thirteenth Century," in Nach der Verurteilung von 1277. Philosophie und Theologie an der Universität von Paris im letzten Viertel des 13. Jahrhunderts. Studien und Texte. Miscellanea Mediaevalia, vol. XXVIII, 2001, pp. 359-89. 


"Thomas Aquinas on our Knowledge of God and the Axiom that Every Agent Produces Something Like Itself." Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association LXXIIII (2000), pp. 81-101. 


"Godfrey of Fontaines." On-line publication in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2001. 


"David Piché on the Condemnation of 1277: A Critical Study," in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. vol. LXXV (2001), pp. 597-624. 


"Thomas Aquinas on the Separated Soul's Natural Knowledge." Thomas Aquinas. Approaches to Truth, ed. by J. McEvoy and M. Dunne. (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2002), pp. 114-40. 


"The Parisian Condemnations of 1270 and 1277," in A Companion to Philosophy in the Middle Ages, ed. by J.J.E. Gracia and T. Noone. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (2003), pp. 65-73. 


"Godfrey of Fontaines," in A Companion to Philosophy in the Middle Ages, ed. by J.J.E. Gracia and T. Noone. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (2003), pp. 272-80. 


"Norman Kretzmann on Aquinas's Attribution of Will and of Freedom to Create to God," Religious Studies. 39 (2003), pp. 1-12.


"Natur und Gnade" (S.th. I-II, qq. 109-114) in Thomas von Aquin: Die Summa theologiae. Werkinterpretationen, ed. by A. Speer. Berlin-New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2005, pp. 246-70. 


"Thomas Aquinas and Siger of Brabant on Being and the Science of Being as Being," Modern Schoolman 82 (2005), pp. 143-68. 


"Thomas Aquinas' Commentary on Aristotle's Metaphysics," in Uses and Abuses of the Classics: Western Interpretations of Greek Philosophy, ed. by J.J.E. Gracia and J. Yu. Aldershot, England-Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, (2004), p. 137-64. 


"Metaphysical Foundations for Christian Humanism in Thomas Aquinas," Doctor Communis, fasc. 1-2 (2004), pp. 124-42.


"Godfrey of Fontaines on Intelligible Species," in Intellect et imagination dans la Philosophie Médiévale. Actes du XIe Congrès International de Philosophie Médiévale de la Société Internationale pour l'Etude de la Philosophie, Porto, du 26 au 31 août 2002 (Brepols Publishers, Turnhout 2006), Vol. 1, pp. 1131-1141.


"Platonism and Aristotelianism in Thomas Aquinas," Doctor Communis (Essere e Persona), fasc. 1-2 (2006), pp. 45-62.


"Godfrey of Fontaines' Quodlibet XIV on Justice as A General Virtue: Is It Really a Quodlibet?", in Theological Quodlibeta in the Middle Ages: The Thirteenth Century, ed. by C. Schabel. Leiden-New York: Brill 2006, pp. 287-344.


"Thomas Aquinas on the Ultimate Why Question. Why Is There Anything at All Rather than Nothing Whatsoever?" Review of Metaphysics 60 (2007), pp. 723-45 (Presidential Address for Metaphysical Society of America, March 11, 2006). 


"Godfrey of Fontaines and the Condemnation of March 7, 1277." in Laudemus viros gloriosos. Essays in honor of Armand Maurer, (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007), pp. 213-37. 


"Godfrey of Fontaines on the Medieval Custom of Dividing the Bodies of Certain Prominent Persons for Burial in Separate Places." The Jurist, vol. LXVII (2007), pp. 311-40.


"Essence and Existence," in The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy, ed. by R. Pasnau. Cambridge University Press. 2010, Vol. 2, 622-34.


"Thomas Aquinas and the Philosophy of Religion," in History of Western Philosophy of Religion, ed. by Graham Oppy and N. Trakakis.  Vol. 2: Medieval Philosophy of Religion.  Oxford University Press, 2009, ch. 13, pp. 167-79.


"Philosophy and the Preambles of Faith in Thomas Aquinas," Doctor Communis. Nova Series 12-2 (2008), 38-61. Reprinted with editorial revisions as "Thomas Aquinas on Philosophy and the Preambles of Faith" in Gregory Doolan, ed., The Science of Being as Being: Metaphysical Investigations (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012), 196-220.


"Thomas Aquinas and the Unity of Substantial Form” in Philosophy and Theology in the Long Middle Ages.  A Tribute to Stephen F. Brown. Ed. Kent Emery, Jr., Russell L. Friedman and Andreas Speer. Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2011, 117-54. 

 
"Thomas Aquinas on the Ultimate Why Question: Why is There Anything at All Rather than Nothing Whatsoever?" in The Ultimate Why Question: Why is There Anything at All Rather than Nothing Whatsoever?, ed. John F. Wippel (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2011), 84-106.

 

"Fides et ratio's Call for a Renewal of Metaphysics and Saint Thomas Aquinas," in The Vocation of the Catholic Philosopher, ed. John P. Hittinger (The American Maritain Society, distributed by The Catholic University of America Press: Washington, D.C., 2011), 145-65.
 
 
"Fabro sulla distinzione e composizione di essenza ed esse nella metafisica di Tommaso d'Aquino," in Crisi e destino della filosofia. Studi su Cornelio Fabro, ed. Ariberto Acerbi (Rome: EDUSC, 2012), 139-56.

 

"Being," in The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas, ed. Brian Davies and Eleonore Stump (Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press: 2011), 77-84.
 
 
"Metaphysical Composition of Angels in Bonaventure, Aquinas, and Godfrey of Fontaines," in A Companion to Angels in Medieval Philosophy,  ed. Tobias Hoffmann (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2012), 45-78.
 
 
 "Aquinas on Creation and Preambles of Faith," forthcoming in The Thomist

 

 

Monographs

Thèses présentées conjointement avec une dissertation intitulée. The Metaphysical Thought of Godfrey of Fontaines - A Study in Late Thirteenth-Century Philosophy pour l'obtention du grade de Maître Agrégé de l'Ecole Saint-Thomas d'Aquin. Louvain-la-Neuve, 1981, p. 12.

 

Thomas Aquinas on the Divine Ideas. The Etienne Gilson Series, 16. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1993, p. 48.