Peter J. Colosi / Associated Scholar

Peter J. Colosi is associate professor of philosophy at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, before that having taught at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and at the Austrian Program of Franciscan University of Steubenville. He earned his BS in mathematics from Franciscan University, an MA in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure University, and his MPhil and PhD from The International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. Dr. Colosi has published articles, book chapters and pieces in online outlets in areas including philosophical personalism, medical ethics, Catholic social and moral teaching, and Franciscan studies, and is a contributing editor of the Linacre Quarterly. He is co-founder and one of the main organizers of the Theology of the Body International Symposia, of which there have been five thus far, in Austria, Ireland, England, Portugal and Holland. He is a co-founder and co-organizer of and lecturer at the Medical Student and Resident Boot Camp of the Catholic Medical Association which occurs every June and began in 2013, and he is occasionally interviewed on Doctor, Doctor, the official radio program of the Catholic Medical Association, and on Relevant Radio.

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Research Areas:

The Body/Soul Question; Philosophical Personalism; Catholic Medical Ethics; Catholic Social and Moral Teaching

Selected Bibliography:

“The Importance of Philosophical Arguments for the Reality of the Spiritual Soul in Prolife Work.” Life and Learning XXIX, Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth University Faculty for Life Conference, edited by Joseph W. Koterski, (2019), 107 – 21.

“Discussing the Spiritual Soul in the Classroom.” National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. 18, no. 3 (2018), 417 – 26.

“The United States Bishops vs. the HHS Contraception Mandate: A Question of Religious Freedom, Moral Truth, or Both?” in Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right, edited by Janet E. Smith, 327 – 51. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2018.

“A Catholic Anthropology and Medical Ethics.” in Catholic Witness in Health Care: Practicing Medicine in Truth and Love, edited by John M. Travaline and Louise A. Mitchell, 31 – 69. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2017.

“Ratzinger, Habermas and Pera on Public Reason and Religion.” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 19, no. 3 (2016), 148 – 169.

"Christian Personalism vs. Contemporary Utilitarianism: The Cognitive Dimension of Love and its Relation to Moral Decision Making.” in The Love of Truth: All Truth and in Every Thing. Essays in Honor of Josef Seifert on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday, edited by Carlos A. Casanova, 391 – 406. San Tiago, Chile: Ediciones UC, 2010.

“John Paul II and Christian Personalism vs. Peter Singer and Utilitarianism: Two Radically Opposed Conceptions of the Nature and Meaning of Suffering.” Ethics Education, 15, no. 1 (2009), 20 – 41.

“The Uniqueness of Persons in the Life and Thought of Karol Wojtyła/Pope John Paul II, with Emphasis on His Indebtedness to Max Scheler.” in Karol Wojtyla’s Philosophical Legacy, edited by Nancy Mardas Billias, Agnes B. Curry and George F. McLean, 61 – 100. Washington, D.C.: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2008.

“Personhood, the Soul and Non-Conscious Human Beings: Some Critical Reflections on Recent Forms of Argumentation within the Pro-Life Movement.” Life and Learning XVII, Conference Proceedings of University Faculty for Life at Villanova University 2007, edited by Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., (2008), 277 – 304.

Professionally recorded lecture: “Body Soul Unity in Human Persons.” Delivered at the 6th Annual Catholic Medical Association Medical Student and Resident Boot Camp (2018). In this lecture I explore the mystery of the union of body and soul in human persons and mention many of the early and contemporary personalists throughout.


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