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James V. Schall

James V. Schall, SJ
Born (1928-01-20) January 20, 1928 (age 86)
Pocahontas, Iowa
Occupation Academic
Known for Philosopher, Author, Professor, Priest
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James Vincent Schall, S.J. (born January 20, 1928) is an American Jesuit Roman Catholic priest, teacher, writer, and philosopher. He was, most recently, Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He retired from teaching in December 2012, giving his final lecture on December 7, 2012, at Georgetown. [1] His final lecture was entitled "The Final Gladness," and was sponsored by the Tocqueville Forum. [2]


Born in Pocahontas, Iowa, and educated in local public schools, he graduated from Knoxville (Iowa) High School in 1945.

After time in the U.S. Army (1946-47), he joined the Society of Jesus (California Province) in 1948, and then attended Santa Clara University in California. He earned an MA in Philosophy from Gonzaga University in 1955.[3] He earned a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Georgetown University in 1960, and was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1963. In 1964, he earned an M.A. in Sacred Theology from Santa Clara University.

Fr. Schall was a member of the faculty of the Institute of Social Sciences, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, from 1964–77, and a member of the Government Department, University of San Francisco, from 1968-77. Before retiring, he had been a member of the Government Department at Georgetown University since 1977. In 1993 and 2004, Fr. Schall was presented the Edward B. Bunn, SJ, Award for Faculty Excellence by the senior class in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University.[4]

A prolific writer, he has written more than 30 books and edited or co-edited 8 others. By July 2002, his website listed his authorship of 356 essays, 148 book reviews, and 660 columns, including his monthly column, “Sense and Nonsense,” for the Catholic journal Crisis, and his columns in Gilbert! magazine, the Saint Austin Review, and the University Bookman.[5]

Fr. Schall is an expert on the thought of G. K. Chesterton, editing two volumes of Chesterton's collected works and writing his own volume of essays on the famous Catholic convert.

Books, Pamphlets and Edited Books by Fr. Schall (partial listing)


  • Another Sort of Learning (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988) ISBN 0-89870-183-X
  • At the Limits of Political Philosophy: From "Brilliant Errors" to Things of Uncommon Importance (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 1996) ISBN 0-8132-0832-7; paperbound, ISBN 0-8132-0922-6
  • Christianity and Life (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1981) ISBN 0-89870-004-3
  • Christianity and Politics (Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1981) ISBN 0-8198-1407-5
  • Church, State, and Society in the Thought of John Paul II (Chicago: Franciscan Herald, 1982) ISBN 0-8199-0838-X
  • The Classical Moment: Selected Essays on Knowledge and Its Pleasures (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, Dec 15, 2010) ISBN 1-58731-124-0
  • Does Catholicism Still Exist? (Staten Island, NY: Alba House, 1994) ISBN 0-8189-0694-4
  • Human Dignity and Human Numbers (Staten Island, NY: Alba House, 1971) ISBN 0-8189-0217-5
  • Idylls and Rambles: Lighter Christian Essays (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1994) ISBN 0-89870-456-1
  • Jacques Maritain: The Philosopher in Society (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997) ISBN 0-8476-8683-3
  • Liberation Theology (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1982) ISBN 0-89870-006-X
  • The Life of the Mind: On the Joys and Travails of Thinking (Wilmington, DE: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2008) ISBN 1-933859-61-X
  • The Mind That Is Catholic: Philosophical & Political Essays (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 2008) ISBN 0-8132-1541-2
  • The Modern Age (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, Dec 10, 2010) ISBN 1-58731-510-6
  • On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs (Wilmington, DE: ISIBooks, 2001) ISBN 1-882926-63-3
  • The Order of Things (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2007) ISBN 1-58617-197-6
  • Play On: From Games to Celebrations (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1971) ISBN 0-8006-0173-4
  • The Politics of Heaven and Hell: Christian Themes from Classical, Medieval, and Modern Political Philosophy (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1984) ISBN 0-8191-3992-0
  • The Praise of "Sons of Bitches": On the Worship of God by Fallen Men (Slough, England: St Paul Publications, 1978) ISBN 0-85439-145-2
  • Reason, Revelation, and the Foundations of Political Philosophy (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1987) ISBN 0-8071-1303-4
  • Reason, Revelation, and Human Affairs: Selected Writings of James V. Schall, Marc D. Guerra, editor (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2001) ISBN 0-7391-0198-6
  • Redeeming the Time (New York: Sheed & Ward, 1968) LC 68-13845 ASIN: B0006BUD2I
  • The Regensburg Lecture (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2007) ISBN 1-58731-695-1
  • Religion, Wealth, and Poverty (Vancouver, B. C.: Fraser Institute, 1990) ISBN 0-88975-112-9
  • Roman Catholic Political Philosophy (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006) ISBN 0-7391-1703-3
  • Schall on Chesterton: Timely Essays on Timeless Paradoxes (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 2000) ISBN 0-8132-0963-3
  • The Sixth Paul (Canfield, OH: Alba Books, 1977) ISBN 0-8189-1147-6
  • Sum Total Of Human Happiness (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2006) ISBN 1-58731-810-5
  • Unexpected Meditations Late in the XXth Century (Quincy, IL: Franciscan Press, 1985) ISBN 0-8199-0885-1
  • Welcome, number 4,000,000,000! (Canfield, OH: Alba Books, 1977) ISBN 0-8189-1145-X
  • What Is God Like?: Philosophers and 'Hereticks' on the Triune God: The Sundry Paths of Orthodoxy from Plato, Augustine, Samuel Johnson, Nietzsche, Camus, and Flannery O'Connor, even unto Charlie Brown and the Wodehouse Clergy (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press/Michael Glazer, 1992) ISBN 0-8146-5020-1
  • An edition of What Is God Like? was published in Manila, P.I., by St. Paul's, 1995. ISBN 971-504-338-0


  • A Journey through Lent (London: The Catholic Truth Society, 1976) 24pp.
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church (Leesburg, VA.: Catholic Home Studies Institute, 1993). 22pp.
  • Ethics and Economics (Grand Rapids, MI: Acton Institute, 1998) 40pp. ASIN: B000GT3QW4
  • A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning (Wilmington, DE: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2000) 66pp. ISBN 1-882926-53-6

Edited with Introduction:

  • The Whole Truth about Man: John Paul II to University Students and Faculties. (Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1981) ISBN 0-8198-8201-1
  • Sacred in All Its Forms: John Paul II on Human Life (Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1984) ISBN 0-8198-6845-0
  • Essays on Christianity and Political Philosophy. with George Carey. (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1984) ISBN 0-8191-4275-1
  • Out of Justice, Peace. Pastorals of the German and French Bishops. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1984) ISBN 0-89870-043-4
  • G. K. Chesterton, Collected Works, Vol. IV, What's Wrong with the World, etc. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1986) ISBN 0-89870-147-3
  • Studies on Religion and Politics. with Jerome J. Hanus. (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1986) ISBN 0-8191-5391-5
  • On the Intelligibility of Political Philosophy: Essays of Charles N. R. McCoy. with John Schrems. (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 1989) ISBN 0-8132-0679-0
  • G. K. Chesterton, Collected Works, Vol. XX, Christendom in Dublin, Irish Impressions, the New Jerusalem, etc. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2002) ISBN 0-89870-854-0


External links

  • Fr. Schall's website at Georgetown University
  • Fr. Schall's other website
  • Fr. Schall's articles, at Crisis Magazine

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