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Peter Koritansky

Associate Professor
(902) 566-0978
SDU Main Building, 512
PhD (Toronto)
BA (Catholic University of America)

My primary scholarly interest is the history of moral and political thought with an emphasis upon the thought of Thomas Aquinas. In addition to that, I am very interested in the Catholic intellectual tradition and medieval intellectual history. My interest in all matters of intellectual history is not a product of antiquarian scholarly curiosity, but stems from my conviction that the great minds of the past (such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas) have much to contribute to the contemporary world.


  • Human Nature, Contemplation, and the Political Order: Essays Inspired by Jacques Maritain’s Scholasticism and Politics (editor and contributor), American Maritain Association Press, (2014).
  • The Philosophy of Punishment and the History of Political Thought (editor and contributor), The University of Missouri Press (2012)
  • Thomas Aquinas and the Philosophy of Punishment (author), The Catholic University of America Press (2012)

Articles, Chapters, and Reviews

  • “Thomas Aquinas on Political Economy” in Political Economy in Philosophic Perspective, ed. Greg Butler, forthcoming from University Press of America
  • “Morality and the Pursuit of Happiness: Understanding the Meaning and Relevance of Eudaimonism” The Voeglin Review (2014),
  • “Recovering Maritain’s Personalism Amidst the Challenge of Modernity,” in Human Nature, Contemplation, and the Political Order: Essays Inspired by Jacques Maritain’s Scholasticism and Politics (American Maritain Association Press, 2014).
  • Review of Brian Benestad’s Church, State, and Society: An Introduction to Catholic Social Doctrine, published in The Voeglin Review (2012),
  • “Natural Inclination as the Basis for Natural Law” in Reading the Cosmos: Nature, Science, and Wisdom, ed. Giuseppe Butera, (American Maritain Association Publications, 2012)
  • “The Philosophy of Punishment and the Return to the History of Political Thought,” in The Philosophy of Punishment and the History of Political Thought (2011)
  • “Christianity, Punishment, and Natural Law: Thomas Aquinas’s Pre-Modern Retributivism,” in The Philosophy of Punishment and the History of Political Thought (2011)
  • “Thomas Aquinas’ Political and Legal Philosophy,” The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy; (2007)
  • “Two Theories of Retributive Punishment: Immanuel Kant and Thomas Aquinas,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 22.4 (October, 2005) 319-33
  • “The Role of Philosophy in the Contemporary Abortion Debate,” Christian Bioethics 10.1 (January-April, 2005) 63-67
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