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James Swindal

Professor and Dean of McAnulty College
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 210, Office Hours: By Appt. Only
Phone: 412.396.6388


Ph.D., Philosophy, Boston College, 1993
S.T.B., Theology, Gregorian University, 1989
M.A., Philosophy, Gonzaga University, 1982
B.A., Political Science, Seattle University, 1978

James Swindal is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts. He specializes in Continental Philosophy, Action Theory, Ethics, and Catholic Philosophy.



Existence and Action (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Reflection Revisited (New York: Fordham University Press, 1999).

Edited Books

Habermas II, 4 vols. Co-edited with D. Rasmussen, London: SAGE, 2009.

The Sheed and Ward Anthology of Catholic Philosophy. Co-edited with Harry Gensler. Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.

Ethics: Contemporary Readings . Co-edited with H. Gensler and E. Spurgin. New York: Routledge, 2004.

Critical Theory, 4 vols. Co-edited with D. Rasmussen, London: SAGE, 2004.

Articles and Book Chapters

"Critical Theory, Negative Theology, and Transcendence," in Continental Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion, ed. M. Joy, Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2010, pp. 187-220.

"Second Generation Critical Theory." in History of Continental Philosophy, vol. 8. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. Pp. 227-252.

"Can a Discursive Pragmatism Guarantee Objectivity?" in Philosophy and Social Criticism 33:1 (2007): 113-126.

"Can Strategic Reasoning Alone Account for the Formation of Social Norms?" in Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review (2005). Pp. 363-372.

"Nietzsche and Habermas and the Critique of Instrumental Reason." In Habermas, Nietzsche, and Critical Theory. Ed. B. Babich. Amherst NY: Prometheus Books, 2004. Pp. 131-146.

"Habermas's ‘Unconditional Meaning Without God': Pragmatism, Phenomenology, and Ultimate Meaning." in Ultimate Reality and Meaning. 26:2 (2003): 126-149.

"Discourse, Reflection, and Commitment." in Philosophy and Social Criticism 29:2 (2003): 151-165.

"Pragmatism and a ‘Catholic' Philosophical Anthropology." in Catholic Education 6:1 (2002): 71-95.

"Equality and Democratic Societies." in Philosophy Today 45:5 (2001): 180-190.

"The Role of the Will in Postconventional Personal Identity Formation." In Jürgen Habermas: SAGE Masters in Social Thought Series. Vol. 4. Ed. J. Swindal and D. Rasmussen. London: SAGE, 2001. Pp. 48-63.

"Ought There Be a Catholic Philosophy?" in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 73:3 (1999): 449-475.

"Nietzsche, Critical Theory, and a Theory of Knowledge." In Nietzsche, Theories of Knowledge, and Critical Theory: Nietzsche and the Sciences I, Boston Colloquium in the Philosophy of Science. Eds. B. Babich and R. Cohen. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1999. Pp. 253-264.

Marx and Critical Theory, Philosophy of Religion, Contemporary Neo-Pragmatism, Ethics, Later Modern Philosophy, Kant: Critique of Pure Reason