Alexander Pruss

Until age 9, Alexander Pruss lived in Poland. At the height of martial law, he emigrated to Canada with his dissident parents. He never finished high school, but instead went to the University of Western Ontario after completing grade 10, studying physics and mathematics, never writing a single paper over the three years of his undergraduate career. While trying to figure out exactly what to do with the rest of his life, he did a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1996. Realizing that philosophy is the handmaiden of his true love, theology, he did a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 2001 with a dissertation on possible worlds. Since the kind of theology that he is interested in--what might be called "analytic theology" (which he thinks is essentially the same kind of thing as scholastic theology, just as analytic philosophy is the same kind of thing as scholastic philosophy)--is probably best practiced within the setting of a philosophy department, he decided not to pursue further graduate training in theology, and instead has been teaching philosophy at Georgetown ever since. He has co-edited with Richard Gale an anthology on the existence of God, and recently Cambridge University Press has published his The Principle of Sufficient Reason: A Reassessment, where he defends the principle that every contingent truth has an explanation. His academic interests include arguments for the existence of God and other questions in the philosophy of religion, philosophical aspects of theological issues such as transubstantiation or the Trinity, Aristotelian metaphysics, and applied ethics, particularly in the area of sexuality. He is still trying to figure out what exactly to do with the academic freedom consequent on his recently getting tenure.

Alexander Pruss's Posts

The Executioner and the Torturer
Privacy and an argument against premarital sex
Subsequent engagements
Not being the cause of a bad
An argument type in disfavor
Romantic relationships that come to an end
Principle of Diachronic Integrity
What is unconditional love?
Sex and reproduction
Genuine freedom and naturalism
A Defense of Teleology
Can life have meaning if everything is coming to an end?
Is love disposed to do good to the beloved?
Kantianism and wrongs against self
Reasons for Love
The Love that Does Not Seek Its Own
Disgust as a moral feeling
A Miscellany of Pro-Life Arguments: VII, Origins
Misuse of organs
Religiously based decisions by public officials
Brain damage correlated with utilitarianism
The Fourth Way
Soulmates and the Existence of God
A duty to execute?
Controversial Moral Teachings of Religions
A Miscellany of Pro-Life Arguments: VI, More on Capacities
Democracy and Minors
A Miscellany of Pro-Life Arguments: V, "Like Us"
A Miscellany of Pro-Life Arguments; IV: Personhood
A Miscellany of Pro-Life Arguments: III, Identity
Consequentialism and fanaticism (religious and otherwise)
A Miscellany of Pro-Life Arguments; II: Unconditionality in Parent-Child Relationships
Conscience as a stern monitor
A Miscellany of Pro-Life Arguments; I: Parental love