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John Trapani

Professor of Philosophy

B.A., Boston College; Ph.D., St. John's University

Walsh University
A Catholic University of Distinction
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, Ohio44720
United States

Dr. John G. Trapani, Jr., is Professor of Philosophy and President of the American Jacques Maritain Association. He holds a B.A. from Boston College and a Ph.D. from St. John's University, Jamaica, N.Y. He joined the Walsh University faculty in 1974.

Dr. Trapani is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, and he is the editor of the book Truth Matters -- Essays in Honor of Jacques Maritain, published by the American Maritain Association and distributed by Catholic University Press, 2004. He also published Poetry, Beauty, & Contemplation: The Complete Aesthetics of Jacques Maritain in 2011. He is a frequent presenter at scholarly philosophical conferences.

Prof. Trapani has twice been voted by the graduating senior class as "Outstanding Educator of the Year," in 1990 and again in 1995.

Publications

2011 - Book: Poetry, Beauty, and Contemplation: the complete aesthetics of Jacques Maritain, Catholic University of America Press, 2011.

2009 - "Resolving the Tension Between Tolerance and Truth: Jacques Maritain on the Moral Extremes of Relativism and Fanaticism," in Maritain and America, edited by Christopher Cullen, S.J., and Joseph Allan Clair, Catholic University of America Press, 2009.

2006 - Book Review: The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain: A Spiritual Life,"Theological Studies, 67.1 (March 2006): 217(1).

2004 - "Book Review: The Art of Humane Education by Donald Phillip Verene," The Review of Metaphysics, September 1, 2004.

2004 - Truth Matters, edited by John G. Trapani, Jr., Catholic University Press, 2004.

2004 --Book Review: The Art of Humane Education by Donald Phillip Verene, The Review of Metaphysics, September 2004.

2004 -- Truth Matters, edited with Introduction by John G. Trapani, Jr., Catholic University Press, April 2004.

2003--Milking Cows, Pushing Plows, "Essay in the 'Advice to Thomists' Column, in "The Maritain Notebook,"Volume 11, Issue 1, Spring 2003, The Newsletter of The American Maritain Association.

2002-- "The Air We Breathe:The Reality of Our Knowledge and Our Knowledge of Reality," in Jacques Maritain and The Many Ways of Knowing, edited by Douglas Olivant, Catholic University Press, 2002.

2001 -- "Different Music - Same Keyboard: Obscene Art/Pornography and the First Amendment Debate,: in Reassessing the Liberal State - Reading Maritain's Man and the State", edited by Timothy Fuller and John P. Hittinger, Catholic University Press, 2001, 166-175.

2000--"Radiance:The Metaphysical Foundations of Maritain's Aesthetics," in Beauty, Art, and the Polis, edited by Alice Ramos, Catholic University Press, 2000.

2000--"Looking Ahead to the Past:The Timeless Pursuit of Truth," in What's It All About?, edited by John G. Trapani, Jr., Tapestry Press, 2000.

1998--"Commentary:The Philosopher in Society by Jacques Maritain," in Ways of Seeing:Foundations of Interdisciplinary Study, edited by Skip Koff, Tapestry Press, 1998.

1996--"The Class of 2000:What You Should Know ... An Introduction," in The Class of 2000:What You Should Know, edited by John G. Trapani, Jr., Tapestry Press, 1996.

1995--"There Are No Sinners In Hell," in Freedom, Virtue, and the Common Good,edited by Curtis Hancock, University of Notre Dame Press, 1995.

1995--"What Every Walsh Freshman Should Know:An Introduction," in What Every Walsh Freshman Should Know, edited by John G. Trapani, Jr., Tapestry Press, Ltd., 1995.

1990--"Maritain and Rifkin:Two Critiques," in From Twilight To Dawn:The Cultural Vision of Jacques Maritain, edited by Peter Redpath, University of Notre Dame Press, 1990.

1988--"The Foundations of Maritain's Notion of The Artist's 'Self'," in Jacques Maritain:The Man and His Metaphysics, edited by John F.X. Knasas, American Maritain Association, University of Notre Dame Press, 1988.

1985--"Poetic Contemplation -- An Undeveloped Aspect of Maritain's Thought," inJacques Maritain:Philosophe dans la Cite, edited by Jean-Louis Allard, University of Ottawa Press, 1985.

1984--Poetry, Beauty, and Contemplation in The Philosophy of Jacques Maritain, Doctoral Dissertation, University Microfilms, Inc., 1984.

1979--"Are Persons Intrinsically Valuable?," Journal of The West Virginia Philosophical Society, Vol. 17, Fall 1979.

1978--"Aristotle's 'Art Imitates Nature':Two Interpretations," Proceedings of The Ohio Philosophical Association, May 1978.

1977--"Some Implications of Poetic Knowledge," Monograph of The American Maritain Association, May 1977.

Presentations

October 2004--"We [Well, At Least Ostensibly] Hold These Truths": Objective Truth, Reasoned Conviction, and the Survival of Democracy, - 28th Annual International Conference of The American Maritain Association, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

October 2004--"On Truth, Curve Balls, and Poetic License," 18th Annual International Conference of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts, West Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.

October 2003--"O Death, Where Is Thy Sting? Deconstructing the Dualism of Death" 27th Annual International Conference of The American Maritain Association, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

September 2003--"The Very Important 'Uselessness' of Liberal Education," Keynote Addressat the "Lectures on Liberal Education" Conference at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, sponsored by the Franklin J. Matchette Foundation.

October 2002--"Hard Truths 'Does Philosophy Have Anything To Say In The Fight Against Terrorism" Annual Conference of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio.

October 2002--"Resolving The Tension Between Tolerance and Truth" Jacques Maritain on the Foundation of Democracy in America,- 26th Annual International Conference of The American Maritain Association, Princeton University, New Jersey.

October 2001--"'... But A Truth We May Serve:' A Philosophical Antidote to Terrorism" President?s Address, 25th Annual Conference of The American Maritain Association, Boca Raton, Florida.

October 2000--" 'There Is But One Tragedy ... :'Maritain on the Necessary Integration of Faith and Reason," Annual Conference of The American Maritain Association, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana.

May 2000--Presented/directed a three-day reading workshop on Jacques Maritain'sThe Peasant of the Garonne for The American Maritain Association, Rockhurst University, Kansas City.

May 2000--"The Dualism of Death Or The Death of Dualism:Christian Philosophy, Human Nature, & the Conundrum of Immortality," Annual Conference of The Society Of Christian Philosophers, University of South Carolina.

October 1999 --"The Air We Breathe:Our Knowledge of Reality and The Reality of Our Knowledge," Annual Conference of The American Maritain Association, Berkeley, California.

October 1998-- "Art and Society: The Art/Pornography - First Amendment DebateRevisited," Annual Conference of The American Maritain Association, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

October 1997--"Radiance! The Metaphysical Foundations of Maritain's Aesthetics," Annual Conference of The American Maritain Assoc., Boston, Ma.

April 1997--Panelist/Respondent, 22nd Annual Philosophy/Theology Symposium, Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio.

November 1994 --"Human Origin & The Origin Of Human Rights," Annual Conference ofThe American Maritain Association, New York University, New York.

November 1992 --"There Are No Sinners In Hell," Annual Conference of The AmericanMaritain Association, Kansas City, Missouri.

October 1989--"Maritain and Rifkin:Two Critiques," Annual Conference of The American Maritain Association, San Francisco, California.

April 1989-- "How To Listen When Art Speaks," 14th Annual Walsh College Philosophy/Theology Symposium, Walsh College, North Canton, Ohio.

October 1988 --"Talking With Children About God -- Philosophical Reflections and Implications," Society of Christian Philosophers Annual Meeting, BethelCollege, St. Paul, Minnesota.

October 1987--"The Foundations of Maritain's Notion of The Artist's 'Self'," Meeting of The International Maritain Association, Montreal, Canada.

October 1985--"Some Reflections On Apathy And Sickness," Annual Meeting of The Society of Christian Philosophers, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.

October 1982--"Poetic Contemplation:An Undeveloped Aspect of Maritain's Thought," Meeting of The International Maritain Association, Ottawa, Canada.

April 1978--"Are Persons Intrinsically Valuable? -- Metaphysical Reflections in The Tradition of Aristotle and Aquinas," The West Virginia Philosophical Society, Morris Harvey College, Charleston, West Virginia.

April 1978-- "Aristotle's 'Art Imitates Nature': Two Interpretations," Annual Meeting of The Ohio Philosophical Association, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.

May 1977-- "Some Implications of Poetic Knowledge," Meeting of The International Maritain Association, Niagara University, Niagara, N.Y.

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