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John F. X. Knasas

John Francis Xavier Knasas (born 1948) is a leading Existential Thomist in the Neo-Thomist movement, best known for engaging such thinkers as Bernard Lonergan, Alasdair MacIntyre and Jeremy Wilkins in disputes over human cognition to affirm a Thomistic epistemology of direct realism[1][2][3] and defending the thought of Jacques Maritain, Étienne Gilson and Fr. Joseph Owens.[4] He holds the Bishop Wendelin J. Nold Endowed Chair as Professor of Philosophy at the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston[5] and earned his doctorate at the University of Toronto, under the direction of Fr. Joseph Owens.[6]

Book-length works

  • Jacques Maritain: The Man and His Metaphysics [1989]
  • The Preface to Thomistic Metaphysics [1991]
  • Thomistic Paper VI (Editor) [1994]
  • Being and Some Twentieth Century Thomists [2003]


  1. ^ Jeremy Wilkins, "A Dialectic of 'Thomist' Realisms: John Knasas and Bernard Lonergan," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Journal of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 78.1 (2004), 107–30
  2. ^ John F.X. Knasas, "Why for Lonergan Knowing Cannot Consist in 'Taking a Look'" American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Journal of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 78.1 (2004), 131–50.
  3. ^ Condic, Samuel B. I, "How a priori Is Lonergan?" Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 79 (2005), 103-16.
  4. ^ John F.X. Knasas, Being and Some Twentieth Century Thomists, New York: Fordham UP, 2003.
  5. ^ CV
  6. ^ Knasas, John Francis Xavier, Title page, An Analysis and Interpretation of the "Tertia Via" of St. Thomas Aquinas (Ph.D. diss, University of Toronto: 1975). [1]

External links

  • Official Page
  • Interview with Knasas on Thomism
  • Article by Knasas on the Thomistic revival

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