SHU Faculty Convocation and PortraitsJustin M. Anderson, Ph.D.
, Senior Fellow of the Principium Institute, is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Dr. Anderson teaches courses both in philosophy and theology, including “Ethics of Virtues,” “Secularism & Catholicism,” “Theological Aesthetics: God, Beauty & Film,” “Catholic Social Teaching,” “Moral Evil & Moral Absolutes,” and “Fundamentals of Moral Theology.” A speaker for both religious and non-religious popular audiences, Dr. Anderson has addressed groups of legal, business, educators, and military professionals, been a regular guest on New York area’s Catholic Radio, and spoken throughout New Jersey including to parishes and retreat groups. Dr. Anderson earned both his Ph.D. and M.Phil. from the Institute of Philosophy at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain). He holds an S.T.B. and a Ph.L. from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome, and an M.A. from Gonzaga University. Dr. Anderson is a member of Centre de Hautes Études et de Recherches sur Thomas D’Aquin, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the Academy of Catholic Theology. In addition to his popular speaking engagements, Dr. Anderson has presented his scholarly work around the world, from Leuven, Belgium to New York City, from Washington D.C. to the Philippines. Dr. Anderson’s current research focuses on Aquinas’s conception of virtue, the role it plays in his overall moral science, and the potential dialogue between that historically conditioned moral science and contemporary virtue ethics. His research also extends to the rational grounding for the existence of intrinsically evil actions, moral object and intentionality, and the philosophical basis for the social principles of Catholic social teaching as well as multiple applied ethics in medical, business, and military ethics. In addition to his publications through the Principium Institute, his peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and book reviews have been published in journals such as Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, International Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of Markets and Morality, The Journal of Catholic Higher Education, and The Review of Metaphysics.

Principium Institute Publications:

(1) Anderson, Justin M. The Value of the Useless: Why the Useless Are Often the Most Useful. Principium Institute Ethics Series 1. Mason, OH: Principium Institute, 2017. Description: This brief essay seeks to alter the way we approach realities that so often are discarded or disdained in our contemporary culture on account of their “being useless.” By exploring a classical distinction of human goods, open to both reason and faith, we uncover anew the reality of the good-in-itself (bonum honestum). Behind this enlightening idea sits a new way to perceive not only “the useless”, but various aspects of our lives and relationships. By linking all of this to beauty, to eternal life with God, and our own human longings, the reader will herein discover not only an dusted-off idea, but an opening of a new vista, a new path offered to see the useless as that which can have the greatest value in life.

The Value of the Useless: Why the Useless Are Often the Most Useful Principium Institute Ethics Series n. 1 [Kindle]