Thaddeus Ostrowski

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Thaddeus Ostrowski
Instructor of Religion and Philosophy
  • B.A. Boston College, double Major in Theology and Philosophy (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
  • M.T.S. Vanderbilt Divinity School, Theology and Philosophy
  • Ph.D. (ABD) Boston College, Moral Theology

Areas of Specialization:

Catholic Moral Theology

Virtue Ethics

Theories of Justice

Religious Autobiography


Courses Taught:

PHL 2008 Social Ethics

REL 2015 Faith and Ethics

PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy

FYS 1000 Prisons, Monasteries, and Ghosts: Religious Autobiography and the American Self (First Year Seminar)

REL 1001 Hebrew Bible

REL 1002 New Testament Studies


My academic interest in ethics was born in my first class in college, a “great books” course called “Perspectives in Western Culture.” It was a year long survey guided by the question “what is the best way to live?” which examined answers from the Western religious and philosophical traditions and invited us to enter into critical dialogue with the great thinkers of our cultural heritage. That question and dialogical approach guided my graduate work at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Boston College, and served as a fruitful foundation when I began to teach my own courses. This was particularly true when I began teaching service learning courses, which integrated serving the community with reflection on lives of action and contemplation, the meaning of justice, and how to live well in community. I hope that students find my classes as an invitation to dialogue with their classmates and authors of the “great books” and to reflect on what it means to live a good human life in relationship with God and others.  I recently published the book Primary Source Readings in Christian Morality with St. Mary’s Press in 2008.