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Germain Grisez, American writer, educator. Fellow Lily post-doctoral Fellow, Lily Foundation, 1963-1964; grantee Research grants, Medora E. Feehan Educational Trust, 1967, 1973, 1975, 1979, Travel grant, Research grant, Canada Council, 1974, 1977. Member of Catholic Theological Society of America, American Catholic Philosophical Association (president 1983-1984).

Background

Grisez, Germain was born on September 30, 1929 in University Heights, Ohio, United States. Son of William Joseph Grisez and Mary Catherine Lindesmith.

Education

Bachelor Philosophy, John Carroll University, University Heights, OH, 1951. Master of Arts & Philosophy Philosophy, Dominican College St. Thomas Aquinas, River Forest, Illinois, 1951. Doctor of Philosophy Philosophy, University Chicago, 1959.

Career

Grisez's development of ideas from Thomas Aquinas has redirected Catholic thought and changed the way it has engaged with secular moral philosophy. In 'The First Principle of Practical Reason: A Commentary on the Summa Theologiae, I-II, Q. 94, A. 2' (1965) Grisez attacked the neo-scholastic interpretation of Aquinas as holding that moral norms are derived from methodologically antecedent knowledge of human nature. Grisez is emeritus Professor of Christian Ethics at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: (book) Contraception and the Natural Law, Abortion: The Myths, the Realities, and the Arguments, Beyond the New Theism: A Philosophy of Religion. Book, The Way of the Lord Jesus, volunteer 1: Christian Moral Principles. Author: (book) The Way of the Lord Jesus, volunteer 2: Living a Christian Life, The Way of the Lord Jesus, volunteer 3: Difficult Moral Questions, The Way of the Lord Jesus, volunteer 1: Christian Moral Principles.

      Co-author: Free Choice: A Self-Referential Argument, Life and Death with Liberty and Justice: A Contribution to the Euthanasia Debate, Nuclear Deterrence, Morality and Realism, Fulfillment in Christ, Beyond the New Morality: The Responsibilities of Freedom. Contributor articles to professional journals.

Views

Grisez defends the idea of metaphysical free choice, and proposes a natural law theory of practical reasoning and moral judgement which, although broadly Thomistic, departs from Aquinas on significant points.

Membership

Member of Catholic Theological Society of America, American Catholic Philosophical Association (president 1983-1984).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Photography, travel.

Connections

Married Jeannette Eunice Selby, June 9, 1951. Children: Joseph, Paul, Thomas, James.

father:
William Joseph Grisez

mother:
Mary Catherine Lindesmith

spouse:
Jeannette Eunice Selby

children:
Joseph Grisez

Paul Grisez

Thomas Grisez

James Grisez