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Philosophy educator

James Francis Ross, American philosophy educator. Bar: Pennsylvania bar 1975. Recipient Christian B. and Mary L. Linbach Foundation award for Distinguished Teaching, 1966; Distinguished Scholarship award Catholic University American, 1971; Guggenheim fellow, 1982-1983.


Ross, James Francis was born on October 8, 1931 in Providence. Son of James Joseph and Teresa Marie (Sullivan) Ross.


AB, Catholic University America, 1953. Master of Arts (Basselin Foundation fellow), Catholic University America, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy, Brown University, 1958.

Juris Doctor, University Pennsylvania, 1974.


Instructor, then assistant professor philosophy, University of Michigan, 1959-1961;assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania, 1962-1965;associate professor, University of Pennsylvania, 1965-1968;professor, University of Pennsylvania, since 1968;professor philosophy and law, University Pennsylvania, since 1994;chairman philosophy department and graduate group in philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1966-1970, 81-83. Rackham research fellow University of Michigan, 1960-1961. National Endowment for Humanities fellow, member Institute Advanced Study, Princeton, 1975-1976.

Visiting professor Brown U., summer 1977. Associate member Darwin College, Cambridge U. (England), 1982-1983.


  • Bar: Pennsylvania bar 1975.



Fellow Society Values in Higher Education. Member American Philosophical Association, American Catholic Philosophical Association (president 1987-1989), Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, American Theological Society, Society Theological Discussion.


Married Kathleen Marie Fallon, December 1, 1956. Children: Seamus, Ellen, Richard Fallon, Therese.

James Joseph Ross

Teresa Marie (Sullivan) Ross

Kathleen Marie Fallon

Seamus Ross

Ellen Ross

Richard Fallon Ross

Therese Ross