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James Bernauer, S.J.

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James Bernauer, S.J.


Ph.D. in Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook
S.T.M. in Psychiatry & Religion, Union Theological Seminary
M.Div. in Theology, Woodstock College
M.A. in Philosophy, St. Louis University
B.A. in Philosophy, Fordham University

Stokes N409
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3861
Fax: 617-552-3874

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Career

James Bernauer is a Jesuit priest who joined the philosophy faculty in 1980. He has occupied the Visiting Jesuit University Professorship at Loyola University in Chicago and has been a Bannan Visiting Scholar at Santa Clara University. In April 2008 he was named Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College.

Fields of Interest

  • Holocaust Studies
  • Philosophies of Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt
  • Fascism

Current Teaching

  • Hitler, in Search of His Evil (Spring, 2008)
  • Hannah Arendt (Spring, 2008)
  • Fascisms (Fall, 2008)
  • German-Jewish Thinkers (Fall, 2008)

Other Professional Activities

Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College

Recent Publications

  • "Secular Self-Sacrifice: On Michel Foucault's Courses at the Collège de France." Forthcoming in Michel Foucault: The Legacy (Continuum).
  • "From European Anti-Jesuitism to German Anti-Jewishness: A Tale of Two Texts." Forthcoming in The Substance of Things Hoped For: A Festschrift Honoring Stanislaw Musial.
  • "A Catholic Conversation with Hannah Arendt." Friends on the Way: Jesuits Encounter Contemporary Judaism (New York: Fordham University Press, 2007).
  • "Philosophizing After the Holocaust." Jesuit Postmodern: Scholarship, Vocation, and Identity in the 21st Century (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006).


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