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James Bernauer, S.J.

philosophy department


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 409N
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

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

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Career

James Bernauer, S.J., a Jesuit priest, is the Kraft Family Professor at Boston College where he has been in the Philosophy Department since 1980. He is currently also Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College. His fields of interest include Holocaust Studies, German Jewry, and the philosophies of Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt.

The author of many publications, his most recent book, co-edited with Robert Maryks is "The Tragic Couple”: Encounters Between Jews and Jesuits (2014) He is also the author of “The Flawed Vision in Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah and the Corrective Lens of Pierre Sauvage” in Through a Lens Darkly: Films of Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and Atrocities (2013); "Secular Self-Sacrifice: On Michel Foucault's Courses at the Collège de France," in Michel Foucault: The Legacy (2009); "A Catholic Conversation with Hannah Arendt." Friends on the Way: Jesuits Encounter Contemporary Judaism (2007). "Philosophizing After the Holocaust." Jesuit Postmodern: Scholarship, Vocation, and Identity in the 21st Century (2006). His current research project is a study of Jesuits and Jews during the period of the Holocaust.

Fields of Interest

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

Current Teaching

  • The Holocaust: A Moral History (Spring, 2015)
  • Arendt and Buber: Loving the World (Fall, 2015)
  • Michel Foucault (Fall, 2015)

Other Professional Activities

Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College


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