Joseph Owens (Redemptorist)

Joseph Owens
BornApril 17, 1908
DiedOctober 30, 2005 (aged 97)
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolExistential Thomism
Main interests
Medieval philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, rationalism

Reverend Joseph Owens C.Ss.R. (April 17, 1908 – October 30, 2005) was a Canadian Roman Catholic priest and a philosopher specializing in the thought of Aristotle, Aquinas, and medieval philosophy.

Life and career[edit]

Owens received his PhD in 1951 from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, an affiliate of the University of Toronto, and remained at the Institute as a teacher and distinguished researcher for the rest of his career. He authored nine books and almost 150 academic papers.

He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and served as president of the Metaphysical Society of America (1972), the Canadian Philosophical Association, the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, and the American Catholic Philosophical Association (which also awarded him its Aquinas Medal).


Books (authored and edited)[edit]

  • (reissued). Houston, TX: Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas. 1985. 384 pages. ISBN 0-268-00916-3 (paper).

Collected papers[edit]

  • St. Thomas Aquinas on the existence of God: Collected papers of Joseph Owens. edited by John R. Catan. Albany: State University of New York Press. 1980.CS1 maint: others (link) 291 pages. ISBN 0-87395-401-7.
  • Aristotle, the collected papers of Joseph Owens. edited by John R. Catan. Albany: State University of New York Press. 1981.CS1 maint: others (link) 264 pages. ISBN 0-87395-534-X (cloth), ISBN 0-87395-535-8 (paper).
  • Some philosophical issues in moral matters: The collected ethical writings of Joseph Owens. edited by Dennis J. Billy and Terence Kennedy. Rome: Editiones Academiae Alphonsianae. 1996.CS1 maint: others (link) 500 pages. ISBN 0-920980-68-6 (cloth).
  • Aristotle’s gradations of Being in Metaphysics E-Z. edited by Lloyd P. Gerson. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press. 2007.CS1 maint: others (link) 256 pages. ISBN 1-58731-028-7 (cloth).

Secondary sources[edit]

  • Graceful reason: essays in ancient and medieval philosophy presented to Joseph Owens, on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday and the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination. edited by Lloyd P. Gerson. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. 1983.CS1 maint: others (link) 447 pages. ISBN 0-88844-804-X.

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