The Charles Cardinal Journet Prize



Dr. Thomas M. Osborne

Dr. Thomas M. Osborne has been awarded the Charles Cardinal Journet Prize by the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal for his book Human Action in Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham (CUA Press, 2014).
Human Action in Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham lays out a thematic presentation of human action, especially as it relates to morality, in the three most significant figures in Medieval Scholastic thought: Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham. Thomas, along with his teacher Albert the Great, was instrumental in the medieval reception of the action theory of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. Scotus and Ockham were part of a later Franciscan theological tradition. Thomas, Scotus, and Ockham worked in the context of a new moral theology that focused on the description and evaluation of human acts. Organized thematically, discussing the causes of human action, the role of practical reasoning, the stages of action, the specification of moral action, and an act’s supernatural and natural worth.

Each chapter compares the three main figures on the same set of issues.The book shows that although the different philosophies of action cannot be explained in terms of any one major difference or principle, there are some common themes that deserve attention. The most notable themes are 1) a developing separation between nature and the will, 2) an increased emphasis on the will’s activity, and 3) a changing view of mental causation. The book is important for those who are interested in medieval philosophy, the philosophy of action, and the intellectual background to Reformation and early modern thought.

Dr. Thomas M. Osborne, Jr., is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas (Houston). He is the author of Love of Self and Love of God in Thirteenth-Century Ethics (2005) as well as many articles in medieval and late-scholastic ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, psychology, and the philosophy of action. Two recent articles are “Continuity and Innovation in Dominic Banez’s Understanding of Esse: Banez’s relationship to John Capreolus, Paul Soncinas, and Thomas de Vio Cajetan.” The Thomist 77 (2013): 367-394 and “Giles of Rome, Henry of Ghent, and Godfrey of Fontaines on Whether to See God Is to Love Him.” Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales 80 (2013): 57-76. In 2009-2010, he received an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers for research at the Thomas-Institut University of Cologne, and in 2001-2002 he received a Gilson Fellowship for study at the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies.


Reinhard Hütter

Professor Hütter has a Th.M. from Duke University and a Dr. theol. and Dr. theol. habil. from the University of Erlangen. He teaches systematic and philosophical theology at Duke Divinity School. In his most recent work he has turned to theological anthropology — the human being created in the image of God — and to the closely related topics of nature and grace, divine and human freedom, faith and reason, theology and metaphysics. He has developed a special interest in the theology and philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The author of four scholarly books and numerous articles, reviews, and translations, he has also co-edited six books. His most recent books include Reason and the Reasons of Faith (ed. with Paul J. Griffiths), Ressourcement Thomism: Sacred Doctrine, the Sacraments, and the Moral Life (ed. with Matthew Levering), and Dust Bound for Heaven: Explorations in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas. He was the editor of Pro Ecclesia: a Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology and served on the editorial board of Theology Today. He is presently co-editor of the academic series Faith and Reason: Studies in Catholic Theology and Philosophy and Renewal Within Tradition: Nova & Vetera Books, and is co-editor of Nova et Vetera: The English Edition of the International Theological Journal.

He was awarded the Henry Luce III Fellowship, was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Religion of the University of Chicago, a research fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton, served as visiting professor at the University of Jena, Germany, was elected for membership in the American Theological Society, served as president of the Academy of Catholic Theology, held the Robert J. Randall Distinguished Chair of Christianity and Culture at Providence College, is a Distinguished Fellow of The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and an Ordinary Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

2011 Recipient


Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, O.P.

The Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal is delighted to announce the winner of the 2011 Charles Cardinal Journet Prize, On the Last Day:  “The Last Enemy to Be Destroyed: General Resurrection in St. Thomas Aquinas and the Christian Response to Death" by Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, O.P.

To the question: When will the resurrection of the dead occur? St. Thomas Aquinas consistently taught that the resurrection will occur when Christ returns at the end of the world, for everyone at the same time. In this, Thomas highlights the theological significance of human persons' connections with Jesus Christ, with the created world, and with one another. In On the Last Day, Fr. Kromholtz explains how Thomas’s attention to these three dimensions (Christ, cosmos, and community) anticipates many current concerns and can contribute to a better understanding of resurrection for today, one that more fully accounts for the Christological, corporeal, cosmological, and ecclesiological aspects of eschatology.

Fr. Kromholtz holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.  He is Regent of Studies of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Western USA) of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), and is a member of the Order's Permanent Commission for the Promotion of Studies. He is Assistant Professor of Theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA.

2010 Recipient


2010 Recipient

Alasdair MacIntyre is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

He has written 16 books, including God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition in which he presents a compelling argument on the necessity and importance of philosophy. Because of a need to better understand Catholic philosophical thought, especially in the context of its historical development and realizing that philosophers interact within particular social and cultural situations, MacIntyre offers this brief history of Catholic philosophy. Tracing the idea of God through different philosophers’ engagement of God and how this engagement has played out in universities, MacIntyre provides a valuable, lively, and insightful study of the disintegration of academic disciplines with knowledge. MacIntyre demonstrates the dangerous implications of this happening and how universities can and ought to renew a shared understanding of knowledge in their mission.

It is with pride and gratitude that we award Prof. Macintyre the 2010 Charles Cardinal Journet Prize for God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition.




2008 Recipient

In his book,  Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion, Thomas Hibbs recovers the notion of practice to develop a more descriptive account of human action and knowing, grounded in the venerable vocabulary of virtue and vice. Drawing on Aquinas, who believed that all good works originate from virtue, Hibbs postulates how epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and theology combine into a set of contemporary philosophical practices that remain open to metaphysics. Hibbs brings Aquinas into conversation with analytic and Continental philosophy and suggests how a more nuanced appreciation of his thought enriches contemporary debates. This book offers readers a new appreciation of Aquinas and articulates a metaphysics integrally related to ethical practice.

Professor Hibbs is also the author of numerous other acclaimed books, including two books on film and culture, Acts of Darkness: American Noirand the Quest for Redemption and Shows about Nothing: Nihilism in Popular Culture from The Exorcist to Seinfeld, as well as Virtue’s Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good and his groundbreaking first book Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the Summa contra Gentiles.

Prior to taking up his present position as Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor University, Dr. Hibbs taught philosophy at Boston College, and he began his teaching career at Thomas Aquinas College.

We have had the privilege of knowing Thomas Hibbs for a number of years, first as students and later as colleagues in the academy. His brilliance and wit are a rich contribution to any conversation. He is the model of a Catholic scholar and philosopher, and someone whose insights are always worth obtaining. It is with pride and gratitude that we award Thomas Hibbs’s Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion the 2008 Charles Cardinal Journet Prize.



2007 recipient

The Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal is delighted to announce the winner of the 2007 Charles Cardinal Journet Prize, Praeambula Fidei: Thomism and the God of the Philosophers by Ralph McInerny.

The praeambula fidei (“preambles of faith”) are regarded by Thomas Aquinas as the culmination of philosophy: natural theology, the highest knowledge of God that is possible on philosophical grounds alone. The natural home for such considerations is the Metaphysics of Aristotle and Thomas’s commentary on that work. Yet Thomas’s view has been cast into doubt, with philosophers and theologians alike attempting to drive a wedge between Aquinas and Aristotle. In this book, renowned philosopher Ralph McInerny sets out to review what Thomas meant by the phrase and to defend a robust understanding of Thomas’s teaching on the subject. After setting forth different attitudes toward proofs of God’s existence and outlining the difference between belief and knowledge, McInerny examines the texts in which Thomas uses and explains the phrase “preambles of faith.” He then turns his attention to the work of eminent twentieth-century Thomists and chronicles their abandonment of the preambles. He draws a contrast between this form of Thomism and that of the classical Dominican commentators, notably Cajetan, arguing that part of the abandonment of the notion of the preambles as philosophical involves a misreading and misrepresentation of Cajetan. McInerny concludes with a positive rereading of Aristotle’sMetaphysics and Aquinas’s use thereof. In the end, the book argues for a return to the notion of Aristotelico-Thomism—Thomistic philosophy as the organic development of the thought of Aristotle.

Ralph McInerny is Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies in the department of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is cofounder of Crisis magazine and author of several books published by CUA Press, namely, the bestselling Ethica Thomistica, The Question of Christian Ethics, Aquinas on Human Action, and Boethius and Aquinas.



2006 recipient

The Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal is delighted to announce the winner of the 2006 Charles Cardinal Journet Prize, By Knowledge and By Love: Charity and Knowledge in the Moral Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas by Michael Sherwin, O.P.

Fr. Sherwin is Associate Professor of Fundamental Moral Theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. As Alasdair MacIntyre says of Fr. Sherwin’s By Knowledge and By Love, “Sherwin has provided a wonderfully illuminating study of the development and structure of Aquinas’ thought on these matters. Both as a guide to recent scholarship and as an insightful account of what is philosophically and theologically at stake this is an excellent book.”

Similarly Fr. Stephen Brock of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross observes that in light of Sherwin’s book, “There should be no more talk of a Thomas who detaches will from reason.”