Alice Ramos

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Navarra, Pamplona, SpainPh.D., French Literature, New York UniversityM.A., French Literature, New York UniversityB.A., French (Spanish minor), Marymount Manhattan College (summa cum laude)

Alice Ramos is Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, where she has taught since 1987.  She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy with highest honors from the University of Navarra in Spain (1986), and a Ph.D. in French Literature from New York University (1979), where her doctoral dissertation was nominated among the top four of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Her publications include a recent book titled Dynamic Transcendentals: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty from a Thomistic Perspective (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, May 2012), two edited books for the American Maritain Association: Beauty, Art, and the Polis (2000) and Faith, Scholarship, and Culture in the 21st Century (2002), a book written in Spanish titled SignumDe la semiótica universal a la metafísica del signo (EUNSA, 1987), and over sixty articles in areas such as Thomistic metaphysics and ethics, Christian anthropology, Kantian ethical theology.  She is the recipient of grants for scholarly work both in the United States and in Europe (France and Poland).  She was a fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Philosophy of Religion (winter-spring semester of 1995) and more recently was a participant at Notre Dame’s Erasmus Summer Institute for Faculty on practical rationality (June 11-25, 2005) under the direction of Alasdair MacIntyre.  She was also a participant of Thomistic Institutes organized by the Thomist philosopher Ralph McInerny at the University of Notre Dame. She is a past president of the American Maritain Association (2001-2004) and is currently a member of the executive council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, having served the council in two previously elected terms. She has also served on the executive committee of the Metaphysical Society of America. She has for a number of years collaborated in research projects in medieval philosophy with colleagues from the University of Navarra and other European and Latin American universities. She is presently working on a project titled: “Language, Thought, and World: The Hermeneutics of Gadamer in Dialogue with a Metaphysics of the Logos and the Good in Aquinas.” According to Ramos, recent scholarship on Gadamer focuses on his magnum opus Truth and Method where he speaks of “language and verbum.” Ramos’s contribution to this inquiry will try to show how Gadamer’s thought can be enriched by reference to the perspective of a medieval thinker such as Aquinas, who offers key principles for understanding Gadamer’s fundamental intuitions.    

Areas of Interest 

  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics
  • Aesthetics
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • History of Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophy of the Human Person
  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics
  • History of Medieval Philosophy
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Epistemology
  • Aesthetics
  • Senior Seminar


Dynamic Transcendentals: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty from a Thomistic Perspective(Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, May 2012).

Faith, Scholarship and Culture in the 21st Century, co-edited with Marie George, with an introduction by Robert Royal (American Maritain Association, 2002, distributed by The Catholic University of America Press).

Beauty, Art, and the Polis, edited volume of essays with an introduction by Ralph McInerny (American Maritain Association, 2000, distributed by CUA Press).  

Signum: De la Semiótica Universal a la Metafísica del Signo(Pamplona: EUNSA, Colección Filosófica, 1987).  


“Ugliness,” entry for the New Catholic Encyclopedia 2012-2013: Ethics and Philosophy,ed. Robert L. Fastiggi (Detroit: Gale, 2013), vol. 4, pp. 1579-80.

“The Rediscovery of Moral Beauty, Truth, and Hope: Awakening the Moral and the Religious Sense,” Studia Bioethica, vol. 5, no. 1 (2012), pp. 85-89.

“Lo bueno y lo bello: el reconocimiento de la belleza moral,” in La Bondad del vivir, ed. María Jesús Soto (Pamplona: CEICID, 2012), pp. 59-79.

“El bien y lo eterno,” in La Bondad del vivir, ed. María Jesús Soto (Pamplona: CEICID, 2012), pp. 80-88.

“Las Mujeres en los Estados Unidos,” in Siglo XXI, El Siglo de Oro de las Mujeres, ed. María Sampelayo Hernández (Madrid: Editorial Universitas, S.A., 2011), pp. 239-45.

“La Causalidad del bien en Santo Tomás,” Anuario Filosófico 44, no. 1 (2011), pp. 111-27.

“Toward a Recovery of the Moral Sense,” in The Renewal of Civilization, ed. Gavin Colvert (American Maritain Association Publication, 2010, distributed by The Catholic University of America Press), pp. 99-109.

“Anselm on Truth,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 84 (2010), pp. 183-97.