The Catholic University of America

Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business

Presented by The Napa Institute and The Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics

September 24 – 26, 2014

Joseph Capizzi, Ph.D.
Area Director and Associate Professor of Moral Theology/Ethics
School of Theology and Religious Studies
The Catholic University of America

CapizziJoseph E. Capizzi is Associate Professor of Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America. He teaches in the areas of social and political theology, with special interests in issues in peace and war, citizenship, political authority, and Augustinian theology. He has written, lectured, and published widely on just war theory, bioethics, the history of moral theology, and political liberalism.

In 2002, he was appointed to The Cardinal's Chair at The Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Reason, The John Paul II Cultural Center, in Washington, D.C He has been a Senior Fellow at the Culture of Life Foundation and is currently a bioethics advisor to the Maryland State Stem Cell Commission, on which he has served since his appointment by Governor Ehrlich in 2006. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, his Masters in Theological Studies from Emory University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Maryland with his wife and six children.

Curriculum Vitae


Research and Writing

Refereed Publications

1. “Consciousness in Human and Non-Human Animals,” National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 2008, 1-9.

2. “Just War Theory and the Problem of International Politics: On the Central Role of Just Intention,” The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Spring 2006, pages 163-175, with Helmut David Baer

3. “The Author Replies,” The Journal of Religious Ethics, 2006, vol. 34, no. 1, pages 193-199, with Helmut David Baer

4. “Just War Theories Reconsidered: Problems with Prima Facie Duties and the Need for a Political Ethic", The Journal of Religious Ethics, 2005, vol. 33, no. 1, pages 119-137, with Helmut David Baer

5. “War and International Order,” Communio: International Catholic Review, Summer 2004

6. “For What Shall We Repent? Reflections on the American Bishops, Their Teaching, and Slavery in the United States, 1839-1861,” Theological Studies December 2004, vol. 65, no. 4

7. “The Influence of Bioethics on Moral Theology,” Josephinum Journal of Theology, Summer/Fall 2003, vol. 10, no. 2

8. “Children of God: Natural Slavery in Aquinas and Vitoria,” Theological Studies, March 2002, vol. 63, no. 1, pages 31-52

Research Articles Published In:

  • Journal of Church and State
  • The Josephinum Journal of Theology
  • Studies in Christian Ethics
  • Communio, Journal for Peace and Justice Studies
  • Jahrbook des Societas Ethica.

A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching
(Catholic University Press, 2014)
Joseph E. Capizzi

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