Alice Ramos is Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Navarra in Spain and a Ph.D. in French Literature from New York University. 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 (co-edited with Marie I. George, 2002), a book written in Spanish titled Signum: De la semiótica universal a la metafísica del signo (EUNSA, 1987), and over sixty articles in areas such as Thomistic metaphysics and ethics, Christian anthropology, and Kantian ethical theology. She is the recipient of grants for scholarly work both in the United States and in Europe. She is a past president of the American Maritain Association (2002-2004) and has served several terms on the executive council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.
Her present research project deals with the relationship between the thought of Thomas Aquinas with the twentieth-century German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer. Recent scholarship on Hans-Georg Gadamer has focused its attention on a brief but dense section of Gadamer’s magnum opus Truth and Method where he speaks of “language and verbum.” For Gadamer, the encounter of the Greek logos with the Christian idea of the Incarnation and the theological doctrine of the Trinity constitutes an event that does justice to the being of language and prevents the forgetfulness of language in Western thought. Her contribution to this inquiry extends this insight by focusing on how Gadamer’s thought can be enriched by reference to the perspective of a medieval thinker such as Aquinas, who offers key hermeneutic principles for a continuation in our present times of the fundamental intuitions of Gadamer regarding language and verbum. She is presently working on a part of her project which attempts to articulate the relationship between language, being, and beauty, while also working out its metaphysical foundation.
We welcome Dr. Ramos to the Center for Medieval Studies and look forward to collaborating with her in the coming months!