Robert Miner

Robert Miner
Professor of Philosophy
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Professor of Philosophy
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  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame
  • B.A., Rice University


  • History of medieval thought (particularly Thomas Aquinas)
  • History of modern philosophy (particularly Nietzsche, Montaigne, Vico, Descartes, Hobbes, Bacon)
  • Philosophical psychology

Research Interests

Modern and medieval theories of the passions and virtues. The Essais of Montaigne as they bear on the thought of Nietzsche.

Selected Publications


1. Nietzsche and Montaigne (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

2. Thomas Aquinas on the Passions (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

3. Truth in the Making (Routledge, 2004)

4. Vico, Genealogist of Modernity (University of Notre Dame Press, 2002)


1. Thomas Aquinas: Questions on Love and Charity (Yale University Press, 2016)

2. Translation of Giambattista Vico's Scienza Nuova (full title: Principi di Scienza Nuova d'intorno alla commune natura delle nazioni [1744]). With Jason Taylor. Expected publication in 2018 by Yale University Press.

Articles, sorted by category

A. Nietzsche

1. “Nietzsche, Schmitt and Heidegger in the Anti-Liberalism of Leo Strauss.” Telos 160 (2012): 9-27.

2.“Nietzsche's Fourfold Conception of the Self.” Inquiry 54 (2011): 337-60.

3. “Nietzsche on Friendship. Journal of Nietzsche Studies 40 (2010): 47-69.

4. “Politics as Opposed to Tradition': The Presence of Nietzsche and Spinoza in the 'Zionist Essays' of Leo Strauss.” Interpretation 37 (2010): 203-226.

B. Modern Philosophy

5. “A Metaphysics of Humility and Greatness.” Introduction to the Liber Metaphysicus of Giambattista Vico, translated by Jason Taylor. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010.

6. “Pascal on the Uses of Scepticism." Logos 11 (2008): 111-122.

7. “Vico on War and Peace.” In Macht und Moral: Politisches Denken im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert, ed. Hans-Richard Reuter and Markus Kremer, pp. 291-305. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2007.

8. “Vico, Giambattista.” In The Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd edition, ed. Donald Borchert. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006.

9. “The Baconian Matrix of Descartes's Regulae.” In Descartes and Cartesianism, ed. Nathan D. Smith and Jason P. Taylor, pp. 1-20. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2005.

10. “The Dependence of Descartes' Ontological Proof Upon the Doctrine of Causa Sui.” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 58 (2002): 873-886.

11. “Suarez as Founder of Modernity? Reflections on a Topos in Recent Historiography.” History of Philosophy Quarterly 18 (2001): 17-36.

12. “Is Hobbes a Theorist of the Virtues?” International Philosophical Quarterly 41 (2001): 269-284

13. “Verum-factum and Practical Wisdom in the Early Writings of Giambattista Vico.” Journal of the History of Ideas 59 (1998): 53-73.

C. Medieval Philosophy

14. “Thomas Aquinas’s Hopeful Transformation of Peter Lombard’s Four Fears.” Forthcoming in Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies (2018)

15. “Disagreeing in Charity: Learning from Thomas Aquinas.” In Thomas Aquinas, Questions on Love and Charity (Summa Theologiae 2a2ae 23-46), ed. Robert Miner, 299-312. Yale University Press, 2016.

16. “The Difficulties of Mercy: Reading Thomas Aquinas on Misericordia.” Studies in Christian Ethics 28 (2015): 70-85.

17. “Thomas Aquinas and Hans Urs von Balthasar: A Dialogue on Love and Charity.” New Blackfriars 95 (2014): 504-24.

18. “Aquinas on Habitus.” In A History of Habit: From Aristotle to Bourdieu, ed. Tom Sparrow and Adam Hutchinson. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.

19. “Augustinian Recollection.” Augustinian Studies 38 (2007): 435-450.

20. “Non-Aristotelian Prudence in the Prima Secundae of the Summa Theologiae.” The Thomist 64 (2000): 401-422.

D. Other Topics

21. “Lakatos and MacIntyre on Incommensurability and the Rationality of Theory-Change.” Epistemologia 24 (2001): 221-236.

22. “Collingwood and Lonergan on Historical Knowledge.” Lonergan Workshop 19 (2006): 197-209.

23. “What does Obligation Add to Virtue-Descriptions? Some Uses of Anscombe's Law/Game Analogy.” Christian Bioethics 14 (2008): 165-174.

Work in Progress

I have received a research grant from Yale University's Center for Faith and Culture to work on a project on the nature of joy. I will be in New Haven for the first part of 2018. If you want more information about this project, please don't hesitate to e-mail me.

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