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Professor Joseph Koterski, S.J., Ph.D.

Professor Joseph Koterski, S.J.
  • Fordham University
  • St. Louis University
As a Jesuit priest, I think there is something from this tradition that I can bring to bear, that will be of great interest to those who share my convictions, those who do not, and to those who are interested and searching.

A member of the Society of Jesus, Father Joseph Koterski is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, where he specializes in the history of medieval philosophy and natural law ethics. Before taking his position at Fordham University, Father Koterski taught at the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He earned his doctorate in Philosophy from St. Louis University, after receiving an H.A.B. in Classics from Xavier University. As a priest ordained in 1992, Father Koterski brings an added dimension of insight to his study of theology and biblical texts. He earned his Master of Divinity and License of Sacred Theology from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Father Koterski is a veteran Great Courses instructor and a respected teacher and scholar. At Fordham, he has been recognized for his teaching skills and was awarded the Dean's Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and the Graduate Teacher of the Year Award. He serves as the editor-in-chief of the International Philosophical Quarterly and is coeditor of the Fordham University Press Series in Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology.


"Professor Koterski made the course very enjoyable and placed the material in a very modern context.  He gave a fresh slant to philosophy."


"Father Koterski is engaging and articulate. He offers to me something that was a serious challenge years ago in the guise of philosophy 101 as something that has life, and a heartbeat."


"Father Koterski's knowledge of the subject, as well as his excellent diction, made me look forward to every lesson."

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4 Courses

  1. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Joseph Koterski, S.J., Ph.D.
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  2. Ethics of Aristotle

    Ethics of Aristotle

    Joseph Koterski, S.J., Ph.D.
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $134.95 $89.95$134.95
    Happiness. Moral excellence. For more than 2,000 years, thoughtful people have turned to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics to learn how to teach and attain these and other profound concepts. In The Ethics of Aristotle, a meditation on the ancient Greek philosopher and one of his paramount texts, Professor Joseph W. Koterski shows you how and why this work can help deepen and improve your own thinking on questions of...
  3. Biblical Wisdom Literature

    Biblical Wisdom Literature

    Joseph Koterski, S.J., Ph.D.
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    In the history of wisdom literature, no tradition matches the solace and profundity found in the teachings of the Bible. In Biblical Wisdom Literature, award-winning professor Father Joseph Koterski takes you deep inside the enlightening spiritual teachings that have inspired the world. In 36 thought-provoking lectures, explore books and works such as the book of Proverbs, the book of Job, and the Song of Songs in...
  4. Natural Law and Human Nature

    Natural Law and Human Nature

    Joseph Koterski, S.J., Ph.D.
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    What do we mean by inalienable human rights? Is legislation the basis for those rights? These lectures explore the concept of human nature and how it is the basis for natural law and natural rights philosophy. Consider the arguments for natural law, the objections that have been raised against it, and the ways in which it remains a vital and even pervasive force in political, moral, and social life today.