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Caruana, Louis

Caruana, Louis

PERSONAL:

Education: University of Malta, B.Sc.; Heythrop College, University of London, M.A.; Institut Supérieur de Philosophie et Théologie, Centre Sèvres, S.T.L.; University of Cambridge, M.Phil., Ph.D.

ADDRESSES:

Office—Heythrop College, University of London, Kensington Sq., London W8 5HQ, England. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Academic. Ordained Jesuit priest, 1991; Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, lecturer in philosophy, 1996-2005; Heythrop College, University of London, London, England, senior lecturer in philosophy. Visiting lecturer at Beijing Foreign Studies University, 1998, 2000, and Arrupe College, 2002, 2004; adjunct scholar at the Vatican Observatory, 1997—.

WRITINGS:

Holism and the Understanding of Science: Integrating the Analytical, Historical, and Sociological, Ashgate (London, England), 2000.

Science and Virtue: An Essay on the Impact of the Scientific Mentality on Moral Character, Ashgate (London, England), 2006.

Contributor to periodicals, including Cambridge Medicine, Metaphilosophy, Gregorianum, Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, and Physis. Contributor of book reviews to Heythrop Journal, Gregorianum, and International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.

SIDELIGHTS:

Louis Caruana is an academic. Ordained as a Jesuit priest in 1991, Caruana mixes religion with his academic pursuits. He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Malta in mathematics and physics. He then earned a master of arts degree in philosophy from Heythrop College at the University of London. Following this, he earned an S.L.T. from l'Institut Supérieur de Philosophie et Théologie, Centre Sèvres, Paris. Caruana returned to England, earning both a master of philosophy and a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge.

With his extensive background as a scholar, Caruana began lecturing at the university level. He first lectured in philosophy at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University from 1996 until 2005. During this time he was a visiting lecturer at China's Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1998 and 2000 and at Zimbabwe's Arrupe College in 2002 and 2004. He has also served as an adjunct scholar at the Vatican Observatory since 1997. After leaving the Pontifical Gregorian University, Caruana became a senior lecturer in philosophy at his alma mater, Heythrop College at the University of London.

Caruana has published a number of articles in academic journals, including Cambridge Medicine, Metaphilosophy, Gregorianum, Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, and Physis. He also reviews scholarly books for Heythrop Journal, Gregorianum, and International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Caruana published his first book, Holism and the Understanding of Science: Integrating the Analytical, Historical, and Sociological, in 2000.

This was followed in 2006 with the publication of Science and Virtue: An Essay on the Impact of the Scientific Mentality on Moral Character. The book looks into the effects that the scientific mentality have on morality and character. Albert Borgmann, writing in the Review of Metaphysics, described the book as "careful and thoughtful." Borgmann noted, however, that "for all its virtues, Science and Virtue leaves us with difficult questions." Nevertheless, Borgmann concluded that "it's Caruana's achievement to have illuminated one important link between science and virtue and to have alerted us to two others."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Review of Metaphysics, December, 2007, Albert Borgmann, review of Science and Virtue: An Essay on the Impact of the Scientific Mentality on Moral Character, p. 405.

SciTech Book News, March, 2007, review of Science and Virtue.

ONLINE

Heythrop College, University of London Web site,http://www.heythrop.ac.uk/ (March 10, 2008), author profile.

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