Contact Information

  • Jeffrey C. Witt
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Department of Philosophy
  • 4501 N. Charles St.
  • Baltimore, MD 21210
  • jcwitt@loyola.edu
  • http://jeffreycwitt.com

    Education

  • 2008-2012 Boston College
  • 2011 University of Helsinki, Visiting Post-Graduate Student
  • 2006-2008 Boston College
    • May 2008 MA Philosophy
    • Masters Comprehensive Exam, Passed with Distinction
  • 2002-2006 Wheaton College
    • May 2006 BA Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude with Departmental Honors
    • Honors Thesis: The Future of Religion and the Place of Metaphysics
    • Academic Minor: Ancient Languages
    • Academic Minor: English Literature

    Positions

  • 2012-2017 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Maryland
  • 2007-2011 Teaching Fellow, Boston College
  • 2006-2007 Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. J.L.A. Garcia, Professor, Boston College, Philosophy
  • 2006-2007 Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Marina McCoy, Assistant Professor, Boston College, Philosophy
  • 2005-2006 Teaching Assistant, Dr. Bruce Benson, Professor, Wheaton College, Philosophy
  • 2004-2005 Research Assistant, Dr. David Cook, Arthur Holmes Chair of Faith and Learning, Wheaton College, Philosophy

    Areas of Expertise

    • AOS

    • Fourteenth Century Scholasticism
    • History of Medieval Philosophy
    • Faith and Reason
    • Medieval Epistemology
    • Medieval Metaphysics
    • AOC

    • Aquinas
    • Aristotle
    • Ethics, History of Moral Philosophy
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Renaissance/Early Modern Reception of Scholasticism
    • Digital Humanities

    Books

  • 2016 Robert Holcot co-written with John T. Slotemaker (Great Medieval Thinkers) (Oxford University Press, 2016)

    Edited Volumes

  • 2015 A Companion to the Theology of John Mair, ed. Jeffrey C. Witt and John T. Slotemaker (Companion to the Christian Tradition) (Brill, 2015)

    Articles

  • 2017 "Creating Jewish Otherness: The Jew as an Archetype in Fourteenth-Century Philosophical and Theological Reasoning" Jews in Medieval England: Teaching Representations of the 'Other.' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
  • 2016 "Tristis est anima mea: The Suffering of Christ and Humanity in Robert Holcot's Sermon 76," co-authored with John T. Slotemaker, article and edition, Archa Verbi 13 (2016), 103-134
  • 2016 "The Sentences Commentary Text Archive: Laying the Foundation for the Analysis, Use, and Reuse of a Tradition," Digital Humanities Quarterly 10:1 (2016)
  • 2015 "Table of Questions [of John Mair's Sentences Commentary]," co-edited with John Slotemaker and Ueli Zahnd in A Companion to the Theology of John Mair, ed. Jeffrey C. Witt and John T. Slotemaker, (Brill, 2015), pp. 290-376
  • 2015 "Acquired Faith and Mair's Theological Project," in A Companion to the Theology of John Mair, ed. Jeffrey C. Witt and John T. Slotemaker, (Brill, 2015), pp. 41-73
  • 2015 "John Mair and His Sentences Commentary," co-authored with Severin Kitinov and John Slotemaker, in Mediaeval Commentaries on the "Sentences" of Peter Lombard, v. 3, ed. Philipp W. Rosemann (Brill, 2015) 369-415
  • 2015 "Texts, Media, and Re-Mediation: the Digital Future of the Sentences Commentary Tradition" in Mediaeval Commentaries on the "Sentences" of Peter Lombard, v. 3, ed. Philipp W. Rosemann, (Brill, 2015), 504-515
  • 2014 "Peter Plaoul's Lecture Commentary on the Sentences: A Canonical Ordered List of Lectures," in Manuscripta, 58:2 (2014): 159-270
  • 2013 "Interpreting Augustine: On the Nature of 'Theological Knowledge' in the Fourteenth Century," in Studia Patristica, 69:17 (2013): 359-372
  • 2012 "Adam de Wodeham," co-authored with John T. Slotemaker, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2012/entries/wodeham/>.
  • 2011 "The Adam de Wodeham Workshop", co-authored with John T. Slotemaker, Société Internationale pour L'Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale, 53 (2011), 470-477
  • 2011 "Divine Power," Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy: Philosophy between 500 and 1600, (ed.) Henrik Lagerlund, (Springer, 2011), 269-271
  • 2011 "William of Alnwick," Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy: Philosophy between 500 and 1600, (ed.) Henrik Lagerlund, (Springer, 2011), 1399-1402
  • 2011 "William of Ware," Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy: Philosophy between 500 and 1600, (ed.) Henrik Lagerlund, (Springer, 2011), 1418-1420
  • 2011 "Essence and Existence," Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy: Philosophy between 500 and 1600, (ed.) Henrik Lagerlund, (Springer, 2011), 304-310

    Presentations

  • September 2017, "Texts as Networks: Reconceiving the Medieval Corpus in a Linked Data World", Bogotá, Colombia, September 1, 2017
  • July 2017, "The Scholastic Commentaries and Texts Archive: Creating the Foundation of a Critical Corpus," SIEMP, Porto Alegre, Brazil January 25th, 2017
  • June 2017, "The Promise and Challenge of Data Sharing Between Scholars and Libraries - An LDN Solution", IIIF Meeting, Vatican, Vatican City, Rome, June 9, 2017
  • May 2017, "The Scholastic Commentaries and Texts Archive: re-conceiving the medieval corpus in a Linked Data world," Washington and Lee University, May 8, 2017
  • January 2017, "Peter Lombard's Sentences and the Sentences Commentary Text Archive: Creating the Foundation of a Critical Corpus," 2017 MLA, Philadelphia, PA, January 7th, 2017
  • December 2016 "Texts as Networks: the promise and challenge of publishing humanities texts as open data networks: Philosophy and the History of Open Science", University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, December 1, 2016
  • November 2016, "Linked Data, Digital Editions, and the Medieval Scholastic Corpus," Schoenberg Symposium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, November 19, 2016
  • September 2016, “Digital Scholarly Editions and API Consuming Applications," DiXiT: Digital Scholarly Editions as Interfaces, University of Graz, Graz, Austria, September 24th, 2016.
  • August 2016, "Linked Data and the Medieval Scholastic Tradition", Basel Workshop, Basel, Switzerland, August 19, 2016
  • July 2016, "Petrus Hispanus TEI Workshop", Porto, Portugal, July 4th-8th, 2016
  • May 2016 "IIIF, Webmentions, and Collaboration between Institutions and Research Communities," IIIF Meeting, New York, May 12, 2016
  • March 2016 The Digital Latin Library and the Future of Latin Critical Editions, Renaissance Society of America, Boston, March 31, 2015
  • December 2015, "Gutenberg, the Enlightenment, and Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang," Johns Hopkins Symphony Pre-Concert Talk, Johns Hopkins University, December 5, 2015
  • November 2015, "Work and Leisure: Or, on the importance of maintaining such a distinction," Committee on Catholic Social Thought, Loyola University Maryland, November 17, 2015
  • October 2015 "The Political Philosophy in Robert Holcot's Wisdom Commentary," Patristics, Medieval and Renaissance, Villanova University, October 17, 2015
  • September 2015, "Humanities Research and the Importance of Digital Literacy," Humanities Symposium, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MA, September 2015
  • September 2015 "Placing Medieval Texts within a Critical Corpus - A Case Study on UPenn MS Codex 686" Delaware Valley Medieval Association, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, September 12, 2015
  • August 2015 "'I should not believe the gospel except…': Tradition, Authority, and the Grounds for Belief in the Late-Fourteenth Century," Oxford Patristics Conference, Oxford University, Oxford, England, August 13, 2015
  • June 2015 "Placing digital critical editions within a critical corpus: Using Semantic Markup and Linked Data to Connect Editions throughout an Entire Tradition," Digital Latin Library Seminar, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, June 2015
  • April 2015 "Digital Critical Editions and Text Archive of Medieval Texts," Cenacolo March Meeting, Goucher College, Towson, MD, March 2015
  • September 2013 “Authority in an Age of Schism: reflections on the University of Paris's attempt to end the schism and justify its political influence” SIEMP Colloquium 2013, Alcalá, Spain, September 2013
  • April 2013 "The Meaning of Belief: The Scholastic Sources of Giovanni Pico's Apologia," Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy at Renaissance Society of America, San Diego, CA, April 6, 2013
  • June 2012 "Rethinking the Critical Edition: The 'Editio Critica Electronica' of Petrus Plaoul," Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada, June 5th, 2012
  • August 2011 "Wodeham Research and the Ordinatio Edition: Categories for Continuing Research," Adam Wodeham Workshop, Helsinki, Finland, August 23-24, 2011
  • August 2011 "Texts and Structure: the Adam Wodeham Wodeham Critical Edition and the advantages of XML," Adam Wodeham Workshop, Helsinki, Finland, August 23-24, 2011
  • August 2011 "Reading Augustine in the Fourteenth Century: Gregory of Rimini’s reception of Augustine’s description of science, faith, and theology in De Trinitate XIV, c. 1," XVI International Conference on Patristic Studies, University of Oxford, August 8-13, 2011
  • April 2011 "Aquinas, the Basics: Readers Series Presentation," Boston College Graduate Student Reader Series, Boston, MA, April 8, 2011. (A series of talks sponsored by the graduate program to help students preparing for different sections of the Master's degree comprehensive exam.)
  • March 2011 "Peter Plaoul and His Prologue: Faith, Reason and Theology in an Age of Transition" Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy at Renaissance Society of America, Montreal, Canada, March 24-26, 2011
  • October 2010 "John Mair, Acquired, and the Project of Theology," Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Montreal, Canada, October 2010
  • April 2010 "Aquinas and The Master's Degree Comprehensive Exam," Boston College Graduate Student Reader Series, Boston, MA, April 12, 2010. (A series of talks sponsored by the graduate program to help students preparing for different sections of the Master's degree comprehensive exam.)
  • March 2010 "Gregory of Rimini on Apprehension, Judgment, and Theological Knowledge, Institute for Medieval Philosophy and Theology Spring Lecture Series, Boston, MA, March 23, 2010
  • October 2012 "Peter Plaoul and Intuitive Knowledge" SIEPM Annual Conference, Nijmegen, HD, October 2009
  • March 2009 "The Necessity of an Incarnate Authority in the Early Works of Augustine: an argument for continuity." Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies, Boston, MA. March 19, 2009
  • November 2008 "Augustine's Attic Jerusalem: A Challenge to Classical Thinking and a New Kind of Citizen," North-Eastern Political Science Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, November 15, 2008
  • June 2008 "Aristotle's Theory of Demonstration and its Explanatory Powers," Marquette Summer Aristotle Seminar, June 17, 2008
  • May 2008 "William of Ware, Duns Scotus, and the Charge of 'Theologism'," World Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11, 2008
  • April 2008 "Philosophy and Theology at the turn of the 14th Century," Boston College Philosophy Forum, April 11, 2008
  • March 2008 "Augustine and the Hope for Cicero's res publica," Boston College Graduate Conference, Boston, MA, March 28, 2008

    Other Contributions to the Field

  • 2016 Organized Workshop on "Linked Data and the Medieval Scholastic Tradition,” University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, August 17-19, 2016
  • 2016 Organized LombardPress-Schema Editors Meeting, Barcelona, July 12-14, 2016
  • 2015 Organized Workshop on "Augustine in the late Middle Ages" at the 2015 Oxford Patristics Conference, Oxford, England, August 2015
  • 2014 Attended "Digital Humanities Data Curation Institute," at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, April 30 to May 2, 2014
  • 2012 Attended "Introduction to XSLT for Digital Humanists" at Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada, June 4-8th, 2012
  • 2012 Participated in Interedition 9th Bootcamp hosted by the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, January 11-14, 2012
  • 2011 Participated in The Humanities and Technology Camp" (THATCamp), San Francisco, CA, October 22-23, 2011
  • 2011 Organized an International Conference on Adam Wodeham (with Olli Hallamaa and John T. Slotemaker), the "Adam Wodeham Workshop", Helsinki, Finland
  • 2010 Organized Conference Panel (with John T. Slotemaker) "John Mair: An early 16th-Century Commentator on Peter Lombard's Sentences," Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Montreal, Canada
  • 2007 to 2010 Index Thomisticum Review Team: Contributed to the creation of an index and annotated bibliography of all the articles relevant to Thomas Aquinas and Thomism produced in the given year. The project website can be viewed here: http://www.thomistica.info/index.html

    Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

  • 2017 Summa Halensis Digital Edition Preparation Grant, King's College London
  • 2016 Summer Research Grant, Loyola University Maryland
  • 2016 Faculty Technology Grant, Loyola University Maryland
  • 2016 Digital Latin Library Pilot Edition Grant
  • 2016 IIIF Implementation Grant: Webmentions
  • 2016 Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) Visiting Research Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, May 2016
  • 2015 Vatican Film Library Mellow Fellowship, Research Fellow at the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, January 11th-23rd, 2015
  • 2013 SIEMP Travel Stipend to attend 2013 SIEPM Colloquium, Universidad de Alcalâ, Alcalá, Spain
  • 2013 Summer Research Grant, Loyola University Maryland.
  • 2013 Acceptance (and travel stipend) to participate in TEI Workshop: "Taking TEI Further: Customizing the TEI", Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, May 8-10.
  • 2012 Tuition scholarship to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada, June 4-8th, 2012
  • 2012 Bursary provided by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action IS0704 to Interedition 9th Bootcamp in Leuven, Belgium, January 11-14, 2012
  • 2011-2012 Doctoral Fellowship, Boston College
  • 2011 CIMO Fellowship, June 1-August 31, 2011 [Outside fellowship to fund Medieval Research at the University of Helsinki for three months, under the direction of Simo Knuuttila]
  • 2011 Ernest Fortin Summer Research Grant
  • 2010 Junior Scholars Grant, Boston College Center for Jewish-Christian Learning
  • 2010 Bradley Summer Award, Institute for the Study of Politics and Religion
  • 2010 Ernest Fortin Summer Research Grant
  • 2010 Participant in National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in Oxford, UK, July 6-August 11, 2010; Institute title: 'Representations of the 'Other': Jews in Medieval Christendom; [Outside fellowship, full stipend]
  • 2010 Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2009 Bradley Summer Award, Institute for the Study of Politics and Religion
  • 2009 Ernest Fortin Summer Research Grant
  • 2008 Bradley Summer Award, Institute for the Study of Politics and Religion
  • 2006-2011 Boston College Graduate Assistantship/Teaching Fellowship, tuition scholarship and full stipend
  • 2006 Wheaton College Scholastic Honor Society Scholarship
  • 2006 James G. Jameson Critical Essay Contest, Humanities and Theological Studies, 1st Prize, Can Metaphysics Have a Place in Religion?
  • 2006 Wheaton College Scholastic Honor Society Inductee
  • 2006 Wheaton College Philosophy Department Honors

    Societies and Special Interest Groups (Past and Present)

  • Textual Encoding Initiative (TEI)
  • IIIF Manuscript Interest Group
  • Digital Latin Library Advisory Board
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • American Philosophical Association
  • Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy