Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Aristotle Papanikolaou

Archbishop Demetrios Professor in Orthodox Theology and Culture
Senior Fellow and co-founder, Orthodox Christian Studies Center
Lincoln Center 

113 W. 60th Street - Rm. 924F

New York, NY 10023
(212) 636-6249

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. - University of Chicago

M.Div. - Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
B.A. - Fordham University

Research Interests
Aristotle Papanikolaou’s areas of expertise are Eastern Orthodox theology, trinitarian theology, and religion in public life. He is currently developing an expertise on the relation between theological anthropology, violence and virtue ethics.

His on-going research interests include contemporary Orthodox theology (nineteenth and twentieth centuries) and trinitarian theology. His current research agenda relates to theological anthropology, and specifically explores the relevancy of truth-telling (confession) for understanding what it means to be human. The project is interdisciplinary and focuses on the affective effect of truth-telling; that is, the impact of truth-telling on the landscape of human emotions and desires, and how such an impact is conditioned by the presence or absence of a particular listener. He was awarded a Sabbatical Grant for Researchers from the Louisville Institute for his project The Ascetics of War, which explores the relevancy of the Eastern Orthodox notion of virtue and the role of truth-telling for undoing the affective effects of war on the human person. As a theological anthropology, he is interested in the question of how truth-telling can illuminate understandings of identity, sin, virtue, the communication of grace, a relational understanding of personhood, and the Orthodox notion of theosis.

Aristotle Papanikolaou was born/raised in Chicago, Il. He is a co-founder and Senior Fellow at Fordham’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center and the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. In 2012, he received the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Humanities. He enjoys Russian Literature and Byzantine Music.

Select Publications

“The Ascetics of War: The Undoing and Redoing of Virtue,” in Orthodox Perspectives on War, ed. Perry Hamalis (University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming).

Modes of Godly Being: Reflections on the Virtues in Eastern Orthodox Christianity, eds. Aristotle Papanikolaou and Perry Hamalis, Studies in Christian Ethics 26:3 (August 2013).

Orthodox Constructions of the West, eds. George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013).

“Learning How to Love: St. Maximus on Virtue,” in Knowing the Purpose of Creation Through the Resurrection: Proceedings of the Symposium on St. Maximus the Confessor, ed. Bishop Maxim Vasiljević (Alhambra, CA: Sebastian Press & The Faculty of Orthodox Theology – University of Belgrade, 2013): 239-250.

The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012).

"Contemporary Orthodox Currents on the Trinity," Oxford Handbook on the Trinity, eds. Gilles Emery OP and Matthew Levering (Oxford University Press, 2011), 328-38.

Being with God: Trinity, Apophaticism, and Divine-Human Communion (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006).

FALL 2014

THEO 1000-L08: Faith & Critical Reason
HPLC 1401-L01: Honors Theology

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