Peter Kwasniewski, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy and Music, Choirmaster

B.A. in Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College; M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy, The Catholic University of America


Peter Kwasniewski holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After teaching at the International Theological Institute in Austria and for the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Austrian Program, he joined the founding team of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming, where he teaches a variety of subjects and serves as choirmaster. He is a board member and scholar of The Aquinas Institute, which is publishing the Opera Omnia of the Angelic Doctor, and a Fellow of the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies. Kwasniewski has taught and written many articles on Thomistic thought, sacramental and liturgical theology, the history and aesthetics of music, and the social doctrine of the Church. He has published two books with The Catholic University of America Press and a volume of his own musical compositions, Sacred Choral Works (Corpus Christi Watershed, 2014). His book Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis: Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, and Renewal in the Church (Angelico Press, 2014) has been published in Czech, Polish, and German, will soon be published in Spanish and Portuguese, and is being translated into Italian, French, and Belarusian. His new book, Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages,was published by Angelico Press in 2017. Dr. Kwasniewski writes for several major weblogs, including One Peter Five, New Liturgical Movement, Rorate Caeli, and LifeSite News.


Sacred Choral Works (Corpus Christi Watershed, 2014)
Select scholarly publications:
“The Reform of the Lectionary.” In Liturgy in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Alcuin Reid, 287–320. London/New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016.
“Aquinas on Eucharistic Ecstasy: From Self-Alienation to Gift of Self.” Nova et Vetera 6 (2008): 157–204.
“Anton Bruckner, Sacred Tonality, and Parsifal’s Redemption: Spiritual Enfleshment and the Musical Via Positiva.” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 8.2 (Spring 2005): 17–55.
“Golden Straw: St. Thomas and the Ecstatic Practice of Theology.” Nova et Vetera 2 (2004): 61–89.
“William of Ockham and the Metaphysical Roots of Natural Law.” The Aquinas Review 11 (2004): 1–84.
“Transcendence, Power, Virtue, Madness, Ecstasy—Modalities of Excess in Aquinas.” Mediaeval Studies 66 (2004): 129–81.
(For a complete listing of publications, see my CV.)

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Scholarly Interests

Philosophical: philosophy of nature, metaphysics, and ethics in the Aristotelian and Thomist traditions; ancient Greek philosophy (esp. Aristotle, Plato, and Plotinus); early modern philosophy (esp. Bacon and Descartes); history of political philosophy (esp. during the Enlightenment)
Theological: medieval philosophy and theology (esp. Augustine, Anselm, Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas); sacramental and liturgical theology; ecclesiology; fundamental dogmatic theology and fundamental moral theology; Catholic social doctrine
Musical: sacred music (esp. Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony); Baroque masters (esp. Monteverdi, Purcell, Bach, Handel); Arvo Pärt