Martin Rhonheimer

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Martin Rhonheimer (born 1950 in Zurich, Switzerland) is a Swiss academic philosopher and a priest of the Catholic personal prelature Opus Dei. He currently teaches at the Opus Dei-affiliated Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.


Rhonheimer comes from a Swiss Jewish family.[1] He studied philosophy, history, political science and theology in Zurich and Rome. He joined Opus Dei in 1974 as a numerary member and was ordained a priest in 1983. His main interests lie in the field of ethics and the history of liberalism. He has published on a wide range of topics, especially concerning the philosophy of moral action, virtue, natural law, Aquinas, Aristotle, and the ethics of sexuality and bioethics.

Major publications[edit]

  • Familie und Selbstverwirklichung. Alternativen zur Emanzipation. Verlag Wissenschaft und Politik, Köln 1979
  • Natur als Grundlage der Moral. Die personale Struktur des Naturgesetzes bei Thomas von Aquin: Eine Auseinandersetzung mit autonomer und teleologischer Ethik. Tyrolia-Verlag, Innsbruck-Wien 1987
  • La prospettiva della morale. Fondamenti dell'etica filosofica. Armando, Roma 1994
  • La filosofia politica di Thomas Hobbes. Coerenza e contraddizioni di un paradigma. Armando, Roma 1997
  • Etica della procreazione. Contraccezione - Fecondazione artificiale - Aborto. Edizioni PUL-Mursia, Milano 2000
  • Natural Law and Practical Reason: A Thomist View of Moral Autonomy. Fordham University Press, 2000, ISBN 0-8232-1979-8 Translation of Natur als Grundlage der Moral above.
  • Abtreibung und Lebensschutz. Tötungsverbot und Recht auf Leben in der politischen und medizinischen Ethik. Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, Paderborn, 2003
  • Die Verwandlung der Welt. Zur Aktualität des Opus Dei. Adamas Verlag, Köln 2006
  • The Perspective of the Acting Person: Essays in the Renewal of Thomistic Moral Philosophy. CUA Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-8132-1511-2
  • Vital Conflicts in Medical Ethics: A Virtue Approach to Craniotomy and Tubal Pregnancies. CUA Press, 2009
  • The Perspective of Morality: Philosophical Foundations of Thomistic Virtue Ethics. CUA Press, 2011
  • Ethics of Procreation and the Defense of Human Life: Contraception, Artificial Fertilization, and Abortion. CUA Press, 2010

Articles in English available online[edit]


  1. ^ Die Tagespost, March 22, 2003

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