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Rev. Msgr. James A. Kelly

Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy




B.A. (Philosophy and Government) - Harvard University

Ph.D. (Philosophy) – City University of New York

Dissertation: “Universal Grammar: the Modistae”

PhD (Philosophy) – Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

Dissertation: “Induction in Modern Science: a Foundation”

Academic Interests

Philosophy of science; metaphysics; philosophical anthropology; aesthetics

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Msgr. Kelly was born on April 22, 1949, to Elisabeth and James A. Kelly in Worcester, MA, the oldest of their eight children.  He attended Clara Barton School and Woodward Junior High School in Oxford, MA, then St. John's High School of Shrewsbury, directed by the Xaverian Brothers.  He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Government from Harvard University in 1971.  He then studied at the institute which later developed into the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.  In 1982, Pope St. John Paul II ordained him a priest for the Prelature of Opus Dei.  He worked as a priest at the headquarters of Opus Dei in Rome until 1988, and then in the New York City area until 2002.  He was the Vicar of Opus Dei for the United States from 1988 until 1998.  In 2002, he moved to California, living seven years in San Francisco, one year in Los Angeles, and since 2010 in Menlo Park, at Menlough Study Center.

Selected Publications

"Induction, Science, and Knowledge," in Shifting the Paradigm: Alternative Perspectives on Induction, ed. Paolo C Biondi and Louis F Groarke (Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2014).