Saint Martin's University

Fr. David Pratt

Father David Pratt

Title and discipline: assistant professor, philosophy

Contact information
Office location: Old Main 373
Phone: 360-438-4309
Email: david.pratt@stmartin.edu

Areas of specialization: Fr. Pratt focuses on moral philosophy.


Select publications: Fr. Pratt's most recent publications have been on clemency, desires and commodification, and virtue ethics:

  • "Infinite Pardon and Finite Compassion" in Healing, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness: Proceedings of the Sophia Institute. New York: Sophia Press, 2015.
  • "Reconciliation as Moral Polyphony: Ontology, Forgiveness, and the Christian East" in Reconciliation in Interfaith Perspective: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Voices. Leuven: Peeters, 2011.
  • "The Reconciling Community: Dostoevsky, Pardon and Ontology" in Believing in Community. Leuven: Peeters, 2009.
  • "Looking to the East for Our Morals: Liturgical Wisdom and Western Consuming Desires," Naukovi zapysky UKU. Scientific/Academic records of the Ukrainian Catholic University. 1 (2009) 255-263.
  • "From Just War Fictions to Virtues of Benevolence: Renovating the Just War Theory." Louvain studies 31.3-4 (2006): 276-305.

He is preparing a monograph on the American feminist philosopher and legal scholar Martha Nussbaum entitled "Action and Ecstasy: The Moral Psychology of Martha Nussbaum and an Ethics of Finitude."

Areas of interest (professional / personal): Fr. Pratt is interested in bioethics, moral psychology, action theory, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and just war ethics.

Education: B.A., Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, Berkeley; M.Div., St. Vladimir's Seminary, New York; M.A., Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, Berkeley; STL, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley; Ph.D., S.T.D., Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.