Anthony Mansueto is a scholar and teacher, an academic leader and an institutional organizer, a alchemical cook and a creator of alterealities.
His scholarship engages questions of social theory, philosophy, theology, and strategic analysis from a vantage point which takes the sacred seriously as a social fact and as an ordering of matter to the power of Being as such, while situating it in its material and structural context. He has published nine books and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Religion and Filosofskie Nauki as well as Commonweal and Tikkun. His current projects include a Summa Against Capital, and strategic analysis of the global situation, alterealities: nonlinear, interactive multimedia stories which promise not only to interpret the world but to change it and an alchemical cookbook which explores the complex interconnections between science, food, and the sacred.
He teaches using an updated version of the medieval quaestio method. Role plays, scenarios, and other simulations, together with investigation of the sociohistorical context in which questions and answers emerge and civic engagement help students understand the importance of sociological, philosophical, and theological questions. Engagement with classical and contemporary texts and artifacts informs deliberation. He challenges students to taken and defend positions on fundamental questions and to approach study as a political and spiritual practice, living the truths that they discover. With this in mind he focuses on engaging the whole person, providing challenge and nurture which takes seriously both their life conditions and their particular calling, and, where the proper conditions exist, building strong, enduring relationships which help guide students over their life course.
A strategic and relational leader, he has a record of strengthening liberal education, making the institutions he serves into centers for deliberation regarding questions of meaning and value, and refocusing workforce/economic development programs on ecologically sound, high value added activities which help communities cultivate the full development of human capacities and nurture existing comparative advantages and create new ones, while helping individuals deproletarianize themselves. His academic leadership strengthens relationships with community stakeholders while cultivating faculty leaders who can take responsibility for the future of their disciplines and their institutions.
An experienced institutional organizer and leadership consultant he has a record of helping organizations understand their specific value proposition in the context of both their broad values and their comparative advantage and core constituencies, and then identify and cultivate leaders, build financial and institutional support, and act effectively in service to the Common Good.
He also works with interested individuals to help them find their own spiritual path and their civic and professional calling, cultivate the capacities and find the resources necessary to follow it, and be effective across their lifetimes.
His own spiritual practice integrates a commitment to da’ath ‘elohim through the practice of Tikkun Olam (knowing God in the just act, through the process of mending the torn fabric of the universe) with a contemplative practice which draws on samatha, vipassana, and tantra.
When he is not writing, teaching, or organizing he enjoys exploring hidden sanctuaries and bustling markets and painting and cooking what he discovers in the process.