Anthony Mansueto is a seasoned academic leader and a scholar, teacher, and interfaith organizer. He has roots in the academy (in social theory, philosophy, and theology and in the leadership and practice of liberal education), in the public arena (in interfaith organizing and in efforts to build political-theological leadership organizations), and in a spiritual practice informed by his scholarly and political work and by sacramental and contemplative practice which draws on both his native Catholic tradition and on broad interfaith dialogue.
His scholarship engages the most fundamental questions of meaning and value, drawing on insights from across humanity’s diverse spiritual and civilizational traditions and on strategic political-theological analysis. His work in social theory is centered on creating a synthesis between interpretive, functionalist, and dialectical traditions which takes the sacred seriously as a social fact while situating in its material and structural context. His philosophical work has focused on regrounding a dialectical and relational metaphysics of Esse and a (radically historicized) natural law ethics in dialogue with recent developments in the physical, biological, and social sciences, secular and postsecular critiques, and humanity’s diverse spiritual traditions. His theological work centers on creating a synthetic way which draws on both axial and secular traditions and grounds a spiritual practice which joins Seeking Wisdom, Doing Justice, and Ripening Being. He has published eight books and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Religion and Filosofskie Nauki as well as Commonweal and Tikkun.
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.
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 cultivate the full development of human capacities and nurture existing comparative advantages and create new ones. His leadership strengthens relationships with community stakeholders while energizing faculty to take responsibility for the future of their institutions.
An experienced interfaith organizer and consultant he has a record of helping organizations committed to serving the Common Good find their niche, identify and cultivate leaders, build financial and institutional support, and develop effective strategic, operational, and tactical plans. He has particular expertise in recruiting clergy and congregations, developing programs which link organizing with social analysis and theological reflection, and in helping interfaith organizations think about their work in the context of broader political developments.
He also works with interested individuals to help them find their own spiritual path and 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 follows the tradition of Merton, integrating Catholic and Buddhist elements with a commitment to justice which reflects deep learning from the Jewish, Muslim, and dao xue traditions.