Joseph Draper

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies

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PhD, Boston College, 2008

MA, Theology, St. Paul Seminary, 1994

BA, Ancient History and Classical Civilization, Gonzaga University, 1984


Professor Draper’s primary research interests are in the intersection of ethics, religious belief and mental complexity. His interdisciplinary research and courses explore how we make ethical and religious meaning through the lenses of cognitive theory, developmental psychology and anthropology.


2012 Joseph P. Draper and Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, The Body of Christ: The Church, High School Edition. (Dublin: Veritas Publishing, 2013).

Presentations And Conference Papers

2017 Black Student Organization Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Regis College, January 17 Keynote Address, Unfinished Legacy of MLK.

2016 President’s Lecture Series, Regis College, Weston MA, November 9, 2016. Panel Discussion: Organ Transplants and Regenerative Medicine, Children as Living Donors: Ethical Considerations.

2014 “A Layman’s Voice after the Synod,” Regis College Across the Board.

2013 PHI Public Heritage Institute, Regis College, Weston MA, April 12, 2013. Presented a paper entitled: Pedagogy of Subordination: Women, Laity, and the Hierarchy in the Catholic Church.

2010 SAGP (Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy), Fordham University, Manhattan, NY campus, October 15-17, 2010. Presented a paper entitled: Wrath, Religion, and Reason: Evolving Consciousness in Homer, Sophocles, and Socrates.

2010 CTA (College Theology Society), University of Portland, OR. Presented a paper entitled: Perplexing Minds: Interpreting Corinthian Complexity through the Lens of Bernard Lonergan.

2009 REA/APPRRE, (Religious Education Association), Dallas, TX. Presented a paper entitled: God and Evolving Consciousness.

2006 REA/APPRRE Atlanta, GA. Presented a paper entitled: Toward a Self-Shepherding People: Evolving Faith Communities through the Lens of the Epistemological Theories of Bernard Lonergan and Robert Kegan.

2005 REA/APPRRE, Toronto, Canada. Presented research findings: Rhetoric and Reality in Religious Education: Parishes and Dioceses in Dialogue.


Fall, 1216 Lonergan Fellowship award by the Lonergan Institute, Boston College. Exploring the influence of Jean Piaget on Bernard Lonergan’s Realms of Meaning.

Spring, 2010 Lonergan Fellowship award by the Lonergan Institute, Boston College. Expanded my dissertation chapter three on Paul and the Corinthian community into a book length manuscript. I argue that the fundamental conflict between the Corinthians and Paul was not religious, social, economic, or political as many scholars have argued, but an ethical conflict waged on epistemological grounds.

2013/14 Kaneb grant recipient. Wrote Ethics and Human Consciousness, an interactive iBook book that explores ethics through the lenses of philosophy, cognitive theory and developmental psychology.

2014 Apple iPad iTunes grant recipient. Writing Catholicism: An Evolutionary Perspective, an interactive iBook book that explores the history and theology of the Catholic Church through a developmental lens. Writing the book coincides

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