Edward Joseph Alam
Faculty of Humanities

Phone: +961-9-218950 (ext. 2405)
E mail: ealam@ndu.edu.lb


Edward J. Alam is Professor at Notre Dame University-Louaizé, Lebanon, in the Faculty of Humanities, where he has taught philosophy, cultural studies, and theology since 1996, and where he was Director of International Academic Affairs from 1999-2004. He was the General Secretary of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy from 2009-2012, an academic research NGO, with an impressive international profile that specializes in philosophy and boasts of a 300 Volume Book Series titled “Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change”. He is presently the Director of that Council in the Middle East (www.crvp.org). He has given key-note and/or plenary addresses at international philosophy conferences all around the world. He has participated in organizing and promoting philosophical seminars that seek to address contemporary challenges by cultivating perennial values in various cultural heritages. He is founder and chairman of the Communio study group in Lebanon and has over 70 published articles and edited books; his major books focus on epistemology and the history of philosophy. He has led four of the internationally acclaimed CRVP five-week intensive philosophy seminars: two in Washington, D.C., on the themes of the Sacred and the Secular and Philosophical Anthropology respectively, and two in Lebanon on the themes of Islam, Freedom, and Modernity, and Compassion and Forgiveness in the World Philosophical Traditions. He has lectured in the US on Eschatology at the two-week Wyoming School of Catholic Thought in 2005, and on Freedom and Theodicy at the Ukrainian Catholic University’s Summer philosophy school. He periodically lectures at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut and at The American University of Beirut. Edward is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is of Lebanese descent (South Lebanon). His wife is Lebanese and they are the proud parents of four children.

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Utah, U.S.A., 1996.

B.A. in Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, 1985.


Alam, E.J. (2006). ed. God in Multicultural Society. Beirut: Notre Dame University Press.

Alam, E.J. (2000) Out of the Shadows Into Reality: A Philosophical exposition of John H. Newman’s Grammar of Assent. Beirut: Notre Dame University Press.

Alam, E. J., Salameh, D., Saleh, M. (2000) Philosophy & Civilization:  National High-School Terminal Textbook. Beirut: Ministry of National Education.

Articles or Chapters in Books

Alam, E.J. (2011) What the World can still learn from Lebanon. Religions in the Public Spheres Tadseusz Buksiñski ed., Dia-Logos, Schriften Zu Philosophie Und Sozialwissenschaften  Studies in Philosophy and Social Sciences. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp. 267-280.

Alam E.J. (2011) Chinese Thought and Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion: A Complementary Relation? Cultural Tradition and Social Progress: Chinese Philosophical Studies, XXVIII George F. McLean ed., Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change Book Series. Washington, D.C.: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, series III, Asia, Vol. 28, pp. 117-127.

Alam E.J. (2010) Higher Education “As” Free Dialogue: Pedagogy in a Global Age. Speaking Across Borders: The Role of Higher Education in furthering Intercultural Dialogue Sjur Bergan, Hilligje van’t Land eds., Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing, series16, pp. 62-69.

Alam E.J. (2009) Soul Matters: Apes, Anthropology and Aristotle. Transdisciplinarity in Science and Religion, Eric Weislogel ed.,Bucuresti: Curtea Veche Publishing House, published with the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation.  ISSN 1843-3200: pp. 197-233.

Alam E.J. (2009) Catholic Philosophy and the Dialogue of Religion and Culture: The Global Challenge. Christianity, Culture, and the Contemporary World: Challenges and New Paradigms: Reflections of International Catholic Thinkers in Honor of George Francis McLean on the occasion of his 80th Birthday,ed., Beirut: Notre Dame University-Louaizé Press. ISBN 978-9-953-45782-6: pp. 79-87.

Alam, E.J. (2006) Globalization’s Myth of Multiculturalism. God in Multicultural Society. Beirut: Notre Dame University Press, pp. 31-39.

Alam, E.J. (2006) Newman and Catholicism. The Millennial Lecture Series: 2001-2002, Beirut: Notre Dame University Press, pp. 33-38.

Alam, E.J. (2004) Philosophical and Scientific Challenges to the Traditional Concept of Causality. To The Mountain: Essays in Honour of Professor George F. McLean, William Sweet, Hu Yeping, (eds), Taiwan: Fu Jen Catholic University Press, pp. 215-232.

Refereed Journal Articles

Alam E.J. (2012) Rethinking Politics in a Scientific Age: Constructing a True World Political Authority - Lessons from an Unlikely Place - Lebanon. European Journal of Science and Religion, Vol.8, No. 3. ISSN: 1841-0464: pp.163-174.

Alam E.J. (2011) The Status of Islamic Philosophy in Lebanon: The Sacred, the Secular and Marx. Philosophia Islamica, Vol. 2, Issue 2: pp. 104-112.

Alam E.J. (2010) Does Business Ethics Need Religion? European Journal of Law Reform, (12) 3-4  pp. 151-157.

Alam E.J. (2010) Expanding the Human Rights Discourse: Religion, Culture, and Development: Purifying the Concept of Development - The Vocation of Religion and Culture. Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society. Issue 3: pp. 125-130. (Johns Hopkins Project)

Alam E.J. (2008) The Future of Lebanon: Philosophical Reflections on ‘Hope’ With References to Pierre Tielhard De Chardin and Giogio La Pira. European Journal of Science and Religion, Vol. 4, No. 4. ISSN: 1841-0464: pp. 23-31.

Alam E.J. (2008) Philosophy and Culture: The Role of Religion. Journal of Philosophy and Religion, Vol.9 No. 2. ISSN 1513-6442 pp. 1-15.

Alam, E.J. (2006). Providence Matters. Palma Journal. Beirut: Notre Dame University Press, pp. 11-19.

Alam E.J. (2006) Einstein, Beauty and Natural Theology: Elementary Reflections. Metanexus Online Journal www.metanexus.net  Also published in Palma Journal, Beirut: NDU Press (Special Issue 1, 2006) pp.35-44, with the permission of Metanexus Online Journal.

Alam, E.J. (2005). La Nueva Metafísica y la vida del mundo venidero: La Teología Cristiana de la Deificación con referencias al pensamiento de Fernando Rielo. tr., Robert Badillo, 73-85. Communio (AÑO 12 – No 1 – OTOÑO DEL 2005.

Alam E.J. (2004) Philosophy: The Bridge Between Religion and Science. Metanexus Online Journal www.metanexus.net. Also published in Palma Journal, Beirut: NDU Press (Special Issue 1, 2006) pp. 73-80, with the permission of Metanexus Online Journal.

Alam, E.J., Eid, G. (2002). Descartes’ Discourse on Method:More Discourse? Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture, Vol. VI; 2&3, pp. 105-122.

Alam, E.J. (2002). The Heavens Declare the Glory of God.  The Journal of Philosophy and Religion,  pp.81-106.

Alam, E.J. (2002). Hinduism, Catholicism, and the Trinity. Philosophy, Culture, and Traditions, pp. 87-102.

Conference Proceedings

Alam, E.J. (2007). The Cabbalistic Roots of Psychoanalysis: A Reading of David Bakan’s Literature. International Conference commemorating the thought of Sigmund Freud, on the 150th anniversary of his Birth, Lebanese Center for Societal Research. Beirut: Notre Dame University Press.

Alam, E.J. (2006). Certitude, Ethics, and Dialogue: Gaining Perspectives from the Past. Ethics and Society, Lebanese Center for Societal Research. Beirut: Notre Dame University Press.

Alam, E.J. (2005). The New Metaphyscis and the Life of the World to Come: A Little Journey in the Christian Doctrine of Deification with References to the Thought of Fernando Rielo. 19-31. Proceedings: Metaphysics 2003: Second World Conference. Rome: Fondazione Idente di Studi e di Ricerca.