James L. Marsh, professor emeritus of philosophy at Fordham University, died this past summer.
Professor Marsh joined the faculty of Fordham in 1985. In the fifteen years preceding that, he was a professor at Saint Louis University. He earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Gonzaga University.
His work was described as fusing “Marxist critical theory, phenomenology, process metaphysics and transcendental Thomism in critically constructive ways that counter the canon of modern secularism while issuing a sustained, sophisticated argument for social justice,” at a Fordham ceremony recognizing his achievements. His books include Post-Cartesian Meditations (1988), Critique, Action and Liberation (1994), Process, Praxis, and Transcendence (1999), and Unjust Legality: A Critique of Habermas’s Philosophy of Law (2001). You can learn more about his writing here.
Professor Marsh was known as a dedicated pacifist, and helped found the Peace and Justice Studies program at Fordham.
He died on June 20th owing to complications resulting from a series of strokes.
A funeral Mass will be held for him at St. Francis Xavier Church, 46 W. 16th Street, on Friday, Sep. 24, at 10:30 a.m.
An obituary at the Fordham University website provides more information about his life and work.