Father Michael D. Barber, SJ, 67, has been a professor of philosophy at Saint Louis University since 1985, and also served as its dean of Philosophy and Letters and College of Arts and Sciences.
Born in Omaha, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1966 and was ordained June 15, 1979 at St. Francis Xavier College Church, St. Louis, with Bishop John Sullivan presiding.
Fr. Barber is the author of six books in philosophy, editor of 12, and author of more than 70 articles. His book, The Participating Citizen, won the Ballard Prize for the best book in phenomenology in 2007. He has presented papers at more than 120 national and international philosophy conferences.
He has taught courses in philosophy at the University of Central America in San Salvador, the Center Bono in Santo Domingo, the University of Nanjing, and the Northwest University of Law and Politics in Xi'an.
Fr. Barber taught at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1972 to 1974 and at Rockhurst High School 1974-76. He did a pastoral internship at Ministry Training Services in Denver.
A 1966 graduate of St. Louis University High School, he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1971 from Saint Louis University with degrees in philosophy and English Literature. He earned his Master’s in Philosophy from Saint Louis University in 1972 and a Master’s in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago (1980) and a Master’s and a doctorate in Philosophy from Yale.
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