Veronica Roberts Ogle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

508-767-7027 Founders Hall - Room 307

Academic Postions

Associate Director of the Honors Program
Director of the Law, Ethics and Constitutional Studies (LEX) Program
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Degrees Earned

Ph.D. Political Science, University of Notre Dame, 2014
MA. Political Science, University of Notre Dame, 2012
MA. Philosophy, Boston College, 2009
BA. Philosophy, Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, Boston College, 2008

Undergraduate Courses Taught

PHI 100: Socrates and the Search for Truth
PHI 151: Ethics and the Good Life
PHI 153: God and the Philosophers
PHI 220: Love and Friendship
PHI 230: Philosophy and Literature
PHI 270: Philosophy of Law
PHI 356: Seek and Find: Augustine Seminar
HON 300: Honors Seminar

Books and Edited Fascicle

  • Politics and the Earthly City in Augustine’s City of God. Cambridge University Press, 2020.* 
  • Latreia and Idolatry: Augustine and the Quest for Right Relationship, co-edited with Paul Camacho. Studia Patristica LXXXVIII, vol. 14. Leuven: Peeters, 2017.*
     

Journal Articles

  • “Healing Hope: A Response to Peter Kaufman,” Augustinian Studies, 53 (1), 2022, 47-50.
  • “Politics and the Parodic City: Augustine’s Sacramental Vision and its Institutional Implications,” Studia Patristica CXVI, 2021, 113-125.*
  • “Therapeutic Deception: Cicero and Augustine on the Myth of Philosophic Happiness.” Augustinian Studies, 50 (1), 2019, 13-42.*
  • “Sheathing the Sword: Augustine and the Good Judge.” Journal of Religious Ethics, 46 (4), 2018, 718-747.*
  • “Idolatry as the Source of Injustice in Augustine’s De Ciuitate Dei.” Studia Patristica LXXXVIII, vol. 14, Fall 2017, 69-78.*
  • “Augustine’s Ciceronian Response to the Ciceronian Patriot.” Perspectives on Political Science 45 (2), 2016, 113-124.* Reprinted in Augustine’s Political Thought, ed. Richard Dougherty and Douglas Kries, Rochester Studies in Medieval Political Thought. Rochester, NY: Rochester University Press, 2019, 220-221.
     

Book Chapters

  • “Augustine’s Reception of the Ciceronian Ciuitas,” Cicero as Philosopher: Interpretation and Legacy, eds. Andree Hahmann and Michael Vazquez. Berlin, De Gruyter, in preparation, forthcoming 2023.
  • “Love and Friendship in the Confessions,” for The Confessions: Saint Augustine of Hippo, Ignatius Critical Editions, ed. David Meconi. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, under review.
  • “The Heart of the Father in Augustine’s Moral Thought,” Augustine and Ethics, ed. Sean Hannan and Kim Paffenroth. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, forthcoming 2023.
  • “Sacramental Time or the Never-Ending News Feed?: Book XI of Augustine’s Confessions,” Augustine’s Confessions and Contemporary Concerns, ed. David Meconi, S.J. St. Paul, MN: St. Paul Seminary Press, 2022, 201-222.* 
  • “Latreia and Its Parodies: Political Reflections on Augustine’s Theological Anthropology,” in Augustine in a Time of Crisis, eds. Ashleen Menchaca Bagnulo, Nathan Pinkoski and Bolek Kabala. Palgrave MacMillan, 2021, 73-89.*
     

Book Reviews

  • The Priority of the Person: Political, Philosophical and Historical Discoveries by David Walsh. Perspectives on Political Science 50 (4), Fall 2021, 229-232. 
  • The Metamorphoses of the City of God by Etienne Gilson, translated by James G. Colbert. Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2020. VoegelinView, Summer 2021. 
  • On Ethics, Politics and Psychology in the Twenty-First Century by John Rist. Augustinian Studies 51 (2), May 2020, 245-248.
  • Augustine and the Problem of Power: The Essays of Charles Norris Cochrane, ed. David Beer. Studies in Christian Ethics 32 (2), May 2019, 287-290. 
  • On Augustine by Rowan Williams. Studies in Christian Ethics 31 (2), May 2018, 263-264.
  • Political Augustinianism: Modern Interpretations of Augustine’s Political Thought by Michael J.S. Bruno. Studies in Christian Ethics 20 (2), May 2016.

Conferences

“Politics and the Parodic City: Augustine’s Sacramental Worldview and its Institutional Implications,” To be presented at the Oxford Patristics Conference, August 2019

“Seeing Politics Anew: Augustine's Sacramental Worldview and the Rehabilitation of Political Life,” Presented at the American Catholic Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, November 2018

“Exploring the Political Implications of Augustine’s Sacramental Worldview,” North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, 2018).

“Cultus Hominum: Political Reflections on Augustine’s Theological Anthropology.” Presented at the Princeton Political Theory Workshop on Augustine, April 2018

“Aquinas’ Architectonic Virtues.” Presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Northeast Political Science Association.

“Idolatria as the Inversion of Latreia and the Fragmentation of Community.” Presented at the XVII International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, 2015.

“Augustine, the Wise Man, and the Myth of Self-Sufficiency: Contextualizing City of God 19.” Presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association.

“A Note on the Significance of Timaeus’ Locrian Citizenship.” Presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association.

“Healing and Humanitas: Augustine’s Summons to Restorative Citizenship.” Presented at the 2014 Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Conference, Villanova University.

‘“Aliud Namque Sunt Diuitiae, Aliud Pecunia:” A Brief Reflection on the Intertwined Themes of Wealth and Hope in Augustine’s City of God.’ Presented at the XLII Incontro di Studiosi dell’Antichità Cristiana, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Rome, May 8-10, 2014.

“The Great Man and His Teacher: Nietzsche’s Fascination with Socrates and Alcibiades.” Presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association.

“Pericles, Eros, and the Athenian Turn towards Tyranny.” Presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. (Previously accepted at the canceled 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.)

“Pride as the Idolatry of Self and the Source of Injustice.” Presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.

“Augustine’s Ciceronian Response to the Ciceronian Pagan.” Presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.

“On Knowledge of the Natural Law and its Obstacles.” Presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.

“Desire, Happiness and Political Life: A Comparison of Hobbes and Locke.” Presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.

“Augustine and the Transformation of Good Citizenship: Moving To a New Horizon.” Presented on the Fortin Memorial Panel at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Northeast Political Science Association.

 

Invited Talks

“Sacramental Time or the Never-Ending Newsfeed? Augustinian Advice for an Age of Distraction,” Theology on Tap, Diocese of Worcester, April 2019.

“The Empire and the Refuge: On the Opposition Between the Two Cities in City of God,” Yale University, The Elm Institute, March 2019.

“At the Still Turning Point of the Word: Augustine and Eliot on Time and Eternity,” College of the Holy Cross, St. Peter and Paul Society, October 2018.

“Augustine: What Faith Seeking Understanding Means,” Boston College, St Thomas More Society, March 2018.

“Faith Seeking Understanding: Mystery and the Mind of Augustine,” College of the Holy Cross, St. Peter and Paul Society, September 2017.

Grants and Awards

2015 Review of Politics Award for Best Paper in Normative Political Theory, Midwest Political Science Association: “Augustine, the Wise Man, and the Myth of Self Sufficiency: Contextualizing City of God 19”

2015 Notre Dame’s Nominee for the APSA Strauss Award (for best dissertation in Political Philosophy).

2012 Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, Notre Dame Kaneb Center

Professional Affiliations

  • Northeast Political Science Association
  • Southern Political Science Association
  • Midwestern Political Science Association
  • North American Patristics Society