Paul O'Hara

Full Professor of Ontology and Scientific Rationality

Piero Pasolini Chair in Ontology and Scientific Methodology


Sophia University Institute

tel. +39 055 9051543
e-mail: paul.ohara@sophiauniversity.org

Office hours:
Upon appointment


FIL 109

Introduzione al pensiero Bernard J. F. Lonergan

FIL 110

Il metodo in teologia di Bernard J. F. Lonergan

Sts 101

Applied Statistics

Curriculum vitae

Titoli di studio conseguiti


Ph.D. in Mathematics (Stochastic Processes)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Dissertation Title: Gaps in the Range of the Stable Processes
05/11 M.Div. Catholic Theological Union (CTU), Chicago

M.A. (research) in Systematic Theology
Catholic Theological Union (CTU), Chicago
Thesis: Unity and the Four Point Hypothesis – A Lonerganian Analysis of the Trinity in the Thought of Chiara Lubich

M.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematical Science
University College Dublin, Ireland
Specialization: General Relativity and Quantum Field Theory

Incarichi academici e scientifici

09/15- Cattedra Piero Pasolini: ontologia e sapere scientifico
07/07-06/13 Chair: Dept. of Mathematics, Northeastern Illinois University (elected 4/07)
09/03-08/93 Professor: Northeastern Illinois University, Dept of Mathematics
09/99-09/01 Visiting Assoc. Professor: Purdue University, Indiana, Dept. Of Physics
09/85-06/90 Teaching Associate/Fellow: Dept. of Mathematics, UCLA
09/88-06/90 Teaching Assistant Consultant: Dept. Of Mathematics, UCLA T.A. supervisor
08/83-12/85 Instructor: Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles
2004- Membro del Comitato Internazionale per l’Associazione internazionale per la dinamica relativista (IARD)

Referee per la rivista Foundations of Physics (2008- )
Referee per la rivista European Physics Letters



(1) Bell’s inequality and the structure of spin 3/2 baryons proceedings Spin 96.

(2) Wave-particle duality in general relativity, Il Nuovo Cimento,11(7).

(3) The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Paradox and The Pauli Exclusion Principle, Fundamental Problems in Quantum Theory, NYAS (May 1995), pp. 880-881.

(4) Large Gaps in the Range of the Stable Processes (Co-authors: Mountford and Port), Jour. Theoretical Probability, Vol.1, 1997.

(5) Bell’s inequality, statistical mechanics and superconductivity. Proceedings of 5th International Wigner Symposium, Vienna 1997. p. 530-532.

(6) Interpretations of Reality — a dialogue among theology, philosophy and science. Proceedings of symposium on religion and science held at the Pontifical Lateran University, April 16, 17, 1999 and  published January 2000.

(7) The spin-statistics theorem — did Pauli get it right? Hadronic J., 25(4), 2002.

(8) Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients and the binomial distribution Hadronic J., 25(5), 2002.

(9) Rotational invariance and the spin-statistics theorem, Foun. Phys., 33(9),  2003.

(10) Rotational invariance and baryonic structure, Hadronic J., 26(3-4), 2003.

(11) Quantum Mechanics and the metrics of  General Relaitivity, Foun. Phys., 35(9), 2005.

(12) Some Remarks on Rings (co-author Lidia Obojska).  Commentationes Mathematicae,  June 2010.

(13) Equations of Motion in general relativity and quantum mechanics. J. of Phys. (Conf.) Vol 330, 2011.

(14)  Constants of the motion, universal time and the Hamilton-Jacobi function in general relativity. J. of Phys.  (conf), Vol 437 (012007), 2013.

(15) Brownian Motion in Minkowski Space, (co-author Lamberto Rondoni), Entropy 2015, 17,3581-3594.

Science and Religion:

(1) Interpretations of Reality — a dialogue among theology, philosophy and science. Proceedings of symposium on religion and science held at the Pontifical Lateran University, April 16, 17, 1999 and  published January 2000.

(2) Sulla presenza di intenzionalità e finalismo nel quadro della fisica contemporanea (Co-author: L. Rondoni, Politechnico di Torino) SEFIR Proceedings (Lateran Univ.), Sept. .

Book Chapter:

(1) Minkowski Space and Quantum Mechanics in volume Space, Time and Spacetime. V.Petkov (ed) Springer (2010). ISBN 978-3-642-13537-8.

(2) A Lonerganian Analysis of the Marian Profile of the Church in the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Proceedings of the Theology Symposium for 50th International Eucharistic Conference at Maynooth, Ireland,  p 759-786 June 6-9, 2012,  Veritas(Dublin), 2013.

Book in Preparation:

(1) Entanglement and the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics (almost complete).

Articles submitted/to be submitted:

(1)  SU(2) Relativity and the EPR Paradox (quant-ph/0609126).

(2) Entanglement and Quantum Interference (quan-ph/0608202).

(3) A Generalized Spin Statistics Theorem