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“Man and woman are created absolutely equal and are both equally human and possessed of intellect, will and freedom. That they are different is reflected in the fact that they also possess distinctly masculine and feminine natural capacities and orientations. In general, these two orientations complement each other and insure the survival and flourishing of families, cultures, and civilizations.”

- Deborah Savage, Ph.D. -

Dr. Savage is a recognized scholar of the work of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II and has written extensively on several aspects of his thought including his account of the person, his understanding of human work, and his writings on women. For most of the last decade, her primary area of research has been the pursuit of a robust, adequately grounded account of the nature of man and woman, their respective identities, their mission, and their genius – as they find expression in the family, the Church, and the world. The most recent iteration of her theory on man and woman can be found in The Complementarity of Women and Men, ed., Paul Vitz, CUA Press, 2021. Dr. Savage is currently at work on a book entitled Woman and Man.

For the reader's convenience, Dr. Savage's influential publications that analyze Catholic social thought, the complementarity of man and woman, the writings of Pope St. John Paul II, and more, have been organized below by subject matter and/or year.

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Publications – John Paul II

“At the Heart of the Matter: The Centrality of Lived Experience in Wojtyla’s Integral Account of the Person,” Living the Truth in Love, St. Ignatius Press, 2015.

Publications – Man & Woman

“The Genius of Man,” Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on  Feminism, Catholicism, and the Church, OSV Press, February 2015

Publications – Man & Woman

The Nature of Woman in Relation to Man: Genesis 1 and 2 Through the Lens of the Metaphysical Anthropology of Thomas Aquinas,” Logos: a Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Winter, 2015 Volume 18:1

Publications – John Paul II

Christifideles Laici: an Introduction,” Pope John Paul II Speaks on Women, ed. Brooke Deeley, Catholic University Press, November 2014, pp. 186 – 189

Publications – Man & Woman

Woman as Knower,” Lonergan Review, Volume 5, Issue 1, 2014
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Publications – John Paul II

“The Centrality of Lived Experience in Wojtyla’s Account of the Person,” Annals of Philosophy, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, December, 2013, Volume LXI: 4, pp. 19–51.

Publications – Faith & Work/Catholic Social Thought

“Metaphysical Realism as the Foundation of Environmental Stewardship and Economic Development,” Nova et Vetera, February, 2012 Volume 10:1

Publications – Faith & Work/Catholic Social Thought

“Women and Catholic Social Thought” Catholic Social Thought: American Reflections on the Compendium.” Lexington Books, 2009, pp. 155 – 170

Publications – Faith & Work/Catholic Social Thought

“The Subjective Dimension of Human Work: The Conversion of the Acting Person in Laborem Exercens.” Karol Wojtyla’s Philosophical Legacy, Center for Research in Values and Philosophy at Catholic University of America, 2008, pp. 199 – 220

Publications – Faith & Work/Catholic Social Thought

The Subjective Dimension of Human Work: The Conversion of the Acting Person According to Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II and Bernard Lonergan. Publisher: Peter Lang: January, 2008

Publications – Cultural Critique

Introduction to Dorothy Sayers’ “Are Women Human?”, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Fall 2005 Vol. 8:4, 158-164.
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Publications – Faith & Work/Catholic Social Thought

“Is Creating Wealth a Virtue?” Bridges, Volume 8, Spring/Summer 2001, 1-32.