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Edward Charles DeVivo

In December 2013, Mr. De Vivo published his debut novel, "Imputed Knowledge." Based on his background in philosophy and law, De Vivo brings these disciplines together where Faith and Reason either converge or collide. As Saint (Pope) John Paul II characterized the issue, Faith abandoned by Reason is an "Unthinking Faith," whereas, together, they become the "Wings On Which The Human Spirit Soars Toward Wisdom" (Fides et Ratio Papal Encyclical 1998). In the immediate aftermath of a hijacking, the main character (Jude Priore) is caught in the cross-hairs of a revenge plot against him, incendiary knowledge about questionable airport security on the day of the 767's hijacking leaves Priore accountable for "what he should have known" about defects in security. In the grander scheme of things, Priore's work on litigation arising out of so many catastrophic events such as the hijacking leads him to find innocent suffering incomprehensible if God is Omniscient. As knowledge of the seeming ruse in airport security is "imputed" to Priore, so, too, is Priore guilty of "imputing" Omniscience to God. Otherwise, he asks, wouldn't an All Knowing God arrest innocent suffering?

In 2014, the prestigious Kirkus Review praised De Vivo's debut novel as "written with considerable skill [and] with a cast of well-drawn international characters...a well done, intelligent, gripping thriller about the deeper implications of a tragedy."

The book is available on Amazon. Com., and all the author's proceeds go to Foundations For Children's Diseases And Illnesses (St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and the Ara Parseghian Foundation, among them).


Imputed Knowledge


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B.A. Philosophy, New York University 1975
J.D. Law, University of Notre Dame 1978
M.A. Philosophy, New York University 1982

International Litigation With 40 Years' Experience Crossing Several Disciplines Such As Jurisdiction, The Hague Convention, Venue, Sovereign Immunity, Removal Of Actions From State Courts; International Justice And The Torture Victims' Prevention Act (TVPA). 

All General Litgation; Transactional Corporate/Franchise And Professional Sports Law;  Aviation; Environmental Law, Environmental & Casualty Coverage; International Treaty Law, And Pre-Emption of Federal and State Laws.

Honorary Inductee, Essex Catholic High School Hall of Fame And University of Notre Dame (Fencing).

NCAA All-America Honors (Fencing)(1975).

Who's Who In American Law.

Widely Published in Law Reviews And Treatises (Matthew Bender) On Areas Of Expertise Referenced Above.

Lector, Cathedral Basilica Of The Sacred Heart, Newark, NJ.

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see also:

        Author, Imputed Knowledge (2014)

        (Kirkus Reviews: “An intelligent,

        gripping thriller about the deeper

        implications of a tragedy.”);

       “Soaring On The Wings Of An

        Eagle: The Story of Samuel ‘Doc’

        D’Ambola and The Essex Catholic

        Fencing Team (2014).