Fergus Gordon Thomson Kerr, OP, FRSE (born 16 July 1931), a prominent scholar, widely recognized for his contributions in the areas of philosophy and theology, is a Scottish Roman Catholic priest of the English Dominican Province. He has published significantly on a wide range of subjects, but is famous particularly for his work on Ludwig Wittgenstein and Thomas Aquinas. Following his education at Banff Academy and his service in the RAF (1953–1955), Kerr entered the Order of Preachers in 1956. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1962.
Kerr studied in Aberdeen, Paris, Munich, and Oxford. He was a student of Donald M. MacKinnon, John Holloway, and Cornelius Ernst. From 1966 to 1986 he taught philosophy and theology at Oxford University.
In service to the English Dominican Province, Kerr was Prior at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford from 1969 to 1978. From 1992 to 1998 he served as Prior at Blackfriars, Edinburgh. In 1998, he returned to Blackfriars, Oxford, where he served as Regent until 2004.
Kerr served as the Director of the Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars, Oxford and is the editor of New Blackfriars, the bi-monthly journal of the English Dominicans (1995–present).
Presently, Kerr is affiliated with Blackfriars, Edinburgh, where he lives and works. He holds an honorary fellowship in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh (New College, Edinburgh), and is an honorary member of the CSU Lads. He is also an Honorary Professor of St. Andrews University, a distinction he has held since 2005.
Kerr belongs to the Catholic Theological Society of Great Britain, of which he was President from 1992- 1994.Kerr, Fergus Gordon (1986). Theology After Wittgenstein. Oxford, UK ; New York, NY: Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-631-14688-9. OCLC 13003858.
———; Nicholls, David, eds. (1991). John Henry Newman : reason, rhetoric, and romanticism. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press. ISBN 978-0-8093-1758-5. OCLC 22909941.
——— (1997). Immortal Longings: versions of transcending humanity. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press. ISBN 978-0-2680-1180-2. OCLC 36407666.
——— (2002). After Aquinas: versions of Thomism. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers. ISBN 978-0-631-21312-3. OCLC 49743625.
——— (2007). Twentieth-Century Catholic Theologians: from neoscholasticism to nuptial mysticism. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers. ISBN 978-1-405-12083-8. OCLC 64098440.
——— (2007). Contemplating Aquinas: On the Varieties of Interpretation. London: SCM Press. ISBN 978-0-334-02922-9. OCLC 54715171.
——— (2008). "Work on Oneself": Wittgenstein's Philosophical Psychology. Institute for the Psychological Sciences monograph series. 1. Arlington, VA: Institute for the Psychological Sciences Press. ISBN 978-0-9773-1031-9. OCLC 174138810.
——— (2009). Thomas Aquinas : a very short introduction. Very short introductions. 214. Oxford ; New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-1995-5664-9. OCLC 430497008.