Ph.D. The Catholic University of America
M.A. L.A. St. John's College, Annapolis, MD
B.A. The Colorado College
Areas of Expertise
I am a specialist in medieval philosophy and the philosophy of Aquinas. My research interests focus on the ethics, anthropology, and metaphysics of Aquinas. I am also somewhat specialized as a generalist in the history of Western thought, if it is possible to say such a thing.
Courses I Teach
- Ancient and Medieval Humanities
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Medieval Philosophy
I have recently published a paper on divine providence and chance or randomness in the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (fall, 2013) entitled "Divine Providence in Aquinas's Commentaries on Aristotle's Physics and Metaphysics, and its Relevance to the Question of Evolution and Creation." I am currently working on a paper on Aristotle's and Aquinas's views on the soul and its parts and I am also working on philosophical paper explaining why Aquinas holds that God would not be obligated to fulfill a natural desire for the vision of God. After I am done with these, I will return to the topic of my dissertation, which investigates the relation between reason, volition, and emotion in Aquinas’s ethics and metaphysics.
I love Shakespeare, mountain biking, playing the guitar, and listening to Mozart (preferably not simultaneously). Since moving to Vermont I have very much enjoyed hiking and I look forward to skiing (both alpine and cross country) whenever the winter brings snow.
Nicholas Kahm, the Henry G. Fairbanks Visiting Scholar-in-Residence, has just defended his dissertation (with distinction) on the 22nd of November. Nick also recently presented a paper (at a conference in Houston on Oct. 18) entitled "Aristotle and Aquinas on the Soul and its Parts."