Faculty Profile

Nicholas Kahm, PhD

Henry G. Fairbanks Visiting Scholar-in-Residence
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
  • Arabic/Islamic Philosophy
  • Aquinas

“Aquinas on Quality.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 24:1 (2016): 23-44. 

“Divine Providence in Aquinas’s Commentaries on Aristotle’s Physics and Metaphysics, and Its Relevance to the Question of Evolution and Creation.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 87 (2013): 637-656.  

Book Reviews

Miller, Christian. Character and Moral Psychology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014. The Thomist, forthcoming.

Decosimo, David. Ethics as a Work of Charity: Thomas Aquinas and Pagan Virtue. Stanford
University Press, 2014. Augustinian Studies 46 (2015): 261-265.

Cates, Diana Fritz. Aquinas on the Emotions: A Religious-Ethical Inquiry. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2009. Theological Studies 27 (2011): 440-442.
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, Henry G. Fairbanks Visiting Scholar in Residence, recently has had a book, an article and a book review accepted for publication: the book is on Aquinas’s views on how reason and emotion work together in the moral life, and will be published by the Catholic University of America Press. The article is on Aristotle’s and Aquinas’s anthropology and will appear in History of Philosophy Quarterly; the book review will appear in the online Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
(posted June 2017)

Nicholas Kahm, Henry G. Fairbanks Visiting Scholar-in-Residence (Humanities), presented at the Symposium Thomisticum in Paris this summer and had a book review published.

Nicholas Kahm, Henry G. Fairbanks Visiting Scholar-in-Residence (Philosophy), had an article accepted at the British Journal for the History of Philosophy (May, 2015) entitled "Aquinas on Quality." He will also be giving a paper at the  50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (May 14-17, 2015) entitled "Free Choice and Consent in Aquinas: Did Aquinas Change His Views on Will?"  He also published a paper about divine providence and chance or randomness in the Fall 2013 issue of American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, entitled “Divine Providence in Aquinas's Commentaries on Aristotle's Physics and Metaphysics, and its Relevance to the Question of Evolution and Creation.”

(posted April 2015)

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."

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