Meet the Alumni
Meet the Alumni

David Arias
Dissertation: Rediscovering Nature: An Exposition and Defense of the Thomistic Reasoning to Substantional Form and First Matter per Viam Motus, 2012
Currently: Tutor, Thomas Aquinas College, CA

Domenic D’Ettore
Dissertation: Early Thomists on Demonstration through Analogous Terms, 2012
Currently: Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Marian University, Indianapolis, IN

Samuel Condic
Dissertation: Hominization and Human Life: Toward a More Integrated Understanding of Human Development, 2009
Currently: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND

Anthony Crifasi
Dissertation: The Philosophical Significance of Cartesian Sensory Physiology, 2009
Currently: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS

Andrea Messineo
Dissertation: Incommensurability in MacIntyre and Popper, 2008 Currently: Marriage and Family Therapist; Member of American Philosophical Practitioners Association

Ben Smith
Dissertation: Thomas Aquinas on Politics and the Common Good, 2008
Currently: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Aquinas College, Nashville, TN

Steve Striby
Dissertation: Against the Principles of Nominalism, 2007
Currently: Visiting Professor of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, Houston TX

Mark Barker
Dissertation: The Cognitive Power: Objects and Terminology, 2007
Currently: Professor of Philosophy, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA

Jinnam Yi
Dissertation: Divine Command Theory and Natural Law Ethics in St. Thomas Aquinas: Reply to the Euthyphro Question, 2004
Currently: Donduk Women’s University, South Korea

Keith Bower
Dissertation: The Roots of Mathematics: An Informal Foundationalist Approach, 2001
Currently: Project Management Consultant in oil and gas industry

Thomas McLaughlin
Dissertation: The Aristotelian Definition of Motion and the Principal of Intertia, 2001
Currently: Associate Professor, Pre-Theology Faculty, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary

Joseph Magee, II
Dissertation: Unmixing the Intellect: Aristotle on Cognitive Powers and Bodily Organs, 1999
Currently: Director of the Catholic Student Center, Lecturer in Philosophy, Sam Houston State University

Edward Lyons
Dissertation: Models of Intentional Action, Freedom and the Possibility of Moral Responsibility, 1998
Currently: Associate Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law

Robert Bunting
Dissertation: Universals and Laws of Nature, 1998
Currently: IT Infrastructure Manager, Dona Ana County, Las Cruces, NM

Kevin Rickert
Dissertation: The Starting Point of the Fifth Way, 1997
Currently: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, St. Mary’s College of Minnesota

Sherra Theissen
Dissertation: A Dialectical Analysis of the Intrasubjective Relationship Between the Intellect and the Will in Hannah Arendt and Thomas Aquinas, 1997
Currently: Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX

Austen Rockcastle
Dissertation: St. Thomas Aquinas on the Nature and Morality of Lying, 1993
Currently: Tutor, Chesterton Academy, a private, independent high school

Karen Zedlick
Contemplation, First Among Equals, 1993
Currently: Tutor, Thomas Aquinas College

Jean William Rioux
Dissertation: Aristotle, Aquinas and the Foundations of Arithmetic, 1990
Currently: Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department, Benedictine College

Gregory Coulter
Dissertation: Mind and Body in St. Thomas Aquinas: Some Problems with Aquinas’ Notion That the Intellectual Principle Both Subsists and is a Substantial Form, 1989
Currently: Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Sr. Terese Auer, OSF
Dissertation: The Apparent Antinomy of Diving Causality and Human Free Choice, 1989
Currently: Chair, Bioethics Department, Pope John Paul the Great, Dumphries, VA

R. Mary Hayden Lemmons
Dissertation: The Apparent Antinomy of Diving Causality and Human Free Choice, 1988
Currently: Associate Professor of Philosophy and Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

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