Meet the Graduate Students

Meet the Graduate Students

Meet the Graduate Students
Current Students:


Alexander, Jacob

Education: Thomas Aquinas College—BA, Liberal Arts

Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Natural Philosophy and Metaphysics

Bielinski, Maureen

Education: Ava Maria University—BA, Philosophy

Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Block, Isaac

Education: University of New Mexico—BS, Pure Math; International Theological Institute, Austria—STB, Sacred Theology; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Boyer, John

Education: Thomas Aquinas College—BA, Liberal Arts; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Ancient Philosophy, Aristotle, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics

Conferences and Presentations:

“MacIntyre, First Principles, and the Impossibility of Scientific Knowledge,” American Maritain Association Conference, in New York, NY, February 25-27, 2016

Commentator on Jonathan Buttaci, “Cognitive Capacities and States in Posterior Analytics B 19,” 39th Annual Workshop on Ancient Philosophy, Rice University, Houston, TX, February 19-20, 2016.

“Modeling and Aristotelian Demonstration,” American Catholic Philosophical Association Conference, Session on “Aristotelian Foundations of  Science and the Modeling of Nature: Studies in Honor of William A. Wallace, O.P.”, Sponsored by Society for Thomistic Natural Philosophy, in Boston, MA, October 8-11.

“Analyzing Divine Eternity in Aquinas,” American Catholic Philosophical Association Conference, “Satellite Session I,” Sponsored by the American Catholic Philosophical Association, in Boston, MA, October 8-11, 2015. 

Co-Authored with Daniel Wagner, “Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas on ‘Better Known’ in Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics and Physics,” 50th International Congress of Medieval Studies, Session on “Philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas I: Metaphysics”, Sponsored by the Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015.

“The Coherence of Divine Eternity in Thomas Aquinas,” Center for Thomistic Studies Colloquium Series, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, February 27, 2015.

“The Coherence of Divine Eternity in Thomas Aquinas,” 3rd Marquette University Graduate Student Chapter of Aquinas and the ‘Arabs’ International Workshop, at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, February 20-21, 2015.

Chair of Session “Habits in Illuminative Cognition,” American Catholic Philosophical Association Conference, in Washington DC, October 9-12, 2014.

“The Interrelation of Cause and Explanation”, Houston Graduate Philosophy Symposium, Co-Sponsored by University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, University of Houston, and Rice University, at Rice University, Houston, TX, May 1, 2014.

“From Effects to Causes: A Posteriori Reasoning in Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics II.2-10,” Center for Thomistic Studies Colloquium Series, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, April 4, 2014.

“Are Cause and Explanation Coextensive Terms?”, CUA Graduate Conference, on “Cause and Explanation,” at The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., February 21-22, 2014.

Co-authored with Geoffrey Meadows, “Thomas Aquinas: Teacher of Transhumanity?”, Houston Graduate Philosophy Symposium, Co-Sponsored by University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, University of Houston, and Rice University, at University of Houston, Houston, TX, November 8, 2013.

Co-authored with Geoffrey Meadows, “Thomas Aquinas: Teacher of Transhumanity?”, First American Conference of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas on “Thomas Aquinas: Teacher of Humanity,” Co-Sponsored by the Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX and The John Paul II Forum, at University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, October 17-19, 2013.

“Eternal God: Divine Atemporality in Thomas Aquinas,” Sam Houston State University’s First International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought, at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, April 4-6, 2013

“The Primary Sense of Substance in Categories Five and Metaphysics Seven,” CUA Graduate Philosophy Conference, on “The Categories,” at The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., March 22-23, 2013

Publications: 

Co-Authored with Geoffrey Meadows, “Thomas Aquinas: Teacher of Transhumanity?”, in Thomas Aquinas: Teacher of Humanity, edited by John P. Hittinger and Daniel C. Wagner (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

“Eternal God: Divine Atemporality in Thomas Aquinas,” in News from the Raven: Essays from Sam Houston State University on Medieval and Renaissance Thought, Edited by Darci N. Hill (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014).

Capehart, James D.

Education: University of Dallas—BA, Theology; Regina Apostolorum—BA, Philosophy; Holy Apostles College and Seminary—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Gilson and Christian Philosophy  (Dr. Houser, Director, Dr. Hittinger, and Dr. Sommers).

Caruthers, Jessie Jacobs

Education: Benedictine College—BA, Theology/Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Cherny, Joseph

Education:  The Catholic University of America—BA, Philosophy

Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Ethics, metaphysics

Conferences Attended: 

2015

  • Texas Medieval Association Conference on “Pain and the Privation Account of Evil”
  • Houston Graduate Philosophy Symposium on “Is Pain a Counter Example to the Privation Account”
  • Fifth Annual Aquinas Workshop on “Aquinas and the Philosophy of Nature”
  • American Catholic Philosophical Association

Cuen, Humberto

Education: Universidad Iberoamericana—BA, Philosophy; San Diego State University—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Metaphysics, Thomas Aquinas, and George Berkeley

Davis, Lowell

Education: Seminary of Oblates of Mary Immaculate—BA, Thomistic Philosophy; Seminary of Oblates of Mary Immaculate—MDiv, Theology; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Edler, Casey

Education: St. Joseph Seminary College—BA, Philosophy; Louisiana State University—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Thomas Aquinas and the Kalam Cosmological Argument (Dr. Knasas, Director, Dr. Houser and Dr. Martin).

Gardosik, Carol

Education: Houston Baptist University—BA, Philosophy; University of Houston—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Grimes, Andrew J.

Education: Thomas Aquinas College—BA, Liberal Arts

Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Haines, Jon

Education: Franciscan University at Steubenville—BA, Classics and Philosophy; Franciscan University at Steubenville—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Philosophy of Science, Faith and Reason, Bioethics and Natural Law

Conference Presentations:

“Naturalistic Fallacy v. Natural Law,” Presented at Louisiana State University, April, 2011

“Veritas Intactilis” SCSP Conference, February 2014

Jones, Brian H.

Education: Franciscan University of Steubenville—BA, Theology; Franciscan University of Steubenville—MA, Theology; Center for Thomistic Studies—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Candidate, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Political Philosophy, Aristotelian and Thomistic Ethics, Jacques Maritain, Social and Political Thought of James V. Schall, Thomistic Metaphysics, Science and Philosophy

Publications:  The following is an abbreviated list of academic and magazine publications:

“The Professor Who Knows Our Names: A Tribute to the Man Who is Schall,” is forthcoming in a collection of essays in honor of James V. Schall, S.J. called Schall at Georgetown (January, 2015).

“Securing the Rational Foundations of Human Living: The Pedagogical Nature of Human Law in St. Thomas Aquinas.” Forthcoming in New Blackfriars, 2015.

“Aristotelian Political Philosophy, the Wise Many, and Catholic Social Teaching,” Forthcoming in Catholic Social Science Review, September, 2014.

“That There Were True Things to Say: The Scandal of Philosophy and Demonstrating God’s Existence in Thomistic Natural Theology.” New Blackfriars 95 (2014): 412-429.

“The Professor Who Knows our Names: A Tribute to the Man who is Schall,” Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 35, no. 3 (Fall/Winter 2012): 7-9.

“Jacques Maritain and Dignitatis Humanae: Natural Law as the Common Language of Religious Freedom.” Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 33, no. 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2010): 28-30.

“Breaking Free of Our Metaphysical Winter: On Why Christians Must Study Philosophy,” Forthcoming in Homiletic and Pastoral Review.

“Faith Needs Philosophy: A Primer on the Relationship between Reason and Revelation,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (April 23, 2014).

“On Giving Too Much to the Human,” Forthcoming in the Social Justice Review, 2014.

“Truth Seekers: Why We Need An Authentic Metaphysics of the Human Person,” Forthcoming in the Social Justice Review, 2014.

“On Being ‘Lovable’ and ‘Worthwhile,’” Catholic World Report (April, 2014)

“Purity and the Clearness of the Intellect,” Truth and Charity Forum (March 5, 2014).

“It Belongs to the Wise Man to Order: James Schall on Politics and Revelation,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (December 11, 2013).

“Catholicism and Libertarianism,” Catholic World Report (November 18, 2013).

“Parish Mission Statements and Authentic Ecclesiology,” Catholic World Report (September 12, 2013).

“On Choosing No Order: The Political and Social Dangers of Truth,” Truth and Charity Forum (July 10, 2013).

“Read Your Thomas: Advice We Should Heed,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (July 4, 2013).

“Democracy, the Death of Truth, and the Growth of Tyranny,” Catholic World Report (July 4, 2013).

“On the Willingness to See the Truth,” Truth and Charity Forum (May 29, 2013).

“What Commencement Addresses Reveal,” Crisis (May 13, 2013).

“Piers, Penn, and the Essence of Catholicism,” Catholic World Report (March 18, 2013).

“The Professor Who Knows our Names: A Tribute to the Man who is Schall,” Catholic World Report (January 10, 2013).

“On the Role of Philosophy in the New Evangelization,” Crisis (December 17, 2012).

“Go Read Your Thomas,” Crisis (December 6, 2012).

“Jacques Maritain and Dignitatis Humanae: Natural Law as the Common Language of Religious Freedom,” St. Austin Review, Vol.12, No.6 (November/December, 2012): 24-26.

“On Cultivating the Catholic Mind,” Crisis (November 26, 2012).“Biblical Foundations and the Thread of History.” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (November 17, 2012).

“On Cultivating the Mind That is Catholic,” Catholic World Report (September 24, 2012).

“Transcendence and the Meaning of Politics.” Social Justice Review, no. 103, no. 3-4 (April, 2012): 37-39.

“Transcendence and the Meaning of Politics.” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (March 15, 2012).

The Professor Who Knows Our Names: A Tribute to the Man Who is Schall,” is forthcoming in a collection of essays in honor of James V. Schall, S.J. called Schall at Georgetown (2016).

“Securing the Rational Foundations of Human Living: The Pedagogical Nature of Human Law in St. Thomas Aquinas,” New Blackfriars (96): 602-620.

"Faith and Science in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: A Brief Sketch," forthcoming in Catholic World Report.

Talks:

"An Introduction to the Political Philosophy of James V. Schall" presented at the Society of Catholic Social Scientists at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Oct. 23, 2015.

Participated in a podcast interview on the subjects of Catholicism and Thomism for the website Catching Foxes, aired on February 17, 2016. 

Kemple, Brian

Education: Southern Catholic College—BA, Literature/Philosophy; Center for Thomistic Studies—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Candidate, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Metaphysics, Human Person, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Maritain, Thomas Aquinas, Phenomenology.

Presentations:

“Thomas and Wojtyla on the Teleology of Nature and Person”
Thomas Aquinas: Teacher of Humanity – The First Conference of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas in North America (Houston, TX, 18 October 2013)

“Wojtyla: Nature, Person, and Teleology”
Thomistic Personalism satellite session at the American Catholic Philosophical Association (Indianapolis, IN, 3 November 2013)

“Techne, Physis, and Technology: Aristotle and Heidegger”
4th Annual Houston Baptist Philosophy Conference (Houston, TX, 5 April 2014)

"Does the First Principle of Avicenna have a Quiddity?"
Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ Annual Fall Workshop (Houston, TX, 6 September 2014)

Konkel, Todd

Education: Hillsdale College—BS, Biology; St. John's Seminary College—B.A., Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Aquinas and De Ente et Essentia ch. 4 and the Real Distinction (Dr. Osborne, Director, Dr. Houser and Dr. Martin).

Lambert, Keaton

Education: University of Notre Dame—BA, Philosophy/Theology

Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Political Philosophy, Thomas Aquinas, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics, Existentialism, and Logic

Langley, Rose

Education: Thomas Aquinas College—BA, Liberal Arts

Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Lomanno, Matthew

Education: St. Anselm College—BA, Liberal Studies; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Lynch, Alexander

Education: St. Mary's College of California—BA, Philosophy; Boston College—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Reason’s Relationship to the Passions (Dr. Houser, Director, Dr. Jensen and Dr. Martin).

Macias, John

Education: Benedictine College—BA, Philosophy; Center for Thomistic Studies—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: The Political Philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre (Dr. Steve Jensen, Director, Dr. Thomas Osborne and Mirela Oliva)

Philosophical Interests: Ethics, Alasdair MacIntyre, Political Philosophy, Natural Law

Publications:

“John Finnis and the Political Community,” in News from the Raven: Essays from Sam Houston State University on Medieval and Renaissance Thought (Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Boston, 2014).

“Why Do We Honor Self-Sacrifice?”Crisis Magazine, 27 May 2013 (http://www.crisismagazine.com/2013/why-do-we-honor-self-sacrifice)

“What’s a Goat-Stag?: Aristotle on Definitions and Non-Existent Kinds” Purlieu: A Philosophical Journal 1 (2012): 97-112.

“John Finnis and Alasdair MacIntyre on our Knowledge of the Precepts of Natural Law,” Res Philosophica vol.93, no.1, January 2016, pp.1-21.

McCloskey, Patrick

Education: Pontifical University of the Holy Cross—BA, Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Meadows, Geoff

Education: St. Mary's College of California—BA, Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: Ph.D. student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Philosophy of Religion, Essentialism, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Elizabeth Anscombe, Peter Geach, and Peter Hacker

Other information: When I am not philosophizing, I am the coach of the UST fencing club, the tutor/coordinator at the Tutorial Service Center at UST, and the father of two.

Moore, Matthew

Education: University of Dallas—BA, Philosophy; University of Dallas—MA, Theology; University of Dallas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Peters, Catherine

Education: Sacred Heart Major Seminary—BA, Philosophy (summa cum laude); The Center for Thomistic Studies—MA, Philosophy.

Current Status: PhD Student, The Center for Thomistic Studies.

Philosophical Interests: Metaphysics, Natural Philosophy, Greek & Arabic Sources of Thomism (with an emphasis on Aristotle and Avicenna), Aristotelian Logic & Demonstration, Natural Law.

Recent Activities:

Catherine Peters spent the summer of 2015 studying Arabic at the Summer Language Institute at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI).

In October, 2015 she presented on “Personal Participation in the Thomistic Account of Natural Law” at the satellite session for the Society For Thomistic Personalism at the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Boston, MA. Her work was subsequently accepted for publication in the eJournal of the Society for Thomistic Personalism 4 (2015): 31-43. Her paper on “St. Thomas’ Proof for the Lord of Lords from the Cause of Causes” presented at the Nicolas Copernicus University (Torún, Poland) last spring has appeared in Biblica et Patristica Thoruniensia 8 (2015): 75-88.

In February, 2016 she spoke on “Avicennian Existential Causality” at the Vagantes Graduate Conference on Medieval Studies sponsored by Rice University (Houston, TX) and in May, 2016 she presented her paper on “The Objective Relativity of Goodness: a rapprochement between Peter Geach and Thomas Aquinas” at the 51st Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI).

This summer she will participate in the Lumen Christi Institute for Catholic Thought seminar on “Aquinas’ Five Ways and Where they Lead” with Fr. Stephen Brock at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome) before studying Italian for the summer. She will then return to the United States for the 11th Annual Thomistic Seminar with the Witherspoon Institute (Princeton, NJ) on the philosophy of nature.

Ms. Peters is also an adjunct philosophy instructor at St. Mary’s Seminary and a logic instructor for the Dominican Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province.

Plaza, Francisco

Education: Palm Beach Atlantic College—AA, Pre-Engineering Studies; Palm Beach Atlantic College—BS, Mathematics/Philosophy

Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Modern political philosophy, existentialism, phenomenology, personalism, philosophy of religion, St. Thomas Aquinas, Jacques Maritain, Korol Wojtyla, and Etienne Gilson

Poage, Nathan

Education: San Diego State University—BA, Philosophy/Classics; San Diego State University—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Aristotle, Avicenna and Aquinas on the Subject and Principles of Metaphysics (Dr. Houser, Director, Dr. Sommers and Dr. McGinnis—Professor of Philosophy, University of Missouri).

Prazak, Melissa

Education:

Current Status:  BA/MA Student Department of Philosophy and Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests:  Metaphysics, Human Nature, Medieval Philosophy

Articles:

"Learning From the Pros: The Transmission of Family Spirituality" Divine Word Magazine, Fall 2013

Ramirez, Nelson

Education: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana—BA, Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Contemporary Thomistic Problems on Aquinas’ Understanding of Truth (Dr. Knasas, Director, Dr. Houser and Dr. Jensen).

Philosophical Interests: Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ancient Philosophy, and Thomas Aquinas (of course!)

Robertson, Charles

Education: University of Saskatchewan—BA, Philosophy; University of Saskatchewan—MA, History; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Schaff, John Michael

Education: Seattle University—BA, Philosophy/German; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Skalko, John M.

Education: University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN)—BA, Philosophy and Catholic Studies; St. Meinrad School of Theology—Graduate Studies in Theology; University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX)—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Candidate, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Thomas Aquinas, Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Intrinsically Evil Actions, Philosophy of God, and Philosophy of Religion

Presentations: 

"Comparing Chance, Probability, and Randomness to Divine Providence." Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 2014 International Symposium: "Does God Play Dice? Randomness and Divine Providence." Other presenters (astrophysicists, physicists, mathematicians, philosophyers, theologians, etc) in attendance from Switzerland, Germany, Australia, and across the U.S.  Pasadena, CA: August 1, 2014.

"In What Sense are Thomas' Sins Against Nature 'Against Nature?'" The First U.S. Conference of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas. Houston, TX: October 18, 2013

"Avicenna's Argument against Infinite Regress as a Step in Proving the Existence of God: Is it Successful?" Sam Houston State's International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought. Hunstville, TX: April 5, 2013

Conferences: 

Attended "Aquinas on God," 4th Annual Philosophy Workshop. Sponsored by The Catholic and Dominican Institute, The Thomistic Institute, and The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. Held at Mount Saint Mary College. Newburgh, NW: June 5-8, 2014.

Publications:

"If Food and Water are Proportionate Means, Why not Oxygen?" The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 13, no. 3 (Autumn 2013): 453-68.

"Differentiating ANH and the Vent," in The National Catholic Bioethics Center's Ethics & Medics, December 2011.

Other Information:

Languages:  Latin, Spanish, Italian, Greek, French, and German.

Listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges (2014)

Smalley, Annie

Education: Denison University—BA, Philosophy and Political Science; SUNY Center Stony Brook—MA Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Candidate—Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Aquinas, Aristotle, Heidegger

Somerville, Aaron

Education: University of Texas—BA, Liberal Arts; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Arguments for the Final End of Man in Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas (Dr. Osborne, Director, Dr. Houser and Dr. Jensen).

Sparks, Stephen

Education: American River College—AA, Liberal Arts; California State University, Sacramento—BA, Philosophy; University of St. Thomas—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: The Indispensability of the Sign and the Scope of Semiosis: Exploring the Doctrinal Foundations of Semiotics, A Comparative Study of the Sign-Theory of John Poinsot and Charles S. Peirce (Dr. Deely, Director, Dr. Hittinger and Dr. Osborne).

Wagner, Daniel C.

Education: Flathead Valley Community College—AA; University of Montana—BA, Philosophy; Gonzaga University—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: Ph.D. Candidate, Center for Thomistic Studies

Areas of Interest 

Philosophy of Nature and Science, Metaphysics, and Philosophical Anthropology in St. Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle; Phenomenology in Edmund Husserl and Karol Wojtyła; History of Philosophy

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, 2012-2015
Visiting Lecturer of Philosophy, 2015-2016

Publications

“Penitential Method as Phenomenological: The Penitential ἐποχή,” forthcoming in The Journal of Thomistic Personalism, ed. by R. Mary H. Lemmons, Volume 4 (2014).

Thomas Aquinas: Teacher of Humanity, Co-Editor with John P. Hittinger, forthcoming (London, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

Some Recent Scholarly Presentations

“Modeling and Aristotelian Induction,” Society for Thomistic Natural Philosophy, National Meeting of the ACPA, Boston M.A., 2015.

"A Dialectic with Jacques Maritain on the “proton pseudos of phenomenology:” On the Foundational Compatibility of Phenomenology & Thomism,” American Maritain Association, New York, Spring, 2016. 

Augustine Without Walls, at Clare Hall, November 6, 2015, entitled, “Through the Things that are Made: A Presentation on Nature and Arguments for the Existence of God."

“Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas on Aristotle’s Use of γνωριμωτέρων in Posterior Analytics I.2 and Physics I.1,” Kalamazoo Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2015 (Co-Authored with John Boyer).

"Penitential Method as Phenomenological: The Penitential ἐποχή," presented at the ACPA Satellite Session of the Society for Thomistic Personalism, at National Meeting of the ACPA, Washington, D.C., 2014.

“The Avicennian Formulation of the Subject Matter of Metaphysics,” Aquinas and the ‘Arabs’ Conference, held at the University of St. Thomas,  Houston, TX, September 6, 2014.

“ΣΥΛΛΟΓΙΣΜΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΠΡΑΚΤΟΥ: St. Thomas Aquinas’ Solution to the Problem of the Practical Syllogism,” ACPA Sponsored Satellite Session, National Meeting of the ACPA, Indianapolis, 2013.

“Definition and the Reductio ad Vegetabilium: Comments on Professor Tkacz’s Treatment of Albertus Magnus and the Error Ptolemaei,” Society for  Thomistic Natural Philosophy, National Meeting of the ACPA, Los Angeles, 2012.    

White, Brandon K.

Education: Louisiana State University—BA, Philosophy

Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Platonism

Education: Louisiana State University—BA, Philosophy

Current Status: MA Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Philosophical Interests: Platonism

Williams R., Evan

Education: Hillsdale College—BA, Philosophy/Classical Studies; Marquette University—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: PhD Student, Center for Thomistic Studies

Zents, Jeffrey

Education: University of Texas, Dallas—BA, Philosophy; Washington University—MA, Philosophy

Current Status: ABD, Center for Thomistic Studies; Dissertation in Progress: Abstractive Thomism and the Pyrrhonian Skeptical Tradition (Dr. Martin, Director, Dr. Knasas, Dr. Osborne).

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