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Dec 18, 2018  UST’s Catherine Peters Named Young Scholar of the Year by American Catholic Philosophical Association
Catherine PetersCenter for Thomistic Studies PhD. Candidate Catherine Peters recently won the “Young Scholar Award” from the American Catholic Philosophical Association. The award is given to the best paper submitted to the ACPA’s annual conference by a scholar 35 years old or younger regardless of academic position.

Nov 26, 2018  UST Houston Doctoral Candidate Captures Universality of the Nichomachean Ethics
Daniel Wagner,doctoral candidate at University of St. Thomas - Houston thumbnailDaniel Wagner successfully defended his dissertation, “φύσις καί τὸ ἀνθρώπινον ἀγαθὸν (‘Nature and the Human Good’): The Aristotelian Foundations of the Human Good,” on April 27. In the dissertation, Wagner presents Aristotle’s concept of the human good in the Nichomachean Ethics as the philosopher intended for it to be understood.

Nov 19, 2018  Doctoral Dissertation Explores the Nature of Disordered Actions
John Skalko Defends his DissertationJohn Skalko successfully defended his dissertation titled “Why is it Intrinsically Evil to Violate the Purpose of a Power or Use Assertions Unnaturally?” at the University of St. Thomas’s Center for Thomistic Studies on May 18. In his dissertation, Skalko explored the nature of disordered actions in the context of homosexuality.

Nov 16, 2018  James D. Capehart Defends Dissertation | UST Houston
James D. Capehart, University of St. Thomas - Houston doctoral candidateJames D. Capehart successfully defended his dissertation, “Étienne Gilson and the First Two Stages of His Christian Philosophy,” at the University of St. Thomas’s Center for Thomistic Studies on Friday, April 6. In his dissertation, Capehart dissertation examines the nature of Étienne Gilson’s (one of the 20th Century’s greatest Thomists) beliefs regarding Christian philosophy.

Oct 17, 2016  UST’s Philosophy Program Wows at Home and Abroad
Philosophy graduate student at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TexasBy all accounts, representatives from UST’s Center for Thomistic Studies are making an extraordinary impression at philosophy conferences nationwide and internationally. 

Aug 23, 2016  Dissertation Explores Thomas Aquinas and ‘Being’
Brian KempleBrian Kemple publicly defended his dissertation on Aug. 26 before the University community and his dissertation board. It was accepted by the Center for Thomistic Studies, and in May he will be the 28th recipient of a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas.

May 05, 2016  Doctoral Dissertation Examines Communities for the Best Life
John MaciasJohn Macias, doctoral candidate in the University of St. Thomas Center for Thomistic Studies will publically defend his dissertation at 9:30 a.m. on May 9 in Sullivan Hall. His dissertation on the philosophy of Thomistic philosopher Alasdair Macintyre asks what type of political community MacIntyre believes will bring human beings to the best and most flourishing life.

Sep 17, 2015  Hittinger Named Member of Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas
University of St. Thomas Houston professor of philosophy Dr. John Hittinger with Bishop Marcelo Sánchez SorondoDr. John Hittinger, professor of philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, received a letter signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, naming him an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas in May.
 

Mar 12, 2015  Thomistic Studies Graduate Student Earns Maritain Award
Francisco Plaza receiving Maritain AwardFrancisco Plaza, a student from the University of St. Thomas Center for Thomistic Studies, was awarded the American Maritain Association Graduate Student Award at an annual conference held in San Francisco, Feb. 26–28. At least 50 people attended the conference.

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