Dr. Michaeleen Kelly is a professor of Philosophy
with areas of specialization in Feminist Theory, Political Philosophy
and Philosophy of Law. She was the director of the Women's Studies
Center at Aquinas College from 1994-95 and from 1998-99. She
has also been an active member of the Women's Studies Advisory
Board. Her article, "Rights and Power: A Feminist Re-Thinking
of Liberal Rights," has been published in the Journal of
Social Philosophy and her paper, "The Michigan Militia
and the Emersonian Ideal of Self-Reliance," was presented
in March 1999 at the National Conference for Criminal Justice.
Her current research project centers on the question of the
impact of computerization in academia on accountability, relationships
of power within academic institutions and on professional development.
Dr. Kelly spent several weeks in Ghana as
part of a Fullbright study with Glenn Barkan, Ph.D., former Dean of
the School of Arts & Sciences and Kurt Kaiser, Associate
Professor of Art.
Dr. Kelly recently finished teaching a course on critical thinking for which she wrote the text "No More Stinkin' Thinkin': A Pragmatic Guide to Critical Thinking" to about 30 inmates in the L.A. County Men's Central Jail. In June 2012, she won the Dyer Ives Kent County Poetry Prize for her poem "The House Up North." Dr. Kelly previously won this award with her poem "My Kenya Ken."
Ralph Vunderink completed his doctoral program in the interdisciplinary field of philosophy and theology at the University of Chicago (1963-69); the title of his doctoral thesis is “The Concept of Being in the Thought of Paul Tillich and Martin Heidegger.”
Among his several teaching stints are seven years as a philosophy teacher at the University of Detroit (1968-75), four years as a theology teacher at Hope College (1975-79), and four years at Winebrenner Seminary (1983-87). At present he is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Aquinas College (1994-).
He has volunteered his services to Tyndale Seminary, near Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2001-06), and has commenced volunteering his time teaching Latin to Beginners at the Potter House High School, in Wyoming, MI, a subject he taught at Aquinas for three years (2002-05).
Besides plotting along on his life’s work, a monograph on the history of ideas, entitled “From the Acropolis to the Lunar Landing” (1970-),
Vunderink translated from the Dutch Harry Bultema’s A Brief Commentary on Zechariah (1987) and Kornelis Bril’s Vollenhoven’s Problem-Historical Method (2005); published “Ground Motifs - A Modest Revision,” in Contemporary Reflections on the Philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd (2000), 157-177; “Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility in the Philosophical Theology of Thomas Aquinas,” in Testamentum Imperium, An International Theological Journal (2009), 2:1-12, and “Christ Suffering, Death, and Resurrection: A Threefold Motif,” in My Brother’s Keeper, T. J. Marinello and H. H. Drake Williams III, eds. (Wipf & Stock: Eugene, Oregon, 2010), 175-196.
Paideia Press is printing the second volume of Herman Dooyeweerd's trilogy,"Reformation and Scholasticism in Philosophy." The joint editing of
this lengthy work had
been entrusted to Danie Strauss (South Africa) and Ralph Vunderink
(USA). This book
compares and contrasts Reformation philosophy and medieval
Scholasticism, chiefly that of
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