Associate Professor & Chair of Philosophy
Phone: 
(616) 632-2831
Office: 
Holmdene 313

Biography

Areas of Interest

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

Education

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas, 2018
Dissertation: “φύσις καί τὸ ἀνθρώπινον ἀγαθὸν: The Aristotelian Foundations of the Human Good”
Director: John P. Hittinger

M.A. in Philosophy, Gonzaga University, 2010
Thesis: “A Thomistic Critique of Occasionalism from Natural Causality, Divine Omnipotence, and the Psychology of Human Agency”
Director: Michael W. Tkacz

B.A. in Philosophy, The University of Montana,
cum laude, Spring, 2004

A.A., Flathead Valley Community College,
Spring, 2001

Some Recent Publications & Papers

“On Karol Wojtyła’s Aristotelian Method: Part I: Aristotelian Induction (ἐπαγωγή) and Division (διαίρεσις),” in Philosophy and Canon Law, 2021, Vol. 7/1: Semicentennial of Karol Wojtyła’s “Person and Act”: Ideas—Contexts—Inspirations (I).

“No Cause, No Credo: Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Nature as Preambula Fidei,” in Reality, Issue 1, Vol. 2, Spring 2021.

“On the Foundational Compatibility of Phenomenology & Thomism,” in Studia Gilsoniana 10, no. 3 (July–September 2021): 579–607.


“Albertus Magnus and St. Thomas on What is “Better-Known” in Natural Science,” Co-written with John H. Boyer, in the Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Vol. 93, 2020.


“Reality as Katharsis (κᾰθαρσις),” co-authored with Brian Kemple, in Reality, Issue 1, Vol. 1, Spring, 2020.


“Penitential Method as Phenomenological: The Penitential ἐποχή,” in Studia Gilsoniana 7, no. 3 (July–September 2018): 487–518.


The Intelligibility of Nature: The Wallace Reader, Co-Editor with John P. Hittinger and Michael W. Tkacz, (Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2022).
Thomas Aquinas: Teacher of Humanity, Co-Editor with John P. Hittinger, (London, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).


“The Logical Terms of Sense-Realism: A Thomistic-Aristotelian & Phenomenological Defense,” Society for 21st Century Thomism, National Meeting of the ACPA, St. Louis, MO, Fall 2021.


“αἴσθησις (aisthesis) in Aesthetics: Historical Sources on Value in the Arts,” A Presentation for the ARTfullness Series, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME, Summer 2021.


“On the Ancient Sources of Disputatio: Logos (λόγος) or Misologos (μῑσόλογος),” Aquinas College, Loutit Room, Grand Rapids, MI, Fall 2019.


“On the Elegance of APo, II.19 as Platonic Division,” for the Society for 21st Century Thomism, Society for Thomistic Natural Philosophy, National Meeting of the ACPA San Diego, CA, Fall, 2018; Colloquium at The Center for Thomistic Studies, Houston, TX, Feb 10, 2018.


“Foxy and φύσις: A Sartrean or an Aristotelian Existential Crisis?,” Colloquium for Spectemus et Contemplemus: The Thomistic Society for Philosophy & Film, held at The Center for Thomistic Studies, April 28, 2018.