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Philosophy at Aquinas College

Daniel Wagner

Assistant Professor of Philosophy/Chair
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

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

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

“On the Elegance of APo, II.19 as Platonic Division,” for the Society for 21st Century Thomism, Satellite Session for the American Catholic Philosophical Association, San Diego, CA, Fall.

“Aristotle on Nature (φύσις/phūsis): Ancient Source of Catharsis for the Lived Nihilism of Modernity,” Authenticum Lecture Series, Grand Rapids, MI, September, 2018.

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

“On the Foundational Compatibility of Phenomenology & Thomism,” American Catholic Philosophical Association Sponsored Satellite Session, Dallas, TX, Fall 2017.

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

“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).