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Employment

Assistant Professor of Philosophy (tenure-track), 2018–present: The King’s University, Edmonton, AB

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, 2017–18: Providence College, Providence, RI

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, 2016–17: Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY

Education

PhD, 2019, Institute for Christian Studies and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Conjoint Program; Philosophy

AOS: medieval philosophy; metaphysics; philosophy of religion

AOC: social ontology; philosophy of economics

Dissertation: Neither Solitary Nor Diverse: Transcendental Multiplicity in Thomas Aquinas

 MA, 2013, Trinity Western University; Humanities

Thesis: Univocity, Analogy and the Analytic-Continental Divide in Philosophy

 BA, 2010, California Baptist University; English and Philosophy

Publications

 Peer-Reviewed:

“Why critical social ontologists shouldn’t be univocalists.” Ergo (forthcoming).

“Belief in the Obvious: Lessons from Plato’s Sophist.” Renovatio: The Journal of Zaytuna College 3.1 (2019): 93–96.

“Things within Things? Toward an Ontology of the Firm.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91 (2017).

“Analogy in Aquinas: The Alston-Wolterstorff Debate Revisited.” Faith and Philosophy 34.1 (2017): 33–56.

(Co-authored with Andrew Cuff) “The Limits of Negative Liberty: John Paul II’s Augustinian Anthropology and the Austrian School of Economics.” Anamnesis 5 (2016): 24-41.

“Gadamer, Lavoie, and Their Critics: The Hermeneutics Debate Revisited.” Journal of Markets & Morality 19.1 (Spring 2016): 61–78.

(Co-authored with Rich Janzen, Steve van de Hoef, Alethea Stobbe, Allyson Carr, Ronald A. Kuipers, and Héctor Acero-Ferrer) “Just Faith? A National Survey Connecting Faith and Justice within the Christian Reformed Church.” Review of Religious Research 58.2 (June 2016): 229-247.

“Transcendental Multitude in Thomas Aquinas.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 89 (2015): 109-118.

“Some Prolegomena to any Future Truth Theory in Christian Philosophy.” Philosophia Christi 17.1 (2015): 71-87.

“The Thin Theory of Existence and Conceptual Idolatry.” Per la Filosofia: Special Issue on ‘Philosophy and Idols’ 90.1 (2014): 73-86.

“Does Aquinas Hold a Correspondence Theory of Truth in De Veritate?” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (winner of the ACPA’s “Young Scholar’s Award”) 88 (2014): 285-300.

“Who’s Truth? A Response to Davis-Franks.” Philosophia Christi 16.1 (2014): 165-174.

—–With a response by Richard B. Davis and W. Paul Franks, “On Jesus, Derrida, and Dawkins: A Rejoinder to Joshua Harris,” Philosophia Christi 16.1

(2014): 175-181.

“Univocity and Analogy: A Comparative Study of Gilbert Ryle and Martin Heidegger.” Diametros 34 (December 2012): 34-50.

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Entries:

“Logic” in: A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. New Haven, CT: Eerdmans, 2017.

“Parmenides’ Challenge and Zuidervaart’s Theory of Truth: A Project Ancient and Original.” (forthcoming 2017 in a festschrift dedicated to the work of Prof. Lambert Zuidervaart).

Book Reviews:

Review of Being, Essence and Substance in Plato and Aristotle by Paul Ricoeur, translated by David Pellauer and John Starkey. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 54.4 (2015): 805–07.

Review of Heidegger’s Philosophical Atheology by Peter S. Dillard. Praxis 4.1 (2014/15): 3–7.

Review of Hermeneutics: An Introduction to Interpretive Theory by Stanley E. Porter and Jason C. Robinson. Theology 116.2 (March 2013): 127–28.

Conference Presentations

“Ontological pluralism: A Scotist contribution to the contemporary debate.” 1st Annual Workshop for the The Christian West and Islamic East: Theology, Science, and Knowledge Project, St. Louis, MO (August 2019).

“Practical Insight, Social Form: Aristotle on the Origins and Nature of Money” International Conference for Collaborative Philosophy, Theology, and Ministry, Buffalo, NY (February 2019).

“Why critical social ontologists shouldn’t be univocalists.” 2nd Annual Critical Social Ontology Workshop, St. Louis, MO (October 2018).

“Justice and Social Ontology in Aquinas.” Expanding a ‘Not Numerous Center’: Philosophy, Theology, and Ministry for a Polarized World, Buffalo, NY (February 2018).

“Things within Things? Toward an Ontology of the Firm.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Dallas, TX (November 2017).

“Medieval philosophy and the transcendentals: Worthless or crucial?” Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Toronto, ON (April 2017).

“Aquinas’ misreading of Avicenna on unity: A rationale.” 2016 Annual Fall Workshop on Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (September 2016).

“Transcendental multitude in Thomas Aquinas.” 2015 Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Boston, MA (October 2015).

“Onto-theology: What it is and why it’s a problem.” 2015 Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Mechanicsburg, PA (September 2015).

“Does Aquinas hold a correspondence theory of truth in De veritate?” 2014 Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Washington, DC (October 2014).

“Value problems left and right: Hans-Georg Gadamer and the economic person.” Are We There Yet? Economic Justice and the Common Good, the Justice and Faith project. King’s University College, Edmonton, AB (May 2014).

“Propositions, art and truth: Zuidervaart’s critique of Wolterstorff.” What is Christian Philosophy? Society of Christian Philosophers, Midwest Region, Trinity Christian College. Palos Heights, IL (March 2014).

“Quantification, Sein and univocity: A response to Peter van Inwagen’s critique of Martin Heidegger.” Analytic Theology Project: Philosophical Perspectives on Theological Realism, Erbacher Hof. Mainz, DE (August/September 2013).

“Philosophy, theology and the problem of ontological difference.” Imagining the Good Life: Apologetics and Human Flourishing. California Baptist University. Riverside, CA (April 2013).

“Rowan Williams’ critique of natural rights.” American Academy of Religion Pacific Northwest Annual Meeting. Concordia University. Portland OR (May 2012).

“Common responsibility: Marriage as a critique of modern autonomy.” Gender Studies Institute Annual Meeting. Trinity Western University. Langley, BC (March 2012).

“A Levinasian critique of the Dostoevsky of Christian apologetics.” International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society. University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC (February 2012).

Other Scholarly Events

Comments on Terrence McGoldrick’s “Private Property versus the Right of Nature: A CST Critique.” St. Nicholas of Myra Conference on Catholic Social Thought, Providence, RI (November 2017).

“Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation” (seminar participant). Lumen Christi Institute. Santa Barbara, CA (June/August 2017).

“Creation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.” 1st Annual ICS Undergraduate Workshop (founder and organizer). Institute for Christian Studies and Scarboro Missions. Toronto, ON (May 2017).

“Analogy in Aquinas: The Alston-Wolterstorff debate revisited.” Philosophy of Religion Group at the University of Toronto. Toronto, ON (November 2016).

“Virtue and economic thinking” (seminar participant), a Liberty and Markets Conference sponsored by the Acton Institute and Liberty Fund, Inc. Holland, MI (August 2016).

Response to Daniel D. De Haan, “Is there a human nature?” Lonergan Graduate Seminar. Lonergan Research Institute at Regis College. Toronto, ON (April 2016).

“Onto-theology: What it is and why it’s a problem” (invited talk). Philosophy of Religion Group at the University of Toronto. Toronto, ON (October 2015).

“Analytic Philosophy for non-Analytic philosophers” (seminar leader). Working Group at the Institute for Christian Studies. Toronto, ON (Winter ’15 semester).

“The thin theory of existence: A transcendental theist critique.” Philosophy of Religion Working Group. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON (October 2014).

“Aquinas, grace and the good: A response to Jeremy Skrzypek.” 2014 Meeting of the Canadian Society for Christian Philosophers. Brock University, St. Catherine’s, ON (May 2014).

“Gadamer and praxeology: The hermeneutics debate revisited.” IHS Research Colloquium, George Mason University. Washington, D.C. (November 2013).

“Resources beyond left and right: Toward an economics of personhood.” 1st Annual Graduate Student Association Forum, Trinity Western University. Langley, BC (March 2013 – winner of TWU’s “Graduate Student Association Award”).

“The Scottish Enlightenment” (seminar participant). Liberty Fund Advanced Topics Seminar, George Mason University. Washington, D.C. (February 2013).

Other Professional Experience

  • Copyeditor, Summer 2015: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies Press
    • Indexing and copyediting for Embracing Wisdom: The Summa theologiae as Spiritual Pedagogy (PIMS Press, 2015)
  • Research Assistant, September 2013-August 2015: The Justice and Faith project
    • Analyzing data for a study about North American evangelicalism and social justice
  • Research Assistant, September 2011-May 2013: Canada Research Chair of Interpretation, Religion and Culture
    • Providing editorial assistance with various scholarly manuscripts, including A Spoke in the Wheel (Gütersloher Verlaghaus, 2013) and Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2015)
    • Editing and producing content for The Humanist Lens, official blog/website of Canada Research Chair, Jens Zimmermann
  • Summer Research Fellow, June 2012-August 2012: Institute for Humane Studies/Freedom Foundation
    • Assisting policy analysts with various labor-related policy proposals in Washington State

Awards and Honors

Travel Award for “Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation.” Lumen Christi Institute.: $350

Travel Award for “Virtue and Economic Thinking,” a Liberty and Markets Conference sponsored by the Acton Institute and Liberty Fund, Inc.: $500

Young Scholar’s Award for “Does Aquinas Hold a Correspondence Theory of Truth in De Veritate?” American Catholic Philosophical Association: $250

Research Assistantship for the Justice and Faith project, a research initiative sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council: $9,000 (two years)

Graduate Student Bursary, Institute for Christian Studies: $9,435 (four years)

Travel Scholarship for “Quantification, Sein and Univocity: A Response to Peter van Inwagen’s Critique of Martin Heidegger,” the Analytic Theology project: $1100

Graduate Student Association Award for “Resources Beyond Left and Right: Toward an Economics of Personhood,” Trinity Western University: $400

Summer Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies: $3,000

Graduate Scholar Award, 2nd International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society, University of British Columbia: $300

Research Fellowship, sponsored by the Canada Research Chair of Interpretation, Religion and Culture: $6,000 (two years)

Research Languages

  • English (native language)
  • Spanish (CEFR B1 level)
  • German (CEFR B1 level)
  • Latin (reading proficiency—passed ICS graduate competency exam)

References

Robert Sweetman, PhD

H. Evan Runner Chair in History of Philosophy

Institute for Christian Studies / Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto

Email: bsweetman@icscanada.edu

Phone #: 416-979-2331, ext. 231

 

Jens Zimmermann, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion, and Culture

Trinity Western University / Regent College

Email: jensz@twu.ca

Phone #: 604-589-4942

Lambert Zuidervaart, PhD

Professor of Philosophy

Institute for Christian Studies / University of Toronto

Email: lambertz@icscanada.edu

Phone #: 416-979-2331, ext. 248

 

Gilles M. Mongeau, S.J., PhD

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Regis College at the Toronto School of Theology

Email: gil.mongeau@utoronto.ca

Phone #: 416-922-5474, ext. 257

 

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