About Me

SketchSelfI am a husband and father, and a professor of Philosophy. It is my intention and hope that philosophy, or the pursuit of wisdom, will bear fruit in my own life and that of my family, and in the lives of my students.

I feel privileged in my education to have been introduced to the great tradition of philosophy that is rooted in the ancient Greeks. One of the first things I needed to learn is that a deeper understanding of reality does not come easily. Wisdom must be sought, and it must be sought rightly.

In the classroom I seek to initiate students into doing philosophy through inviting them into a conversation with great philosophers.

Outside the classroom I lecture and write on various philosophical topics in both scholarly and popular venues.

My Employment

Christendom College, Professor of Philosophy, Fall 2009. Associate Professor of Philosophy, 2002–2009. Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1997–2002.

Courses taught at Christendom College

Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Human Nature, Ethics, Metaphysics, History of Medieval Philosophy, History of Modern Philosophy, Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas, The Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, Society and the Common Good, Contemplation and the Philosophical Life, Modern Moral Theories, Readings on Law in Aquinas, Philosophy of Family and Household, Philosophy of God, Recent Philosophy.

Articles in my field

“Reflections of a Green Thomist on Pope Francis’s Laudato Si,” Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 14, No. 3 (2016): 735-744.

“Ordered Inclinations,” in Philosophical Virtues and Psychological Strengths. Ed. Romanus Cessario, O.P. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2013.

“Renewing Husbandry: Wendell Berry, Aristotle, and Thomas Aquinas on ‘Economics’,” Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2012): 121-34.

“Law, Pinckaers, and the Definition of Ethics,” Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 7, No. 2 (2009): 301-26.

“Yves R. Simon on Willing the Common Good” in Maritain and America. Ed. Christopher Cullen, S.J., Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University Press, 2009.

“A Free Culture: Living the Primacy of the For-Itself” in The Human Person and a Culture of Freedom.  Ed. Peter Pagan, Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University Press, 2009.

“Truth and Friendship: The Importance of the Conversation of Friends,” in Truth Matters. Ed. John G. Trapani. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University Press, 2004.