Aristotle Now and Then
2013 Annual ACPA Meeting
(1 November-November 3)

Election 2013-2014: Candidate Biographies

ACPA Election, Sep 2013 to 2 April 2014, Candidate Biographies


Candidates for Vice-President / President-elect:

Kevin Flannery SJ (Gregorian University, Rome) is from Cleveland, Ohio, and entered the Society of Jesus in 1977.  He holds both an M.A. and a D.Phil. in philosophy from the University of Oxford.  In 1992 he began teaching at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, serving as Dean of the Philosophy Faculty from 1999 until September of 2005; he continues now as Ordinary Professor of the History of Ancient Philosophy.In 2002 John Paul II appointed him a Consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; in 2005 he was appointed Ordinary Member of thePontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.  In the academic year 2006-2007,he served as Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow at the Notre Dame Centerfor Ethics and Culture and also as Visiting Scholar at the IPS (Institute for the Psychological Sciences) Centre for Philosophical Psychology in Oxford.His publications include Ways into the Logic of Alexander of Aphrodisias (Brill, 1995); Acts Amid Precepts: The Aristotelian logicalstructure of Thomas Aquinas's moral theory (Catholic University of AmericaPress/T. & T. Clark, 2001); Christian and Moral Action (IPS Press, 2012); Action and Character according to Aristotle: The logic of the morallife (Catholic University of America Press, 2013), plus articles primarily on logical and ethical themes. 

Mark Murphy (Georgetown University) is the Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt L.C.H.S. Professor of Religious Philosophy at Georgetown University, where he has been a faculty member since 1995. He received his B.A.from the University of Texas at Austin (1988) and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame (1993).  He has servedmultiple terms on the executive committee of the SCP, is on the editorial board of Faith and Philosophy, and recentlycompleted a five-year term as book review editor for Ethics.  He is past — long past —recipient of an ACPA Young Scholar’s Award.  He works in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and philosophy of religion, as well as on themoral and political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes.  He is the author of five books: Natural Law and Practical Rationality (Cambridge, 2001), An Essay on Divine Authority (Cornell, 2002), Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics (Cambridge, 2006), Philosophy of Law: the Fundamentals (Blackwell, 2007), and God and Moral Law: On the Theistic Explanation of Morality (2011).  Heis also editor of Alasdair MacIntyre(Cambridge, 2003).  

Candidates for the Executive Council:

Sarah Catherine Byers (Boston College) is an assistant professor of philosophy at BostonCollege.  Her PhD is from the University of Toronto; she has received fellowships from the University of Notre Dame, thePontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto, and Villanova University.  Her monograph, Perception, Sensibility, and Moral Motivation in Augustine: A Stoic-Platonic Synthesis (Cambridge University Press: 2012) was released last year.  Her articles have appeared in the Cambridge Critical Guide to the City of God, the Journal of the History of Philosophy, the Review of Metaphysics, the Blackwell Companion to Augustine, and Augustinian Studies

Therese Scarpelli Cory (SeattleUniversity).  Therese Cory received her PhD from The Catholic University of America. Her research focuses on theories of cognition, self-knowledge and the human person in medieval philosophy.  Her book on Aquinas’s theory ofself-knowledge is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in early 2014.  She has also published articles in Franciscan Studies and Vivarium, and several translations of French articles in Catholic theology and philosophy, published by Nova et Vetera, Sapientia Press, and The Catholic University of America Press. She has been a Fellow at the Martin Center for Medieval Philosophy, Georgetown University, and is an active member of the “Aquinas and the ArabsProject.”  Her current research projectsinclude studies of physical and intellectual light in Aquinas and his Arabic sources.  She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Molly Brigid Flynn (AssumptionCollege, Mass.) is an associate professor of philosophy at Assumption College.Before earning her Ph.D. at The Catholic University of America (2007), writing on Husserl and Searle, she received her B.A. in political economy andphilosophy from Mount St. Mary’s College (Md.) and then her M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, writing on Aristotle. Her currentinterests focus on Husserlian phenomenology, social ontology, political philosophy, and the tradition of liberal education. Her articles have appeared,e.g., in Husserl Studies, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, The New Yearbook forPhenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, and Studia Phænomenologica. She serves as the book review editor for The New Yearbook. She co-edited the 2007 selected proceedings of the Association for Core Texts and Courses and serveson the advisory board of ACTC’s Liberal Arts Institute. She lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

GloriaFrost (nee Wasserman) received her BA from the Catholic University of America in 2004 and her PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 2009.  Since then shehas been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN).  Her research specialization is medieval metaphysics and philosophical theology.  Last year she was a fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion working on medieval theories of God and creatures' causal co-operation.  She has published in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, the British Journal for the History ofPhilosophy, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy and the ACPA Proceedings.  In 2012 she won the Society of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy’s Founder’s Prize for best paper by a recent PhD.  She is an Assistant Editor for the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (since 2010), a member of the program committee for 2013 ACPA meeting, and has presented and chaired sessions at recent ACPA meetings.  She is also an executive committee member for the Society of Christian Philosophers.

W. Matthews Grant (University of St. Thomas, Minnesota).  Associate Professor of Philosophy and Associate Editor of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Grant has been active in the ACPA since graduate school.  He received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2002.  His research has focused on Aquinas and on issues in Philosophy of God, especially divine simplicity and the relationship between divine and creaturely agency.  He has published articles in a number of venues, including the Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Faith and Philosophy, Religious Studies, The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (forthcoming), TheSaint Anselm Journal, The Thomist, and a number of edited volumes.  He was the recipient of the ACPA’s Young Scholar’s Award in 2000.

Stephen R. Grimm (Fordham University) received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2005, where he was awarded the EliJ. and Helen Shaheen Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student in the Humanities.  Currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University,he is also Director of the Varieties of Understanding project, funded by the Templeton Foundation and Henry Luce Foundation. Grimm's teaching and research interests include epistemology, the philosophy of science, and value theory.  His work has been published in Mind, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Philosophical Studies, and the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly.  He has organized the Society of Christian Philosophers satellite meetings at the American Catholic Philosophical Association for the last five years and has served on the
membership committee for the Society of Christian Philosophers.  His present research focuses on the nature of understanding and wisdom.

Peter Karl Koritansky (The University of Prince Edward Island) is Associate professor of philosophy at The University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Canada. His scholarly interests lie in moral, political, and legal philosophy and the Catholic philosophical tradition. He is the author of ThomasAquinas and the Philosophy of Punishment (The Catholic University of America Press, 2012), and editor and contributor of both The Philosophy ofPunishment and the History of Political Thought (University of Missouri Press, 2012) as well as Human Nature, Contemplation, and the PoliticalOrder: Essays Inspired by Jacques Maritain's Scholasticism and Politics (forthcoming from American Maritain Association Press). He has also taught at Walsh University in North Canton, OH, Malone College in Canton, OH, and the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy.

V. Bradley Lewis (Catholic University of America) is associate professor in the School of Philosophy of the Catholic University of America.  He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.  He specializes in political and legal philosophy, and has published articles on Plato, Aristotle, natural law, and religious freedom in such journals as History of Political Thought, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Communio, the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, and in a number of edited volumes.  He was Remick Fellow in the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture during the2011-12 academic year, and has served since 2005 as associate editor of The American Journal of Jurisprudence.  He is currently working on a book on the ideaof the common good.

John Schwenkler (Florida State University). John Schwenkler is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. From 2010 to 2013 he taught at Mount St. Mary's University(MD), and prior to that he was an undergraduate at Catholic University and then a graduate student at Notre Dame, before moving to the University of California at Berkeley, where he was supported by a Harvey Fellowship and received his Ph.D. in 2009. His primary research areas are epistemology and the philosophy of mind and action, especially in bringing empirical findings from psychology and neuroscience to bear on traditional philosophical problems. He is at work on a book advancing a version of G.E.M. Anscombe's account of intentional action, and exploring the roots of her ideas in the writings of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. He has published articles in Noûs, Analysis, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy Compass, Mind & Language, Philosophical Explorations, and the Heythrop Journal. He is also the editor of Brains (, a group blog on topics in the philosophy and science of mind.

Karen Stohr (Georgetown University) is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department and a Senior Research Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.  She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She taught at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland before joining the faculty of Georgetown University in 2002.  Her primary research areas include ethics, especially Aristotelian virtue ethicsand Kantian ethics, and bioethics, with an emphasis on Catholic medical ethics.  She has published articles in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of Moral Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of Ethics,
Philosophy and Literature, Philosophy Compass, Journal of Value Inquiry,
Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, and several anthologies.  In the past few years she has been working on the relationship between morality and manners, and her book on the subject, On Manners, was published by Routledge in 2011.  This year she has been collaborating with other scholars and community organizations on a project about civility in the digital age.  Current research projects include a book on moral imperfection in Aristotle and Kant, as well as articles on the following topics: self-deprecation and moral community; moral expertise and practical wisdom; Kantian love and respect in the context of disability; self-sacrifice and advance directives in Catholic medical ethics.  She is also involved with several initiatives at Georgetown focused on the institution’s Catholic and Jesuit mission.