The University of St. Thomas

College of Arts & Sciences | Department of Catholic Studies | Faculty

Dr. Catherine Deavel

Dr. Catherine Deavel

Dr. Catherine A. Deavel

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

cadeavel@stthomas.edu
Phone: (651) 962-5372

Office Location: JRC 212


Courses taught in Spring 2014
PHIL 115-07
20295
Philosophy of Human Person 1215-1320 M W F MHC 206

4 Credit Hours

An examination of fundamental conceptions of the human person in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy. Possible topics include: the existence and immortality of the human soul, free will and determinism, the immateriality of the intellect, the relationship between mind and body, and the relevance of different conceptions of the human person for ethics and religion. Attention is given to relevant issues of human diversity. The development of logical and critical thinking receives special attention. This course, with PHIL 214, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum.

PHIL 200-01
20307
Ancient Philosophy 0935-1040 M W F SCB 206

4 Credit Hours

A survey of the roots of philosophical inquiry in the classical period. The pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle Prerequisite: PHIL 115

PHIL 200-02
21926
Ancient Philosophy 1335-1440 M W F MHC 206

4 Credit Hours

A survey of the roots of philosophical inquiry in the classical period. The pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle Prerequisite: PHIL 115

Academic History

Ph.D., Philosophy, Fordham University, 2000
M.A., Philosophy, Fordham University, 1997
B.A., Philosophy and English, Seattle University 1995                       

Expertise

Ancient Greek Philosophy
History of Philosophy

Selected Publications

“Knowing When to Be Afraid: Rationality and Suspense,” co-authored with David Paul Deavel, invited chapter for Alfred Hitchcock and Philosophy, eds. Shawn Klein and David Baggett, Open Court Press (forthcoming, 2006).

“A Skewed Image: Harry Potter and the Nature of Evil,” co-authored with David Paul Deavel, invited chapter for If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts: Harry Potter and Philosophy, eds. Shawn Klein and David Baggett, Open Court Press, 2004.

Unity and Primary Substance for Aristotle,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, vol. 77, 2003, pp. 159-172.

Character, Choice, and Harry Potter,” co-authored with David P. Deavel, Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 5:4, Fall 2002.

Why the Church Needs Art,” Response to an excerpt from John Paul II’s Letter to Artists, in “From a Logical Point of View,” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 5:3, Summer 2002

Selected Presentations

“Suffering and Evil,” Suffering and Hope conference, Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, November 10-13, 2005.

“Woman and the Recovery of Culture: Reflections on Familiaris Consortio,” The Work of John Paul II and the Vocation of the Professional Woman: Summer Symposium, University of St. Thomas, June 14-18, 2004.

“The Virtuous Soul: Defending Against Simmias’ Harmony Argument,” International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Fordham University, New York, October 31-November 2, 2003.

“What is Catholic about Catholic Social Thought?” Catholic Social Thought Across the Curriculum Conference, University of St. Thomas, October 2003.

“Education toward Vocation,” Formation and Renewal conference, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, October 2003.

“Immaterial Knowledge of the Material,” XXVIII International Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, September 2003.  

“A Two-fold Strategy for a Literature of Life,” with David P. Deavel, From Death to Life: Agendas for Reform conference, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, September 2002.

“The Divine Tragedy: Dante and Aristotle on Drama” for the 36th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2001.