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Dr. Erika Kidd

Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies
(651) 962-5788

Academic History:

Ph.D. Philosophy, Villanova University
M.A. Philosophy, Villanova University
B.A. University Scholars (Philosophy, Literature, and Classics), Baylor University

Expertise and Research:

Augustine and the Augustinian tradition
Wittgenstein (particularly his sense of confessional philosophy)
Late antique philosophy

Selected Publications:

“Making Sense of Virgil in Augustine’s De magistro.” Forthcoming (January 2016) in Augustinian Studies

“Two-Part Invention: Voices from Augustine of Hippo's De magistro and Samuel Beckett’s Endgame.” Forthcoming in Philosophy and Literature


"The Drama of Augustine's De magistro," XVII International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, August 2015

"Words, Afterwards," Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY, April 2015 (Invited Lecture)

“Saint Augustine’s De magistro and Samuel Beckett’s Endgame: A Theological Fugue,” Philosophy Unbound: Annual Philosophy Conference, Lehigh University, October 23, 2014

“The Meaning of Virgil’s Words in Augustine’s De magistro,” North American Patristics Society, Chicago, IL, May 23, 2014

“Augustine’s Voice in Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations,” Stakes of Speech: A Summer Seminar on Wittgenstein in the Spirit of Cavell and Rhees, Lehigh University, July 12, 2012

“Verbum et Vita: Augustine’s De magistro and the Annunciation,” Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, October 23, 2010

Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
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CATH 308 - 01 Woman and Man - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 55S 207
CRN: 40814 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Erika H. Kidd This course examines the definition of "woman" and "man" from both the historical and the philosophical perspective. Readings and discussion center on the question of (1) whether there are important philosophical differences between women and men and (2) whether such differeneces are natural or socially constructed. The implications of various answers to those questions are then examined, with special attention given to the Catholic trandition's reflections on the nature and ends of marriage, the character of priestly ordination, friendship between women and men, and human sexuality. The purpose of this course is to examine the ways in which thinkers from a wide spectrum have construed male/female relationships. A major component this course consists in the study of power and the way it operates both in history and in contemporary culture. This couse fulfills the core curriculum requirement in Human Diveristy. Prerequisite: PHIL 115

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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