The University of St. Thomas

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

Dr. Mary Lemmons

Dr. Mary Lemmons

Dr. R. Mary Hayden Lemmons
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Associate Professor of Philosophy and Catholic Studies

rmlemmons@stthomas.edu
Phone: (651) 962-5357

Office Location: JRC 237


Courses taught in Spring 2014
PHIL 202-03
20679
Medieval Philosophy 1330-1510 T R JRC 246

4 Credit Hours

An investigation of major philosophical problems in their medieval context. Possible topics include: faith and reason, free will, the role of authority, and the existence of God. Prerequisite: PHIL 115

PHIL 214-03
20311
Introductory Ethics 0935-1040 M W F MHC 202

4 Credit Hours

An inquiry into the rational foundations and methods of ethics, with attention to the application of ethical principles to areas of personal conduct, institutional behavior and public policy, and diversity within and across cultures. This course, with PHIL 115, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: PHIL 115 NOTE: Students who receive credit for PHIL 214 may not receive credit for PHIL 215.

PHIL 214-10
20317
Introductory Ethics 1215-1320 M W F MHC 202

4 Credit Hours

An inquiry into the rational foundations and methods of ethics, with attention to the application of ethical principles to areas of personal conduct, institutional behavior and public policy, and diversity within and across cultures. This course, with PHIL 115, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: PHIL 115 NOTE: Students who receive credit for PHIL 214 may not receive credit for PHIL 215.

Courses taught in Fall 2014
PHIL 200-01
40292
Ancient Philosophy 0800-0940 T R JRC 201

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 214-09
40409
Introductory Ethics 1215-1320 M W F MHC 202

4 Credit Hours

An inquiry into the rational foundations and methods of ethics, with attention to the application of ethical principles to areas of personal conduct, institutional behavior and public policy, and diversity within and across cultures. This course, with PHIL 115, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: PHIL 115 NOTE: Students who receive credit for PHIL 214 may not receive credit for PHIL 215.

PHIL 214-11
41358
Introductory Ethics 1335-1440 M W F MHC 202

4 Credit Hours

An inquiry into the rational foundations and methods of ethics, with attention to the application of ethical principles to areas of personal conduct, institutional behavior and public policy, and diversity within and across cultures. This course, with PHIL 115, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: PHIL 115 NOTE: Students who receive credit for PHIL 214 may not receive credit for PHIL 215.

Academic History

Ph.D. University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. Languages: Latin and French. Dissertation: "Love and the First Principles of St. Thomas's Natural Law." Director: Joseph Boyle, Ph.D. Degree awarded, 1988.

M.A. Niagara University, New York. Thesis: "Degrees of Immateriality in Sense Knowledge: An Exegesis of the Texts of Thomas Aquinas." Degree awarded, 1982.

B.S. State University of New York at Binghamton. Majors: Biochemistry and Political Science. Research in Immunology: "An Assay for Hemoglobin's Antibodies." Degree awarded, 1979. 

Expertise

Ethics
Political and Legal Philosophy
Philosophy of Person and Love
Personalist Feminism
Wojtylan Philosophy

Awards & Honors

American Catholic Philosophical Association Machette Award for Young Scholars, “Natural Inclinations and Moral Absolutes” (1990).
Plenary Address for American Catholic Philosophical Association (1992).

Selected Publications

"Tolerance, Society and the First Amendment: Reconsiderations," UST Law Journal. Forthcoming.

"Priesthood and the Masculinity of Christ," in the internet newsletter Godspy (10.15.03) @ http://www.godspy.com

"Equality, Gender and John Paul II," Logos 5:3 (2002): 111-130.

"Are the Love Precepts Really Natural Law's Primary Precepts?"  ACPA Proc. LXVI (1992): 45-71. Also a plenary presentation.

"Rediscovering Eudaimonistic Teleology," The Monist 75, 1 (Jan. 1992): 71-83.

"The 'Feminism' of Aquinas' Natural Law: Relationships, Love and New Life," in Abortion: A New Generation of Catholic Responses. Ed. Stephen Heaney. Braintree, MA: Pope John XXIII Center, 1992, pp. 237-242.

"Aquinas and Natural Human Fulfillment: Inconsistencies?" ACPA Proc. LXV (l991): 215-233.

"Natural Inclinations and Moral Absolutes: A Mediated Correspondence for Aquinas," ACPA Proc. LXIV (l990): 130-50. (The 1990 ACPA Machette Award)

"Love: The Heart of Christian Life," Proceedings of the Wethersfield Institute, Vol. 3 (1990): 101-124.

"The Paradox of Aquinas' Altruism: From Self-Love to Love of Others," ACPA Proc. LXIII (l989): 72-84.

Book Review of Hugo Meynell's Freud, Marx, and Morals, The Canadian Catholic Review, 3 (1985), 31.

"A Philosophical Critique of the Brain Death Movement," Linacre Quarterly, 49 (1982): 240-247.

"Make Your Own Man (Possibilities in Genetic Manipulation)," SUNY-Binghamton's Science Journal 1 (1978): 4-5. 

Selected Presentations

"Fides et Ratio: Towards a Philosophy of Gender,"  UST Catholic Studies Workshop, Summer 2005.

"Pro-life Feminism: A Contradiction in Terms?" Human Life Alliance Conference, Fall 2004.

"Controversial Issues in Politics, Sex and Death” A three talk series, St. Joseph's Parish, 2004.

"Reflections on Centesimus Annus and the Juridical/Political Parameters of Vocation and Feminism." John Paul II and the Vocation of the Professional Woman. Spring 2004.

"Modern Biology Meets Aquinas and Vice Versa," 2003 Summer Workshop: Philosophy in a New Key.

"Pro-Life Feminism,"  Midwest Collegiate Pro-life Conference, 2002.

"Aquinas on the Obligations of Love in Charity and Natural Law," Society of Christian Philosophy, 2002.

"Love and Rights: A Medieval Reconciliation," International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 2001.

"Against the Impossibility and Implausibility of Thomistic Natural Law," Minnesota Philosophical Society, 2000.

“Fides et Ratio: Recovery of Natural Law,” Diocese of Portland, Oregon, Dec. 1999.

 "Discovering Moral Values,"  University of St. Thomas' Philosophy Colloquium, March 1999.

"On the Vocation of  Woman in the Church," Engaging Truth Discussion Forum, Center for Catholic Studies, Dec. 1998.

"Against MacIntyre's Metaethical Perspectivism," Minnesota Philosophical Society, Oct. 1998

"The Love of God as the Primary Principle of Eudaimonic Happiness," Second Annual Aquinas Lecture, West Liberty State College, April 1998.

"Natural Law and Love: Transcendent Self-Love and Justice," American Maritain Society. March 1994.

"Self-evidence and the Good," International Medieval and Renaissance Congress. Kalamazoo, May 1994.

"The Logic of Aquinas's Natural Law," Society of Christian Philosophers. California, January 1993.

Plenary Keynote Paper for the 1992 Annual Convention of the American Catholic Philosophical Association: "Are the Love Precepts Really Natural Law's Primary Precepts?" Also published in ACPA Proc. LXVI (1992): 45-71.

"Sailing with Aquinas Between the Syclla and Charybdis of Christian Love," International Thomist Society. Boston, Spring 1991.

"The Just War Theory," Keynote Address for "Christian Perspectives on the Middle East." Sponsored by Flagstaff Ministerial Association, Spring 1991.

"Love: The Heart of Christian Life." Wethersfield Conference. New York, September l990. Also published in Proceedings of the Wethersfield Institute, Vol. 3 (1990): 101-124.

"Personal Identity and the Metaphysics of Death," University of Northern Arizona Colloquium. Flagstaff, Spring 1989.

"Natural Inclinations and Moral Absolutes," University of St. Thomas Colloquium. St. Paul, 1988.

"The Catholic Challenge in a Sex Oriented Society," St. Helena's Church, Minneapolis, 1987.

"Thomistic Truths Substantiating Empirical Science," Center for Thomistic Studies Colloquium. Houston, l984.

Professional Memberships

American Catholic Philosophical Society
University Faculty for Life
Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
International Natural Law Society