Rota, Michael W.

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Degree
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
Office
JRC 233
Phone
(651) 962-5392
Fax
(651) 962-5340
Mail
University of St. Thomas, JRC 241
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Academic History
B.A., Public Policy, with Distinction, Stanford University, 1997
M.A., Theology and Christian Ministry, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 2000 Ph.D., Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 2006
Postdoctoral Fellow, Evolution and Theology of Cooperation Project, Harvard University, 2006-07

Expertise
Philosophy of Religion
Medieval Philosophy, especially Aquinas
Contemporary Metaphysics

Awards and Honors
Jaeger Prize for Mathematics, Pomona College, 1994
Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University, 1997
Great Distinction, Saint Louis University doctoral oral comprehensive examination,   Department of Philosophy, August 2003
James Collins Memorial Scholarship, for excellence in graduate studies in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 2003-2004

Selected Publications
"Freedom and the Necessity of the Present: A Reply to William Hasker," Faith and Philosophy, forthcoming.


"The Problem of Evil and Cooperation," in Evolution, Games, and God: The Principle of Cooperation, eds. Sarah Coakley and Martin Nowak (Harvard University Press, forthcoming).


"Causation," in The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas, eds. Brian Davies and Eleonore Stump (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012): 104-114.


"A Problem for Hasker: freedom with respect to the present, hard facts, and theological incompatibilism," in Faith and Philosophy 27:3 (July 2010): 287-305.

"The eternity solution to the problem of human freedom and divine foreknowledge," in European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 2:1 (Spring 2010): 165-186.

"An Anti-reductionist Account of Singular Causation," The Monist 92:1 (Jan 2009): 133-152.


"Evolution, Providence, and Gouldian Contingency," Religious Studies 44 (2008): 393-412.


"Multiple Universes and the Fine-tuning Argument: A Response to Rodney Holder," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 86 (2005): 556-576.


"Substance and Artifact in Thomas Aquinas," History of Philosophy Quarterly 21:3 (July 2004): 241-259.

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 115 - 05 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 AQU 301
CRN: 41652 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael W. Rota 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.

Schedule Details

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PHIL 115 - 16 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MHC 210
CRN: 41657 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael W. Rota 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.

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 115 - 22 Philosophy of Human Person - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135
CRN: 21273 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael W. Rota 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.

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