Michael J. Degnan

Professor of Philosophy
Degree
B.A., summa cum laude, Philosophy and English, College of St. Thomas, 1977
M.A., Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 1982
Ph.D., Philosophy, History of Science minor, University of Minnesota, 1990
Office
JRC 206
Phone
(651) 962-5354
Fax
(651) 962-5340
Mail
University of St. Thomas, JRC 241
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Expertise
Aristotle's logic, metaphysics, and ethics
Ethics
Philosophy of Mind

Awards and Honors
Professor of the Year, 2004
University of St. Thomas, College of St. Thomas Distinguished Academic Scholarship, 1973-77
Msgr. Du Lac Philosophy Scholarship, 1975-77

Selected Publications
"Are we obliged to feed PVS patients until natural death?" in Artificial Nutrition and Hydration: The New Catholic Debate C. Tollefsen, ed., Springer Press, forthcoming.
 
"What is the Scope of Aristotle's Defense of the PNC?"  Apeiron 32.3  (September, 1999)  243-274.

"Searle on Free Will and Thinking," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 69 (1995) 257-270.

"Aristotle on Unqualified Knowledge: Do Referential Universals Solve the Meno Paradox?"American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 68 (1994) 145-158.

"Recent Work in Aristotle's Logic," Philosophical Books 35.2 (April, 1994): 81-89.

"What is the Moral Status of Pre-born Humans?" Communitas 5.1 (Fall, 1992): 34-56.

"Logic, Law and Abortion," with Russell Pannier, Linacre Quarterly (February, 1992): 53-58. 

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 214 - 04 Introductory Ethics M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 JRC 201
CRN: 40295 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. Degnan 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.

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PHIL 220 - 01 Logic - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 201
CRN: 40298 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. Degnan This course provides students with skills for identifying, analyzing, and evaluating the sorts of reasoning encountered in natural language. Emphasis will be placed on attaining facility with different formal systems for representing and evaluating arguments - including propositional logic, Aristotelian syllogistic, first-order predicate calculus, - as well as on acquiring the ability to apply these systems in the analysis and evaluation of arguments in ordinary and philosophical discourse. Prerequisite: PHIL 115

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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 - 11 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 201
CRN: 20288 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. Degnan 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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PHIL 214 - 19 Introductory Ethics - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC 201
CRN: 20498 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. Degnan 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.

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PHIL 214 - 20 Introductory Ethics - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 201
CRN: 20571 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. Degnan 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.

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