The University of St. Thomas

Deavel, Catherine Jack

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., Fordham University

cadeavel@stthomas.edu
Phone: (651) 962-5372
Toll Free: (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5372
Fax: (651) 962-5340

Mailing Address:
University of St. Thomas, JRC 241
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Office Location: JRC 212

Education 
Fordham University, Bronx, NY
September 1995-May 2000
M.A., Ph.D. in philosophy
Summa cum laude, 4.0 GPA

Seattle University, Seattle, WA
September 1991-June 1995
B.A.; double major in philosophy and English, minor in chemistry
Summa cum laude; 3.96 GPA, 4.0 GPA in Philosophy

Specialization 
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Metaphysics

Competence 
History of Philosophy
Ethics  
 
Selected Publications
"Edith Stein and Fides et Ratio," in Reason and the Rule of Faith: Conversations in the Tradition with John Paul II, eds. Steven A. Long and Christopher J. Thompson (Lanham, Maryland: University of America Press, 2011): 177-196. 

"Choosing Love: The Redemption of Severus Snape," co-authored with David Paul Deavel, in The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles, ed. Gregory Basham (Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010): 39-49.

"Thomas Aquinas and Knowledge of Material Objects: Proper Objects of Cognition." Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association: Reason in Context, 83 (2010), pp. 273-282.

Clark's In the Deep Midwinter and Hansen's Atticus: Examples of a Two-fold Literature of Life," co-authored with David Paul Deavel, New Blackfriars 89 (November 2008): 657-73.

"Relational Evil, Relational Good:  Thomas Aquinas and Process Thought," International Philosophical Quarterly, 2007 (peer-reviewed).

"Knowing When to Be Afraid:  Rationality and Suspense," co-authored with David Paul Deavel, Alfred Hitchcock and Philosophy, eds. Shawn Klein and David Baggett (Chicago and La Salle, IL:  Open Court Press, 2006).

"A Skewed Image:  Harry Potter and the Nature of Evil," co-authored with David Paul Deavel, If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts: Harry Potter and Philosophy, eds. Shawn Klein and David Baggett (Chicago and La Salle, IL:  Open Court Press, 2004).

"Unity and Primary Substance for Aristotle," Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, vol. 77, 2003, pp. 159-172 (peer-reviewed, approx. 30% acceptance rate).

 "Character, Choice, and Harry Potter," co-authored with David P. Deavel, Logos:  A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 5:4, Fall 2002 (peer-reviewed, approx. 40% acceptance rate).

"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.
 
"The Deceit of the Other:  The Role of the Lie in Levinas' Totality and Infinity," Conference:  A Journal of Philosophy and Theory 7.1 (1996) 85-92.

Selected Presentations
"On Heroism," for "Younger Than Sin: Retrieving Simplicity Through the Virtues of Humility, Wonder & Joy," conference hosted by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture,
November 18-20, 2010.

"Thomas Aquinas and Knowledge of Material Objects: Proper Objects of Cognition." American Catholic Philosophical Association, Eighty-Third Annual Meeting: Reason in Context, New Orleans, LA, November 13-15, 2009 (peer reviewed).

"My Bother's Keeper: Siblings and Virtue," for "The Family: Searching for Fairest Love," conference hosted by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, November 6-8, 2008.

"A Mother's Love: Insight into the Dignity of Persons," for "Mulieris Dignitatem and the Church's Social Vision: The Feminine Genius in Pursuit of the Common Good" conference, hosted by the University of St. Thomas, October 22-23, 2008.

"Edith Stein on Faith and Reason for the Christian Philosopher," for "The Dialogue of Cultures" conference, hosted by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, November 29-December 1, 2007.

"Why Families?:  Familiaris Consortio and Plato's Republic," for the "Modernity:  Yearning for the Infinite" conference, hosted by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, November 30-December 2, 2006.

"Pain and Privation," for "Nature, Science and Wisdom:  The Role of the Philosophy of Nature," the Annual Conference of the American Maritain Association, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, November 2-5, 2006.

"Suffering and Evil," for "Suffering and Hope" conference, hosted by the Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, November 10-13, 2005.

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

"The Tragic Hero and Christian Dignity," for "Epiphanies of Beauty:  The Arts in a Post-Christian Culture" conference, hosted by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, November 18-21, 2003.

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

"Unity and Primary Substance for Aristotle," for "Philosophy and Intercultural Understanding" conference, Seventy-seventh Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, October 31-November 2, 2003.

"What is Catholic about Catholic Social Thought?" for "Catholic Social Thought Across the Curriculum Conference," University of St. Thomas, MN, October 2003.

"Education toward Vocation," for "Formation and Renewal" conference, hosted by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, October 2003.

"Immaterial Knowledge of the Material" for "Matter, Knowledge, and Universals" panel with Siobhan Marshall and Leora Weitzman, XXVIII International Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, September 2003.  

"A Two-fold Strategy for a Literature of Life," co-authored with David P. Deavel for "From Death to Life:  Agendas for Reform" conference, hosted by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, September 2002.

"A Consideration of Cephalus:  Clues to the Relation of Philosophy and Virtue in the Republic" for the 2002 Central Division Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, hosted by Bethel College, MN, March 2002. 

"Character, Choice, and Harry Potter," co-authored with David P. Deavel for "A Culture of Life" conference, hosted by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, November 2001. 

"The Divine Tragedy:  Dante and Aristotle on Drama" for the 36th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Sponsor:  Societas Internationalis pro Vivario; Organizer/presider:  Luciano Cuppo Csake, May 2001. 

"Relational Evil, Relational Good:  Aquinas and Process Thought," Annual Meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, March 2000.