The University of St. Thomas

Heaney, Stephen J.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., Marquette University

sjheaney@stthomas.edu
Phone: (651) 962-5358
Toll Free: (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5358
Fax: (651) 962-5340

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

Office Location: JRC 214

Current Courses
Course Title Credit Hours Days Time
200 - 01 Ancient Philosophy 4 -  T   -  R  - 0800-0940
200 - 03 Ancient Philosophy 4 -  T   -  R  - 1525-1700
234 - 01 Love, Sex, & Friendship 4 M  -   W  -  F 1055-1200

Academic History
A.B. College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, 1979.
Ph.D. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 1988.

Expertise
Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
Ethics and Public Policy

Service
Member Archdiocesan Bioethics Commission
Member Archdiocesan Faith in Action Board
Member Archdiocesan Marriage Preparation Program
Member of Board of Curatio, a lay healthcare apostolate

Selected Publications
"The Visitor." The Human Life Review, vol. 36, no. 2, Spring 2010.

"Protecting Conscience in Health Care: A Road Not Traveled." National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Winter 2008.

"How Should Catholics Vote? Bringing Moral Principles to Life," in Life and Learning XVI: Proceedings of the Sixteenth University Faculty for Life Conference, ed. Joseph W. Koterski, S.J. Washington, D.C.: University Faculty for Life, 2007.

Abortion: A New Generation of Catholic Response, Braintree, MA: The Pope John XXIII Medical-Moral Research and Education Center, 1993.

"The Dangerous Confusions of Goodridge," in The Human Life Review, Fall 2004.

"Prolife Voting: More Than a Hill of Beans" in The Human Life Review, Summer 2000.

"The Catholic University Project: What Kind of Curriculum Does It Require?" in Wilcox and King (eds.), Best Practices: Enhancing Religious Identity at Catholic Colleges and Universities (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown Univ. Press).

"'You Can't Be Any Poorer Than Dead': Difficulties in Recognizing Artificial Nutrition and Hydration as Medical Treatments" in Linacre Quarterly, September, 1994.

"Aquinas and the Presence of the Human Rational Soul in the Early Embryo," The Thomist, January, 1992.

"On the Legal Status of the Unborn," in The Catholic Lawyer, vol. 33, no. 4, 1991.

Selected Presentations
"The Alien Visitor: An Approach to Questions of Personhood" at the "The Value of Human Life" Conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH, Oct. 23-25, 2009.

"Aliens Look at Sex and Marriage" at Men's Breakfast Club at Church of St. Helena, Minneapolis, MN, January 23, 2010.

"How Should Catholics Vote?" at University Faculty for Life Conference, Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA, June 2-4, 2006.

Presentations to the meetings of the profession of Kinlein, October 2002 through April 2006:
 "Who Am I, and What Difference Does It Make?" Parts I-IV
 "Natural Law and the Family"
 "Natural Law and Society"

"Is the Catholic University a Safe Haven for Its Faculty? Academic License vs. Academic Freedom" at conference entitled Joy in the Truth: The Catholic University in the New Millennium, at University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2005.

"Separating Philosophy from Law: On the Purely Legal Status of the Unborn," at annual meeting of Minnesota Philosophical Society, October 1990.

"Establishing Ethical Foundations: A Commentary on the Vatican Instruction Respect for Human Life," at Loras College Sesquicentennial Bioethics Conference, Dubuque, IA, April 1990.

"Aquinas and the Early Embryo" at philosophy colloquium, College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, November 12, 1988.

"Aquinas and the Moral Status of the Conceptus," at conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers; Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, October 13-15, 1988.

"'You Can't Be Any Poorer Than Dead': Difficulties in Recognizing Artificial Nutrition and Hydration as Medical Treatments," at bioethics conference "Life Sustaining Treatments: Ethical and Religious Perspectives"; Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, June 8-11, 1988.