The University of St. Thomas

Laumakis, Stephen J.

Professor of Philosophy and Director, Aquinas Scholars Honors Program

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Phone: (651) 962-5363
Toll Free: (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5363
Fax: (651) 962-5340

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

Office Location: JRC 207

Faculty Website

Current Courses
Course Title Credit Hours Days Time
115 - 07 Philosophy of Human Person 4 M  -   W  -  F 1055-1200
210 - 01 Chinese Philosophy 4 M  -   W  -  F 0815-0920
258 - 01 Environmental Ethics 4 M  -   W  -  F 0935-1040

Academic History
University of Notre Dame, Ph.D., May, 1991
Villanova University, M.A., December 1984
St. Charles Seminary, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, May, 1982

Areas of Expertise and Competence
Medieval Philosophy: Thomas Aquinas
History of Philosophy
Buddhist Philosophy
Chinese Philosophy

Selected Courses
Buddhist Philosophy
Chinese Philosophy
Ethics East and West (at the University of Hawai'i)
Introductory Ethics
Philosophy of the Human Person
Medieval Philosophy
Twentieth Century Thomism
The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas

Selected Publications

"The Philosophical Context of Gotama's Thought," in S. Emmanuel (Ed.), A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers (forthcoming, January 2013).

"Eastern and Western Contributions to 'Contemplative Science,'" in Enrahonar: Quaderns de Filosofia, No. 47, 2011.

"Finding the (Fair) Way with Confucius and Ben Hogan," In A. Wible (Ed.), Golf and Philosophy: Lessons from the Links. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky (August 2010).

"Plato and Confucius on the Form of Golf: From the Ideal to the Real," In A. Wible (Ed.), Golf and Philosophy: Lessons from the Links. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky (August 2010).

"The Philosophy and Psychology of 'Contemplative Science': The Problems and Possibilities for an Emerging East-West Connection" (co-authored with Greg Robinson-Riegler) in East-West Connections: Review of Asian Studies, Volume 9, Number 1, Fall 2009.

"The Sensus Communis Reconsidered" in The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 82, Issue 3, Summer 2008.

An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

"'Re-Constructing Philosophical Arguments: Getting a Grip on Thomistic Straw Men" in The Modern Schoolman, Volume LXXXII, Number 4, May 2005.

"Confucius and ZHONG/'Doing One's Utmost'" in East-West Connections: Review of Asian Studies, Volume 4, Spring 2004.

Selected Presentations
"Happiness and Human Flourishing: East & West"
Asian Studies Development Program
Eighteenth Annual National Conference
Seattle, Washington 3-30-12

"A Comparative Evaluation of the Value of External Goods in the Pursuit of 'Happiness' and 'Human Flourishing'"
Tenth East-West Philosophers' Conference
Honolulu, Hawaii 5-23-11

"Is There a Christian/Catholic Contribution to 'Contemplative Science'?"
East-West Center/East-West Center Association
50th Anniversary International Conference
Honolulu, Hawaii, 7-4-10

"Confucian 'Virtues' and the 'Common Good'"
Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Tenth Annual Fall Conference--The Summons of Freedom
South Bend, Indiana, 11-14-09

"Plato and Confucius on Golf and the Human Life"
Asian Studies Development Program
Fifteenth Annual National Conference
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 3-6-09

"Family, 'Filial Piety,' and Society--East and West"
Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Eighth Annual Fall Conference--The Dialogue of Cultures"
South Bend, Indiana, 11-30-07

"The Buddha, the Dalai Lama, and Your Brain"
With Dr. Greg Robinson-Riegler (Department of Psychology, UST)
Asian Studies Development Program
Twelfth Annual National Conference
Nashville, Tennessee, 3-17-06

"Basic Buddhism"
Asian Studies Development Program
Tenth Annual National Conference
Kansas City, Missouri, 4-17-04

"Confucius and ZHONG/'Doing One's Utmost'"
Asian Studies Development Program
Ninth Annual National Conference
Paradise Valley Community College, Scottsdale, AZ, 3-8-03

"'Socratic' Ends and Ch'an/Zen Means"
Minnesota Philosophical Society
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 9-28-02

"Teaching the Zhongyong"
Asian Studies Development Program
Eighth Annual National Conference
Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA, 3-16-02

"'Re-Constructing Philosophical Arguments:
Getting a Grip on Thomistic Straw Men"
Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers
Bethel College, St. Paul, MN, 3-8-02

"The Importance of Being a Thomist--Two Papal Views"
Minnesota Philosophical Society
The College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, 9-22-01

"Was Thomas Aquinas a Taoist?"
Twenty-Second Medieval Forum
Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH, 4-6-01

Professional Associations
American Catholic Philosophical Association
American Philosophical Association
Asian Studies Development Program
Minnesota Philosophical Society