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Menssen, Sandra L.

Philosophy Department Chair, Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

slmenssen@stthomas.edu
Phone: (651) 962-5365
Toll Free: (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5365
Fax: 651-962-5340

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

Office Location: JRC 219

Education
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1975
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1984

Expertise
Philosophy of Religion

Selected Publications
Book
The Agnostic Inquirer: Revelation from a Philosophical Standpoint (with Thomas D. Sullivan), Eerdmans Publishing, 2007, 347pp.

Articles
"Matter" (with John D. Kronen), Routledge Companion to Medieval Philosophy, ed. Richard Cross and J.T. Paasch (London: Routledge), forthcoming.

"Revelation and Scripture," The Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology, ed. William J. Abraham and Frederick Aquino (Oxford: Oxford University Press), forthcoming.

"The Argument from Wholes: A Classical Hindu Design Argument for the Existence of God" (co-author: John D. Kronen), Faith and Philosophy, Vol. 30, No. 2 (April 2013), pp. 138-158.

"Hylomorphism and Design: A Reconsideration of Aquinas's 5th Way (with John D. Kronen), The Modern Schoolman,Vol. 89, No. 3-4 (July and October 2012), pp. 155-180. 

"The Defensibility of Zoroastrian Dualism" (with John D. Kronen), Religious Studies, Vol. 46, No. 2 (June 2010), pp. 185-205. 

"Revelation and Miracles" (with Thomas D. Sullivan), in The Cambridge Companion to Christian Philosophical Theology, ed. Charles Taliaferro and Chad V. Meister (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 201-215.

"The Insufficiency of Any Secular Case for Absolute Human Rights, and the Resources of Divine Revelation: The Suicide Argument" (with Thomas D. Sullivan), in Immersed in the Life of God: The Healing Resources of the Christian Faith, ed. Paul L. Gavrilyuk, Douglas M. Koskela, and Jason E. Vickers (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 2008), pp. 164-185.

"Religious Belief for the Rest of Us: Reflections on Reformed Epistemology" (with Thomas D. Sullivan), God Matters: Readings in the Philosophy of Religion (New York: Longman Press, 2002), pp. 244 - 255.
 
"The Existence of God and the Existence of Homer: Rethinking Theism and Revelatory Claims" (with Thomas D. Sullivan), Faith and Philosophy, Vol. 19, No. 3 (July 2002), pp. 331 - 347.

"The Problem of the Continuant:  Aquinas and Suarez on Prime Matter and Substantial Generation" (with John D. Kronen and Thomas D. Sullivan), The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 53 (June 2000), pp. 863 - 885.

"Does God Will Evil?" (with Thomas D. Sullivan), The Monist, Vol. 80, No. 4 (1997), pp. 598 - 610.

"Grading Worlds," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly:  Annual Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Vol. LXX (1996), pp. 149 - 161.
 
"Must God Create?" (with Thomas D. Sullivan), Faith and Philosophy, Vol. 12, No. 3 (July 1995), pp. 321 - 341. 

"The Existential Problem of Evil:  Reflections on the Analogy Between Creation and Procreation," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly:  Annual Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Vol. LXVIII (1994), pp. 229 - 246.

"Critical Thinking and the Construction of Knowledge," American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 37, No. 1 (September/October 1993), pp. 85 - 93.

"God Does Not Harden Hearts" (with Thomas D. Sullivan), American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly:  Annual Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Vol. LXVII (1993), pp. 119 - 134. 

Editorial Positions
Consulting Editor, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, University of St. Thomas, 2004 - 2008.  The journal's webpage can be found at: http://www.stthomas.edu/cathstudies/logos/default.html .

Co-editor, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, University of St. Thomas,   1998 - 2003. 

Associate Editor, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, University of St. Thomas,   1997 - 1998. 

Editor-in-Chief, Botanical Index to the Journal of Henry David Thoreau, by Ray Angelo, Peregrine Smith Books (Salt Lake City: 1984).  204 pp.; includes essays on Thoreau, notes on the use and construction of the index, botanical index, notes to the index, and botanical bibliography.  A revised web version of the Index can be found at: http://www.ray-a.com/ThoreauBotIdx/ .

Executive Editor, The Thoreau Quarterly: A Journal of Literary and Philosophical Studies, Vol. 14-17, 1982-85 (Editors-in-Chief: John M. Dolan and Wendell Glick).