Sandra L. Menssen

Professor of Philosophy
Degree
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1975
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1984
Office
JRC 219
Phone
(651) 962-5365
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5365
Fax
651-962-5340
Mail
University of St. Thomas, JRC 241
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

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).

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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J-Term 2018 Courses

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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 220 - 01 Logic - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 JRC 247
CRN: 20245 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sandra L. Menssen 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

Schedule Details

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PHIL 220 - 02 Logic - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC 247
CRN: 20246 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sandra L. Menssen 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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