Christopher H. Toner

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Degree
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Office
JRC 238
Phone
(651) 962-5355
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5355
Fax
(651) 962.5340
Mail
University of St. Thomas, JRC 241
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Associate EditorAmerican Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (ACPQ)

Academic History
Ph.D., Notre Dame 2003

Areas of Specialization
Moral Theory
Medieval
Military Ethics

Previous Academic Position
Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Air Command and Staff College

Honors
Distinguished Visiting Professor, USAF Academy, 2007-2008

Selected Publications
"The Logical Structure of Just War Theory," The Journal of Ethics, June 2010.

"Virtue Ethics and the Nature and Forms of Egoism, Journal of Philosophical Research, 2010.

"Sorts of Naturalism: Requirements for a Successful Theory," Metaphilosophy, April 2008.

"Catastrophe and Eucatastrophe: Russell and Tolkien on the True Form of Fiction," New Blackfriars, January 2008.

:"Just Cause and Proper Authority in the Just War Tradition: from Salamanca to Königsberg . . . and Back?" The Modern Schoolman, November 2007.

"Was Aquinas an Egoist?" The Thomist, October 2007.

"Military Service as a Practice: Integrating the Sword and Shield Approaches to Military Ethics,"Journal of Military Ethics, November 2006.

"The Self-Centredness Objection to Virtue Ethics," Philosophy, October 2006.

"Aristotelian Well-Being: A Response to L.W. Sumner's Critique," Utilitas, September 2006.

"Pascal's First Wager Reconsidered: A Virtue Theoretic View," (with Patrick Toner), International Philosophical Quarterly, March 2006.

"Victoria's Integral Realism: Proportionality, Totality, and the Realism/Liberalism Dichotomy" inTeaching, Faith and Service: The Foundations of Freedom, The University of Portland Press, 2006. 

"Just War and the Supreme Emergency Exemption," The Philosophical Quarterly, October 2005.

"Angelic Sin in Aquinas and Scotus and the Genesis of Some Central Objections to Contemporary Virtue Ethics," The Thomist, January 2005.

"Just War and Graduated Discrimination," the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Fall 2004.

"Akrasia Revisited: An Interpretation and Defense of Aristotle," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Summer 2003.

"Maritain and MacIntyre on Moral Education" in Jacques Maritain and the Many Ways of Knowing, The Catholic University of America Press, 2002.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 115 - 11 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MHC 206
CRN: 41398 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher H. Toner An examination of fundamental conceptions of the human person in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy. Possible topics include: the existence and immortality of the human soul, free will and determinism, the immateriality of the intellect, the relationship between mind and body, and the relevance of different conceptions of the human person for ethics and religion. Attention is given to relevant issues of human diversity. The development of logical and critical thinking receives special attention. This course, with PHIL 214, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum.

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PHIL 214 - 02 Introductory Ethics M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 JRC 401
CRN: 41658 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher H. Toner An inquiry into the rational foundations and methods of ethics, with attention to the application of ethical principles to areas of personal conduct, institutional behavior and public policy, and diversity within and across cultures. This course, with PHIL 115, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: PHIL 115 NOTE: Students who receive credit for PHIL 214 may not receive credit for PHIL 215.

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PHIL 214 - 06 Introductory Ethics M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MHC 206
CRN: 41389 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher H. Toner An inquiry into the rational foundations and methods of ethics, with attention to the application of ethical principles to areas of personal conduct, institutional behavior and public policy, and diversity within and across cultures. This course, with PHIL 115, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: PHIL 115 NOTE: Students who receive credit for PHIL 214 may not receive credit for PHIL 215.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 214 - 01 Introductory Ethics - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 JRC LL62
CRN: 10027 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher H. Toner 10 of the 25 seats have been reserved for first-year students. If you are unable to register for this class due to it being full and you have extenuating circumstances around needing to take it THIS term, please add yourself to the waitlist. In addition, please send an email to the professor describing your extenuating circumstances. We will do our best to accommodate those who truly need to take it this term.

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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 115 - 10 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC LL01
CRN: 20225 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher H. Toner An examination of fundamental conceptions of the human person in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy. Possible topics include: the existence and immortality of the human soul, free will and determinism, the immateriality of the intellect, the relationship between mind and body, and the relevance of different conceptions of the human person for ethics and religion. Attention is given to relevant issues of human diversity. The development of logical and critical thinking receives special attention. This course, with PHIL 214, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum.

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PHIL 202 - 01 Medieval Philosophy M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MCH 233
CRN: 20235 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher H. Toner An investigation of major philosophical problems in their medieval context. Possible topics include: faith and reason, free will, the role of authority, and the existence of God. Prerequisite: PHIL 115

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PHIL 214 - 40 HONORS: Introductory Ethics M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 MCH 115
CRN: 20243 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher H. Toner An inquiry into the rational foundations and methods of ethics, with attention to the application of ethical principles to areas of personal conduct, institutional behavior and public policy, and diversity within and across cultures. This course, with PHIL 115, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: PHIL 115 NOTE: Students who receive credit for PHIL 214 may not receive credit for PHIL 215.

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