David Clemenson

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Degree
Ph.D., Rice University

Ph.D., Philosophy, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Ph.D., History of Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
M.S., History of Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
M.S., Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
B.S., Mathematics, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Office
JRC 218
Phone
(651) 962.5356
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2.5356
Fax
(651) 962-5340
Mail
University of St. Thomas, JRC 241
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Editor, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly  (ACPQ)

Expertise
Early Modern Philosophy 
Metaphysics and Philosophy of Logic
History and Philosophy of Science

Representative Publications and Presentations 
"Systemic Reflections on the De auxiliis Controversy." Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, August 2008. 

Descartes' Theory of Ideas (London: Continuum Press, 2007).   

"The metaphysics of cognition in Descartes and some seventeenth-century Jesuit texts." Conference "Bohemia Jesuitica," Prague, April 2006.      
 
"Descartes' Direct Realisms." American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, San Francisco, April 2005.
 
"Much Ado About Non-Things."  American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Pasadena, March 2004; Eighth Annual Southern California Conference of Philosophy, Riverside, October 2003. 
 
"Material Falsity in Descartes: A Non-Issue?" American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Chicago, April 2002.

"A Paradox of Actuality." Analysis 61 (2001): 139-41.
 
"Priest's Paradox." American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division.  Albuquerque, April 2000

"Berkeley, Anselm and Semantic Paradox: A New Perspective on the Master Argument." International Berkeley Society Conference, Newport, R.I., April 21-24, 1999.  

"On the Consistency of Realism." Southwest Philosophy Review 15 (1999): 55-64.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 115 - 12 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MHC 208
CRN: 41399 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David L. Clemenson 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 304 - 01 Modern Philosophy - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCB 101
CRN: 41664 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David L. Clemenson An examination of major philosophers of the early modern period from Rene Descartes to Immanuel Kant, with emphasis on methodology and claims to knowledge. Prerequisites: PHIL 115 and one other PHIL course

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 115 - 08 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 201
CRN: 20229 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David L. Clemenson 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 115 - 11 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 JRC 247
CRN: 22195 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David L. Clemenson 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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