Mark Spencer

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Degree
Ph.D., Philosophy, University at Buffalo, 2012
Dissertation: "Thomistic Hylomorphism and the Phenomenology of Self-Sensing"
Director: Jorge J.E. Gracia
M.A., Philosophy, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 2008
B.A., Philosophy and Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 2007
Office
JRC 240
Phone
(651) 962-5344
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5344
Fax
(651) 962-5340
Mail
University of St. Thomas, JRC 241
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Academic History
Ph.D., Philosophy, University at Buffalo, 2012
           Dissertation: "Thomistic Hylomorphism and the Phenomenology of Self-Sensing"
           Director: Jorge J.E. Gracia
M.A., Philosophy, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 2008
B.A., Philosophy and Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 2007

Areas of Specialization
Aesthetics/Philosophy of Beauty
Medieval/Scholastic Philosophy
Metaphysics
Phenomenology
Philosophical Theology

Selected Publications

“Beauty and Being in von Hildebrand and the Aristotelian Tradition,” The Review of Metaphysics, forthcoming.

“Sense Perception and the Flourishing of the Human Person in von Hildebrand and the Aristotelian Traditions,” Tópicos, Revista de Filosofía 56 (2019): 95-118.

“Beauty, First and Last of All the Transcendentals: Givenness and Aesthetic, Spiritual Perception in Thomism and Jean-Luc Marion,” The Thomist 82:2 (April 2018): 157-187.

“Perceiving the Image of God in the Whole Human Person,” The Saint Anselm Journal 13:2 (Spring 2018): 1-18.

“Grace, Natura Pura, and the Metaphysics of Status: Personalism and Thomism on the Historicity of the Human Person and the Genealogy of Modernity,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91, Philosophy, Faith, and Modernity (2017), forthcoming.

“The Flexibility of Divine Simplicity: Aquinas, Scotus, Palamas”, International Philosophical Quarterly 57:2 (July 2017), 123-139.

 “The Phenomenology and Metaphysics of Spiritual Perception: A Thomistic Framework.” New Blackfriars 97:1072 (November 2016): 677-692.

 “Divine Causality and Created Freedom: A Thomistic Personalist View.” Nova et Vetera 14:3 (Summer 2016): 375-419.

 “Quantum Randomness, Hylomorphism, and Classical Theism.” Journal of Analytic Theology 4 (2016): 147-170.

 “Christologically Inspired, Empirically Motivated Hylomorphism.” Co-written with Tim Pawl. Res Philosophica 93:1 (January 2016): 137-160.

 “Activity, Identity, and God: A Tension in Aquinas and His Interpreters.” Co-written with W. Matthews Grant, Studia Neoaristotelica 12 (2015): 5-61.

 “The Category of Habitus: Artifacts, Accidents, and Human Nature.” The Thomist 79:1 (January 2015): 113-154.

 “Habits, Potencies, and Obedience: Experiential Evidence for Thomistic Hylomorphism.”  Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 88, Dispositions, Habits, and Virtues (2014): 165-180.

 “The Personhood of the Separated Soul.” Nova et Vetera 12:3 (Summer 2014): 863-912.

 “A Reexamination of the Hylomorphic Theory of Death.” The Review of Metaphysics 63:4            (June 2010): 843-870.

 “Full Human Flourishing: The Place of the Various Virtues in the Quest for Happiness in    Aristotle’s Ethics.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 81, Freedom, Will, and Nature (2007): 193-204.

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 197 - 05 Topics:The Person and the Good M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 JRC 247

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

JRC 247

Course Registration Number:

22624 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark K. Spencer

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 197 - 07 Topics:The Person and the Good M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MCH 108

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

MCH 108

Course Registration Number:

22626 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark K. Spencer

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 197 - 08 Topics:The Person and the Good M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 MHC 207

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

MHC 207

Course Registration Number:

22627 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark K. Spencer

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 197 - W41 Honors:The Person and the Good M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 JRC 247

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

JRC 247

Course Registration Number:

22621 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark K. Spencer

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 110 - 09 The Person and the Good - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

Course Registration Number:

46699 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark K. Spencer

Using philosophical methodology, and with substantial attention to Catholic intellectual tradition, this course enquires into the foundations of ethics, including how our conception of the human person affects our understanding of the moral life. It considers also the question of the rationality of belief in God and the difference (if any) God makes to our understanding of the person and the good. In addressing these topics, the course develops and applies basic logic skills, introduced as an essential part of philosophical method and an indispensable tool of critical thinking.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 110 - 10 The Person and the Good - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

Course Registration Number:

46700 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark K. Spencer

Using philosophical methodology, and with substantial attention to Catholic intellectual tradition, this course enquires into the foundations of ethics, including how our conception of the human person affects our understanding of the moral life. It considers also the question of the rationality of belief in God and the difference (if any) God makes to our understanding of the person and the good. In addressing these topics, the course develops and applies basic logic skills, introduced as an essential part of philosophical method and an indispensable tool of critical thinking.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 110 - 11 The Person and the Good - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

46701 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark K. Spencer

Using philosophical methodology, and with substantial attention to Catholic intellectual tradition, this course enquires into the foundations of ethics, including how our conception of the human person affects our understanding of the moral life. It considers also the question of the rationality of belief in God and the difference (if any) God makes to our understanding of the person and the good. In addressing these topics, the course develops and applies basic logic skills, introduced as an essential part of philosophical method and an indispensable tool of critical thinking.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)