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 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 115 - W04 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MCH 109

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

MCH 109

Course Registration Number:

20311 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark K. Spencer

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 115 - W09 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MCH 109

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

MCH 109

Course Registration Number:

21490 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark K. Spencer

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 306 - 01 Contemporary Philosophy M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 MCH 109

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

MCH 109

Course Registration Number:

22323 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark K. Spencer

An investigation of major philosophical problems from the late nineteenth century to the present, with a focus on prominent philosophers, including thinkers from both the analytic and continental traditions. Prerequisite: PHIL 220

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Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 115 - 21 Philosophy of Human Person - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MHC 203

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

MHC 203

Course Registration Number:

42775 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark K. Spencer

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 115 - 26 Philosophy of Human Person - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MHC 203

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

MHC 203

Course Registration Number:

40959 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark K. Spencer

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 335 - 01 Aesthetics - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MHC 206

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

MHC 206

Course Registration Number:

42807 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Mark K. Spencer

This course addresses philosophical questions that arise in connection with art and aesthetic experience. Possible topics include: the nature of beauty, artistic representation, aesthetic properties, and the relationship between art and insight, between art and emotion, between art and morality, and between art and religious experience. Prerequisite: Two philosophy courses.

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