Michael J. Degnan

Professor of Philosophy
Degree
B.A., summa cum laude, Philosophy and English, College of St. Thomas, 1977
M.A., Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 1982
Ph.D., Philosophy, History of Science minor, University of Minnesota, 1990
Office
JRC 206
Phone
(651) 962-5354
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5354
Fax
(651) 962-5340
Mail
University of St. Thomas, JRC 241
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Expertise
Aristotle's logic, metaphysics, and ethics
Ethics
Philosophy of Mind

Awards and Honors
Professor of the Year, 2004
University of St. Thomas, College of St. Thomas Distinguished Academic Scholarship, 1973-77
Msgr. Du Lac Philosophy Scholarship, 1975-77

Selected Publications
"Are we obliged to feed PVS patients until natural death?" in Artificial Nutrition and Hydration: The New Catholic Debate C. Tollefsen, ed., Springer Press, forthcoming.
 
"What is the Scope of Aristotle's Defense of the PNC?"  Apeiron 32.3  (September, 1999)  243-274.

"Searle on Free Will and Thinking," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 69 (1995) 257-270.

"Aristotle on Unqualified Knowledge: Do Referential Universals Solve the Meno Paradox?"American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 68 (1994) 145-158.

"Recent Work in Aristotle's Logic," Philosophical Books 35.2 (April, 1994): 81-89.

"What is the Moral Status of Pre-born Humans?" Communitas 5.1 (Fall, 1992): 34-56.

"Logic, Law and Abortion," with Russell Pannier, Linacre Quarterly (February, 1992): 53-58. 

Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 214 - 03 Introductory Ethics M - W - - - - 1730 - 2130 JRC 201

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1730 - 2130

Location:

JRC 201

Course Registration Number:

30179 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Michael J. Degnan

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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Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 214 - 05 Introductory Ethics M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 JRC 201

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

JRC 201

Course Registration Number:

40215 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Michael J. Degnan

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 214 - 08 Introductory Ethics M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 201

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

JRC 201

Course Registration Number:

41519 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Michael J. Degnan

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 214 - 15 Introductory Ethics - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC 201

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

JRC 201

Course Registration Number:

40960 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Michael J. Degnan

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location