Michael J. Winter

Professor of Philosophy
Degree
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Office
JRC 239
Phone
(651) 962-5375
Toll Free
800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5375
Fax
(651) 962-5340
Mail
University of St. Thomas, JRC 241
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Academic History
B.A., College of St. Thomas 1986-1990  
M.A., University of Minnesota 1990-1992
Ph.D., University of Minnesota 1992-1996

Expertise
Ethical Theory

Book
Rethinking Virtue Ethics. Springer 2011.

Selected Publications
"Does Moral Virtue Require Knowledge?: A Response to Julia Driver." Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. Forthcoming.

"Who Do We Think We Are?" Proceedings of the Global Conference on Ethics in Everyday Life. Salzburg, Austria. March 2009.

"What are the Prospects for Armchair Ethics?" Proceedings of the International Conference on Philosophy. Summer 2007.

"Virtue Theory and Social Psychology," The Journal of Value Inquiry, Fall  2006 (co-authored with John Tauer).

"An Axiomatic Approach to Aristotle's Ethics," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 2001.

"Aristotle, hos epi to polu relations, and a demonstrative science of ethics," Phronesis: A Journal of Ancient Philosophy, July, 1997.

"Are Fundamental Principles in Aristotle's Ethics Codifiable?"  The Journal of Value Inquiry, 1997.

"Practical Reason and a Demonstrative Science of Aristotle's Ethics," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 1997.

Selected Presentations
What are the Prospects for Armchair Ethics? Presented at the ATINER International Conference on Philosophy, Athens, Greece. Summer 2007.

Disputation: Can Absolute Rights be Known by Reason Alone? Presented with Thomas D. Sullivan at the University of St. Thomas. Fall 2006.

Does Aristotle Endorse Self-Sacrifice? Presented at the Minnesota Ancient Philosophy Conference, University of MN. Spring 2006.

Virtue Theory and Social Psychology presented with John Tauer; Fall 2005, University of St. Thomas Philosophy Colloquium. 

Aristotle on Altruism, Conference on Values, UW Stevens Point, Wisconsin. 2004.

Aristotle's Insights About Private Property.  Society of European Philosophy, University College, Cork, Ireland. September 2002.

Topics III and the Foundations of Ethics.  Society of Christian Philosophers, Central Division Meeting, Bethel College. March 2002.

An Axiomatic Approach to Aristotle's Ethics.  American Catholic Philosophical Association, Albany NY. Fall 2001.

An Axiomatic Approach to Aristotle's Ethics.  Ninth Annual Minnesota Conference on Ancient Philosophy, College of St. Catherine. Spring 2001.

Internet Technology in Philosophy Core Courses.  A presentation for the department of philosophy at the University of St. Thomas. Spring 2001.

Scientific Methodology in Aristotle.  Minnesota Philosophical Society, College of St. Katherine. October 2000.

A Full Internet Offering of an Introductory Philosophy Course.  Summer Recipe Workshop, School of Education, UST. June 2000.

Practical Reason and a Demonstrative Science of Aristotle's Ethics. American Catholic Philosophical Association; Buffalo, NY. March 1997.

Demonstrating in Ethics.  Society for Christian Philosophers, Loras College. Spring 1996.

Hos epi to polu relations in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics.  University of Minnesota. Spring 1996.

Aristotle's Foundationalism: Dialectic or Epagoge?  Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Binghamton, New York. Fall 1995 (presented with Michael Degnan).

Are Fundamental Ethical Principles Codifiable?  Minnesota Greek Philosophy Conference, College of St. Catherine. Spring 1995.

How Far-reaching is Socrates' Argument at Euthyphro 10A-11B?  Minnesota Philosophical Society, College of St. Catherine. Spring 1994

Are Fundamental Ethical Principles Definable?  Minnesota Philosophical Society, Macalester College. Fall 1994.

Ethics as an Aristotelian Science. University of St. Thomas. Fall 1993.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 214 - 16 Introductory Ethics - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MHC 207
CRN: 42103 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. Winter 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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Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 214 - 40 HONORS: Introductory Ethics - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MHC 207
CRN: 42105 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. Winter 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 380 - 01 Epistemology M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 206
CRN: 41675 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. Winter This course considers various accounts of the nature, origin, and limits of human knowledge. Attention will be paid to the main figures in the Western tradition as well as to contemporary authors. Prerequisite: PHIL 220

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 215 - A01 Ethics in Hawai'i - - - - - - - -
CRN: 10322 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gregory J. Coulter, Michael J. Winter STUDY ABROAD: Honolulu, HI-United States

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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 214 - 06 Introductory Ethics M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MHC 203
CRN: 21492 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. Winter 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 - 09 Introductory Ethics M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MHC 203
CRN: 20240 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. Winter 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 380 - 02 Epistemology - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MCH 118
CRN: 20444 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. Winter This course considers various accounts of the nature, origin, and limits of human knowledge. Attention will be paid to the main figures in the Western tradition as well as to contemporary authors. Prerequisite: PHIL 220

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