Stephen J. Laumakis

Professor of Philosophy and Director, Aquinas Scholars Honors Program
Degree
University of Notre Dame, Ph.D., May, 1991
Villanova University, M.A., December 1984
St. Charles Seminary, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, May, 1982
Office
JRC 207
Phone
(651) 962-5363
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5363
Fax
(651) 962-5340
Mail
University of St. Thomas, JRC 241
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Areas of Expertise and Competence
Medieval Philosophy: Thomas Aquinas
History of Philosophy
Buddhist Philosophy
Chinese Philosophy

Selected Courses
Buddhist Philosophy
Chinese Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
Ethics East and West (at the University of Hawai'i)
Introductory Ethics
Philosophy of the Human Person
Medieval Philosophy
Twentieth Century Thomism
The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas

Selected Publications

"The Dalai Lama's Dialogues," in Journal of Dialogue Studies, Vol. 2, Number 1 (Spring 2014).

"The Philosophical Context of Gotama's Thought," in S. Emmanuel (Ed.), A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers (January 2013).

"Eastern and Western Contributions to 'Contemplative Science,'" in Enrahonar: Quaderns de Filosofia, No. 47, 2011.

"Finding the (Fair) Way with Confucius and Ben Hogan," In A. Wible (Ed.), Golf and Philosophy: Lessons from the Links. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky (August 2010).

"Plato and Confucius on the Form of Golf: From the Ideal to the Real," In A. Wible (Ed.), Golf and Philosophy: Lessons from the Links. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky (August 2010).

"The Philosophy and Psychology of 'Contemplative Science': The Problems and Possibilities for an Emerging East-West Connection" (co-authored with Greg Robinson-Riegler) in East-West Connections: Review of Asian Studies, Volume 9, Number 1, Fall 2009.

"The Sensus Communis Reconsidered" in The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 82, Issue 3, Summer 2008.

An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

"'Re-Constructing Philosophical Arguments: Getting a Grip on Thomistic Straw Men" in The Modern Schoolman, Volume LXXXII, Number 4, May 2005.

"Confucius and ZHONG/'Doing One's Utmost'" in East-West Connections: Review of Asian Studies, Volume 4, Spring 2004.

Selected Presentations

"Chinese Role Ethics: Do the Tires Ever Meet the Road?"
Asian Studies Development Program
Twentieth Annual National Conference
Houston, Texas 3-15-14

"Happiness and Human Flourishing: East & West"
Asian Studies Development Program
Eighteenth Annual National Conference
Seattle, Washington 3-30-12

"A Comparative Evaluation of the Value of External Goods in the Pursuit of 'Happiness' and 'Human Flourishing'"
Tenth East-West Philosophers' Conference
Honolulu, Hawaii 5-23-11

"Is There a Christian/Catholic Contribution to 'Contemplative Science'?"
East-West Center/East-West Center Association
50th Anniversary International Conference
Honolulu, Hawaii, 7-4-10

"Confucian 'Virtues' and the 'Common Good'"
Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Tenth Annual Fall Conference--The Summons of Freedom
South Bend, Indiana, 11-14-09

"Plato and Confucius on Golf and the Human Life"
Asian Studies Development Program
Fifteenth Annual National Conference
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 3-6-09

"Family, 'Filial Piety,' and Society--East and West"
Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Eighth Annual Fall Conference--The Dialogue of Cultures"
South Bend, Indiana, 11-30-07

"The Buddha, the Dalai Lama, and Your Brain"
With Dr. Greg Robinson-Riegler (Department of Psychology, UST)
Asian Studies Development Program
Twelfth Annual National Conference
Nashville, Tennessee, 3-17-06

Professional Associations
American Catholic Philosophical Association
American Philosophical Association
Asian Studies Development Program
Minnesota Philosophical Society

Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 115 - 01 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 MHC 204
CRN: 40236 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Stephen J. Laumakis 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 298 - 01 Topics: Buddhist Philosophy M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 208
CRN: 42646 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Stephen J. Laumakis 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

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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