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 Justin J. Matchulat

Justin Matchulat

Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy

Room 306

+1 (301) 447-5650

Justin Matchulat, Ph.D., received his doctorate from Purdue University in 2014, completing a dissertation entitled Practical Cognition and Moral Motivation in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas. His publications are on St. Thomas Aquinas's moral psychology, the grounds of human dignity, and virtue ethics. His current research is on the nature of practical cognition in Aquinas. He loves the Mount’s beautiful campus, the strong sense of community among the faculty, and the Mount’s rich liberal arts core program which complements its Catholic identity. He teaches courses in ethics, philosophy of religion, and the history of philosophy. He loves bringing to life the thought of great philosophers for students, and helping them think earnestly about the good life.

Ph.D., Purdue University
M.A./Ph.L., The Catholic University of America
B.A., Auburn University

Medieval philosophy (especially Thomas Aquinas), ethics, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of religion.

“Thomas Aquinas on Natural Inclinations and the Practical Cognition of Human Goods: A Fresh Take on an Old Debate,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, (forthcoming).

“Rationality and Human Value: An Aristotelian Response to Robert Adams,” Faith and Philosophy 32, n. 4 (October 2015).

“Defending Virtue against the Situationist Challenge: Aristotle, Aquinas, and Contemporary Metaphysicians on Degreed Traits,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 88 (2014).