Jeffery L. Nicholas
1 Cunningham Drive
Providence, RI. 02908
Research Associate: July 2009 – Current
Center for Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics
London Metropolitan University
Areas of Specialization: Areas of Competence:
Social and Political Philosophy Applied Ethics (health care/medical,
Ethics and History of Ethics business, professional)
Philosophical Anthropology Care Ethics
Catholic Social Teaching Philosophy of/and Pop Culture
History of Philosophy
Reason, Tradition, and the Good: Toward a Substantive Conception of Reason for a Critical Theory of Society, University of Notre Dame Press, June 2012. (Also available on Amazon)
Editor, Dune and Philosophy, Pop Culture and Philosophy Series, Open Court, April 2011.
“Bowling Our Way Out of Nihilism,” The Big Lebowski and Philosophy, ed. Peter Fosl, Blackwell, May 2012, pp. 123-135.
“Local Communities and Globalization in Caritas in Veritate,” Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics 1(1): March 2011.
“Facing the Gom Jabbar Test, or Becoming Human,” in Dune and Philosophy, ed. Jeffery Nicholas, Open Court Press, April 2011, pp. 3-13.
“Eucharist and Dragon Fighting as Resistance: Against Commodity Fetishism and Scientism,” Philosophy and Management 7 (1): 2008, 93-106.
“Rights, Individualism, Community: Aristotle and the Communitarian-Liberalism Debate," Review Journal of Political Philosophy 1 (1-2): 2003, 223-249.
“A New Hope: MacIntyre and the Future of Critical Theory,” Catholic Horizons 1(2): September/October 2001, 20-63.
“Nation, Ethnicity, and Reason: An Interview with David Ingram,” in disClosure 8: Spring 1999, pp. 123 – 139, (co-authors: Kelli McAllister and Christine Metzo).
“History, Nationalism, and Modernity: An Interview with Geoff Eley,” in disClosure 8: Spring 1999, pp. 35 – 51, (co-authors: Brandon Claycomb and Laurel Smith).
“Identity: Cultural Knowledge - Self-Knowledge: disClosure Interviews Linda Alcoff,” disClosure 7: Spring 1998, pp. 41 – 60, (co-authors: Anne Ciasullo and Christine Metzo).
The Solitary Self by Mary Midgley and The Earth is Our Home by Nelson Rivera, Philosophy in Review, June 2012.
Responsibility for Justice by Iris Marion Young, The Review of Politics April 2012.
Justice: Rights and Wrongs by Nicholas Woltorstorff, Solidarity 2(1): 2012.
Critical Theory and Democratic Vision: Herbert Marcuse and Recent Liberation Philosophies by Arnold Farr, forthcoming Marx and Philosophy Review of Books 28 September 2011.
MacIntyre’s Engagement with Marxism, eds. Paul Blackledge and Neil Davidson, The Catholic Social Science Review XVI: 2011, pp. 269-271.
The Constitution of the Human Being by Max Scheler, Philosophy in Review XXXI (2): April 2011, 146-149.
Revolutionary Aristotelianism, eds. Kelvin Knight and Paul Blackledge, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books November 2010.
Modern Social Imaginaries by Charles Taylor, The Review of Metaphysics, December 2005
The Communitarian Persuasion by Philip Selznick, The Review of Metaphysics, 57 (4) 2004, 194-196.
Daring to Speak: a review of Paulo Freire’s Teachers as Cultural Workers: Letters to Those Who Dare Teach and Manning Marable’s Speaking Truth to Power: Essays on Race, Resistance, and Radicalism. Radical Philosophy Review 6 (2): 2003, 197-199.
Return to Reason by Stephen Toulmin, Philosophy in Review XXII (4): August 2002, pp. 308-310.
Reinterpreting the Political ed. Leonore Langsdore, in Philosophy in Review XIX (3): June 1999, pp. 196 - 198.
Self-Ownership, Freedom and Equality by G. A. Cohen, in disClosure 6: Spring 1997, pp. 151 - 154.
The Well Being of Psychological Mechanisms: Natural Law, Evolutionary Psychology, and Mary Midgley, International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry: Theme- Well-Being, University of Nottingham, 19-21 July 2012.
Mitakuye oyasin as a foundation for the well-being of animal life: The Nature of Reason in MacIntyre, Midgley, and the Frankfurt School, Contemporary Aristotelian Studies/PSA, University of Nottingham, 18 July 2012.
“The Common Good in Catholic Social Teaching,” Religion, Civil Religion, and the Common Good, CASEP, London Metropolitan University, 20-21 June 2012.
“Reason, Resistance, and Revolution: Occupy’s Nascent Democratic Practice,” Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Conference – Power and Resistance, University of Sussex, 15-16 June 2012.
“Birthing Needs: Marcuse, MacIntyre, and a Critical Philosophical Anthropology,” Critical Refusals Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. October 27-29, 2011.
“Evolutionary Psychology and Free Choice: A MacIntyrean Account,” ISME Fifth International Conference, Providence College, Providence, RI, July 28-31, 2011.
“The Hope of Human Nature: Na’vi Tradition and Technology,” Faith, Film, and Philosophy Seminar, Faith and Reason Institute, Gonzaga University, Oct. 8-9, 2010.
“One-Dimensional Birth: A MacIntyrean Reappropriation of Marcuse,” ISME Fourth International Conference, Mykolis Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania, 29 July – 1 August, 2010.
“Critical Theory, Natural Law, and the Common Good, or the City versus the Polis,” ISME Third International Conference, University College Dublin, Ireland, March 9th, 2009.
“Prolegomena to Any Future Aristotelian-Thomistic Philosophical Anthropology,” Theory, Practice, and Tradition: Human Rationality in Pursuit of the Good Life, St. Meinrad Abbey, St. Meinrad, IN. July 30 – Aug 3, 2008.
“Eucharist and Dragon-Fighting: Reason, Tradition, and Ideology Critique,” Revolutionary Aristotelianism, London Metropolitan University, London UK, June 29-Jul 1, 2007.
“The Human Person, Charity, and Peace: Toward a Renewal of Civilization,” American Maritain Association, Houston, TX. October 21-24, 2004
“Global Justice and Moral Language,” Association for Practical and Professional Ethics XIII Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH., February 25 - 28, 2004.
“Thomism, Maritain, and Feminism: Toward a Thomistic Critical Theory,” American Maritain Association, Chicago, University of Chicago – School of Divinity, October 16 - 19, 2003.
“Equality, Community, And Rights: Reviewing the Feminist Case Against Communitarianism,” North American Society for Social Philosophy, Northeastern University, July 17 - 19, 2003.
“Sacred Hoops and Power Pyramids: A Case Study in Tradition-Constitutive Reason,” Kentucky Philosophical Association Fall Meeting, November 7 2001, Spalding University, Louisville, KY.
“Power and Real Interests: Foucault and Marcuse on Power,” Midsouth Philosophy Conference, February 23 - 24, 2001, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.
“The Problem of Reason and the Present Task for a Consortium on Social Theory,” Inaugural Conference of the Consortium on Social Theory, May 11 - 14, 2000, Lexington, KY.
“Sciron: Rogue or Wild Animal: Examining the Case for Natural Rights in Aristotle’s Politics,” American Philosophical Association - Pacific Division, April 5 - 8, 2000, Albuquerque, NM.
“Inclusion of the Community: An Aristotelian Reply to Habermas,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, October 7 - 9, 1999, Eugene, OR.
“Community and Liberty in the Politics,” North Texas Philosophical Association, March 13, 1999, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.
“Making Naturalized Epistemology Normative,” Kentucky Philosophical Association, November 22, 1997, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.
“The Role of the Intellectual in a Critical Theory of Society,” Third Annual Pedagogy of The Oppressed Conference, April 17 - 19, 1997, Omaha, NE.
“Max Horkheimer on the Limits of Theory: A Historical Answer for Philosophy Today,” Second Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, DePaul University, May 18, 1996, Chicago, IL.
“Imaginative Engagement: Marcuse and Foucault on Becoming What We Aren’t,” Third Annual Kent State University May 4th Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, April 27, 1996, Kent, OH.
“The Market and Choice in Ronald Dworkin’s Egalitarianism,” The Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, April 4 - 6, 1996, Nashville, TN.
“Reconsidering the Social Influences on Economic Choices,” Kentucky Philosophical Association, November 18, 1995, Louisville, KY.
INVITED PRESENTATIONS ON CAMPUSES:
“Politics and the Common Good: MacIntyre, Finnis, and Young,” Research Seminar, Durham University, 3 July 2012.
“The Immaculate One-Dimensionality of Birth: Catholic Social Justice, Midwifery, and Technology in Birth,” Ethics Symposium, Villanova University, October 26, 2011
“Heterosexism, Evil Practices, and Reason: a Communitarian Response to a Feminist Critique,” West Chester University, March 2, 2005.
“Cosmopolitans, Statists, Thomists: International Redistribution of Resources,” Thomas More College, April 5, 2004.
“Reason, Tradition, and the Good: Outlining a Substantive Conception of Reason,” St. Joseph’s University, February 11, 2003, Philadelphia, PA.
“The Relationship Between Applied Ethics and Theoretical Ethics,” Seton Hall University, February 2002, Orange, NJ.
“Land Ownership and Reason among the Lakota Sioux and Colonial Americans,” Transylvania University, February 2002, Lexington, KY.
“Rights, Individualism, Community: Aristotle and the Communitarian-Liberalism Debate,” Ohio University - Athens, June 21, 2001, Athens, OH.
“Gender and Justice,” November 1999, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.
“Quine, Normativity, Feminism, and Bias,” Spring 1998, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.
Panel on Catholic Social Teaching, ISME Fifth International Conference, Providence College, Providence, RI. July 28-31, 2011, Organizer and Chair.
ISME Satellite Session at the ACPA, St, Louis, MO. October 27-30, 2011, Organizer.
ISME Satellite Session at the ACPA, Baltimore, MD. Nov. 6-7, 2010, Chair and Co-organizer (with Greg Beabout and Christopher Lutz).
Panel on Benedict XVI’s Caritas in Veritate, ISME Fourth International Conference, Mykolis Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania, 29 July – 1 August, 2010. Organizer and Discussant.
Panel on Alasdair MacIntyre’s God, Philosophy, Universities, ISME Fourth International Conference, Mykolis Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania, 29 July – 1 August, 2010. Organizer and Discussant.
Panel on Habermas’ Inclusion of the Other, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, October 7 - 9, 1999, Eugene, OR. Organizer and Presenter.
Intellectuals and Critical Education, Third Annual Pedagogy of The Oppressed Conference, April 17 - 19, 1997, Omaha, NE. Organizer and Presenter
General (non-Academic) Presentations
“Church Social Policy and the Common Good,” Theology on Tap, Seven Brides Brewery, Silverton, OR. May 24th, 2012.
“Political Theology: How To Talk to Each Other,” with Br. Jonah Wright; Theology on the Hilltop, Mount Angel Abbey Coffee Shop, St. Benedict, OR. April 27th, 2012.
“The Common Good and the Mission of the Shalom Center,” Shalom Center Board Meeting, Silverton, OR. April 14th, 2012.
Unnatural Causes Parts 3 and 4, Silverton Hospital, Silverton, OR. October 15th, 2010.
Benedict XVI’s Caritas in Veritate Part 2, St. Paul’s Parish, Silverton, OR. April 21st, 2010
Benedict XVI’s Caritas in Veritate Part 1, St. Paul’s Parish, Silverton, OR. April 14th, 2010
Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Catholicism, St. Paul’s Parish, Silverton, OR. March 15th, 2009.
GRANTS AND AWARDS:
Visiting Distinguished Lecturer Grant, awarded to 2% of Ph.D.s per year from the University of
Kentucky Graduate School, to invite David Ingram of Loyola University of Chicago to participate in my dissertation defense and deliver a lecture, Spring 2002.
American Philosophical Association/ American Association of Philosophy Teachers/ Campus
Compact Grant for Service-Learning Workshop: competitive grant to support participation in a workshop on service learning in philosophy held in conjunction with the annual AAPT conference, July-August 2002.
Commonwealth Research Awards, highly competitive grant offered, at most, once per
department per year. University of Kentucky Graduate School; to support paper presentations at the Pacific APA (2000) and SPEP (1999).
Pew Younger Scholar, Summer 1999, attending a seminar with Prof. Nicholas Wolterstorff on
“Foundationalism in Politics, Liberalism, Natural Law Theory and the Pluralist Alternative,” at St. Edward’s College, Austin, TX.
Graduate Symposium Funds: principal author of an internal competitive grant in support of the
Second Annual UK-PGSA Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, March 6, 1999.
Visiting Distinguished Scholar: principal author of a one-time only competitive grant to bring a
distinguished scholar to the university, in support of the First Annual UK-PGSA Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, April 11, 1998.
Travel Stipends: UK Graduate School 1997, 1996.
Providence College, Assistant Professor 2012
Ethics, Leadership, and the Common Good
CASEP – London Metropolitan University, Research Associate, 2009-current
Mt Angel Seminary, Associate Professor 2005—2012, Department Chair 2006-2008
Philosophy of Human Nature
Philosophy of Being
Catholic Social Teaching and Contemporary Issues
Philosophy and Pop Culture: Tolkien and Lewis
Philosophy and Pop Culture: Dystopian Literature
Marylhurst University, Adjunct Professor Summer 2011 – Current
Ethics and Social Issues
Philosophy and Film
Villanova University, Catherine of Sienna Teaching Fellow, 2002 – 2005
Ethical Traditions and Contemporary Life
Ethical Traditions and Contemporary Life – Service Learning
Ethical Traditions and Contemporary Life – Distance Learning
Introduction to Philosophy
Social and Political Philosophy
Transylvania University, Adjunct Professor, 2001 – 2002
Foundations of Liberal Arts I
Foundations of Liberal Arts II
Introduction to Philosophy
Eastern Kentucky University, Part Time Instructor, 2002
Philosophy of Religion
Thomas More College, Part Time Instructor 2000 – 2002
Philosophy of Human Nature
University of Kentucky, Teaching Assistant, 1995 – 2002
Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Health Care Ethics
Philosophy of Human Nature
Introduction to Philosophy
Death and Dying and the Quality of Life
LANGUAGES: Reading Competency: German, Latin
Mt. Angel Seminary
Capstone Committee, member, 2005-present, Director Summer 2011- 2012
Assessment Committee, member, 2011 – 2012
In-Service Committee, member, 2011 – 2012
Abbot’s Taskforce on Faculty Salary and Benefits 2008-2009
Curriculum Committee, 2006-2007
Chair, Athletics Committee 2005-2006
Faculty Sack Lunch Presenter: Philosophy at the Movies, November 1st, 2010
Matt Henry: The Meaning of Being in the History of Metaphysics
Mathew Libra: John Paul Sartre and John Paul II on Love
Brad Lawrence: The Natural Law Basis of Civil Law
Br. Manuel Rosiles: Catholic Social Teaching and Immigration
Seraphin Bamouni: MacIntyre on Education as Practice
Br. Matias Herrera: The Pastoral Responsibility of the Church toward the Sanctity and
safety of our Children
Executive Secretary – International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry 2007- current
Web Designer – International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry 2008- current
Essay Reviewer for: Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics; Journal for Peace and Justice Studies
Silverton Hospital Ethics Board, Silverton, OR. Member May 2011 – May 2012.
Shalom Prayer Center, Mount Angel, OR. Board member, May 2011 – May 2012.
St. Paul’s Social Justice Committee 2008- June 2012
Special Committee on Unnatural Causes, Summer and Fall 2010.
Special Committee on Immigration, Summer 2011
Blog Administrator, Fall 2010 – present.
Lucky Lab Science Fiction and Fantasy Critique Group 2009- Spring 2011
Initial Reader, Endeavor Awards – 2008 – Spring 2011
American Philosophical Association
American Catholic Philosophical Association
American Association of Philosophy Teachers
Feminist Ethics and Social Theory
International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry
North American Society for Social Philosophy
Radical Philosophy Association
Catholic Social Teaching and Economic Justice, Curriculum Workshop, Villanova
University, June 2003.
American Philosophical Association/ American Association of Philosophy Teachers Service
Micro-soft Power Point Introduction
Micro-soft Front Page Introduction and Advance (web tool)
E-learning: Adding Streaming Media
E-learning: Creative Course Content