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Mark Spencer

Associate Professor


  • Education
  • PhD, Philosophy, University at Buffalo (2012)
    MA, Philosophy, Franciscan University of Steubenville (2008)
    BA, Philosophy and Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville (2007)
  • Research Interests
  • Aesthetics and Philosophy of Beauty, Medieval and Scholastic Philosophy, Metaphysics and Natural Philosophy, Phenomenology and Personalism, and Philosophical Theology

“The Many Phenomenological Reductions and Catholic Metaphysical Anti-Reductionism.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 95:3, Special Issue on Phenomenology and Catholicism (Summer 2021): forthcoming.

“Divine Beauty and Our Obligation to Worship God.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 94 (2020): forthcoming.

“Beauty and the Intellectual Virtues in Aristotle,” in Beauty and the Good: Past Interpretations and Their Contemporary Relevance, ed. Alice Ramos, (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 2020): 93-114.

“The Separated Soul: Disability in the Intermediate State,” in Disability in Medieval Christian Philosophy and Theology, ed. Scott Williams, (New York: Routledge, 2020): 235-257.

“Beauty and Being in von Hildebrand and the Aristotelian Tradition,” The Review of Metaphysics 73:2 (December 2019): 311-334.

“Beauty, First and Last of All the Transcendentals: Givenness and Aesthetic, Spiritual Perception in Thomism and Jean-Luc Marion,” The Thomist 82:2 (April 2018): 157-187

“The Many Powers of the Human Soul: Von Hildebrand’s Contribution to Scholastic Philosophical Anthropology,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 91:4, Special Issue on Dietrich Von Hildebrand (Fall 2017): 719-735.

“The Flexibility of Divine Simplicity: Aquinas, Scotus, Palamas”, International
Philosophical Quarterly 57:2 (July 2017): 123-139.

“The Phenomenology and Metaphysics of Spiritual Perception: A Thomistic Framework.” New Blackfriars 97:1072 (November 2016): 677-692.

“Divine Causality and Created Freedom: A Thomistic Personalist View.” Nova et Vetera 14:3 (Summer 2016): 375-419.

“Christologically Inspired, Empirically Motivated Hylomorphism.” Co-written with Tim Pawl. Res Philosophica 93:1 (January 2016): 137-160.

“What is it Like to be an Embodied Person? What is it Like to be a Separated Soul?” Angelicum 93 (2016): 219-246.

“Quantum Randomness, Hylomorphism, and Classical Theism.” Journal of Analytic Theology 4 (2016): 147-170.

“Aristotelian Substance and Personalistic Subjectivity.” International Philosophical Quarterly 55:2 (June 2015): 145-164.

“The Category of Habitus: Artifacts, Accidents, and Human Nature.” The Thomist 79:1 (January 2015): 113-154.

“Created Persons are Subsistent Relations: A Scholastic-Phenomenological Synthesis.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 89 (2015): 225-243.

“Activity, Identity, and God: A Tension in Aquinas and His Interpreters.” Co-written with W. Matthews Grant, Studia Neoaristotelica 12 (2015): 5-61.

“The Personhood of the Separated Soul.” Nova et Vetera 12:3 (Summer 2014): 863-912.

“Habits, Potencies, and Obedience: Experiential Evidence for Thomistic Hylomorphism.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 88, (2014): 165-180. Winner of the ACPA Young Scholar Award.

“A Reexamination of the Hylomorphic Theory of Death.” The Review of Metaphysics 63:4 (June 2010): 843-870.

“Full Human Flourishing: The Place of the Various Virtues in the Quest for Happiness in Aristotle’s Ethics.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 81, (2007): 193-204.