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Francis E. Feingold, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy




B.A. (Philosophy) - Christendom College

M.A. (Philosophy) - The Catholic University of America

Ph.D. (Philosophy) - The Catholic University of America

Dissertation: "Divine Friendship-Love and Divine Impassibility: A Thomistic Response to Process Thought"

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Dr. Francis Feingold received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 2017.  His doctoral dissertation was titled “Divine Friendship-Love and Divine Impassibility: A Thomistic Response to Process Thought.”  He comes to St. Patrick’s with a strong and broad background in the history of philosophy (from ancient and medieval thought through contemporary phenomenology and and analytic philosophy) and has taught a variety of courses such as Philosophy in the Modern Age, Ethics, and Nature and Person at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, The Catholic University of America, and Ave Maria University (where he currently serves as Visiting Instructor in Philosophy).  Dr. Feingold shares: “I chose a career in philosophy chiefly because I saw it as my vocation; the path in which I was best suited to bring others to know and love God.   And I have always thought that the ideal place for me to pursue this vocation, even as a layman, would be at a seminary, by contributing to the formation of those whose task will be to bring Christ to the world.”

Conference/Workshop Presentations

“Is the Act of Knowing a Quality? Aquinas’s Discussion of Aristotle’s Claim That Knowing Does Not Alter the Knower." 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Mich., May 9–12, 2019. — This paper received the 2018 Founders' Award from the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy.

“Why Can’t Angels See Our Future? Aquinas’s View of the Relation Between Continuous and
Discrete Time.” 4th Symposium Thomisticum (“Aquinas Philosopher Theologian”), Rome, Italy, July 4–6, 2019.

"Is There Imperfection in Grieving for Another's Sin?" 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Mich., May 10-13, 2018.

"Do Causal Actions Inhere in Their Agent?  Aquinas's Reception of Aristotle's 'actio est in passo' Doctrine."  52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Mich., May 11-14, 2017.

"Love of Variety vs. Love of Unity: A Cautious Defense of Plato's Critique of μίμησις." The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., Feb. 19-20, 2016.

"Is The Virtue of Legal Justice Identical to Civic Friendship?  A Response to Charles De Koninck." West Coast Meeting of the Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies ("Virtue and Friendship"), Santa Paula, Calif., June 18-19, 2015.

Selected Publications

“Jacques Maritain and the ‘Wounding of God’.” Forthcoming in the American Maritain Association’s 29th volume (title TBD), edited by James Keating, to be published by The Catholic University of America Press (2020).

“Aquinas on Angelic Knowledge of the Actual Existence of Contingent Things.” Forthcoming in Summa metaphysicae ad mentem sancti Thomae: In Honor of Msgr. John F. Wippel, edited by Therese Cory and Gregory Doolan, to be published by The Catholic University of America Press.

“Is the Institution of Private Property Part of the Natural Law? Ius gentium and ius naturale in Aquinas’s Account of the Right to ‘Steal’ When in Urgent Need.” Forthcoming in Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 92 (2018).

“Principium vs. Principiatum: The Transcendence of Love in von Hildebrand and Aquinas.” Quaestiones Disputatae 3 (2013): 56–68.