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Francis E. Feingold, PhD

Associate Professor of Philosophy/Chair of the Pre-Theology Program


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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

“Reasons of the Heart: Pascal’s Answer to the Problem of the Certitude of Faith.” Paper delivered at The Sacra Doctrina Project’s inaugural conference entitled “Development of Doctrine: Revelation, Magisterium, and Human Reason,” at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester, N.Y. (June 10–12, 2021). 

“‘Being-Moved’: The Passivity of Spiritual Affections in von Hildebrand and Aquinas.” Invited paper delivered at a colloquium on Dietrich von Hildebrand’s emotion theory, held at the University of Dallas in Dallas, Tex. (Feb. 27–29, 2020). 

“Metaphysical Bridges: A Teleological Response to the Twinning Argument for Delayed Hominization.” Delivered at the 2019 Annual ACPA Meeting entitled “A Perennial Philosophy of Nature,” hosted by the University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Nov. 21–24, 2019), at a session sponsored by the ACPA. 

“Why Can’t Angels See Our Future? Aquinas’s View of the Relation Between Continuous and Discrete Time.” 4th Symposium >span class="NormalTextRun SCXW69297222 BCX0" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)"> (“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. 

Selected Publications

“Personalism and the Common Good: Evaluating the Maritain-De Koninck Controversy.” Forthcoming in the American Maritain Association’s 30th volume (title TBD), edited by Heather H. Erb, to be published by The Catholic University of America Press (2022).

“Can Angels Know Being Without Judgment?” 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 (2022).

“Jacques Maritain and the ‘Wounding of God’.” In Restoring Ancient Beauty: The Revival of Thomistic Theology, edited by James Keating. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2021.

“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.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 92 (2018): 189–210. (Published in September 2020.)

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