John Macias, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy


2016: PhD in Philosophy, Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas, TX             Dissertation: “Alasdair MacIntyre’s Flourishing Human Being and Small-Scale Political Communities” 

2011: M.A. in Philosophy, Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX

2009: B.A. in Philosophy, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS
         Major: Philosophy, Minor: Classics

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Dr. John Macias, a native of Wichita, KS, earned his PhD in Philosophy in 2016 from the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, where he received a strong background in the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Catholic intellectual tradition. His doctoral dissertation focused on the political philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre, and it was entitled, "Alasdair MacIntyre's Flourishing Human Being and Small-Scale Political Communities." Prior to coming to St. Patrick's, Dr. Macias served as Residence Life Scholar at University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, where he held appointments in Philosophy, Catholic Studies, and Residence Life. This experience has provided Dr. Macias with a true appreciation for the task of forming the whole of a human person. He is incredibly excited to take this background and use it to assist in the formation of young men into good and holy priests.

Conference/Workshop Presentations

Natural Law, the Common Good, and Economics: A Difficulty for Thomists,” International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry, 14th Annual Conference, July 12-15, 2021, Virtual Conference hosted by University of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy.

“The Common Good of Political Society: A Possible Way forward between Traditional and New Natural Law,” American Maritain Association, 43rd Annual Meeting, March 5-7, 2020, Pittsburgh, PA

“Natural Law.” Zephyr Institute Junior Fellowship, February 25, 2020.

“What is Education? Newman, MacIntyre, and your High School College Counselor,” Zephyr Institute Junior Fellowship, October 31, 2019

“A Common Ground in Nature: A Point of Contact between St. Thomas Aquinas and Karl Marx,” To What End? Narratives, Institutions, and Practices. De Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, July 25-27, 2019.

“What Rights? Whose Rationality?” Comment on Joshua Schulz, “Is Purely Practical Agreement Possible?” American Catholic Philosophical Association 2018 Annual Conference. San Diego, CA, November 8-11.

Selected Publications

“Deliberation and Society: Political Participation in Jacques Maritain and Alasdair MacIntyre,” Lex Naturalis (forthcoming)

Book Review, Ethics under Capital: MacIntyre, Communication, and the Culture Wars, International Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 61, No. 2, issue 242, June 2021, pp.242-244.

“What it’s like to have OCD during a pandemic,” Aleteia, 24 June 2020, https://aleteia.org/2020/06/24...

“3 Misconceptions about seeking therapy that Christians may have,” Aleteia, 5 June 2020, https://aleteia.org/2020/06/05...

“The Liberal Arts amid Contemporary Social Structures: The Case of Frodo Baggins,” in Lesiure and Labor: Essays on the Liberal Arts in Catholic Higher Education, ed. Anthony P. Coleman (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2020), 91-103.

Marxism, Ethics and Politics: The Work of Alasdair MacIntyre, by John Gregson.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 93, issue 4, Fall 2019, pp.757-759. Book Review

“The State of the Seminary and Reasons for Hope,” Catholic World Report, 30 January 2020 https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2020/01/30/the-state-of-the-seminary-and-reasons-for-hope/?fbclid=IwAR1SpPdGTknHYOS55pgE9yiWhWAmVYbmVtgJ3B3XMV-xJjtkHzgVFo1wao0

“Brebeuf and the Two Competing Views of Education,” Catholic World Report, 19 August 2019 https://www.catholicworldrepor...

“John Finnis and Alasdair MacIntyre on our Knowledge of the Precepts of Natural Law,” Res Philosophicavol.93, no.1, January 2016, pp.103-123.

“John Finnis and the Political Community,” in News from the Raven: Essays from Sam Houston State University on Medieval and Renaissance Thought (Boston: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), 249-61.

“What’s a Goat-Stag?: Aristotle on Definitions and Non-Existent Kinds” Purlieu: A Philosophical Journal 1 (2012): 97-112.