Ohio Dominican University’s Philosophy major prepares students to think critically about important questions in a way that is informed by the great minds of the Western philosophical tradition—including Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas and René Descartes as well as more recent thinkers such as John Paul II.
The Catholic and Dominican tradition values the intellectual life and sees philosophy as a way to discover important truths. This view of philosophy distinguishes ODU from schools that treat philosophy merely as a tool for analyzing language or promoting a political agenda. At ODU, we believe rigorous thinking in philosophy helps students understand their faith. Every member of our department has a strong background in liberal arts and the history of philosophy, especially the Catholic and Dominican intellectual tradition. Faculty members in ODU's Philosophy program maintain a strong commitment to excellent teaching and scholarly research.
Dr. Michael Dougherty is author of Moral Dilemmas in Medieval Thought: From Gratian to Aquinas (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and editor of Pico della Mirandola: New Essays (Cambridge University Press, 2008). In 2009, his students showed their appreciation for his efforts by honoring him with Ohio Dominican University’s Conley Award, which is presented annually to a professor in recognition of his or her outstanding teaching abilities and dedication to students.
Dr. Lawrence Masek’s main research interest is in ethics, specifically issues about action theory and the doctrine of double effect. His publications include papers in The Philosophical Quarterly, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, The Heythrop Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Ratio Juris, Public Affairs Quarterly, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, and Business Ethics Quarterly.