Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Faculty

Patrick T. Flynn, Ph.D.

Patrick T. Flynn, Ph.D.

Professor (philosophy)

e-mail | pflynn@ben.edu
office | 630.829.6261
fax | 630.829.6251
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Education


Ph.D. (Philosophy of Science), University of Western Ontario | 1989

 

M.A. (Philosophy), McMaster University | 1978

 

B.A. (Philosophy), University of Notre Dame | 1975


 

Selected Publications


Co-editor, Substance, Judgment, and Evaluation: Seeking the Worth of a Liberal Arts, Core Text Education – Selected Papers from the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Chicago, Illinois, April 6-9, 2006. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2010.

 

“Copenhagen, Bohr, and Heisenberg: How Did We Learn to Love the Bomb?” Substance, Judgment, and Evaluation: Seeking the Worth of a Liberal Arts, Core Text Education – Selected Papers from the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Chicago, Illinois, April 6-9, 2006. Eds. Patrick T. Flynn, Jean-Marie Kauth, John Kevin Doyle, and J. Scott Lee. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2010. 153-160.

 

“Introduction.” With Jean-Marie Kauth, John Kevin Doyle, and J. Scott Lee. Substance, Judgment, and Evaluation: Seeking the Worth of a Liberal Arts, Core Text Education – Selected Papers from the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Chicago, Illinois, April 6-9, 2006. Ed. Patrick T. Flynn. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2010. vii-xiii.

 

"Exposing New and Transfer Students to the Benedictine Tradition: Core and Writing Programs.” With Jean-Marie Kauth. Third Annual Benedictine Pedagogy Conference Proceedings: Orienting New Members to Our Benedictine Learning Communities. 2010. 13-15.

 

“Whose Proof? Whose Rationality?” The International Journal of the Humanities 5.1 (2007): 163-168.

 

“Review of Deane-Drummod’s The Ethics of Nature.The Journal of Ecotheology 11.2 (2006): 237-239.

 

“The Renewal of Catholic Natural Theology: Some Philosophical Reflections as to Do's and Don’ts.” Published online at the University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture website. 2003.


 

Selected Recent Presentations


“Can we know that the Universe is Fine-Tuned, and if we can, is such Knowledge part of the Physical Sciences? A Philosophical Reflection.” 5th Annual Spring Benedictine University Faith & Reason Symposium: “In the Beginning God . . . Faith, Science, the Cosmos and Humanity Humanity.” Benedictine University, Lisle, IL (April 13, 2012).

 

“Reading Darwin in the Real World: Human Descent v. Human Ascent.” 18th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses: "Liberal Arts Education for the Real World: Inquiring Into, Preparing For, and Living In The Real World Through Core Texts," Milwaukee, WI (March 29-April 1, 2012).

 

“Responding to the Secularist New Atheism, and Its Challenges to the New Evangelization.” Benedictine College Institute for Missionary Activity: Inaugural Symposium for Advancing the New Evangelization, Benedictine College, Atchinson, KS (March 23-24, 2012).

 

“Reexamining In Vitro Fertilization and Other Life-Beginning Biomedical Issues.” American Philosophical Association Annual Central Division Conference (ADOPT Group), Chicago, IL (February 16-17, 2012).

 

“God, Skepticism, Culture, and the New Atheism.” 12th Annual Fall Conference – Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture: “Radical Emancipation: Confronting the Challenge of Secularism,” University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (November 10-12, 2011).

 

“Reflections on Benedictine Hospitality (or Haustus) in the Classroom.” Fifth Annual Benedictine Pedagogy Conference: “Haustus: The Challenge of Hospitality,” St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH (June 2-4, 2011).

 

“Is Virtue or Excellence Teachable? Reflections on Plato's Meno.” 17th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses: “The Quest for Excellence, Liberal Arts and Core Texts,” Yale University, New Haven, CT (April 14-17, 2011).

 

“Sins against Reproductive Simplicity: The Cycle of IVF and its Abortive and Contraceptive Co-Conspirators.” 11th Annual Fall Conference – Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture: “Younger Than Sin: Retrieving Simplicity through the Virtues of Humility, Wonder & Joy,” University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (November 18-20, 2010).

 

“Cartesian Worlds.” 16th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, New Brunswick, NJ (April 15-18, 2010).

 

“Socrates for Juveniles – Including Delinquents: A Case For Teaching Philosophy At The Pre-College, Pre-University Level.” 107th Annual American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL (February 20, 2010).

 

“Exposing New and Transfer Students to the Benedictine Tradition: Core and Writing Programs.” With Jean-Marie Kauth. Third Annual Benedictine Pedagogy Conference: “Orienting New Members to Our Benedictine Learning Communities,” St. Vincent College, La Trobe, PA (May 28-30, 2009).

 

“Rawls, the Difference Principle, and the Future of Liberal Education.” 15th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Memphis, TN (April 16-19, 2009).

 

“Neo-Darwinian Evolution & Human Descent v. Human Ascent: A Case for Both.” 106th Annual American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL (February 20, 2009).

 

“Darwin & Human Descent v. Human Ascent” 14th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Plymouth, MA (April 5, 2008).

 

“Benedict XVI ’s Regensburg Address: Principles.” 8th Annual Fall Conference – Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture: “The Dialogue of Cultures,” University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (December 1, 2007).

 

“The Pedagogy of Teaching Values and Natural Law.” 104th Annual American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL (April 19, 2007).

 

“Odyssey into Ghostly Shadows: A Plea for Cartesian Inclusion in the Core.” 13th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Williamsburg, VA (March 29-April 1, 2007).

 

“Whose Proof? Whose Rationality?” International Symposium on New Directions in the Humanities, Columbia University, New York, NY (February 23-26, 2007).


 

Courses Taught


American Philosophy
(Ancient) Mediterranean World
Biomedical Ethics
Business Ethics
Contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy
Creation, Evolution, and God (Science-Religion Course
Ethics and Leadership
Ethics and Public Health (M.A. Public Health Program)
First Year Seminar/Writing Colloquium: Person in Community
General Ethics
General Ethics for the Medically-Minded
General Ethics for the Professional
History and Philosophy of Science
The Contemporary World
Converging Hemispheres
Great Readings Seminar
The Mediterranean World
Intermediary Logic
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Philosophy
Medical Ethics (Exercise Physiology)
Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Being
Philosophy of Human Nature
Philosophy of Religion
Research Writing
Senior Seminar
Symbolic Logic
Theory of Knowledge
Topics in Biomedical Ethics
Topics in Logic
World Religions