Joseph M. Magee, Ph.D.
|Director of Campus Ministry
Catholic Student Ministry
at the Universities of the Texas Medical Center
1703 Bolsover Street
Houston, Texas 77004
In 1999, I earned my Ph.D. from the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of Saint Thomas, Houston, Texas. For two years I taught philosophy full-time at UST, and from 2002 to 2016, I was the Campus Minister at Sam Houston State. Eat 'em up, 'Kats! I am currently the Campus Minister for the Universities of the Texas Medical Center.
My book, Unmixing the Intellect: Aristotle on Cognitive Powers and Bodily Organs was published by Greenwood Press in 2003. In this work, I argue that, according to the principles he develops throughout the De Anima, Aristotle successfully argues for a strong sense of the separateness of mind (nous) insofar as its activity occurs apart from the body. Because of the contrast he draws between mind and the senses in his arguments, I examine closely Aristotle's understanding of sensation and the sense powers. In the course of this analysis, I argue against various interpreters who claim that his theory of mind is cognitivist, functionalist or endorses some version of supervenience. (A more detailed synopsis may be found here.)In addition to my interest in Aristotle, I also have a deep and abiding respect for the thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas. To this end, I started in 1996, the Thomistic Philosophy Page on the World Wide Web, in order to introduce his thought to those unfamiliar with it.
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