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  • Dr. Paul Symington reflects on philosophical journals and education at Franciscan University
    Dr. Paul Symington reflects on philosophical journals and education at Franciscan University
     
  • Dr. Paul Symington

    Associate Professor of Philosophy

    (740) 283-6643
    PSymington@franciscan.edu

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    Biography

    Professor Paul Symington graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Roberts Wesleyan College in 1998. He received an M.A. in Theology from Northeastern Seminary in 2001 and an M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College in 2004. He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2007. He then taught for one year at the University of San Franciscan before receiving a position in 2008 at Franciscan University of Steubenville. 

    He was a Service-Learning Faculty Fellow at the University of San Francisco and received a NYS Professional Development Award from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2007. He is a member of The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, The American Catholic Philosophical Association, and The American Philosophical Association. His research is mainly focused on areas in metaphysics and medieval philosophy

  • Books

  • Dr. Paul Symington - The Identity of Ontological Categories in Aquinas, Scotus and Lowe 
    On Determining What There Is: The Identity of Ontological Categories in Aquinas, Scotus and Lowe, Volume 2, in the EIΔE: Foundations of Ontology series, edited by E. J. Lowe, Peter Simons, Javier Cumpa, et al. (New Brunswick: Ontos Verlag), 2010.

  • Articles and Book Chapters

  • Dr. Paul Symington -- Grossmann and the Ontological Status of Categories 
    “Grossmann and the Ontological Status of Categories,” in Studies on the Ontology of Reinhardt Grossmann, ed. Javier C. Arteseros (New Brunswick: Ontos Verlag), co-authored with Jorge J. E. Gracia.

    Dr. Paul Symington - “Thomas Aquinas, Perceptual Resemblance, Categories, and the Reality of Secondary Qualities,” 
    “Thomas Aquinas, Perceptual Resemblance, Categories, and the Reality of Secondary Qualities,” American Catholic Philosophical Association, Annual Meeting, St. Louis, 2011.

    Dr. Paul Symington - “The Aristotelian Epistemic Principle and the Problem of Divine Naming in Aquinas,”(2) 
    “The Aristotelian Epistemic Principle and the Problem of Divine Naming in Aquinas,” American Catholic Philosophical Association, Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 2010.

    Dr. Paul Symington -- Thomas Aquinas on Establishing the Identity of Aristotle’s Categories 
    “Thomas Aquinas on Establishing the Identity of Aristotle’s Categories,” in Medieval Commentaries on Aristotle’s Categories, ed. Lloyd Newton, Brill Academic Publishers, 2008.

    Dr. Paul Symington -- Unconscious and Conscious Self: Psychical Unity in Freud and Lonergan 
    “The Unconscious and Conscious Self: Psychical Unity in Freud and Lonergan,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 80, 4, Fall 2006.

    Dr. Paul Symington - “Metaphysics Renewed: Kant’s Schematized Categories and the Possibility of Metaphysics,” 
    “Metaphysics Renewed: Kant’s Schematized Categories and the Possibility of Metaphysics,” International Philosophical Quarterly, 2011.

    Dr. Paul Symington -- La individualidad y su relación con las pasiones del ser en Tomás de Aquino 
    “La individualidad y su relación con las pasiones del ser en Tomás de Aquino," Revista Electronica de Estudos Tomistas 3 (2006), 73-86; to be reprinted in Actas del X Congreso Interamericano de Filosofia Medieval; co-authored with Jorge J. E. Gracia.

    Dr. Paul Symington - “Naming and the Analogy of Being: McInerny and the Rejection of a Proper Analogy of Being,” 
    “Naming and the Analogy of Being: McInerny and the Rejection of a Proper Analogy of Being,” International Philosophical Quarterly 47, 1 (2007): 91-102.

    Dr. Paul Symington - “Beyond Continents: Eschatological Dimensions in the Philosophy of William James and Richard Kearney,” 
    “Beyond Continents: Eschatological Dimensions in the Philosophy of William James and Richard Kearney,” Philosophy Today 50, 3 (2006): 263-71

  • Conference and Invited Papers Header

  • Dr. Paul Symington - “Categories and Modes of Being: A Discussion of Robert Pasnau's Metaphysical Themes” 
    “Categories and Modes of Being: A Discussion of Robert Pasnau's Metaphysical Themes,”Robert Pasnau's Metaphysical Themes: Author Meets Critics, Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics Meeting, 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2012.

    Dr. Paul Symington - )“Thomas Aquinas, Perceptual Resemblance, Categories, and the Reality of Secondary Qualities,” 
    “Thomas Aquinas, Perceptual Resemblance, Categories, and the Reality of Secondary Qualities,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, forthcoming 2012.

    Dr. Paul Symington - “Modes of Being as Semantic and Epistemic Foundation for Divine Naming in Aquinas,” 
    “Modes of Being as Semantic and Epistemic Foundation for Divine Naming in Aquinas,” The Metaphysics of Aquinas and Its Modern Interpreters: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives, Fordham University, March 27th, 2011.

    Dr. Paul Symington - “The Aristotelian Epistemic Principle and the Problem of Divine Naming in Aquinas,”(2) 
    “The Aristotelian Epistemic Principle and the Problem of Divine Naming in Aquinas,” American Catholic Philosophical Association, Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 2010.

    Dr. Paul Symington - “Scotus on Modes of Predication and the Derivation of Aristotle’s Categories,” 
    “Scotus on Modes of Predication and the Derivation of Aristotle’s Categories,” International Duns Scotus Society, 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2009.

    Dr. Paul Symington -- Categories, Metaphysics and Predication in Aquinas 
    “Categories, Metaphysics and Predication in Aquinas,” APA Pacific Meeting, March, 2008.

    Dr. Paul Symington - “Kant’s Schematized Categories and their Significance for the Project of the Critique of Pure Reason and the Possibility of Metaphysics,” 
    “Kant’s Schematized Categories and their Significance for the Project of the Critique of Pure Reason and the Possibility of Metaphysics,” Society of Christian Philosophers, Eastern Regional Meeting, Houghton College, New York, May 20, 2006.

    Dr. Paul Symington -- Individuality and the Principle of Individuation in Thomas Aquinas: An Ontological Characterization 
    “Individuality and the Principle of Individuation in Thomas Aquinas: An Ontological Characterization” (co-authored paper with Jorge J. E. Gracia), Catholic University of America, Spring 2005.

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