Dr. Mark Roberts | Franciscan University of Steubenville
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    Dr. Mark Roberts

    Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Graduate Philosophy Program

    Biography

    Dr. Mark Roberts studied at the University of Rhode Island where he received a B.A. and M.A., and the University of Dallas where he received an M.A. and a Ph.D. He was a professor and Honors Faculty Fellow at the University of Rhode Island, and a member of the Faculty Senate from 1990 to 1992.

    Professor Roberts came to Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1993.

    He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, American Catholic Philosophical Association, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Southwestern Philosophical Society, and Society of Christian Philosophers. He has served on the Program Committee of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and was Vice-President of the Rhode Island Philosophical Society. In 2005 Prof. Roberts received the Alumni Teaching Award from Franciscan University, and has received a Fides et Ratio grant and several Faculty Enrichment grants. He has recently been named editor of a new philosophy journal Quaestiones Disputatae. His work has been mainly in the areas of logic and philosophical logic, natural theology, Aquinas, von Hildebrand, and metaphysics.

    Select Publications & Accomplishments

    • Maritain's Eternal Truths 
      "Maritain's Eternal Truths," Society for Christian Philosophers, Arizona State University, May 1998.

    • “St. Thomas Aquinas and the Experience of Embodiment” 
      "St. Thomas Aquinas and the Experience of Embodiment," at the Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, Villanova University, October 1998.

    • St. Thomas Aquinas and the Experience of Embodiment 
      "St. Thomas Aquinas and the Experience of Embodiment," at the Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, Villanova University, October 1998.

    • A Critique of St. Thomas's Epistemology 
      "A Critique of St. Thomas's Epistemology" Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, Villanova University, September 1997.

    • Can Thomism and Phenomenology be Compared? 
      "Can Thomism and Phenomenology be Compared?" at Franciscan University of Steubenville, March 1996.

    • Classical Theism and Process Theology: On the Question of God’s Real Relation to the World 
      “Classical Theism and Process Theology: On the Question of God’s Real Relation to the World,” Franciscan University of Steubenville, January, 2006, Fides et Ratio Grant presentation.

    • Dietrich von Hildebrand and St. Thomas Aquinas on Ideal Essences 
      "Dietrich von Hildebrand and St. Thomas Aquinas on Ideal Essences," The Von Hildebrand Centennial Conference, the Internationale Akademie fuer Philosophie in Liechtenstein, November 1989.

    • Dietrich von Hildebrand and St. Thomas Aquinas on Ideal Essences(2) 
      "Dietrich von Hildebrand and St. Thomas Aquinas on Ideal Essences," Aletheia: An International Journal of Philosophy. vol. 5, 1992.

    • Do Substances Admit of Variation in Degree 
      "Do Substances Admit of Variation in Degree?" New England Catholic Philosophical Association, Regis College, 1986.

    • Do Timeless Truths Entail Timeless Falsities 
      "Do Timeless Truths Entail Timeless Falsities," American Catholic Philosophical Round Table, New York, 1994.

    • Empiricism and Rationalism in Modernity: The Solution of Phenomenology 
      "Empiricism and Rationalism in Modernity: The Solution of Phenomenology" Modernity: Yearning for the Infinite, The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, November 2006.

    • Facts, Opinions and Values. Philosophical Distinctions and Reading Skills 
      "Facts, Opinions and Values. Philosophical Distinctions and Reading Skills," Society Catholic Social Scientists, Franciscan University of
      Steubenville, October 1997.

    • “Facts, Opinions and Values. Philosophical Distinctions and Reading Skills” 
      "Facts, Opinions and Values. Philosophical Distinctions and Reading Skills," Society Catholic Social Scientists, Franciscan University of Steubenville, October 1997.

    • Human Affectivity as a Third Spiritual Center in Man 
      "Human Affectivity as a Third Spiritual Center in Man." at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain, July 1994.

    • Human Happiness and the Intrinsic Value of Knowledge 
      "Human Happiness and the Intrinsic Value of Knowledge," at the Sixth Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Human Ideas on Ultimate Reality and Meaning, 1991 University of Toronto.

    • Is God’s Creation of the World Necessary 
      “Is God’s Creation of the World Necessary,” Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, Villanova University, October 2004.

    • Logical Models and Critical Thinking Skills 
      “Logical Models and Critical Thinking Skills,” Society of Catholic Social Scientists, New York, 2007.

    • Necessary Propositions and the Square of Opposition 
      "Necessary Propositions and the Square of Opposition," at the Northwest Philosophy Conference, University of Oregon, 1990.

    • “Necessary Propositions and the Square of Opposition” 
      "Necessary Propositions and the Square of Opposition," at the Northwest Philosophy Conference, University of Oregon, 1990.

    • “Necessary Propositions and the Square of Opposition”(1) 
      "Necessary Propositions and the Square of Opposition," The Thomist. vol. 56, no.3, 1992.

    • “On Suppositional Necessity in St. Thomas Aquinas” 
      “On Suppositional Necessity in St. Thomas Aquinas,” International Conference on Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2003.

    • “On Suppositional Necessity in St. Thomas Aquinas”(1) 
      “On Suppositional Necessity in St. Thomas Aquinas,” International Conference on Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2003.

    • “Some Consequences of Aquinas' Definition of Bonum” 
      "Some Consequences of Aquinas' Definition of Bonum," Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic, Medieval Renaissance Philosophy, Villanova University, 1991.

    • “The Bearer of Truth and Falsity” 
      "The Bearer of Truth and Falsity," Southwestern Philosophy Review. vol. 10, no.2, July 1994.

    • “The Bearer of Truth and Falsity” (2) 
      "The Bearer of Truth and Falsity" American Catholic Philosophical Association Round Table Meeting in New York, April, 1991.

    • “The Meaning of 'It's Impossible to Prove That God Exists.'” 
      "The Meaning of "It's Impossible to Prove That God Exists.'" Faith and Reason. vol.XXI. no.3. 1995.

    • “The Myth of the Great Books. Why the Great Books are not a Model of Catholic Higher Education” 
      “The Myth of the Great Books. Why the Great Books are not a Model of Catholic Higher Education,” Joy in Truth: The Catholic University in the New Millennium, The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame. October 2005.

    • “The Notion of the Apriori in von Hildebrand’s Epistemology” 
      “The Notion of the Apriori in von Hildebrand’s Epistemology” Conference on Dietrich von Hildebrand, Franciscan University of Steubenville, October 2007.

    • “Thomas Aquinas on Ideal Essences” 
      "Thomas Aquinas on Ideal Essences," at the Medieval-Renaissance
      Conference: IV, Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia, 1990.

    • “Thomas Aquinas on Ideal Essences” (2) 
      "Thomas Aquinas on Ideal Essences," at the Medieval-Renaissance Conference: IV, Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia, 1990.

    • “Time, Eternity, and God’s Relation to the World” 
      “Time, Eternity, and God’s Relation to the World,” Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, Villanova University, November 2005.

    •  “Timeless Truths and Timeless Falsities”(1) 
      "Timeless Truths and Timeless Falsities," Aletheia: An International Journal of Philosophy. vol. VI, 1993/1994.

    •  “Timeless Truths and Timeless Falsities” 
      "Timeless Truths and Timeless Falsities," Rhode Island Philosophical Society, November 1988.

    • “Value Relativism and Education” 
      "Value Relativism and Education," Institute for Religious Studies, Rutland, Massachusetts, 1989.

    • “Values and Education” 
      "Values and Education" in Values and Human Experience, ed. Stephen Schwarz and Fritz Wenisch, Peter Lang Verlag, 1999.

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