Dr. Paul Symington | Franciscan University of Steubenville
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    Dr. Paul Symington

    Associate Professor of Philosophy

    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

    Select Publications & Accomplishments

    Books

    • 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

    • “The Analogical Logic of Discovery And The Aristotelian Epistemic Principle...“ 
      “The Analogical Logic of Discovery And The Aristotelian Epistemic Principle: A Semantic Foundation For Divine Naming In Aquinas,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, forthcoming in 2014.

    • “Academic Freedom Bound? An Autonomous Philosopher and the Mandatum“ 
      “Academic Freedom Bound? An Autonomous Philosopher and the Mandatum,” New Oxford Review, Vol. 81, No. 7 (Sept. 2014).

    • “On Determining What There Is:...“ 
      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, et al. (Walter de Gruyter, 2010).

    • 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.

    • “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, 2010

    • “The Aristotelian Epistemic Principle and the Problem of Divine Naming in Aquinas,” 
      “The Aristotelian Epistemic Principle and the Problem of Divine Naming in Aquinas,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2011.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • “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.

    • 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.

      Conference and Invited Papers Header

    • “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.

    • “Thomas Aquinas, Perceptual Resemblance, Categories, and the Reality of Seconda(1) 
      “Thomas Aquinas, Perceptual Resemblance, Categories, and the Reality of Secondary Qualities,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, forthcoming 2012.

    • “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.

    • “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.

    • “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.

    • Categories, Metaphysics and Predication in Aquinas 
      “Categories, Metaphysics and Predication in Aquinas,” APA Pacific Meeting, Main Program, Pasadena, March, 2008; Northwest Philosophy
      Conference, Lewis & Clark College, October 6th, 2007.

    • “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.

    • 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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