Faculty & Staff
Dr. Atherton C. Lowry
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D. Fordham University (1973)
M.A. Fordham University (1968)
B.A. Georgetown University (1964)
Metaphysics, St. Thomas Aquinas, Philosophy of Religion, Phenomenology
1984-Present Professor of Philosophy, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
1982-Present Chair, Department of Philosophy, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
1980-1982 Associate Professor, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
1975-1980 Assistant Professor, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
1970-1975 La Salle University
1968-1970 Marymount Manhattan College
1964-1966 Al-Hikma University, Baghdad, Iraq (Lay Apostle with the Jesuit Missions)
Member of the Apostolic Visitation of U.S. Seminaries and Houses of Formation
Courses Taught 2007-2008
Phl 101 Introduction to Philosophy
Phl 303 (512) Metaphysics
Phl 304 (516) Natural Theology
Phl 402 (502) Ethics
Phl 405 Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy
Phl 324 Art and Beauty Aesthetics) (Elective)
American Catholic Philosophical Association and past President of its Philadelphia Chapter
Metaphysical Society of America
Recipient of the Borromeo Medal
Papal Honor of Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great
Lectures, Presentations and Articles Published
Publication of a major revision of the “Metaphysics” article in the New Catholic Encyclopedia (forthcoming Fall, 2008)
Production of Three-Act Play Deliver Us from the Evil One: The Trials and Triumph of the Priest of Ars Jean-Marie Vianney (Author: Atherton C. Lowry), performed by Saint Charles Borromeo Seminarians ( April 10, 11 &12, 2008 at the Seminary)
Panel Member, giving presentation “The Church’s Vision of Intellectual Formation in the Seminarian’s Training for the Priesthood” in conjunction with the Discussion on “Philosophy’s Role in the Forthcoming PPF” [Philosophy and Priestly Formation, 5th Edition] – Program of the Committee on Philosophy and Priestly Formation, division of the American Catholic Philosophical Association [National Meeting at the University of Notre Dame (Fall, 2005)]
“Father and Son in the Transformation of Soren Kierkegaard: Philosophical-Theological Reflections on the Paternal Grounding of the Danish Gadfly’s Life and Thought,” Public Lecture at College Dominicain in Ottawa, Canada (Fall, 2004)
“The Metaphysics of Culture: Its Being, Its Life and Its Death” published in the Proceedings of the 2003 Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.
“The Metaphysics of Culture: Its Being, Its Life and Its Death,” paper given at the National Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Houston (Fall, 2003).
Selected Dramatic Readings from Three-Act Play That Individual: The Singular Life of the Gadfly of Denmark Soren Kierkegaard, (Author: Atherton C. Lowry), performed by Siena College Students and followed by discussion with the author at the National Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Albany (Fall, 2001).
Commentary on Reverend W. Norris Clarke, S.J.’s paper “Recent Developments in the Philosophy of the Person within Thomism,” (session of the Committee on Priestly Formation) at the National Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Pittsburgh (Spring, 1998).
“A Challenge to Contemporary Religion: The Question of Eternity,” published in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (Fall, 1995).
“Study in Aquinas: Analogy as Theophany and the Hiddenness of God,” published in Faith and Reason (Fall, 1993).
“Study in Aquinas: Analogy as Theophany and the Hiddenness of God,” paper given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan (Western Michigan University) (Spring, 1988).
“Phenomenological Analysis of the Individual Thing and the Triumph of the Accidental,” paper given at the National Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Buffalo (Spring, 1987).
“Phenomenological Analysis of the Individual Thing and the Triumph of the Accidental,” in the Proceedings of the 1987 Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.
“Notes on the Crisis of Non-Philosophy,” Presidential Address at Meeting of Philadelphia Chapter of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Chestnut Hill College (Spring, 1985).
“The Celebration of the Scholar,” Honors Convocation Address, Cabrini College (Fall, 1984).
Two presentations of “My Faith Experience” at the Malvern Retreat House (Fall, 1982; Winter, 1983).
“Meditation on the Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes,” Communio: International Catholic Review (Spring, 1982).
“The Family, Human Dignity and the Shaping of Christian Personality,” Logos Lecture, Holy Family College (Spring, 1981).
Panel Member, giving presentation on “The Foundations of Dialogue between Christianity and Other Religions,” in conjunction with John Hick’s paper “Christianity and Other Religions” – Symposium at Temple University (Spring, 1980).
“Phenomenology, Realism and the Renewal of the Philosophy of Nature,” paper given at the Meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, Manhattanville College (Spring, 1979).
Expanded Version of “The Invisible World of Merleau-Ponty,” Philosophy Today (Winter, 1979).
“Merleau-Ponty and the Absence of God,” paper given at the National Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Chicago (Spring, 1978).
Publication of “Merleau-Ponty and the Absence of God” in the following journals: Proceedings of the 1978 Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and Philosophy Today (Summer, 1978).
“A Matter of Life and Death: Study of Human Death as a Process,” Logos Lecture, Holy Family College (Spring, 1977).
“The Invisible World of Merleau-Ponty,” paper given at the Meeting of the Merleau-Ponty Circle, University of Akron (Summer, 1976).
“Merleau-Ponty and Fundamental Ontology,” International Philosophical Quarterly (Dec., 1975).
“Marriage, Flesh and the Spirit,” Logos Lecture, Holy Family College (Fall, 1974).