Faculty & Staff

Mr. James M. Despres, Ph.D. (Candidate), M.A., B.S.

Acting Chair, Department of Philosophy & Director, Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies Program (MAPS)
(610) 785-6526

Mr. Despres joined the faculty in 2009, with interests in modern and contemporary philosophy, particularly phenomenology.  He also has a deep philosophical interest in the thought of Plato, Aristotle, and the teleological conception of nature and the human person.  He regularly teaches courses in the Philosophy of the Human Person, Ancient Philosophy, the thought of Plato and Aristotle, the Philosophy of Nature, Later Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, and electives in Phenomenology, and the Rise of Philosophical Atheism in the Modern Context.  Mr. Despres first developed the Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies (MAPS) program.  He is also the Director of the MAPS Program and the Acting Chair of the Department of Philosophy.  He lives with his beautiful wife and three lovely children in an idyllic Philadelphia suburb.

Education
Ph.D Candidate The Catholic University of America
M.A. in Philosophy The Catholic University of America
B.S. in Physics Merrimack College

 

Professional Experience
Professor of Philosophy St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, 2009 - 
Lecturer The Catholic University of America, 2005 - 2009
   

 

Professional Memberships
American Philosophical Association (APA)  
American Catholic Philosophical Association (APCA)  
Society for Phenomenology & Existential Philosophy (SPEP)  

 

Publications

Review of Walter Brogan's Heidegger and Aristotle: The Twofoldness of Being, The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomeological Philosophy VII (2007): 337-351. 2007

Professional Endeavors

“The Un-Aristotelianism of Heidegger’s Aristotle,” 16th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Rutgers University, April 15-18, 2010.

“What Did Heidegger Learn from Aristotle,” 17th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Rutgers University, April 14-17, 2011.

Book Review Editor, The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, 2006-2012.

Committee Work

Director, Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies Program (MAPS)

MSCHE 5 Year Periodic Review Committee

Chari, Subcommittee on MSCHE Standards 1 (Mission and Goals) and 6 (Integrity).

Academic Review Committee, Graduate School of Theology

Finance Committee

College Task Force Report, Faculty Committee

Awards & Accomplishments

Summer Fellow, Princeton University, James Madison Program, Summer 2011

Aristotle Fellow, The School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, 2010-2011

The National Catholic Honor Society Award and Recognition, Delta Epsilon Sigma Chapter, SCS Fall 2010