Faculty & Staff

Mr. James M. Despres, Ph.D (Candidate)

Professor of Philosophy, College Division
610-785-6526

 

Mr. Depres joined the faculty in 2009, with interests in modern and contemporary philosophy (especially Heidegger and phenomenology), ancient philosophy (especially Aristotle), the philosophy of nature, and the philosophy of the human person.  He teaches philosophy to seminarians in the College Division and in the Pre-Theology program of St. Charles.  Courses taught include: Philosophy of the Human Person, Epistemology, Logic, Later Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Purpose in Nature: The Thought of Aristotle, Introduction to Phenomenology, The Philosophy of Plato, The Thought of Martin Heidegger, Rise of Atheism, Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, and Philosophy for Theology.

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 Development Team

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