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Dr. James Despres

Associate Professor

• Phone: (610) 785-6526

• E-mail: jdespres@scs.edu

Dr. 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. Dr. Despres first developed the Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies (MAPS) program. He is also the Director of the MAPS Program and the Chair of the Department of Philosophy. He lives with his beautiful wife and three lovely children in an idyllic Philadelphia suburb.
EDUCATION
  • Ph.D.- The Catholic University of America
  • M.A. in Philosophy - The Catholic University of America
  • B.S. in Physics - Merrimack College
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy – St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (2020-Present)
  • Chair, Department of Philosophy – St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (2019-Present)
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy - St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (2009-2019)
  • Lecturer - The Catholic University of America (2005-2009)
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 MEMBERSHIPS
  • American Philosophical Association (APA)
  • American Catholic Philosophical Association (APCA)
  • Society for Phenomenology & Existential Philosophy (SPEP)
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

COMMITTEE WORK

  • Director, Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies Program (MAPS)
  • MSCHE 5 Year Periodic Review Committee
  • Chair, Subcommittee on MSCHE Standards 1 (Mission and Goals) and 6 (Integrity).
  • Academic Review Committee, Graduate School of Theology
  • Faculty Development & Review Committee
  • 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)

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