Philosophy

Title:President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor

Office: Rm. 2-01, NTC
Phone: 780.392.2448
Email: jason.west@newman.edu

Education

Ph.D. (Philosophy) University of Waterloo (2003)
M.A. University of Waterloo (1994)
B.A. Laurentian University (1993)

Specialization

Philosophy

Academic Interests

My academic interests include medieval philosophy, especially Aquinas, and the role of philosophy within theology. My Ph.D. dissertation concerned Aquinas’ use of metaphysics in his Christology. I have published several scholarly articles on these topics.

In more recent years my work has focussed on the French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain. I have been working on a book on his thought for several years now. Related to this, I am interested in the appropriate of Aquinas by contemporary Catholic philosophers particularly in the area of political theory (e.g. Alasdair MacIntyre, John Finnis, etc.).

Previous Appointments

Academic Dean

Courses Taught

MPS 225 Bioethics - Moral Issues from the Life Sciences
PHIL 200 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 241 Philosophy of Nature
PHIL 243 Metaphysics
PHIL 244 Epistomology
PHIL 246 Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 250 Contemporary Catholic Philosophy
STP 576 Bioethics - Moral Issues from the Life Sciences

Publications and Presentation

 

Memberships

Canadian Society for Christian Philosophers
Canadian Jacques Maritain Association