Previous Initiatives


FellowshipsPrior to our decision to focus on Graystanes and our new research initiative, the Center for Medieval Philosophy for the last three years has been sponsoring the scholarship of our post-doctoral Fellows.

The Center was enriched by their warm and lively presence and is quite proud to have supported their scholarship. Our fellows reflect the international character of the scholarly community of medieval philosophers today. Past Fellows have been: Yael Raizman-Kedar (Israel, 2008- 2009), J.T. Paasch (US, 2008 - 2010), Bernd Goehring (Germany, 2009 - 2010) and Therese Scarpelli Cory (Canada, 2009 - 2010). The Post-Doctoral Fellows for 2010-2011 are: Josh Blander from UCLA and Robert Matava from St. Andrews, Scotland,U.K. Please click here to go directly to the Center for Medieval Philosophy's Post-Doctoral Fellowship page to view the previous Fellow's scholarship and profiles.


Post-Doctoral FellowshipsJoshua Blander (UCLA, Summer, 2010) whose dissertation is entitled, "John Duns Scotus's Formal Distinction:The Nature of Identity, Modality, and Ontological Commitment". Josh would like to write three articles based on his doctoral dissertation having to do with Scotus's account of the formal distinctions. The three articles would use distinctions to investigate: 1) the relationship between possibility and divine power; 2) tension between divine simplicity and the doctrine of the Trinity; and 3) the nature of identity/sameness and questions of material constitution in contemporary metaphysics.

Robert Matava (St. Andrews, Scotland, March, 2010) whose dissertation is entitled, "Divine Causality and Human Free Choice: Domingo Báñez and the Controversy de Auxiliis." For his fellowship project, Robert proposes to revise his dissertation for publication.


Post-Doctoral FellowshipsWe are very happy to announce that Therese Scarpelli Cory has found a position at Seattle Univesity, Bernd Goehring continues at Notre Dame, Josh Blander will begin his position at Kings College, New York City in the fall of 2011 and R.J. Matava will begin his position also in fall at Notre Dame Graduate School in Alexandria, Virginia.


R.J. Matava has signed a contract with Brill Publishers for his book based on his dissertation.

Images: Top left, Medieval Islamic Scholar Lecturing; mid-page right, Duns Scotus and bottom left, Maimonides, Title Page, Guide for the Perplexed.

Edward A. Martin Prize for the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Paper in Medieval Philosophy

Prof. Mark  Henninger, S.J., Director of the Center for Medieval Philosophy announced the establishment of the Edward A. Martin Prize for the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Paper in Medieval Philosophy in 2011. The purpose of this prize was to recognize the best work  being done in undergraduate medieval philosophy as well as to foster potential undergraduate scholars in the discipline of medieval philosophy. The prize was put on-hold for the 2012 - 2013 academic year.

The original submission criteria was a paper or honors thesis focused on Western medieval philosophy from Augustine to Suarez of between 3,000 – 5,000 words, double-spaced, exclusive of bibliography or endnotes. The paper should have been written for an undergraduate course or as an honors thesis during the academic year and must not have been published in professional fora or student journals. Papers will be judged based on their quality of research, depth of philosophic inquiry and clarity.

The winners of the 2012  Edward A. Martin Undergraduate Prize are :


Machessa Samz, Marquette University, “Aquinas’ Account of the Truth of a Proposition: Socrates est albus” -- Supervising Professor: Dr David B. Twetten, M.S.L, Ph.D.

Honorable Mentions:

Garrett D. Ahlers, University of St. Thomas, (MN), "Whether God is in All Things? A Defense of Aquinas on God as the Source of Being" -- Supervising Professor: Dr. Gloria Frost, Ph.D. 

Seth Hendricks, Calvin College, "Extending Aquinas's Account: Providing a More Positive Role for Reason in the Assent of Faith" -- Supervising Professor: Dr. Rebecca De Young, Ph.D.

The 2011 the winners are:


Michael Fatigati, Biola University, " The Inconsistency of Henry of Ghent's Analogical Reasoning in The Doctrine of the Trinity" -- Supervising Professor: David Ciocchi, Ph.D.


Nicholas Hendricks, Seattle University, "Saint Anselm Argues About Nothing" -- Supervising Professor: Daniel A. Dombowski, Ph.D.