John Finley

Dr. John Finley
Professor of Philosophy
Office A24


University of Dallas, Institute of Philosophic Studies

Ph.D., Philosophy, (honors), 2010.  Dissertation: “Human Individuation in Aquinas”                                           

M.A., Philosophy, 2003

Thomas Aquinas College

B.A., Liberal Arts, (valedictorian), 1999


Cardinal Glennon College at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
Dates: 2012-present

Professor of Philosophy

PHL 405: Metaphysics

PHL 462: John Paul II's Philosophy of the Human Person

PHL 474: Philosophers on Friendship       

PHL 330: Epistemology               

PHL 325: Philosophical Anthropology

PHL 320: Philosophy of Nature

PLH 312: Medieval Philosophy

PHL 311: Ancient Philosophy

Independent Study: Metaphysical Texts of Aquinas


Holy Apostles College Seminary
Dates: 2013-present

Online Instructor

PHH 792: Edith Stein

PHH 605: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

PHS 657: Phenomenology

PHS 621: Philosophy of Nature and Metaphysics



Thomas Aquinas College
Dates: 2006-2012

Permanently Appointed Tutor

SEM IV: Senior Seminar

Kant, Hegel, Tocqueville, Kierkegaard, Feuerbach, Marx, Darwin, Twain, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Husserl, O’Connor, Freud, Jung

PHIL I: Freshman Philosophy

Plato’s Meno, Protagoras, Gorgias, Apology, Crito, Phaedo; Porphyry’s Isagoge; Aristotle’s Categories, Prior Analytics, Posterior Analytics, Topics

SEM I: Freshman Seminar

Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Thucydides, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle

THEO I: Freshman Theology

           Hebrew Bible, New Testament

NAT I: Freshman Natural Science

           Archimedes, Galen, Harvey, Linnaeus, Mendel, Fabre, DeKoninck

MATH II: Sophomore Mathematics

            Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler

MATH I: Freshman Mathematics


LANG I: Freshman Language

            Speculative grammar, Latin          

University of Dallas
Dates: 2004-2005

Adjunct Instructor, Philosophy Department

   PHIL 1301: Philosophy and the Ethical Life

North Lake Community College
Dates: 2002-2003

Adjunct Instructor, English Department

    PHIL 1301: Introduction to Philosophy

    ENGL 1301: Composition I


The Thomist
Dates: 79.4, 2015

“The Metaphysics of Gender: A Thomistic Approach,” The Thomist 79.4, 2015: 585-614.

Catholic World Report
Dates: June 28, 2015
Nova et Vetera
Dates: 12.4, 2014

Review of Philosophical Anthropology: An Introduction by Jose Lombo and Francesco Russo, Nova et Vetera 12.4, 2014.

Quaestiones Disputatae
Dates: 4.1, 2013

“Stein and Aquinas on the Problem of Individual Being,” Quaestiones Disputatae 4.1, 2013: 107-120.


Academic Presentations
  • "Human Animality: Thomistic and Phenomenological Perspectives,” Aquinas Institute Seminar Series on Human Agency, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, Spring 2017.
  • "Aquinas and Phenomenology on the Unity of the Human Being,” American Catholic Philosophical Association, November 2016.
  • “The Extraordinary Unity of the Human Being,” St. Vincent de Paul Lecture Series, Thomas Aquinas College, September 2016.
  • "The Extraordinary Unity of the Human Being: Aquinas, Sokolowski, and Leder,” Symposium Thomisticum: Aquinas and Modernity, Paris, June 2016.
  • “The Metaphysics of Gender: A Thomistic Approach,” Lecture Series on Aspects of       Aquinas’s Anthropology, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, February 2016.
  •  “Aquinas, Gender, and the Limits of Humanity,” Conference of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas: Thomas Aquinas, Teacher of Humanity, University of St. Thomas, Houston, October 2013.
  • “Stein and Aquinas on Human Individuation,” Conference on Christian Philosophy: Edith Stein’s Finite and Eternal Being, Franciscan University of Steubenville, April 2010.
  • “Response to Alexander Schimpf’s ‘A Prolegomena to Gender Justice’,” American      Catholic Philosophical Association, November 2016.
  • "Friendship: the 'elixir of life'," St. Louis Theology on Tap, November 2016
  • “Friendship,” Address to Seminarians, Formation Conference, Kenrick Seminary,         February 2014
  • “Thomas Aquinas on Knowledge,” Address to Faculty of Glendale Preparatory  Academy, Phoenix, May 2013
  • “The Gender Distinction: What Kind of Difference?” Address to Faculty and Students of Thomas Aquinas College, January 2012


Educational and Parish Communities

 Institutional Service

  Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

        Chair, Faculty Welfare Committee, 2017

        Member, College Intellectual Formation Task Force, 2016-present

        Member, Faculty Welfare Committee, 2015-present

        Member, Ad hoc committee on salaries and contracts, 2015

        Member, Strategic Planning sub-committee, Formation, 2014

     Member, Ad hoc committee, Pre-Theology program assessment plan, 2014

     Member, Accreditation committee, Ethical treatment, 2013-2015

     Member, Ad hoc committee, College assessment plan, 2013-2014

     Member, Information Resources committee, September 2012-2015

Holy Apostles College Seminary

     Chair, Systematic Philosophy Concentration, MA program, July 2014-July 2015

University of Mary, Bismarck

     Member, Philosophy Major Advisory Committee, August 2014

Thomas Aquinas College

     Director, Writing Preceptorial, 2010-2012    

     Chair, Accreditation Committee: Writing Proficiency, 2007-2012

     Chair, Lecture Committee, 2012

     Member, Curriculum Committee, 2006-2012

        Member, Admissions Committee, 2008-2012

        Member, Lecture Committee, 2009-2012

        Member, Senior Seminar Subcommittee, 2010-2012

        Writing Tutor, 2006-2012

        Participant, Summer Tutor Development Program, 2007-2012

        Tutor, Summer Great Books High School Program, 2007-2009, 2011

        Member, Accreditation Committee: Course Syllabi, 2006-2007

Professional Activities

   Ad hoc Reviewer, The Thomist

   Ad hoc Reviewer, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

   Advisor, Most Reverend James D. Conley, Chair, USCCB Subcommittee for the

        Promotion and Defense of Marriage, 2017

   Respondent, Annual Conference of the American Catholic Philosophical Association,

        November 2016

   Member, The Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, 2016

   Member, Editorial Board, Arts of Liberty Journal,, 2013-present

  Professional Development

  Participant, Fides et Ratio Seminar at the Faith and Reason Institute, “Church Fathers,

        Doctors, Popes, and Sacred Art and Music II,” Thomas More College, June 3-10,


  Participant, Fides et Ratio Seminar at the Faith and Reason Institute, “Vocations in  

        America: Marriage, Priesthood, and Religious Life,” St. Patrick’s Seminary, July 5-

        12, 2014

  Participant, Inaugural Philosophy Workshop: Aquinas and Contemporary Philosophy,     

        Mount St. Mary College, June 23-26, 2011

  Participant, Fides et Ratio Seminar at the Faith and Reason Institute, “The

        Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the 20th and 21st Centuries,” University of Notre

        Dame, July 25-31, 2010

Theses Directed

   MA, “Contemporary Debate on Aquinas’s Understanding of the Separated Soul,”

        Matthew Chominski, Holy Apostles College Seminary, 2016 (in progress)

   MA, “The Phenomenology of Jean-Luc Marion: Bridging Philosophy and Theology,”  

        Charles Robinson, Holy Apostles College Seminary, 2014

Community Engagement

   Core Team Member/Discussion Leader, “That Man is You!” Men’s Spiritual Formation

     Program, St. Justin Martyr Parish, 2016-present

Presenter, Public discussion and screening, Inside Out, Areopagus Religion in Film 

     Series, FaithTree Ministries, March 23, 2017

Panelist, Public discussion and screening, The Martian, Areopagus Religion in Film

     Series, FaithTree Ministries, November 11, 2016

Panelist, Televised discussion and screening, Night of the Hunter, Areopagus Religion

     in Film Series, Lindenwood University, November 17, 2015

Presenter, Televised discussion and screening, Tree of Life, Areopagus Religion in Film 

     Series, Lindenwood University, September 15, 2015

   Panelist, Televised discussion and screening, Bruce Almighty, Areopagus Religion in  

        Film Series, Lindenwood University, September 16, 2014

Awards & Recognition

Grant Award

“Male and Female He Created Them: What Science and Philosophy tell us about Gender,” Science in Seminaries Program, $10,000 funded by the John Templeton Foundation, 2016-2018.