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Faculty: Christina Van Dyke

Christina Van Dyke, Professor, Philosophy

Director, Gender Studies Program

Executive Director, Society of Christian Philosophers




Hiemenga Hall 350

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curriculum vitae (.pdf)




Educational Background

PhD, Philosophy, Cornell University, 2000
MA, Philosophy, Cornell University, 1997
BA, Philosophy and Classical Civilization, Calvin College, 1994



  • Fundamental Questions in Philosophy (153)
  • Ethics (205)
  • Philosophy of Gender (211)
  • Ancient & Medieval (251)
  • Plato & Aristotle (312)
  • Aquinas (322)
  • Ethical Theory / Metaethics (365)
  • Gender Capstone Seminar (IDIS 394)

Research Interests

Medieval Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Gender, Philosophy of Religion


Aquinas on Happiness: Immortality and the Afterlife (in progress)

New Routledge Major Works Collection: Medieval Philosophy (Critical Concepts in Philosophy Series, Routledge), editor, in progress.

Thomas Aquinas, The Treatise on Happiness: Summa theologiae IaIIae 1-21, translation,
introduction, and commentary with Thomas Williams (Hackett Aquinas Series, in progress).

Cambridge HIstory of Medieval PhilosophyThe Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy, editor Robert Pasnau, associate editor Christina Van Dyke (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Aquinas' EthicsAquinas’s Ethics: Metaphysical Foundations, Moral Theory, and Theological Context (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009). Coauthored with Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung and Colleen McCluskey.

Papers Forthcoming or In Progress

[Gender, Food, and Ethics], Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics, eds. A. Barnhill, T. Doggett, A. Egan (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

"Soul and Immortality," The History of the Philosophy of Mind. Vol. 2: Boethuis to Scotus, ed. M. Cameron (6 Vols, forthcoming)

"Thomas Aquinas on the Individuation of Human Souls," Recent Hylomorphism, eds. Patrick Toner and Jim Madden (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

"Moral Babies, Metaphysical Bathwater," Res Philosophica special issue on Virtue and the Emotions (forthcoming, 2015)

"Self-Knowledge and Self-Abnegation in Medieval Mysticism," Self-Knowledge, ed. U. Renz (Oxford Philosophical Concepts Series, ed. C. Mercer, Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Published Papers

"Is there 'A' Way Feminists Shoud Eat/Manly Meat and Gendered Eating," Taking Philosophy to
, eds. A. Chignell, T. Cuneo, M. Haltemann (Routledge Press, at press)

"Animal Interrupted, or Why Accepting Pascal's Wager Might Be the Last Thing You Ever Do," with Sam Baron, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Volume 52, Spindel Supplement ( 2014), 109-133.

"I See Dead People: Disembodied Souls and Aquinas's 'Two-Person' Problem," Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy Vol. 2 (2014) 25-45.

"Aquinas's Shiny Happy People: Perfect Happiness and the Limits of Human Nature," Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Religion Vol. 6, (2014) 269-291.

“The End of (Human) Life as We Know It: Thomas Aquinas on Bodies, Persons, and Death”
forthcoming in The Modern Schoolman 89: 3-4 (2012), 243-257 (special issue "Theological Themes in Medieval Philosophy)

“Discipline and the Docile Body: Regulating Hungers in the Capitol” in The Hunger Games
and Philosophy, ed. G. Dunn and N. Michaud (Wiley, Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, 2012) 250-264.

“The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: Robert Grosseteste on Universals
(and the Posterior Analytics),” Journal of the History of Philosophy 48:2 (2010) 153-170.

"Mysticism,” The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) 720-34.

“Not Properly a Person: the Rational Soul and ‘Thomistic Substance Dualism,’” Faith and Philosophy 26:2 (2009) 186-204..

"An Aristotelian Theory of Divine Illumination: Robert Grosseteste’s Commentary on the Posterior
,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17.4 (2009): 685-704.

"Eating as a Gendered Act: Christianity, Feminism, and Reclaiming the Body,” in Kelly James Clark (ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Religion, 2nd Edition (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2008).

"Human Identity, Immanent Causal Relations, and the Principle of Non-Repeatability: Thomas Aquinas on the Bodily Resurrection,” Religious Studies 43 (2007): 373-94.