Christina Van Dyke


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)

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Academic interests

Medieval Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics, Philosophy of Gender, Ancient Philosophy

Selected publications

BooksCambridge HIstory of Medieval Philosophy

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

The 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.

Recent Publications

“The End of (Human) Life as We Know It: Thomas Aquinas on Bodies, Persons, and Death”
forthcoming in The Modern Schoolman (special issue on medieval philosophy)

“Justice as a Mean: an Aristotelian Approach to Ethical Vegetarianism” in Taking Philosophy
to Dinner, eds. A. Chignell, T. Cuneo, M. Halteman, forthcoming with Routledge

“(Im)Perfect Happiness and the Limits of Human Nature: Aquinas on our Ultimate End”
forthcoming in Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Religion

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

“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 Philosoph (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

“Not Properly a Person: the Rational Soul and ‘Thomistic Substance Dualism,’” Faith and Philosophy 26:2 (2009) 685-704.

"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.

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

"The Problem of the Rich Man and the Rich Man’s Soul: Aquinas on Personhood and Disembodied Souls,” Medieval Philosophy and Theology (forthcoming).

"Aquinas’s Metaphysics of Human Nature,” in K. Clark and X. Xiangdong (eds.), Reading Thomas Aquinas (Peking University Press, 2010).

"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).


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