John Liptay

    • Associate Professor, Philosophy
    • St. Thomas More College
    • 1437 College Drive Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W6
    • Phone: 306.966.5084
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    Education | Research Interests | Research Projects | Selected Publications
    Teaching Responsibilities | Administrative Responsibilities


    • B.A. (Toronto)
    • B.A. Hons. (Queen’s)
    • M.A. (Toronto)
    • Ph.D. (Toronto)

    Research Interests

    • Aquinas’ ethics and the Thomistic philosophical tradition
    • Theoretical and normative issues in moral philosophy
    • The philosophy of Bernard Lonergan

    Research Projects

    • On the Alleged Disintegration of Natural Law Theory (a critical discussion of Pauline C. Westerman’s thesis)
    • How to Understand the First Principles of Natural Law (an investigation into the different ways that the first principles of natural law are understood today, with a defense of Finnis’ position)

    Selected Publications and Presentations

    • "Natural Law and/as Intercultural Philosophy," Annual Symposium of the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association, Saint Paul University and the Dominican College of Philosophy & Theology, Ottawa, ON, 22-23 October 2010.
    • "Towards Harmonizing the Accounts of von Hildebrand and Aquinas on Love," International Conference on the Christian Personalism of Dietrich von Hildebrand:  Exploring his Philosophy of Love, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, 27-29 May 2010.
    • The Importance of Insight.  Essays in Honour of Michael Vertin.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.  (Co-editor with David S. Liptay)

    Teaching Responsibilities

    • Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 133) and Critical Thinking (PHIL 140)
    • Courses in ethical theory and applied ethics (PHIL 231, 233, 234)
    • Medieval Philosophy (PHIL 210, 211)
    • The Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 294) and of Religion (PHIL 302)
    • Advanced Problems in Philosophy and Theology (PHIL 404)
    • Introduction to Catholicism (CTST 200)

    Administrative Responsibilities

    Member of Catholic Studies Working Group