Adam Wood, Ph.D.

Philosophy

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
On Faculty since 2012

Phone: (630)752-5236
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Education

PhD, Fordham University. Dissertation: "The Immateriality of the Intellect in Thomas Aquinas' Philosophical Psychology." Mentor, Gyula Klima.

MA, Fordham University, 2007.

BA, Philosophy and Ancient Languages, Wheaton College, 2004. Magna cum laude.

About Adam Wood

When I was a student at Wheaton College, I kept signing up for philosophy classes to scratch various intellectual itches. I had lots of niggling questions about God's nature and the rationality of religious belief, so I signed up for a philosophy of religion class. I wanted to know how thinkers from the past had approached the same questions, so I signed up for history of philosophy. I was particularly attracted to the ways ancient and medieval thinkers like Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas answered many of the questions that interested me, so I gobbled up more classes on them. But you know how it goes with scratching an itch. It's very satisfying, but it often leaves you even itchier! I became especially interested in questions about our own nature as human persons: what sorts of things are we? What sciences, cognitive faculties, or methods of inquiry can tell us about ourselves? What happens after we die? After leaving Wheaton, I finally decided that these sorts of questions were too interesting not to pursue full time, provided anyone would let me do so. And lo, Fordham's graduate philosophy program let me do just that. I focused chiefly on medieval thought in graduate school because it allowed me to combine philosophy with the interests in classical languages and theology that I had also pursued at Wheaton. In the Middle Ages, there wasn't as sharp a divide between philosophy and theology as you find in most universities today. Many of the best philosophers were also theologians, and vice versa. The way I see it, you got the best of both worlds. I'm excited about working with Wheaton students who think that idea sounds as cool as I do. Or students who simply have intellectual itches they need to scratch!

Courses Taught

  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Philosophical Ethics

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind/Philosophical Psychology
  • Aristotle
  • Medieval Philosophy

Papers Published (selected)

"The Faculties of the Soul and Some Medieval Mind-Body Problems," The Thomist (forthcoming).

"Incorporeal Nous and the Science of the Soul in Aristotle's De anima," International Philosophical Quarterly (forthcoming).

"Transduction and Singular Cognition in Thomas Aquinas," in The Demonic Temptations of Medieval Nominalism, ed. Alexander Hall and Gyula Klima (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), 11-24.

"Faith and Reason: The Condemnations of 1277 and the Regensburg Address," Philosophy and Theology 21 (2009): 165-77.

"A MacIntyrean Critique of Secularism," with Brendan Palla, in The End of Secular Thought? ed. Gary Gabor and Herbert DeVriese (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009): 327-52.

"Kierkegaard and Shakespeare on Tragedy," in The Locus of Tragedy, ed. Arthur Cools, Thomas Crombez, Rosa Slegers and Johan Taels (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2008), 121-38.

"Names and 'Cutting Being at the Joints" in the Cratylus," Dionysius 25 (2007): 21-33.

Paper presentations (selected)

"Souls as Causes," The 46th Annual Congress for Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2011.

"The Soul and Its Faculties in Aquinas and Buridan," University of Quebec in Montreal, May, 2010.

"Aquinas' Aristotelian and Neo-Platonic Arguments for the Subsistence of the Soul," University of Toronto, September, 2009.