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Adam Wood, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

On Faculty since 2012
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Dr. Wood teaches ancient and medieval philosophy. He's especially concerned with bringing medieval thought to bear on contemporary philosophical concerns in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of religion. His research has focused recently on the resurrection, souls and their powers, theories of cognition, and the philosophical transition between the late Middle Ages and modernity. He's interested as well in Islamic philosophy and environmental ethics. When he's not working, Dr. Wood can usually be found outdoors, hiking with his wife Caris and son Augustine, or flyfishing.

Fordham University
Ph.D., Philosophy, 2012

Fordham University
M.A., Philosophy, 2007

Wheaton College
B.A., Philosophy and Ancient Languages, 2004

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

San Buenaventura, Durando de San Porciano y la posibilidad de la resurreción
Simposio Internacionál "La Actualidad de la Filosofia", Colegio Universitario de la Santa Cruz, Nov. 2017

A Beatitude Paradox for Certain Monotheists?
Fourth International Conference on Philosophy of Religion, Islamic Azad University, Jan. 2016

Teleology in Aquinas's Theory of Cognition
Cornell Summer Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy, Cornell University, May 2015

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy (Ancient and Medieval)
  • Islamic Philosophy
  • Aquinas
  • Ancient and Early Christian Theories of the Soul
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind/Philosophical Psychology
  • Aristotle
  • Medieval Philosophy

A Beatitude Paradox for Certain Monotheists? The Cases of Ibn Tufayl and Thomas Aquinas, Heythrop Journal
Adam Wood, 2017

Aquinas vs. Buridan on the Substance and Powers of the Soul, Questions on the Soul by John Buridan and Others: A Companion to Buridan's Philosophy of Mind
ed. Gyula Klima, 2017

Mind the Gap? The Principle of Non-Repeatability and Aquinas's Account of the Resurrection, Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy
Adam Wood, 2015

Incorporeal Nous and the Science of the Soul in Aristotle's De anima, International Philosophical Quarterly
Adam Wood, 2012

The Faculties of the Soul and Some Medieval Mind-Body Problems, The Thomist
Adam Wood, 2011