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Nathan Luis Cartagena

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

On Faculty since 2018
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Nathan Luis Cartagena is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Liaison to Wheaton’s ROTC program. His teaching and scholarship focus on moral and political philosophy, retrieving and extending medieval teachings to address contemporary issues and questions about race, emotions, virtues, and warfare. When he’s not studying or teaching, he enjoys going on adventures with his wife and daughter, playing basketball, or listening to music (especially the blues, jazz, R&B, and salsa).

Baylor University
Ph.D., Philosophy

Texas A&M University
M.A., Philosophy

Grove City College
B.A., Philosophy and Christian Thought

  • Military Ethics
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Moral Psychology
  • Political Philosophy
  • Thomas Aquinas

Chapel Message for Unidad Chapel, September 16, 2019 (Matthew 2:13-23)
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7 Questions with New Faculty Member Nathan Cartagena
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Graduate student Nathan Cartagena wins Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award
Baylor University

The department is pleased to announce that Nathan Cartagena has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award for the 2015-2016 academic year. The award is presented by the graduate school and is given to Baylor graduate students who are recognized for their outstanding teaching by students and faculty.
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Suffering Our Forefathers' Sins: A Latino's Reflection on White Supremacy, Mere Orthodoxy
Nathan Luis Cartagena, August 12, 2019
An essay in response to the El Paso shooting.
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Resilience, Emotion Regulation, and Thomas Aquinas, The Heythrop Journal
Nathan L. Cartagena, 2016
Resilience is a hot topic. Resilience research is burgeoning and discourse about resilience is ubiquitous in Western societies and institutions. In his groundbreaking book Resilience and the Virtue of Fortitude, moral theologian Craig Steven Titus puts Thomas Aquinas' …
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Developing Good Soldiers: The Problem of Fragmentation Within the Army, Journal of Military Ethics
Paul T. Berghaus & Nathan L. Cartagena, 2014
Fragmentation – a form of which involves the division of soldiers' lives into professional and personal domains that are insulated from each other – is a significant problem for members of the US Army profession. The past 12 years of combat along with the US Army's posture of persistent conflict seem to have intensified this perennial problem in military service. We argue that the Army Profession campaign – the Army's main program for moral development – fails to recognize the problem of fragmentation. Instead, it seems to further the fragmentation of soldiers' lives. Some might contend that the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program – which emphasizes the emotional, social, familial and spiritual domains of soldiers – addresses this problem. We maintain that this is not the case. The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program fails to view the domains of soldier fitness as constitutive of moral development. We conclude by recommending that the Army begin to address the problem of fragmentation by drawing from the resources of its commitment to the virtue tradition. Leaders and soldiers should use the resources that the virtue tradition provides with respect to self-perception, virtue-relevant goals and the emotions to promote soldiers' moral development.
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Involuntary Sins, Social Psychology, and the Application of Redemption, The Heythrop Journal
Paul T. Berghaus Nathan L. Cartagena, 2014
In his essay 'Involuntary Sins,'Robert Adams argues that some states of mind that human beings experience are blameworthy and involuntary. That is, human beings are objectively culpable for these mental states that they do not deliberately or actively produce.
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