Philosophy Department Kevin Rickert, Ph.D. Philosophy - Associate Professor (507) 457-7275 firstname.lastname@example.org Kevin Rickert is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas, in Houston, Texas, in 1997. He has taught philosophy at several colleges and universities including The University of St. Thomas, in Houston, Texas, The College of St. Thomas More, in Ft. Worth, Texas, and St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Rickert has published articles in journals such as The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Homiletics and Pastoral Review, Nova et Vetera, and Aquinas. Scholarly & Creative Interests Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas Medieval philosophy Philosophy of Religion Wojtyla’s Personalism Courses Taught Recently at SMU Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas History of Medieval Philosophy Philosophy of the Person Contemporary Ethical Issues Perspectives on the Good Human Life Education Ph.D., Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, May 1997 M.A., Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, May 1990 B. A., Philosophy, St. Meinrad College, St. Meinrad, IN, May 1987 Teaching Experience 2006 to Present: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN 2000-2006: Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, CO 1995-1999: University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX 1992-2000: University of Houston, TX 1997: College of St. Thomas, Ft. Worth, TX 1994-1996: Houston Community College 1994-1996: St. Thomas High School, Houston, TX 1991-1993: Kansas Community College, Kansas City Publications "The Divine Will and Human Freedom: A Thomistic Analysis," Homiletic and Pastoral Review 111.5 (Feb. 2011). “Wojtyla’s Personalistic Norm: A Thomistic Analysis,” Nova et Vetera, Vol. 7, Issue 3 (Summer 2009). "Evidence for Teleology: A Thomistic Analysis." Aquinas, 49.2-3 (Spring-Summer, 2006). "Alternative Medicine and the Duty to Employ Ordinary Means," The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 5.3 (Fall, 2005), 481-489. "Superstition and Unscientific Medicine." Homiletic and Pastoral Review, (Dec., 2005), 48-56 "The Image of God in the Communion of Persons: A Thomistic Analysis." Aquinas, 48.3 (Fall, 2005) "Is Contraception Contralife?: A Critique of Grisez et al." The Lyceum 4.1 (Spring, 1992), 19-37 "Charity: Selfless Spirit of Generosity Essential to Christian Life," Denver Catholic Register (March 12, 2003). Selected Presentations One day of lectures for the Diocese of New Ulm. “Philosophy and Theology” (11/20/10). This is Session Three in a seven-session series called “Together in Communion: Studies in Catholic Lay Leadership,” sponsored by the Diocese of New Ulm. Presentation of paper at the Minnesota Philosophical Society annual meeting in Bloomington, MN. “Purpose in the Hard Sciences” (11/6/10). Presentation at “A Conference on the Cardinal Virtues: Wisdom,” sponsored by the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. “Gullibility is Not a Theological Virtue: The Integration of Faith and Wisdom” (4/17/10). Lecture for the students and faculty of the Philosophy Department at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. “Two Teleological Proofs for God: Paley and Aquinas” (2/12/10). Presentation of paper at the Minnesota Philosophical Society annual meeting in St. Paul, MN. “St. Thomas Aquinas and a Christian Will to Power” (11/7/09). Lecture at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary. “Shame: An Interior Response to the Positive Values of the Human Person, in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body” (3/25/08). Lecture Series (one week of lectures) on Social Justice and Responsibility, at the Wyoming School of Catholic Thought, Casper, WY. Sponsored by the Diocese of Cheyenne (8/13-18/06). Lecture to the faculty of the Air Force Academy. "John Paul II's Theology of the Body and its significance in Contemporary Moral Issues" (4/6/06). Lecture to the Respect Life Committee of the Archdiocese of Denver. "Gift of Self as the Key to Human Fulfillment in the Writings of John Paul II" (9/19/05). Invited Lecture to the Blue Key Honor Society. "The Natural Law and Competing Moral Systems" (6/14/03).