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Philosophy Department

Kevin Rickert, Ph.D.
Kevin Rickert
Philosophy - Associate Professor

(507) 457-7275

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

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

"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).