Daniel P. Maher, Ph.D

Professor of Philosophy

Director of CTEQ

508-767-7575 Tsotsis Family Academic Center Room 248

Degrees Earned

PhD Philosophy—Boston College, 1997
PhL The Catholic University of America, School of Philosophy 1987
BA Philosophy—The Catholic University of America, 1986

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Socrates and the Search for Truth
Ethics and the Good Life
The Book of Nature
Reason Ancient & Modern
Biomedical Ethics
Person, Mind, and Brain
Philosophy of Law
Technology, Science, and Human Life
Aristotelian Themes
Crisis at Paris 1277
Early Modern Philosophy

Publications & Editorships

“Augustine’s Confessions and Augustine’s Confessions: Ipsa est beata vita,” So Ancient and So New: St. Augustine’s Confessions and Its Influences, edited by Glenn Arbery (St. Augustine’s Press 2019), 47–69.

“New Pitchforks and Furtive Nature,” Reproductive Ethics: New Ideas and Innovations, edited by Lisa Campo-Engelstein and Paul Burcher (Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2018): 113–23. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-89429-4.9.

“Roger Scruton’s On Human Nature and the Starting Point of Science,” (review essay) Society 54:6 (2017): 574–78. DOI: 10.1007/s12115-017-0192-z

“Human Action in Philosophy and Poetry,” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 20:2 (2017): 84–104.

“Simon Stevin’s Vita Politica: Pre-provisional Morality?” Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 43:2 (2017): 215–32.

“‘The World in Its Human Involvement’: Francis Slade and the Appropriation of Classical Philosophy,” Perspectives on Political Science 45 (2016): 1–3. Guest editor for the symposium on Francis Slade; articles by Robert Sokolowski, Mary M. Bolan, Herbert E. Hartmann, Alan Udoff, and Ann Hartle. DOI: 10.1080/10457097.2015.1024573

“Friendship and Teaching Philosophy in Nicomachean Ethics IX.1,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 87 (2013): 271–83. Online First: DOI: 10.5840/acpaproc2014448, published 5 April 2014


“What Law Wishes to Be,” 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA, 20 October 2018.

“Teaching Plato’s Minos,” for Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, Framingham, MA, 20 April 2018.

“Who Is Fit to Be a Parent?” for Third Reproductive Ethics Conference, Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, 12 April 2018.

Organizer and chair of “Author Meets Critics: Wagering on an Ironic God by Thomas S. Hibbs,” at American Catholic Philosophical Association, Dallas TX, 19 November 2018. Participants: Paul J. Griffiths, Virgil Martin Nemoianu, John C. McCarthy, and Thomas S. Hibbs.

“New Pitchforks and Furtive Nature,” for Reproductive Ethics Conference: New Ideas and Innovations, Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, 7 April 2017.

“Renewing the Ecclesiastical Principality,” for “Pope Francis’ Vision for the Renewal of the Church,” Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH, 11 November 2016.

“Self-Love and Love of Another Self: Aristotle, Plato, and Aquinas,” invited paper in the Fall Lecture Series at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 21 October 2016.“Simon Stevin and the Matter of Number,” Jacob Klein Conference, St. John’s College (Annapolis), 4–5 June 2013.

Professional Affiliations

American Philosophical Association

American Catholic Philosophical Association

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

Ancient Philosophy Society

Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy

Representative for Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy