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Dr. Christopher Mirus


Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy
Location: Braniff 342
Office Phone: 972-721-5231

Dr. Christopher Mirus received his doctorate in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame. He holds master's degrees in Philosophy and in History and Philosophy of Science from the same institution; his undergraduate work was in theology and philosophy at Christendom College. He works in the areas of ancient philosophy, especially Aristotle, and philosophy of science. Among his favorite undergraduate courses are Philosophy of Being, Ancient Philosophy, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science. He also regularly teaches graduate courses on Aristotle. He is coordinator for the undergraduate concentration in History and Philosophy of Science.

Recent Courses

Phi 1301 Philosophy and the Ethical Life
Phi 3311 Philosophy of Being
Phi 3325 Ancient Philosophy
Phi 3335 Philosophy of Education
Phi 3351 Junior Seminar
Phi 4331 Epistemology
Phi 4333 Philosophy of Science
Phi 4334 Bioethics
Phi 6310 Text Seminar: Aristotle's Organon
Phi 6310 Text Seminar: Aristotle's De Anima
Phi 6322 Aristotle's Metaphysics
IPS 8321 Plato & Aristotle

Fall 2014 

Dr. Mirus is on sabbatical; office hours by appointment only.

Representative Publications


"Homonymy and the Matter of a Living Body," Ancient Philosophy 21 (2001): 357–73.

"Aristotle's Agathon," The Review of Metaphysics 57 (2004): 515–36.

"The Metaphysical Roots of Aristotle's Teleology," The Review of Metaphysics 57 (2004): 699–724.

"The Homogeneous Bodies in Meteorology IV.12," Ancient Philosophy 26 (2006): 45–64.

"Aristotle on Beauty and Goodness in Nature." International Philosophical Quarterly 52 (2012): 79–97.

 "Order and the Determinate: The Good as a Metaphysical Concept in Aristotle." The Review of Metaphysics 65 (2012): 499–523.

“Space.” In New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012–13: Ethics and Philosophy, edited by Robert L. Fastiggi, vol. 4, 1448–51. Detroit: Gale, 2013.

“Excellence as Completion in Aristotle’s Physics and Metaphysics.” The Review of Metaphysics, forthcoming September 2013.

 Books reviewed:

Wilson, Robert A. Genes and the Agents of Life. Quarterly Review of Biology 80 (2005): 232–3.

Rescher, Nicholas. Cognitive Harmony: The Role of Systemic Harmony in the Constitution of Knowledge; Realism and Pragmatic Epistemology; and Epistemic Logic: A Survey of the Logic of Knowledge. The Review of Metaphysics 60 (2007): 878–882.

Klapwijk, Jacob. Purpose in the Living World? Creation and Emergent Evolution. Trans. Harry Cook (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, November 20, 2009.

 McGrew, Timothy, Marc Alspector-Kelly and Fritz Allhoff. Philosophy of Science: An Historical Anthology (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 1 (2011): 132–5.

 Carlson, John W. Words of Wisdom: A Philosophical Dictionary for the Perennial Tradition (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012). Online review for, May 31, 2012.

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