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Sr. Elinor Gardner, O.P.

Sister Elinor Gardner is a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, Nashville, TN, where she professed her final vows in 2010. Born and raised in Wisconsin (Milwaukee Archdiocese), she is the oldest of nine children. Sr. Elinor received her B.A summa cum laude in Philosophy from St. Anselm College (1999), an elementary teaching certification from Aquinas College (2007), and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston College in 2009, writing on St. Thomas Aquinas and capital punishment. She previously taught at the Catholic University of America, where she specialized in ethics and philosophy. 

Areas of Expertise

Ethics, Thomas Aquinas


Ph.D., Philosophy, Boston College, 2009
Cert. E. Ed., Aquinas College, 2007
B.A. summa cum laude, Philosophy, St. Anselm College, 1999

Research Interests

Ethics, Thomas Aquinas

Selected Publications


"Unpacking Robert Spaemann's Philosophical Contribution to the Brain Death Debate." Linacre Quarterly, vol. 86.4 (Nov. 2019): 381-393.

“What Makes Persons Persons?” (Translation of Robert Spaemann’s “Was macht Personen zu Personen?”) Communio: International Catholic Review. Vol. XLV, no. 3-4 (Fall-Winter 2018): 613-628.

“Святий Тома Аквінський і перегляд 2267-го артикулу Катехизму Католицької Церкви” (St. Thomas Aquinas and the Revision of Article 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church). Verbum (Online Journal of the Superior Institute of Religious Sciences of St. Thomas Aquinas, Kiev, Ukraine), no. 10 (Dec. 19, 2018).

“The woman physician as antidote to the ills of modern medicine.” The Linacre Quarterly, vol. 84 (2017), no. 4: 393-402.“Faith is the Light of the Soul.” Quaestiones Disputatae vol. 5, no. 1 (Fall 2014): 138-147.

Book Chapter

“Nature and Rights: The Meaning of a Universal Agreement on Human Rights.” In Reading the Cosmos: Nature, Science, and Wisdom (American Maritain Association). Edited by Giuseppe Butera. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012.

Encyclopedia Articles

“Appetite.” New Catholic Encyclopedia – Supplement 2012-2013: Ethics and Philosophy. Gale-Cenage Learning, 2013. (co-authored)

“Ethics.” New Catholic Encyclopedia – Supplement 2012-2013: Ethics and Philosophy. Gale-Cenage Learning, 2013. (co-authored)