Christopher V. Mirus, Ph.D.

Dr. Mirus arrived at the University of Dallas in 2006. His areas of interest include ancient philosophy, especially Aristotle, epistemology and philosophy of science, and metaphysics and philosophy of nature. He is passionate about teaching Philosophy and the Ethical Life to first-semester freshman, seminars on Aristotle to graduate students, and everything in between. He is currently teaching in the undergraduate Rome program.

In addition to his teaching, Dr. Mirus is currently at work on two large projects: a book on the goodness and beauty of being in Aristotle, and an online platform for the analysis of philosophical texts. To explore the possibilities offered by the latter, he has completed a translation of Aristotle’s Categories and begun working on a detailed commentary.

In the rather nebulous future, he would like to investigate the possibility of developing a thoroughly relationalist metaphysics echoing Aquinas’s relationalist account of the Trinity, in dialogue with philosophical theories such as relationalism about space and time, ontic structural realism, color relationalism, and constructivism regarding historically contingent cultural realities.

Dr. Mirus received his doctorate in History and Philosophy of Science, concentrating in philosophy, from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. He did his undergraduate work in theology and philosophy at Christendom College, graduating in 1997. Before arriving in Dallas he taught briefly at Notre Dame, Hunter College, and the University at Albany.

Recent Courses

Phi 1301 Philosophy and the Ethical Life
Phi 2323 The Human Person
Phi 3311 Philosophy of Being
Phi 3343 From Ancient to Medieval Philosophy
Phi 3351 Junior Seminar: Aristotle’s De anima
Phi 4331 Epistemology
Phi 4333 Philosophy of Science
Phi 6310 Text Seminar: Aristotle’s Organon
Phi 6310 Text Seminar: Aristotle’s De Anima
Phi 6310 Text Seminar: Aristotle’s Metaphysics

Research Interests

Relationalism about space and time, ontic structural realism, color relationalism, and constructivism regarding historically contingent cultural realities.

Selected 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 66 (2013): 663–90.

Foreward. Evidence for God from Physics and Philosophy: Extending the Legacy of Monsignor Georges Lemaître and St. Thomas Aquinas, by Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. University of Dallas Aquinas Lectures. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2015.