Dr. Mirus arrived at the University of Dallas in 2006. His interests include metaphysics,
philosophy of science and nature, and ancient philosophy (especially Aristotle). He
loves teaching Philosophy and the Ethical Life to first-semester freshman, seminars
on Aristotle or on metaphysics to graduate students, and everything in between.
In and through his teaching, Dr. Mirus is engaged in rethinking the metaphysical legacy of Thomas Aquinas and of St. Thomas's Christian and pagan predecessors. He hopes to bring to this tradition a more adequate focus on the relationality and particularity of all that exists, on concrete human experience, and on metaphor and narrative as forms of understanding.
Relationalism about space and time, ontic structural realism, color relationalism, and constructivism regarding historically contingent cultural realities.
“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.