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John Boyer

Visiting Assistant Professor

John Boyer
John Boyer

John Boyer's training is in the History of Philosophy, specifically medieval Aristotelian scholasticism. His philosophical interests include issues in philosophy of science and philosophy of nature (e.g. causality, explanation, time, quantum physics), with an emphasis on their treatment in the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition.

John's current research focuses on Aristotle's philosophy of science (especially his theory of causal explanation) and how it was built upon by scholastic thinkers such as Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas.

He is a PhD Candidate in Philosophy at the Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas (Houston). Prior to coming to Loyola, he taught philosophy at the University of St. Thomas (Houston). John earned his MA in philosophy at the Center for Thomistic Studies and a BA in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College (California).

He also serves as a senior editor at Reality: A Journal for Philosophical Discourse ( 

Recent Publications

  • “Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas on What is ‘Better Known’ in Natural Science” (with D. C. Wagner), Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 93 (Forthcoming).
  • (with G. Meadows) in Thomas Aquinas: Teacher of Humanity, ed. J. Hittinger and D. C. Wagner (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015) : 186-197.
  • in Essays from Sam Houston State University on Medieval and Renaissance Thought, ed. D. N. Hill. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014): 262-285.


MA, Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas

Classes Taught

Philosophy of the Human Person

Making Moral Decisions

Areas of Expertise

Medieval Philosophy (especially Thomas Aquinas)