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John Brungardt

As a philosopher, Catholic layman, and Dominican tertiary, Dr. Brungardt's studies, teaching, and scholarship aim at continuing the philosophical tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle, and their heirs. He attempts to bring their insights into meaningful dialogue with modern theories. His central scholarly interests lie in the philosophy of nature and the philosophy of science.

He is a member of various academic societies, including the American Catholic Philosophical Association and the American Maritain Association. Due to his interest in the relationship between faith and reason, he is also a scholar associate of the Society of Catholic Scientists and an affiliate member of The Sacra Doctrina Project.

Dr. Brungardt studied at Thomas Aquinas College (B.A., 2008) before pursuing his doctoral degree in philosophy at The Catholic University of America (2016). From 2017 to 2019, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Catalica de Chile, in Santiago, Chile.

  • Thomistic philosophy
  • Philosophy of nature
  • Philosophy of science
  • Medieval philosophy


  • World Enough and Form: Why Cosmology Needs Hylomorphism Synthese, 2019; special issue,Form, Structure and Hylomorphism, guest-edited by Anna Marmodoro and Michele Paolini Paoletti. First online 6 February 2019. doi: 10.1007/s11229-019-02112-0.
  • St. Thomas and Modern Natural Science: Reconsidering Abstraction from Matter. Cognoscens in Actu est Ipsum Cognitum in Actu: Sobre los Tipos y Grados de Conocimiento, ed. by Carlos A. Casanova Guerra and Ignacio Serrano del Pozo, 433-471 (Santiago/Valparaso: RIL Editores, 2018).
  • Charles De Koninck and the Sapiential Character of Natural Philosophy. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90, no. 1 (2016): 1-24. doi: 10.5840/acpq20161570.

  • American Catholic Philosophical Association
  • American Maritain Association
  • Society for Aristotelian and Thomistic Studies
  • Scholar Associate of The Society of Catholic Scientists
  • Affiliate Member of The Sacra Doctrina Project

  • Young Scholar Award from The American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2019
  • FONDECYT Postdoctoral Grant 2017-2020; Project No. 3170446
  • Catholic University of America First-Year Experience Teaching Fellowship: 2011-2014, 2015-16
  • Richard M. Weaver Fellowship, Intercollegiate Studies Institute: 2011-2012
  • Quasten Doctoral Fellowship, CUA: 2008-2011
  • The Tom and Judy Moore Fellowship Fund, CUA: 2008-2011
, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, Medieval Philosophy
School of Catholic Studies
316-942-4291 ext. 2340
Office: MN302
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