Donald AbelProfessor of Philosophy
B.A., Gonzaga University
M.A., Tulane University
Ph.L., St. Michael's Institute
M.Div., Loyola University of Chicago
Ph.D., Northwestern University
My primary area of research is the philosophy of human nature. I take an interdisciplinary approach to the topic, attempting to integrate insights from psychology, sociobiology, cognitive science and Asian thought.
I am also interested in ethical theories (which I see as ultimately grounded in theories of human nature) and the history of philosophy (especially the medieval period). I enjoy introducing students to philosophy and publishing pedagogical materials that make primary sources accessible to students.
My publications include the McGraw-Hill textbooks "Theories of Human Nature: Classical and Contemporary Readings," "Fifty Readings in Philosophy" and "Fifty Readings Plus: An Introduction to Philosophy."
Since its beginning in 1994, I have been the editor of Discourses, an electronic database of philosophy readings in Primis, McGraw-Hill's custom publishing system.
PHIL 120 Philosophy of Human Nature
PHIL 213 Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 220 The Soul
PHIL 302 Consciousness
PHIL 309 Depth Psychology and Ethics
PHIL 315 Ethics