Craig A. Boyd, Ph.D.
Professor, General Studies
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1996
M.A. in Humanities, Western Kentucky University, 1990
B.A in Philosophy & Religion, Greenville College, 1985
Moral philosophy, medieval philosophy, history of philosophy, science and religion
Virtue ethics, natural law ethics, science and religion, Tolkien Studies
Publications and Media Placements
- The Virtues: A Very Short Introduction, co-authored with Kevin Timpe (Oxford University Press, 2021).
- Christian Ethics and Moral Philosophy: An Introduction to Issues and Applications, co-authored with Don Thorsen (Baker Academic, 2018).
- Virtues and their Vices, co-edited with Kevin Timpe. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2014).
- Faith & Reason: Three Views, co-authored with Alan Padgett & Carl Raschke, ed. Steve Wilkens. (Intervarsity, 2014).
- Visions of Agape': Problems and Possibilities in Divine and Human Love. (Ashgate, 2008).
- A Shared Morality: A Narrative Defense of Natural Law Ethics. (Brazos, 2007).
RECENT BOOK CHAPTERS:
“Tolkien’s Panopticon and Foucault’s Towers: A Study on the Architecture of Power,” with Joanna Boyd-Wilhite. Towers and Strongholds in Middle-earth, ed. Cami Agan. Mythopoeic Press. (in press, publication 2023).
- “Prudence and Human Providence: Love and Wisdom,” in Divine and Human Providence: Philosophical, Psychological and Theological Approaches, eds. Ignacio Silva and Simon Kopf. Routledge, 2020.
- "Making America Humble Again: Humility and Magnanimity as Greatness in a Post-Veridical World," in Navigating Post-Truth and Alternative Facts: Religion and Science as Political Theology, ed. Jennifer Baldwin. (Lexington Books, 2018).
- "Habit, Science, and the Virtue of Humility," in Habits and Virtues, eds. James van Slyke and Gregory Peterson. (Routledge, 2017).
- "Aquinas on Sanctifying the Affections" in The Spirit, Affectivity, and the Christian Tradition, eds. Amos Long and Dale Coulter. (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2016).
- "Pride and Humility: Tempering the Desire for Excellence," in Virtues & their Vices, eds. Kevin Timpe and Craig A. Boyd. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2014).
- "Neuroscience, the Trolley Problem, and Moral Virtue," in Theology and the Science of Action: Virtue Ethics, Exemplarity, and Cognitive Neuroscience. (Routledge, 2012).
“The Unbearable Sadness of Being Gollum: Envy as Insatiable Desire,” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Vol 26, No. 1 (Winter 2023): 85-104.
- “Augustine, Aquinas, and Tolkien: Three Catholic Views on Curiositas,” Heythrop Journal. Vol. 62, No. 2, (2020): 222-33.
- “Tolkien’s Libertarian Impulse: Domination and the Lust for Power as the Summum Malum,” Tolkien 2019 Proceedings. (In press)
- “Nolo Heroizari: Tolkien and Aquinas on the Humble Journey of Master Samwise,” Christianity and Literature. Vol. 68, No. 4(2019): 605-22.
- "The Thomistic Virtue of Hope in Tolkien's Leaf by Niggle," in Christian Scholar's Review, Vol. 48, No. 2, (2019).
- "Humility, Virtue Epistemology, and the New Atheism," in Theology & Science. Vol. 15, No.2 (2017).
- "The Causality Distinction, Kenosis, and a Middle Way: Aquinas and Polkinghorne on Divine Action," (with Aaron D. Cobb) in Theology & Science. Vol. 7, No.4 (2009).
- "Participation Metaphysics in Aquinas' Natural Law Morality," in the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol 79, No.3 (2005).
Honors and Awards
2014: SPS Faculty Excellence
July 2003 - 2005: John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity
2004: Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, award for interdisciplinary course on “Love and Christian Ethics”
2004: John Templeton Foundation, Research Grant
1999 - 2000: Templeton Foundation Science- Religion Course Award Winner
Professional Organizations and Associations
Society of Christian Philosophers
Philosophers in Jesuit Higher Education
Wesleyan Philosophical Society