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Departments

Education

  • Ph.D., Loyola University
  • M.A., Boston College
  • B.A., Boston College

Courses Taught

  • The Quest for Meaning (Honors)
  • Foundations of Reflection: Self
  • Foundations of Practice: Ethics
  • Capstone Seminar
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Latin American Philosophy
  • Senior Seminar (for Philosophy majors)

Biography

Calogero began his career at St. Mary’s in 1990. He received his doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago in 1994, by defending his dissertation, Meaning and Action: Relating Knowledge and Action in the Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Boston College, in 1982 and 1985. In between these degrees, he spent 11 months living and volunteering at the Jesuit high school in Belize City, Belize. During his education, Calogero specialized in Neo-Thomism and the thought of Bernard Lonergan. His research in Aquinas, while broad ranging, culminated in a manuscript on Aquinas’s analysis of prudentia or practical wisdom, a topic that connects ethics with metaphysics. He completed his Master’s degree with the financial support of a Lonergan Fellowship and his doctorate with the support of several fellowships, including the Schmitt Fellowship.

While at St. Mary’s, Calogero’s research interests have diversified. He has worked (both with respect to teaching and publications) on the following topics: service-learning and ethical development; Mexican and Latin American thought; the thought of Soren Kierkegaard, Albert Camus, Eric Voegelin and Bernard Lonergan; positivism and nineteenth century thought. In 2007 and 2008, Calogero served as a Texas Campus Compact Faculty Fellow (1 of 5, statewide). In 2005, he received a St. Mary’s University Alumni Faculty Development Grant with funds to support further research on social ethics and service-learning, and in 1999 was awarded the St. Mary’s University Distinguished Service Award for the use and promotion of service-learning pedagogy.

Currently, he is preparing a paper for publication that critiques August Comte’s theory of altruism, is developing class lectures on political economy, and completing further research on the thought of Albert Camus.

Publications

  • “Altruism: A Selfless Act.” In process.
  • “What is Contemplation?” International Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 59, #4, Issue 236 (December 2019), pp. 385–396.
  • “Caritas and Consciousness: Aristotle and Aquinas on Love of Neighbor.” Philosophy & Theology: Marquette University Journal, vol. 25, #2, fall 2013, 167-180.
  • “Why Positivism Failed in Latin America.” In Latin American Positivism: New Historical and Philosophical Essays, edited by Gregory D. Gilson and Irving W. Levinson (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2013), 83-107.
  • “Why Positivism Failed Latin America.” Inter-American Journal of Philosophy, vol. 3, #1, June 2012. http://ijp.tamu.edu/.
  • “Who is my Neighbor? Teaching Philosophical Reflection on Service” in Compact Impact: Best Practices Partnerships in the State of Texas, vol. 1 (2009), pp 11-25.
  • “The Self in Aristotle’s Ethics.” Philosophy in the Contemporary World, vol. 5 (1998), 85-95.
  • Essay review of Quest for Self-Knowledge: An Essay in Lonergan’s Philosophy by Joseph Flanagan (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997). In Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies, 16 (Spring 1998), 70-77. Also at the Lonergan Website (www.lonergan. on.ca/index.htm).
  • Essay review of A Primer of Modern Virtue Ethics by Steven M. Duncan (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1995). In American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 71 (autumn 1997), 623-627.
  • Essay review of Is There a Universe? The Forwood Lectures for 1992 by Stanley Jaki (Wethersfield Institute, 1993). In the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 70 (Spring 1996), 301-305.

Recent Service

  • 2019 academic year: mentored a high school student who earned high school credit for an independent study in philosophy.
  • Active participation of in the series of eight seminars sponsored by Glen Hughes, Ph.D., in his capacity as holder of the St. Mary’s Chair in Catholic Philosophy. The eight seminars include:
    • Spring 2016: participant in General Seminar I.
    • Fall 2016: participant in Core Curriculum Seminar I.A.
    • Winter Retreat participant, Dec. 2016.
    • Spring 2017: participant in General Seminar II.
    • Spring Retreat participant, May 2017.
    • Fall 2017: Moderator for General Seminar I.
    • Spring 2018: participant in the Lonergan Seminar.
    • Fall 2018: participant in Lonergan Seminar

Awards

  • Texas Campus Compact Faculty Fellow, 2007  and  2008 (1 of 5, statewide).
  • St. Mary’s University Alumni Faculty Development Grant recipient, 2005, with funds to support further research on social ethics and service-learning.
  • St. Mary’s University Distinguished Service Award, 1999. Award for the use and promotion of service-learning pedagogy.
  • “Distinguished Service Award,” as Chapter Advisor for the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society, The Alpha Eta Chapter, St. Mary’s University, 1997.
  • “Schmitt Fellowship,” Loyola University of Chicago, 1989.
  • “Teaching Fellowship,” Loyola University of Chicago, 1988.
  • “Lonergan Fellowship,” Boston College, 1983 – 1985.
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