Calogero began his study of philosophy as an undergraduate at Boston College. Upon graduation he spent a year teaching high school in Belize, Central America. He then returned to his alma mater to earn his Master’s degree in philosophy and went on to Loyola University in Chicago for his doctorate. At Boston College, Calogero was awarded a Lonergan Fellowship for graduate studies in the thought of Bernard Lonergan. It was his study of Lonergan that aroused his interest in the thought of Thomas Aquinas. His book-length dissertation is titled Meaning and Action: Relating Knowledge and Action in the Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. With this research, financed by Loyola s Schmidt Fellowship, Calogero specialized in Aquinas approach to practical wisdom and virtue ethics.
Since beginning his teaching career at St. Mary’s in 1990, Calogero has diversified his philosophical interests. He has published articles and given numerous presentations on service learning and has used this pedagogical method in his classes. In 2007, he was one of five educators in the state named a Texas Campus Compact Faculty Fellow.
Calogero has since turned his attention to Ibero-American philosophy. His research in this area has been inspired by his numerous trips to Mexico, including a semester of teaching St. Mary’s students in Puebla, Mexico. More recently Calogero served as the Field Director for the St. Mary’s study abroad program in Alcala de Hernares, Spain. His article, “Why Positivism Failed Latin America,” is forthcoming from the Inter-American Journal of Philosophy.
He also has interests in Greek philosophy, Continental philosophy and the intersection of literature and philosophy. Finally, at St. Mary’s, Calogero has served as Associate Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and as Director of the Honors Program.