Douglas Flippen, Ph.D.


Department of Philosophy

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Douglas W. Flippen, Ph.D.
134 Christendom Dr.
Front Royal, VA 22630

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B.A., University of St. Thomas, Houston, Philosophy with a minor in mathematics
M.A., University of Toronto, Medieval Studies, concentration in philosophy
L.M.S., Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Philosophy
Ph.D., University of Toronto, Philosophy

Classes Taught

  • Historical Introduction to Philosophy
  • Greek Philosophy
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Contemporary Philosophy
  • Aristotle, St. Augustine
  • Later Medieval Epistemology (graduate)
  • Analytic Philosophy
  • Senior Seminar on Linguistic Philosophy
  • The Thought of Pope Saint John Paul II
  • The Ethics of Dietrich von Hildebrand
  • John Dewey
  • Development of Husserl’s Thoughts
  • The Ethics of John Paul II
  • Development of Natural Law
  • Plato
  • Systematic Introduction to Philosophy
  • Formal Logic (Aristotelian)
  • Critical Thinking (Wittgensteinian)
  • Philosophy of Man
  • Philosophy of Nature (graduate)
  • Ethics, Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of God
  • Social and Political Theory
  • Near Death Out of the Body Experiences (Elderhostel)
  • The Will and the Virtues (Thomas)
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Psychology


Hiking, reading, alternative medicine

Areas of Expertise

History of Philosophy, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Natural law

Selected Scholarship

“A Problem Concerning Relation in Sensation,” Atti del Congresso Internazionale: Tommaso d’Aquino nel suo settimo Centenario, 9 (1974-78): 307-14 (Naples)

“Immanence and Transcendence in Human Knowledge: the Illumination of a Problem in St. Thomas,” New Scholasticism 53 (1979): 324-46

“Intentionality and the Concept in Jacques Maritain, or, The Complexity of Maritain’s Doctrine of the Concept. Criticism of Father Roland-Gosselin,” in Jacques Maritain: philosophe dans la cite/A Philosopher in the World, University of Ottawa Press, 1985: 93-102

“On Two Meanings of Good and the Foundations of Ethics in Aristotle and St. Thomas,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 1984: 56-74

“In and Out of Idealism,” Proceedings of the ACPA, 1985, 340-47

“Natural Law and Natural Inclinations,” New Scholasticism 60 (1986) 284-316

Review of Josef Pieper’s Guide to Thomas AquinasFaith and Reason 18 (1992): 215-22