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John A Inglis

Professor Emeritus


College of Arts and Sciences: Philosophy


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  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky


Dr. John Inglis was hired to complement the University of Dayton's Catholic mission. He taught courses that survey 2,000 years of Christian intellectual endeavor. He devotes significant attention to the Islamic and Jewish thought of the Middle Ages which prepared the way for the Christian renaissance of the 13th and 14th centuries. In addition to philosophy courses, Dr. Inglis also taught courses for the Department of Religious Studies.

Faculty perspective

"UD has been a great place to conduct research into Islamic, Jewish, as well as Christian thought. An international conference held in 1999 led to the publication of two books on this philosophy, including the first history of medieval philosophy to be written in two hundred years that presents a balanced picture of all three traditions. Understanding the single period in the history of philosophy when members of these three traditions living in Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, and Europe were in close contact has implications for the present."

Research interests

  • Islamic, Jewish and Christian philosophy
  • The historiography of Medieval philosophy
  • The philosophy of Thomas Aquinas
  • The philosophy of Dominican women and men mystics
  • Contemporary metaphysics
  • Philosophy and film

Selected publications

Ed. Thomas Aquinas. (International Library of Essays in the History of Social and Political Thought) Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2006.

On Medieval Philosophy, Wadsworth 2005.

[Edited] Medieval Philosophy and the Classical Tradition: In Islam, Judaism and Christianity, Curzon 2002.

On Aquinas, Wadsworth 2002.

Spheres of Philosophical Inquiry and the Historiography of Medieval Philosophy, Brill 1998.