Christina Van Dyke

Christina Van Dyke


PhD, Philosophy, Cornell University, 2000
MA, Philosophy, Cornell University, 1997
BA, Philosophy and Classical Civilization, Calvin College, 1994


Watch a talk that Professor Van Dyke gave with IGNITEtalks 2017 on women in the middle ages.  'Tiny Cells and Interior Castles: Changing the World from Within"

Watch a two part interview with Professor Van Dyke with Professor Van Dyke and the Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion on the Afterlife. The Afterlife 1/2 The Afterlife 2/2

Watch an interview with Professor Van Dyke with the Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion on Christianity and Gendered Eating.

Academic interests

  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Gender
  • Ancient Philosophy



Philosophical Contemplation: Self-Knowledge, Reason, Will, Persons, and Immortality in Medieval Mysticism (under contract with Oxford University Press, expected publication date 2019)

 Medieval Philosophy, co-edited with Andrew Arlig (4 vols., Critical Concepts in Philosophy series, under contract with Routledge, expected publication date 2019)

 Thomas Aquinas, The Treatise on Happiness: Summa theologiae IaIIae 1-21, translation, introduction, and commentary with Thomas Williams (Hackett Aquinas Series, Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2016)

 The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy, editor Robert Pasnau, associate editor Christina Van Dyke (2 vols., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010; second edition with new material, 2014)

 Aquinas’s Ethics: Metaphysical Foundations, Moral Theory, and Theological Context, co-authored with Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung and Colleen McCluskey (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009)

Forthcoming Papers

“Taking the ‘Dis’ out of ‘Disability’: Martyrs, Mothers, and Mystics in the Middle Ages”

“Medieval Mystics on Persons: What John Locke Didn’t Tell You” for Persons: a History, ed. A. Lolordo (Oxford Philosophical Concepts Series, Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Recent Publications

“The Phenomenology of Immortality (1200-1400),” The History of the Philosophy of Mind. Vol. 2: Philosophy of Mind in the Early and High Middle Ages, ed. M. Cameron. (London: Routledge, 2019), 219-239.

“What has History to do with Philosophy? Insights from the Medieval Contemplative Tradition” Philosophy and the Historical Perspective, ed. M. Van Ackeren (Oxford University Press, Proceedings of the British Academy, 2018)

“Eat Y’Self Fitter: Orthorexia, Health, and Gender,” Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics, eds. A. Barnhill, T. Doggett, M. Budolfson (Oxford University Press, 2017) 553-571.

“Self-Knowledge, Abnegation, and Fulfillment in Medieval Mysticism,” Self-Knowledge, ed. U. Renz (Oxford Philosophical Concepts Series, ed. C. Mercer, Oxford University Press, 2016) 131-145.

“Thomas Aquinas,” In Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy. Ed. Duncan Pritchard.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2016.  (

 “Manly Meat and Gendered Eating: Correcting Imbalance and Seeking Virtue,” Taking Philosophy to Dinner, eds. A. Chignell, T. Cuneo, M. Haltemann (New York: Routledge Press, 2016) 39-55.

 “I See Dead People: Disembodied Souls and Aquinas’s ‘Two-Person’ Problem,” Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy 2 (2014) 25-45.

“Aquinas’s Shiny Happy People: Perfect Happiness and the Limits of Human Nature,” Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Religion 6 (2014) 269-291.

“Animal Interrupted, or Why Accepting Pascal’s Wager Might Be the Last Thing You Ever Do,” with Sam Baron, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Volume 52, Spindel Supplement (2014), 109–133.

“The End of (Human) Life as We Know It: Thomas Aquinas on Bodies, Persons, and Death”
 in The Modern Schoolman 89:  3-4 (2012) 243-257 (special issue:  "Theological Themes in Medieval Philosophy:)

“Discipline and the Docile Body: Regulating Hungers in the Capitol” in The Hunger Games and Philosophy, ed. G. Dunn and N. Michaud (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, 2012).

“The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: Robert Grosseteste on Universals
(and the Posterior Analytics),” Journal of the History of Philosophy 48:2 (2010) 153-170.

“Mysticism,” in The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy, eds. Pasnau and Van Dyke (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) 720-34.

“Not Properly a Person: the Rational Soul and ‘Thomistic Substance Dualism,’” Faith and Philosophy 26:2 (2009) 685-704.

“A Divinely Aristotelian Theory of Illumination: Robert Grosseteste’s epistemology in his Commentary on the Posterior Analytics,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17:4 (2009) 685-704.

"Human Identity, Immanent Causal Relations, and the Principle of Non-Repeatability: Thomas Aquinas on the Bodily Resurrection,” Religious Studies 43 (2007): 373-94.

"Eating as a Gendered Act: Christianity, Feminism, and Reclaiming the Body,” in Kelly James Clark (ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Religion, 2nd Edition (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2008).



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