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



Aquinas on Happiness: Immortality and the Afterlife (in progress)

New Routledge Major Works collection: Medieval Philosophy (4 vols., est. 1660 pp) (Critical Concepts in Philosophy series, Routledge, editor, est. pub date 2017).

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

Forthcoming Papers

“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, forthcoming)

“Fuel for the Fire? Gendered Eating and Orthorexia,” Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics, eds. A. Barnhill, T. Doggett, M. Budolfson (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

“The Phenomenology of Immortality,” The History of the Philosophy of Mind. Vol. 2: Boethius to Scotus, ed. M. Cameron. (Routledge, 6 Vols, forthcoming)

Recent Publications

“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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