Patrick Powers | Thomas More College

Patrick Powers

Teaching Fellow



Patrick Powers was educated at Assumption College, the University of Notre Dame and the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland). He received his Ph.D. in Government and Political Philosophy from Notre Dame, after completing a doctoral thesis entitled “Kant’s Philosophy as Political Philosophy.” As Executive Director of the Fides et Ratio Seminars at the Faith and Reason Institute since 2006, he co-mentors a series of summer seminars on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition for college, university, seminary, secondary and primary school faculty and administrators from across the United States and overseas. During his distinguished teaching and administrative career at Assumption College, the University of Notre Dame in the Program of Liberal Studies, Magdalen College and Thomas More College, Dr. Powers has received fellowships and grants from the Bradley and Earhart Foundations, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and donors supporting the Fides et Ratio Seminars. An experienced professor of philosophy, theology, political thought, literature, and the Great Books generally, his academic interests are truly catholic. These range from the thought of Aristotle on the soul in the De Anima, and the Greek Church Fathers and St. Augustine with a focus on their accounts of the Trinity, to the rise of Christendom in the medieval period from St. Benedict to St. Bonaventure. In a literary vein, he mentors students on the great epics of ancient and medieval times, as well as the dramas of Shakespeare. Along the way, Dr. Powers became conversant with the modern novel including the twentieth century works of Mauriac, Greene, Waugh, Percy, Faulkner, Lampedusa, and Endo, as well as the Russian masterpieces of Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pasternak, and Solzhenitsyn.

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