Linda L. Peterson, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1985. She routinely teaches classes in thehHistory of medieval philosophy and the philosophy of human nature. Her research area of specialization is in the history of medieval philosophy with particular emphasis on the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Her research focus also includes philosophy of religion and metaphysics.
Peterson enjoys traveling and has traveled extensively including trips to Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, the Arctic Circle and Antarctica. She particularly enjoys visiting cites of interest to the history of medieval philosophy. She has traveled throughout Italy, visiting the birthplace of St. Thomas Aquinas and the monastery where he died.
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine (1985)
Scholarly and Creative Work
Peterson has published articles in the history of medieval philosophy, including pieces on St. Anselm’s Cur Deus Homo and the work of Thomistic Aristotelian hylomorphists on intra-specific individuation. She is currently pursuing research in the area of moral psychology with particular emphasis on the topic of moral perception.
Peterson has taught a wide variety of courses, including intradepartmental cluster courses on the nature and existence of God and other philosophy of religion topics. She has also taught a number of special topics courses including courses on the rationality of Theism, identity and character and self and character. She has taught an interdisciplinary cluster preceptorial course Days of Knights, which focused on the philosophy, theology, music and literature of the 12th century. She has been actively involved in the Preceptorial Program and Honors Programs over the past two decades.