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About Jeffery L Nicholas

Jeffery Nicholas is a philosopher and associate professor at Providence College. He earned his doctorate from the University of Kentucky, with a graduate certificate in Social Theory, in 2002. He has taught at Villanova University as a Catherine of Sienna Teaching Fellow and then at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon, where he taught with a mandatum. Dr. Nicholas is a co-founder of and serves as executive secretary for the International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry, an organization "dedicated to the theoretical and practical pursuit of the human good ... seeks to bring together the different traditions that are informed by this Aristotelian principle. ISME provides a forum for contemporary Aristotelians, Thomists, Marxists, and others to explore grounds for a common project." He is also a research associate for the Center for Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics at London Metropolitan University and a foreign research associate of the Lumen Research Group at Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Bogotá Colombia.
Dr. Nicholas' research centers on the critique and renewal of modernity through the interweaving of Alasdair MacIntyre's Thomistic Aristotelianism and Horkheimer's and Marcuse's Marxism. He is the author of Reason, Tradition, and the Good: MacIntyre's Tradition Constituted Reason and Frankfurt School Critical Theory. Taking his cue from Horkheimer, he argues that the failure of the Enlightenment rests on the adoption of a corrupted form of reason--subjective rationality. He urges a turn to substantive reason--a tradition constituted and constitutive reason inspired by MacIntyre's philosophy--as a source of renewal for critical theory. Continuing work explores further intersections between MacIntyre and early Frankfurt School critical theorists especially as they relate to the common good.
Dr. Nicholas also works on popular culture, especially science fiction. He has edited and contributed to Dune and Philosophy (Open Court 2011) which explored Frank Herbert's Dune series. He has further contributed to Blackwells series in Pop Culture and Philosophy in the volumes Ender's Game and Philosophy, The Big Lebowski and Philosophy, and Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy.


Present Foreign Research Associate, Universidad Sergio Arboleda
Present Associate Professor, Providence College

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