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Dr. Randall Colton

Dr. Randall Colton

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy

Randall G. Colton, Ph.D., HEC-C, is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy. His main area of research is ethics, especially virtue ethics, the intellectual virtues, the moral philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas and Kierkegaard, and, more recently, health care and clinical ethics. He is a member of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and a certified health care ethics consultant. Prior to his current service as a certified health care ethics consultant for a Catholic health ministry, he was a professor for about a decade and a half at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis and, before that, at Eastern University in Philadelphia.

Courses Taught

  • PHL305 History of Modern Philosophy (Directed Study)
  • PHL411 History of Modern Philosophy
  • PHL505 Narrative and the Moral Life
  • PHL610 Philosophical Anthropology
  • PHL620 Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
  • PHL625 Logic
  • PHL705 Modern Philosophy
  • PHL630 Contemporary Philosophy
  • PHL730 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • PHL530 Natural Theology
  • PHL750 Advanced Moral Philosophy (Directed Study)
  • PHL899 Philosophy Thesis


  • Ph.D., Saint Louis University, with the dissertation, Moral Philosophy as Moral Pedagogy: Virtues of Teaching and Learning in Kierkegaard’s Implied Narratives
  • M.A., Baylor University
  • B.A., Wheaton College (IL)


  • Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (issued December 31, 2023; expires December 31, 2028)
  • Certificate in Clinical Bioethics, Loyola University-Chicago (2020)
  • Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning, the Catholic Distance Learning Network of the National Catholic Education Association (issued 2009; no expiration)

Academic and Professional Publications

  • Repetition and the Fullness of Time: Gift, Task, and Narrative in Kierkegaard’s Upbuilding Ethics, Mercer Kierkegaard Studies (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2013).
  • “Narrative Respect and SOGI Data Collection: How Patients’ Charts Can Tell Their Stories,” HCEUSA, forthcoming
  • “Problems, Mysteries, and Frustrating Cases: How Narrative Competence at the Bedside Can Improve Patient Care,” HCEUSA, forthcoming
  • “Modeling Leadership in Tolkien’s Fiction: Craft and Wisdom, Gift and Task,” Journal of Business Ethics, 163, (2020): 401-415.
  • “St. Thomas, Teaching, and the Intellectual Virtue of Art,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 93.1 (2019): 101-127.
  • “Aquinas and Poinsot (John of St. Thomas) on Instruments, Signs, and Causes in Teaching,” New Blackfriars, 100 (2019): 320-334.
    Guest editor and author of introductory essay for an issue of Quaestiones Disputatate on “Faith, Reason, and the Splendor of Truth: Reading Veritatis Splendor and Fides et Ratio Together,” Fall 2018.
  • “A Defense of the Thomistic Distinction Between the Moral and Intellectual Virtues,” International Philosophical Quarterly 56.4 (2016): 393-410.
  • “Pursuing Wisdom: Thomistic Thoughts on Philosophy as a Way of Life,” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, n. 15 (Fall 2015): 32-58.
  • “Kierkegaard as Moral Grammarian: ‘On the Difference Between an Apostle and a Genius’ as a Pedagogical Exercise,” with Gregory R. Beabout, in International Kierkegaard Commentary: Without Authority (Mercer University Press, 2007).
  • “Two Rival Versions of Sexual Virtue: Simon Blackburn and John Paul II on Lust and Chastity,” The Thomist 70.1 (2006): 71-101.
  • “Perception, Emotion, and Development in the Four Upbuilding Discourses of 1843: The Narrative Pattern of Repetition and Kierkegaard’s Moral Pedagogy” in International Kierkegaard Commentary: Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses (Mercer University Press, 2003).