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Dr. Timothy Smith

Dr. Timothy Smith

MA Philosophy Program Director

Dr. Timothy L. Smith currently serves as MA Philosophy Program Director at Holy Apostles. Dr. Smith has taught at Holy Apostles for almost 20 years and has also taught at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. Dr. Smith received his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame under the direction of Ralph McInerny. His areas of interest include metaphysics, ethics, natural theology, the doctrine of the Trinity, philosophy of mind and philosophy of nature. He is a member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

Courses Taught

  • PHH 605: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • PHS 621: Philosophy of Nature and Metaphysics
  • PHS 660: Natural Theology

Representative Publications

  • “The Catholic Church in the United States: Some Current Trends,” in Church and State: The 7th German-American Colloquium, Wilbad-Kreuth 2002 (Munich: Hans Seidel, 2003)
  • Thomas Aquinas’ Trinitarian Theology: A Study in Theological Method (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2002)
    “Aquinas on Aristotle and Creation: Use or Misuse?” Sapientia 55 (2000), pp. 193-216.
  • Ed., Faith and Reason: The Notre Dame Symposium (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2000)
  • “The Context and Character of Thomas Aquinas’ Theory of Appropriations,” The Thomist 63 (1999), pp. 1-35.
  • “The Importance of Order in Theological Discussion,” Sapientia 54 (1999), pp. 227-261


  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2000
  • M.M.S., University of Notre Dame (IN), 1994
  • M.Div., Southern Theological Seminary (KY), 1991
  • B.A., William Jewell College (MO), 1988