Dr. Brandon Dahm

Dr. Brandon Dahm

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Director of M.A. Philosophy Program

Graduate Status Faculty

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Brandon Dahm is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He received his B.A. in philosophy from Iowa State University in 2005 and his M.A. in philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary in 2011. During his M.A., he took a year off to read St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theolgiae at the University of Cambridge. He then, finally, finished his degrees in 2016 with his PhD from Baylor University. Dr. Dahm wrote his dissertation under Thomas Hibbs on how we can have positive knowledge of a transcendent God. His research is primarily on Aquinas’s moral philosophy, philosophy of religion, and the nature of virtue and vice. Recently, he has been working on connections between psychology, virtue, and trauma. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Dahm directs the MA in Philosophy and co-hosts the podcast Published at Franciscan.

Dr. Dahm is married to his wife, Andrea, a graphic designer and illustrator, and has three daughters, Beatrice, Esther, and Lucy who don’t have jobs yet. In addition to doing philosophy, Dr. Dahm loves to cook, have friends over, watch movies, and is an unrepentant coffee snob. In 2013, Brandon and Andrea became Catholic (the long version is told in Evangelical Exodus) and are very happy to be a part of Franciscan University.

  • Baylor University, Waco, TX, 2011-2016; Ph.D. Philosophy Dissertation: Knowing the Transcendent: Analogous Properties and Speaking About God Directed by Thomas Hibbs
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, 2009-2010; Close reading of Aquinas’s Summa Theologiæ with Thomas D’Andrea
  • Southern Evangelical Seminary, Charlotte, NC, 2006-2011; M.A. Philosophy
  • Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2001-2005; B.A. Philosophy
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  • “A Thomistic Account of Virtue as Expertise” Studies in Christian Ethics (2023) https://doi.org/10.1177/09539468221148996
  • “Virtue and the Psychology of Habit” Co-authored with Matthew Breuninger, in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (2021) 96 (2): 291-315.
  • Correcting Acedia through Wonder and GratitudeReligions (2021) 12 (458)
    Listen to Published at Franciscan Podcast.
  • “The Virtue of Somnience” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (2020) 94 (4): 611-637 | 2020
    Listen to Published at Franciscan Podcast.
  • “Thomas Aquinas on Separated Souls as Incomplete Human Persons” Co-authored with Daniel D. De Haan, The Thomist (2019) 83 (4): 589-637.
  • “Distinguishing Desire and Parts of Happiness: A Response to Germain Grisez” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (2015) 89:1, 97-114.
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