Fr. Michael Dodds, OP
BA (Philosophy), MA (Philosophy), St. Albert College; MDiv, MA (Theology), Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology; STD, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Fr. Michael was born in Des Moines, Iowa. When he was thirteen, his family moved to Seattle, where he went to Blanchet High School and Seattle University before joining the Dominicans in 1970. After ordination, he taught for three years with the Christian Brothers at St. Mary's College, Moraga, California, and then went to the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, for doctoral work. He has taught at DSPT since 1985. He has served as Academic Dean at DSPT, as the Theology Area Convener at the GTU, and as Student Master, Regent of Studies, and Vicar Provincial for the Western Dominican Province.
Fr. Michael's research interests are generally aimed at fostering a dialogue between the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and contemporary philosophy and science. In philosophical anthropology, he is studying the mind-brain problem and human wholeness, retrieving Aquinas's notion of formal causality. In the area of "Divine Action", he is interested in showing how the discoveries of contemporary science invite a retrieval of Aquinas' understanding of efficient, formal, and final causality.
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