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Raphael Mary Salzillo, OP

Assistant Professor of Philosophy


  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
  • MDiv, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
  • MA Philosophy, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
  • MS Electrical Engineering (subfield: Applied Physics), University of California, San Diego
  • BS Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology

Research Interests

  • Thomas Aquinas, especially his metaphysics of the human person
  • Contemporary and medieval solutions to the Problem of Universals
  • The interface between hylomorphic theory and contemporary science

Courses Taught

  • Aristotelian Logic
  • Aquinas's Commentary on the Posterior Analytics
  • Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Mind


  • "The Mereology of Thomas Aquinas," Philosophy Compass 16(3), 2021.
  • Under Review: "On the Concept of Subsistence in Thomas Aquinas" (British Journal of the History of Phil.)
  • Under Review: "Aquinas and the Interaction Problem (Dialectica)