Dr. Maria Fedoryka is Associate Professor of Philosophy. She specializes in ethics and realist phenomenology, with a particular interest in the centrality of love for the meaning of human existence and for the origin of creation. Her current focus is marriage and sexual morality in light of the person's vocation to love. She is also exploring the nature and vocation of woman. Dr. Fedoryka teaches and lectures widely in these areas, and has written a number of academic and popular papers on the topics, including a popular booklet titled The Gift of Woman recently brought out by the Knights of Columbus. Dr. Fedoryka received her PhD from the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein, having written her dissertation, "Moral Evil: Is it Really Only a Privation? The Ontological Ground and Reality of Moral Evil", under Dr. Josef Seifert.
Some Recent Courses
- Philosophy of Love
- Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
- Franciscan Philosophy
- Realist Phenomenology
Some Recent Publications and Lectures
June 2011, “The Family: At the Heart of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body”. Third Annual International Theology of the Body Symposium, “A Timeless Catechesis on Life and Love”, St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham, England:
April 2011 “‘Finis superabundant operis: the Tradition and Dietrich von Hildebrand on the Fecundity of the Spousal Act”. Annual Conference on Christian Philosophy: Early Goettingen and Munich Phenomenology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
June 2008, “Love and Embodiment as Keys to John Paul II on Humana Vitae”. Conference at the St. Paul School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas, “Humanae Vitae, the Person and the Thought of John Paul II”, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
“A Metaphysics of Love and Embodiment: Abortion as the Retroactive Destruction of the Spousal Act” in Life and Learning XVII: The Proceedings of The Sixteenth University Faculty for Life Conference (2007).
February 2007, “Edith Stein and the Vocation to Love” at The Edith Stein Project Conference, “The Edith Stein Project: Toward Integral Healing for Women and Culture”, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IL.
“Metaphysics of the Person: Love as Foundation and Fulfillment” in The Many Facets of Love: Philosophical Explorations, ed. Thomas Jay Oord (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006).